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Recycling Already Been Vaped Cannabis Flower

By June 14, 2018 May 3rd, 2019 No Comments

Did you know that you can use your already been vaped dry cannabis flower in additional applications? Even though the cannabinoids have already been heated once, it’s been done gently. They have not been completely depleted. In this guide we’ll teach you about recycling your vaporized dry flower into additional applications.

Our Top Ways to Use Already Been Vaped Flower

Don’t toss your already been vaped flower. Sure, the potency might be down and the flower is already decarboxylated, but it’s still usable for several applications. The tips here might have you thinking again before you toss that already been vaped flower into the trash. 

Make an Infusion

ABV, or already been vaped, flower is great for making a coconut oil infusion. You can use other oils that have high smoking points like grapeseed and walnut oils as well. Coconut oil would work best in baking applications and sweet sauces. The other oils work better for savory applications.

For this, you’ll need equal parts of ground cannabis flower and oil. You will also need a candy thermometer. Set the heat to low and make sure the temperature does not rise above 160-degrees. Simmer for 3 hours and strain through a cheesecloth.

This oil can be used in the following applications:

  • Marinades
  • Finishing oil
  • Baking
  • Vinaigrettes
  • As a tincture
  • Mixed with lotion for a topical application
  • Mixed with melted chocolate as an ice cream topping
  • Soaked into fruit and frozen
  • Addition to coffee, tea, adult beverages or hot cocoa
  • Add to guacamole or salsa
  • As part of the fat for a roux

As you can see, there are several applications for an ABV oil infusion. Since the oil will have flavor from its original source, it is fine to ingest as-is in tincture form. Only a few drops should be used as gauging a dose may be difficult. The potency will weigh heavily on the strength of the original strain. It will be weakened slightly as the cannabinoids have already been heated once, but there is still medicinal value in ABV.

coconut oil infusion


Recycled vaped flower is great for making cannabutter in the crockpot. It’s much easier to make in a crockpot than in a pot on the stove as the butter often burns. You’ll want to start with at least 2 full sticks of butter and at least 1-cup of ABV flower.

Place both into the crockpot, set it on low and stir every hour. The process takes 3 hours. After 3 hours, strain the butter through double cheesecloth and let it cool.

You can use this for bread and butter, make garlic spread for homemade garlic bread or even add it over popcorn if you prefer to use the butter as-is.

Additional applications for using ABV cannabutter include:

  • Brownies
  • Cakes
  • Cookies
  • Compound butter
  • Tossed in pasta or rice
  • Finishing butter over steak, burgers, chicken or any protein

It is important to barely heat the ABC cannabutter since the cannabinoids have already been cooked twice. Barely heating the butter to melt it will still preserve some medicinal value and allow you to experience some benefits of the cannabinoids.

Already Been Vaped Flower Spice Rubs

Since the flower will be heated again to activate the cannabinoids a second time, you can use the ABV flower in spice rubs. It is best if the protein is not grilled or sautéed as it can raise the temperature too high. Every cannabinoid has an individual boiling point or point at which they die, so baking is the ideal application when using an ABV spice rub.

Simple multi-protein spice rub for 8 oz, of protein (multiply as needed):

1 teaspoon salt

2 tablespoons ABV flower

1 teaspoon brown sugar

½ teaspoon dry thyme

1 teaspoon black pepper

½ teaspoon paprika

1 teaspoon onion powder

½ teaspoon chili powder

1 teaspoon garlic powder

½ teaspoon turmeric          

Combine all of these ingredients in a bowl and rub into meat. Allow the rub to sit on the meat for 1-hour before cooking to allow the flavors to start blending with the meat.

If you like a spicy rub, add cayenne or crushed red pepper flakes to taste. This rub goes well with poultry, seafood and pork but can be used on any protein – including tofu.

You can make this into a marinade by adding ½ cup of olive oil and 1 tablespoon of Dijon mustard. For a smoky flavor, add 1 cap full of your preferred flavor of liquid smoke and ½ teaspoon of cumin.

Already Been Vaped Infused Coffee

One way to get the most out of your already been vaped flower is by making a cup of coffee. While using a French press is ideal, you can also use a reusable pod for a Keurig-style coffee maker. You’ll want to add 1 teaspoon of the ABV flower per cup of coffee.

You can also make ABV infused coffee creamer. Simply steep the ABV flower in your choice of coffee creamer (yes, an already made creamer works just fine) or plain heavy cream and sugar. Do not bring the liquid up to a boil; just allow it to gently simmer for about 5-minutes. Strain and add to your coffee.

This can also be done with tea if you are more of a tea drinker.

Infusing heavy cream with ABV flower can be used as the cream component of hot cocoa too.

already been vaped coffee

Make your own Gel Capsules

Fillable gel capsules are available online rather cheaply. Use the ABV flower oil infusion recipe from above. If you’re not a fan of the organic flavor, there are several ways you can add your preferred flavor to the liquid.

Flavor additions:

It is important to keep the flavoring light. Add the flavoring right when you start to heat the liquid – extracts need a couple of minutes to heat and not taste artificial.

Use a syringe to inject each gel capsule until you reach your desired capacity. Take the capsule after a meal.

Tip: For your first capsule dose, take it when you are in for the night or at least in for several hours. While the infused oil won’t be as potent, since it is in oil capsule form, it is best to know how strong it is before attempting to partake in any activities.

cannabis oil gelcaps

Closing Thoughts

If you thought that your cannabis flower was garbage after vaporizing it, you may be surprised to see all of these additional uses for it afterwards. It isn’t the best idea to smoke the ABV flower because it won’t taste very good and won’t be as potent. These additional applications will help you get the most for your money and biggest benefits from the cannabinoids of each strain you select.

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