Abv or already been vaped marijuana, still has a ton of active compounds. Learning how to use abv in pleasurable ways allows you to double up on your marijuana.
Abv is high in CBD, and since it’s already decarbed, it’s good to go in many different types of edibles.
In this post, I look at 4 different ways you can ingest abv and some tips to help you deal with the taste.
If I’m going to eat abv, tinctures are my preferred method of ingestion. Tinctures are easy to make, they’re versatile, and the taste isn’t too horrible.
Abv tinctures are commonly referred to as “golden dragon”.
There are a ton of tincture recipes that ill link to that’ll get you started.
The long & short of it though is that you’re using very strong alcohol as a solvent to remove the THC & other active chemicals from your abv.
The higher % of your alcohol, the more potent your tincture is going to be.
Ideally, Everclear, 91% alcohol, is the best option for making tinctures. It’s strong & Everclear has no taste so your tincture won’t have a weird rum taste.
However, for people like me in Canada or in the UK, with no access to Everclear, we have to get creative.
I’ve had some great results using Bacardi 151 to make tinctures. The end result is going to have some rum/cinnamon hints of flavor. Bacardi 151 is 75% and does a pretty solid job of making a strong tincture.
However, I think 75% is the lowest alcoholic percentage you can go for homemade tinctures. I’ve tried 63%, and it wasn’t enjoyable. If I let a 63% tincture sit for a few days, I’m sure it might end up being ok, but 63% just isn’t going to pull enough THC and other stuff off your abv. But give it a try if 63% (usually Wray & Newphew) is all you have access to.
Some ideas to keep in mind while making tinctures:
- Try freezing your alcohol before starting the process. Apparently, cold alcohol does a better job as a solvent.
- Grind your abv as much as possible. The finer your abv, the easier it is to pull off those active compounds.
Now here’s a controversial step I take:
I’ve had success taking abv, pouring 75% alcohol on it, mixing it a few times and immediately dosing.
Obviously, the longer you let it sit, the more powerful it gets. But I’ve had it work right away.
I honestly don’t think there’s any need to soak your abv for weeks or months at a time. If you’re using strong enough alcohol (more than 75%), the THC should come off within 24-48 hours.
After you soak your abv for a week, you’re just dissolving the other nonpsychoactive chemicals in abv that you don’t need. Eventually you’re just extracting the chlorophyll and other natural chemicals in the flower.
One final note about tinctures is personally I stay away from the methods that use heat reduction. Using heat to evaporate the alcohol will make it so you can dose with a few drops instead of a full spoonful. If you feel confident in your ability to do this safely and you have the necessary equipment, go for it. However, it’s not a necessary step to make a strong tincture.
Abv works quite well in edibles. All you have to do is use a lot of fat and grind your abv as fine as possible.
If you take home a box of brownie mix from the store, just follow the instructions as normal – but you’re going to add in extra fat (oil or butter) & the abv.
Abv edibles aren’t bad at all. Just make sure you grind your bud well, so you’re not chewing on chunky brownies or cookies. And I can’t stress using lots of fat enough.
Basically, firecrackers use 4 different ingredients:
- Crackers of your choice
- Peanut butter (natural obv)
- Something sweet (honey, syrup, jam, etc. Nutella is ok but dry)
- Extra fat (oil or butter)
Because abv is already decarbed, you can combine the above ingredients and just eat it raw. However, most people usually cook their firecrackers in the oven for about 20 minutes.
Alternatively, you can also wrap your firecrackers in tinfoil and let them sit in a dark area to strengthen.
For the professional abv connoisseur, this is like ordering a steak blue.
Raw abv isn’t for the faint of heart, but it works.
Like with all other forms of ingestion, raw abv works best when it’s grinded finely.
The main problem with eating abv raw is that it’s hard for your intestines and stomach to process. This is why people who take 10-gram hero doses often report feeling nothing and just having a stomachache.
Here are a few different ways I like to eat abv raw:
Quick, simple and easy. PB & J’s are usually the go-to method for ingesting raw abv. There isn’t much method required here: just make sure you use lots of fat and your favorite ingredients to mask the taste.
McFlurry or any chunky ice cream
Raw abv goes pretty well in ice cream. Depending on how much abv you’re eating, I’d still drop some extra oil into your McFlurry. If you’re on the run, eating a double cheeseburger might give your body enough fat for the THC to bind to.
Milkshakes probably give you the most flavor control when it comes to abv meals. If you have a quality blender, it should turn your abv into a very fine powder.
You can add ice cream, nutmeg, vanilla, cinnamon, chocolate syrup, regular syrup – whatever you have to mask the taste. Always remember to scoop in a few spoonfuls of oil.
Smoking abv isn’t exactly pleasant but works. Personally, I’d rather use abv to fill out a joint instead of just smoking a pure abv joint. Abv joints are harsh and will put you to sleep.
Don’t smoke abv expecting to get “high.” Smoking abv is like smoking a high CBD strain – look for the effects on your body and inflammation.
In a drink?
I don’t know if this would work & I’m not willing to test it. But providing the abv doesn’t all stick to the bottom, you could down it in a couple of gulps.
I highly recommend if you try this, do it without a carbonated beverage. Abv burps will not be pleasant. Also please record yourself doing this.