Repurposing your spent vape buds is one of the easiest ways to reduce cannabis waste and save money. By collecting the brown buds from your dry herb vape session, you can create new, potent products in the comfort of your own home.
A few tips to get started:
Use superior quality cannabis for vaping.
It should go without saying that the quality of your starting material affects the quality of your finished DIY product. Be selective when choosing your cannabis; opt for organically-grown strains and familiarize yourself with their unique terpene and cannabinoid expressions first. This way, you’ll have a little more confidence in what you’re working with. Remember, you can never be 100% sure how you’ll react to a homemade cannabis product, so it’s important to control as many factors in the process as possible.
Vape your cannabis at lower temperatures.
Vaping your cannabis past 190°C or 375°F renders it pretty much useless. Keeping your session below this sweet spot temperature ensures an adequate amount of cannabinoids leftover for your repurposing project.
Properly store spent vape buds until ready for repurposing.
Let’s be honest: One vape session isn’t likely to produce enough spent organic material to do much with. This is why proper storage is so important to the process. Collect your spent vape buds in a concealed glass container and keep in a cool, dry, and dark place.
DIY ideas for spent vape buds:
Anyone who’s ever made their own cannabis edibles knows it can get rather costly when using green buds.
Spent vape buds offer cannabinoids without the high-cost of purchasing fresh product. The best part? You have already done the hardest part of decarboxylating the buds during your vape session.
Consider making an organic cannabutter and using it to bake cookies or brownies. Adding a touch of peppermint or citrus flavouring can help cut any residual bitterness from the brown buds used to make your cannabutter.
Making your own cannabis salve means you can tailor the ingredients to your exact needs.
You can start with a base recipe of spent vape buds, coconut oil, olive oil, and beeswax and experiment with therapeutic essential oils as you like. We recommend adding lavender and rosemary essential oils for pain-relieving salves and chamomile and marjoram essential oils for calming salves.
If you’re sensitive to the taste of spent vape buds or don’t have a lot of time to DIY, this option was designed with you in mind.
Simply finely grind your organic material and add equal parts to pure hemp or coconut oil. With a dropper, add your desired dose to each vegetable capsule. You can find these in a herbal remedy shop, natural health store, or online.
With all of these options, remember to start low and go slow, waiting to observe the effects before consuming more or increasing the potency in your next batch.