ABV Infused EVOO (Extra Virgin Olive Oil) Capsules
One relatively unknown cost-saving feature of vaping cannabis flower (known as dry herb vaping or flower vaping) involves reusing your AVB cannabis material (also known as ABV). What is AVB, you ask? AVB stands for “already vaped bud” (or already been vaped) and is the dry and crispy, brown material left inside your vaporizer unit after use. Vaping leaves some of the cannabis “ingredients” still locked inside the material after your session.
Although levels are greatly reduced, these leftovers can be used to help stretch your medication dollars! This material can be made into your own edibles, tinctures, capsules, and more. This cannabis has already been activated or “decarbed” and is ready for immediate use! This includes eating the material directly! Most patients prefer to infuse it into oils or butters to offset some of the taste.
Water-curing your AVB material is another option to remove this taste. You can also try stuffing the material directly inside a capsule. Others prefer to make into topical skin creams instead. Regardless, we highly recommend you explore the cost-saving benefits of vaping dry herb and reusing your AVB material. A very handy guide on how to best accomplish water-curing can be found here].
Do you decarb ABV?
If you have infused cannabis oil or butter, you should already be aware that this requires a two-step process to accomplish. You must first decarboxylate (or “activate”) your cannabis before introducing it into your chosen material for infusing. When using AVB, this step has already been accomplished during the vaping session. So you can skip the decarb with ABV. You simply proceed with infusing your cannabis into your oil or butter.
Tips for infusing ABV
Normally I collect an at least an ounce of material before infusing, simply for time management. You can substitute EVOO with melted coconut oil or butter if you prefer. I chose EVOO for the additional health benefits without the saturated fat content. If you decide to add the ABV infused oil to capsules, you can easily find these on Amazon. They have many different size capsules, so you can choose what works best for you. We used 000 which holds a full 1ml/cc of oil.
Patients often find that some cheaper vaporizers often allow combustion to occur from too-high temperatures and find only ashes in the chamber. If you discover this is the case, you are still smoking cannabis and are not truly vaping. Use a higher-end vaporizer with programmable temperature controls (for best results); if using a pre-programmed unit, set the unit to a lower temperature setting to prevent this from happening. Combustion (burning) of cannabis and potential toxins start to occur when temperatures reach over 450 degrees. Check out the vaporization guide on the Dark Horse Delta website to help you get the most out of your cannabis medication.
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