The Ultimate Guide To Already Been Vaped Cannabis (AVB)
Medium AVB
Medium AVB

One of my favorite things about vaporizers is how they allow you to reuse cannabis which has already been vaped (ABV) in a number of creative ways. I’ve written several previous guides here on VaporBlog on how to use ABV, and thanks to their popularity I’ve decided to create a more in depth guide to ABV to answer some basic questions that readers have had. First off, here’s some handy links to my existing guides on making things with ABV:

Q: How strong is my ABV? Is there any way to tell?

Storing ABV
Storing ABV

A: The strength of your ABV will vary tremendously depending on several factors. Firstly, there’s the temperature you vape at (with higher temperatures producing weaker ABV) as well as how evenly your device cooks your herb. Your style of inhalation may also effect the ABV strength, with slower drags extracting more psychoactive material. As a general rule of thumb, the darker your ABV, the weaker it will be, and in my experience its not worth saving ABV which is very dark brown or almost black as it generally contains almost no psychoactive components.

Q: Can I eat ABV straight and will it get me high? 

A: Yes, you can! Normally when you make edibles with fresh cannabis, it must be decarboxcylated (heated for a little while) in order to convert THCA into the psychoactive THC which gives you a buzz. However, since ABV is cannabis which has already been heated, it will be decarboxylated and thus ready for use.

Way too dark, not worth saving!
Way too dark, not worth saving!

Q: How can I tell how much ABV to use? Is there a baseline amount which will give me a buzz?

A: This is a difficult question to answer, as it really depends on your ABV, metabolism, and tolerance. In my experience, I usually start to notice a buzz if I consume about 2 grams of very light (yellow with a bit of light green) ABV, and it usually comes on stronger if I vape a bowl about twenty to thirty minutes after ingestion. Normally when I’m making something like cannaoil, I use 3-6 times the amount of fresh bud I would use depending on how dark my ABV is.

Q: How does an ABV buzz compare to regular cannabis? 

A: I find that ABV usually tends to produce a relaxed body high rather than an energetic mind one, and just the right amount of ABV makes me sleepy and helps soothe any sore muscles that I have. ABV contains more CBDs than THC, and the higher CBD content creates a state of relaxation and sedation. I find that the high lasts for 4-6 hours (sometimes up to 8 using a lot of ABV), and vaping a bowl usually increases the effects and prolongs them for a little while longer.

Q: Eating ABV Capsules gives me an upset stomach!

ABV Cannaoil cooking on the stove!
ABV Cannaoil cooking on the stove!

A: This has happened to me on a few occasions, and early on I realized it was because I was eating the capsules on an empty stomach which made it harder to digest the ABV. Nowadays I make sure to eat a light snack beforehand (such as yogurt) and I haven’t run into any issues since!

Well there you have it! This guide should hopefully help you understand ABV a little better as well as how to use it effectively. Also, always remember to dose low the first time that you try out a new batch as edibles can be quite potent, especially for those with low tolerances. If you have any other questions regarding ABV, feel free to ask them in the comments and I’ll try my best to come up with an answer!

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Q: So much talk about eating! Can I just smoke my AVB?

A: Technically you can (I’ve done so a few times in the past), but the taste is horrible and even a large joint of AVB only gives you a mild body buzz and therefore I don’t recommend it. I do however have a few friends who are quitting cigarette smoking, and they’ve been having good results using AVB in place of tobacco in their spliffs. It still doesn’t taste as good as vaping fresh bud, but it does help to conserve your cannabis while at the same time cutting down on tobacco!

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    1. Hi Mariah,

      Technically you can (I’ve tried it a few times in the past!), but it tastes awful and hardly produces a buzz (even with larger joints, and its mostly a body high). However, I do have some friends who are quitting cigarettes and they say that a small amount of medium colored AVB in a joint works wonders in place of tobacco.

      Thanks for the great question, I’ve updated the article to include it!


  1. Hey so I got some ABV maybe a a good little baby handful and put it into 2 pills will it get me high? Its a very light brown

  2. Thanks for the informative post shared with us. Already Been Vaped (ABV) cannabis is loaded with intense highs. I’ve detected of some individuals attempting to show ABV into hash and tinctures (burnt popcorn liquor, anyone?) or victimisation combustion that solely works gently while sacrificing flavor. Be sure to settle on a pleasant organic 1st cold ironed or maybe higher, stone crushed oil to maximise flavor and health edges.

  3. This was so great! Thank you for posting! I’ve been trying and failing to make cannaoil/butter for years. This is the first that has really worked with amazing results.

    I did some tweaking, adding broken up stems and mixing oils (vegetable and coconut). I’ve made batches with each oil alone with good results, but I find the oil combo a nice way to make sure you’re abv has plenty of fat options to release into. Also used mixed abv from 3 strains. (Can’t always do this, but holy awesome cannaoil!)

    Also, muffins are amazing for making with cannaoil. Replace the water, making sure to use 1/4 – 1/2 cup oil. A splash of water (or juice) adds extra flavor and moisture.

  4. Is ABV less healthy since its partially burnt? I vape for health reasons mostly, so I want to know for sure whether ABV has carcinogens and all that bad stuff. Thanks 🙂

    1. The ABV is never burnt in a good vaporizer, the low boiling point compounds are vaporized by essentially boiling them. No combustion occurs at all.

  5. I take 2 crackers (your choice) I use wheat thins or Ritz. Spread a layer of Peanut butter or Nutella on each and apply a 1/4th teaspoon or more of ground ABV weed on one and squish the other on top with a somewhat circular motion. Wrap in foil and allow about an hour or so for it to kick in.

  6. Hi. I just want some opinion. I started to smoke since when I was 16 and I am 28 now. I am Interested and I want to divert to Vaping. I am still confused right now because of what I read in articles saying that Cannabis can be in Vapes now? Is still the same in smoking vs Vaping? I read an Article about this strains If this is true I can’t find any solid conclusive evidence that speaks to its efficacy.

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