What is AVB?
AVB stands for the Already Vaped Bud and is the cannabis that comes out of the vaporizer once you have vaporized and consumed most of the cannabinoids and terpenes from your flower. It is usually brown in color with a popcorn like odour. I like mine at a golden brown instead of dark brown so I don’t end up combusting the flower and inhaling carcinogens. This way I also get more out of my AVB when using it for cooking.
Already Vaped Bud is also usually going to be slightly more sedative than the original strain or cultivar that you used in your vaporizer. This may be because some of the THC (Tetrahydrocannabinol) is converted into CBN (cannabinol), a more sedative cannabinoid. For this reason, I find AVB great for relaxing and sleep but also for anxiety and stress during the day. That being said, in my experience the sativas or more active strains tend to still hold onto some of those more stimulating terpenes even after being vaporized so I always keep my daytime, nighttime and high CBD strains of AVB in separate airtight containers.
Keep in mind that AVB can be quite strong. A pinch goes quite a long way. I usually experiment with dosing on days off. There are also private labs that will test your cannabis for potency before you use it for cooking.
Uses for AVB
There are so many ways I use my AVB after I’ve vaporized it. I like to be creative and explore new techniques. Here I’ll share a few of my favourite go-to methods.
First, and probably my most favourite, is in my morning coffee. I take a small pinch of AVB dependent on what I want to feel. My favourite for morning anxiety is a pinch from my high CBD AVB jar. I add it to my dry coffee and brew as normal.
The flower has already been activated, or decarboxylated however, it’s important to have a type of fat in the coffee to help the body more easily absorb the cannabinoids. My go-to is coconut or hemp milk.
Another easy morning infusion favourite is smoothies. I always make sure you have a good amount of healthy fat (avocado, hemp or coconut milk is my preference) so that my body can metabolize the cannabinoids most efficiently.
AVB morning drinks give me a relaxing start to my day. Please start low and go slow when testing your morning dosage.
I often add AVB to my evening meal; almost like a spice. I usually add it once my meal is cooked as to preserve the remaining cannabinoids as heat can easily destroy them after decarboxylation. My favourite for this method is anything BBQ as its delicious and easy to add to your final sauce. I love infusing my slow-cooked BBQ ribs but it’s also delicious in curries and stir-fries, adding a wonderful earthy flavour.
Infusing it into an oil gives me similar effects and can be great for salad dressings. I add about twice as much AVB as I normally would to an oil infusion and cook at a lower temperature for less time because the cannabinoids have already been activated.
Some believe that soaking the AVB in water for 3-5 days before can help with taking out the more intense flavour. Don’t forget to dry it in the oven on a very low temp if using this method.
I personally love the cannabis flavour AVB adds and often change my seasoning based on how it will taste with the new flavonoid profile.
Consuming AVB is a similar process for the body as consuming an edible and it’s especially important with edible cannabis to start low and go slow. This is because the processing of the cannabinoids in the liver may amplify the effects felt and it may take an hour or more to feel any change. You can always take more you can never take less.
Please considering storing your AVB jars in a lockable storage case just like your cannabis. The Stashlogix Silverton is the perfect size for multiple jars of your vapourized cannabis.
Disclaimer: The information shared in this post is for educational purposes only and is not to be considered medical or legal advice. Please consult with a cannabis educated health care practitioner and seek legal counsel on the cannabis laws in your area.
Disclosure: Flower & Freedom and Stashlogix have a paid educational partnership to collaborate on creating education on safe and responsible cannabis storage. The Flower & Freedom team have been using Stashlogix cannabis storage solutions since November 2016.
Author Liv Maxwell completed her yoga teacher training, including yin yoga training, with Karma Teachers in Vancouver, BC. Liv teaches cannabis knowledge and yoga to individuals and groups through her brand CannaCentricBC. Find Liv on Instagram and Facebook at @cannacentricbc.
Written by Liv Maxwell for Flower & Freedom in partnership with Stashlogix.