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?
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.
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!
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!
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!