So you got your first vape and life is good. You are no longer coughing up a storm and you’re finally experiencing the amazing flavors a good vaporizer can offer. Good for you! You are on the right track to living a healthy life with Cannabis. But wait, don’t throw away that spent Cannabis. You can use it to make edibles that will get you high all over again!
We all know that when you smoke Cannabis, be it in a blunt, joint, bong or pipe, you are burning the Cannabis, plant matter and all. Not only is this not as healthy for you as vaporizing, but it also wastes a good amount of the THC and CBD in the process due to temperatures exceeding 2000° F. The THC and CBD are inhaled along with the smoke from the burning plant matter, nothing is saved. On the other hand, when you vaporize your Cannabis, the temperatures are much lower, anywhere between 360°F - 410°F. These lower temps vaporize the THC and CBD with greater efficiency, avoiding the combustion of plant matter. Vaporizing also leaves the remaining THC and CBD in the spent Cannabis intact. This spent Cannabis or AVB (Already Vaped Bud) is ready to consume, no need for decarboxylation.
What is decarboxylation? It is the process of removing Carbon Dioxide and Oxygen from the raw Cannabis. Decarboxylation occurs when Cannabis is heated to 220°F, smoking or vaporizing does this instantaneously. What this does is converts THC-A and CBD-A (non psychoactive) into THC and CBD. Raw Cannabis its self is non psychoactive, hence the need for decarboxylation.
It’s important to note that not all AVB is created equal. Factors such as the THC and CBD % of the flower and vaporization temperature play a huge roll in how potent your AVB will be. If you vaporize at lower temps (345°F to 380°F) your AVB will have higher amounts of THC and CBD left over. Vaporizing at the higher end will leave less THC and CBD. A general rule to follow is the darker the ABV, the less potent it will be. Vaporizer choice also plays a role in the quality of the AVB. Conduction vaporizers have a tendency to char the Cannabis while vaporizing. This is due to the close proximity of the oven and the Cannabis. AVB tends to be less potent when using these types of vaporizers. Instead, try using a convection vaporizer. These convection vaporizers use hot air to vaporize the Cannabis, leaving behind AVB that is uniformly golden brown and more potent. The Gaia by Linx Vapor is a great choice, the vapor is clean and healthy and the AVB is perfectly browned and ready for use. https://linxvapor.com/products/gaia
It’s also important to remember that CBD has a higher boiling point than THC. This means that the edibles made from AVB will have a higher concentration of CBD than THC. You will still feel the same psychedelic high you get from the THC in addition to the relaxing medicinal effects of the CBD.
So be sure to save all of your AVB. You not only can make some delicious edibles out of it, but it will save money in the long run. Please stay tuned for part 2 of this series on AVB where we discuss the different uses and various AVB recipes.