What's ABV Oil?
Some people call it ABV and some people call it AVB (already been vaped or already vape bud, respectively) but they both stand for the same thing – the material you get from your dry herb vaporizer when you're done vaping.
In today's post, we're going to be talking about making ABV oil.
Word to the wise: This is impossible to dose. In a previous version of this recipe, we recommended the tCheck. We don't use the tCheck at Wake and Bake and we cannot vouch for its accuracy at this time, so keep in mind that you won't really know how strong your ABV oil can be.
Let’s Talk about Vaping Flower
Many of us, when we hear the term “vaping” we think of e-cigarettes, cannabis oil, and little miniature electronic devices for smoking cannabis concentrates. However, your bud, or flower material, can also be vaporized if you have the proper device.
Vaping vs. Smoking
If we have learned anything from the tobacco industry, we know smoking isn’t great for our health. Even aside from the lung cancer argument, inhaling specs of burning plant material and hot smoke into our throat and lungs, simply doesn’t sound pleasant.
Vaporizing cannabis doesn’t combust anything, nothing burns. Instead, a small oven boils the cannabinoids and terpenes into a vapor which you can safely inhale. With the advanced technology available today, these devices can get pretty specific on the smoking experience. Here’s a few a couple pointers with any cannabis vaporization device:
- Low temperatures (350-370 degrees) generally are more flavorful with less intense cerebral effects, more uplifting and increases alertness.
- Higher temperatures (390-420 degrees) produce stronger potency and intensity, more sedative and relaxing.
So, anyway… once you’re done vaping, you’re left with cannabis material which has turned brown in color, and almost resembles tobacco. However, there are still cannabinoids in your ABV cannabis material, so don’t just throw it out! (Like I have been… for months… second face palm of the day.)
Do like we’ve started doing, we picked up a nice jar with a sealing lid and we keep it with or near our Davinci, so when we use it, and clean out the oven, we have container nearby to collect the “leftovers”, or ABV cannabis, when we are done. Now, the material does shrink some during vaporization, so depending on how often you vape, it may take you awhile to accumulate enough material. To quote Dazed + Infused,
“I used myFirefly II vaporizer almost daily for over 2 months and could only accumulate 1/4 cup of ABV because it conserved the bud so well that I could keep toking it for the whole day without going through a small bowl.”
However, once you’ve collected enough ABV material, here’s how you can make magic from something others consider trash.
ABV Oil Recipe
Here’s what you need:
- ABV (Already Been Vaped Cannabis Material)
- Enough oil to cover the plant material
- A double boiler with a meat thermometer
Step One: Skip Decarbing! Yay! The plant material you retrieve from your vaporizer has already been decarbed through the process of vaporization.
Step Two: Put the ABV in the double boiler, and pour in enough oil to just cover the plant material.
Step Three: Let the water in the double boiler come to a boil and watch the temperature. Don't let the oil get over 180°.
Step Four: Allow to simmer for at least 2 hours, watching the temperature, and stirring occasionally.
Step Five: Strain with cheesecloth or a strainer, and your oil is ready to use in your favorite recipes, salves, and what have you.
What About the Potency?
There's no way to truly know how potent your ABV oil is. Your best bet is to start low and slow and experiment as you go.