How To Bake Your Vaporizer Remains

 Posted by at 7:26 PM on January 28, 2012  Cannabis Tips and Tricks
Jan 282012
 January 28, 2012
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If you have a vaporizer, you are probably a health-conscious stoner who wants the best, cleanest smoking experience possible. What many people may not know, however, is not only are you being health-conscious, you are also being thrifty and environmentally conscious.

This is because vaporizers are incredibly efficient at extracting THC from your prized plants. It simply doesn’t create waste by burning off more of the plant than you need. Using a pipe or bong is the equivalent of using a blowtorch to bake some dough. While I love the raw power of a huge bong rip, I prefer getting just as high (or higher) from a third (or less) of the amount of ganja.

But this article isn’t about the smoking efficiency of vaporizers; it’s about their post-smoking efficiency. You know the vaped poo that is left over from vaping a bowl? The brownish, kind of tobacco-like in appearance grains? Yeah, you can bake those vaped remains to a very powerful effect. Yet another way to make your green lifestyle even greener.

How Does It Work?

By now, your head may be spinning as to how this is even possible. Well, as you may already know, THC has a boiling point of 392 degrees Fahrenheit. The flame of a bic lighter goes about as high as the 3000s, which is why most weed is unusable after smoking with a flame. However, with a vaporizer, you are using a high-precision temperature, usually right around the boiling point of THC. While much of the THC turns to vapor, not all of it does (due to positioning, THC placement on the bud, etc). Rather than throw out these potentially potent THC molecules, why not cook with them instead?

How to Prepare Your Vaped Weed for Baking

For those of you who have baked with weed before, this step should be a piece of cake (or special brownie). If you are unfamiliar with culinary ganja, don’t fret. It really is not that difficult, and remember that you are using vaped weed that you probably would have thrown away otherwise. If anything, this is a great bridge to get you into the wonderful world of pot baking.

For this post, I will describe how to integrate your vaped bud into oil. It is also possible to cook your weed into butter, but I find it a bit more challenging because it is easier to burn your butter than oil when integrating. I personally prefer using canola oil because it’s easy to find and has a higher smoking point than olive oil. I’ve also heard coconut oil is a godsend for baking, but you might not be able to find it at your grocery store.

Okay, so have your baking mix (brownie, cake, cookie, or any recipe that works with cooking oil), cooking supplies, something to strain with, and your vaporized herb. How much vaped pot your should use kind of depends on how well you vaporize your weed. If the herb is still somewhat green, you may only need to use around 20 grams. If your vaped bud is mostly brown, I would play it safe and wait until you have 40 or 60 grams.

Empty your bud into a bowl and grind it up into fine pieces using a smaller bowl in a mortar and pestle style. Typically, you will want to proportion about equal parts weed and oil; I just pour the finely-ground weed into a measuring cup and match that amount with canola oil. Pour the oil into a pan on low heat; it should be low enough that it will feel hot but won’t burn your finger if you touch the oil.

Once the oil is warm, slowly add in the vaped bud; you can also add in some stems for the hell of it (not sure how effective they are, but why not?). Sway the pan from side to side to even out the mixture of oil and bud and make sure that the herb is immersed in oil. Ever so slightly turn op the heat; you will see small bubbles forming occasionally and may hear some faint sizzling over the pan. You may see a very light steam lift from the oil, but make sure it isn’t smoking or bubbling too rapidly. Keep stirring every couple minutes. Do this for about an hour.

Take the mixture off heat and let cool for about 20 minutes. Pour the mixture through a strainer and into a bowl. There are a variety of different straining methods from using two meshed stainless steel strainers (one straining into the other which strains into the bowl) or you can even use a cheesecloth if you’re super fancy, as this is probably the cleanest way to filter the oil from the bud. Really, though, you could cook the weed into the baking item if you so desire (the only thing it will compromise is the taste); I’ve also heard of people using a garlic press to get some extra oil from the plant.

Keep in mind that the oil will look much darker now, but don’t worry, it’s a good thing. At this point you just follow the directions of the recipe of whatever you’re baking. Odds are you probably have too much oil than the recipe calls for, so you have two options: keep some oil in the fridge for a second batch or (more preferably in my opinion) add some dry baking ingredients (like flour) to the mix till it thickens. Keep in mind that baking recipes usually have to pretty exact so improvisations might not lead to the most consistent bake.

Lastly, bake around 300 to 325 degrees Fahrenheit. Any more and you risk burning and wasting your precious vaped goodness. If a recipe calls for a higher temperature, just bake it longer until a toothpick comes out clean in the center. After the baked good is out of the oven, let it cool, and dig in. Remember that it takes longer to experience any effects of baked goods due to your metabolic rate, so I would eat one piece (or half) and wait an hour before deciding that you need more. Also, keep in mind that your high will last much longer (up to eight hours) than what you would experience from smoking. Other than that, chow down and enjoy!

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This guest post is contributed by Katheryn Rivas, who writes for online universities blog. She welcomes your comments at her email Id: katherynrivas87@gmail.com.

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  • Fred

    Very interesting article! I put my vapo buds in a coffee grinder then into the honey bee extractor with butane make some fine oil into a glass pan sitting in hot water of another glass pan!

  • graham

    Vaporised remains covered with virtually any cooking oil in ceramic/pyrex or similar bakeware in the oven at 175 degrees Celcius for an hour or so then strained yields RESULTS

    • Maedae_3

      I just kept it in the crockpot on medium and stirred throughout the day.

      • kristine08

        That is the way I was taught by someone who is an expert in making cannabutter.

    • newby baked baker

      would this work for butter?

  • http://www.smokeshopinlongbeach.com/ smoke shop Long Beach

    It is a good thing that the remains in your vaporizer can still be used so as to avoid wastage. Thank you for sharing this information with us. With this, let us not forget to smoke or use vaporizers responsibly.

  • Brooklyn_Whitey

    I used this with overwhelming success this weekend. Had about a cup and a half of vaped bud. Blended it with coffeegrinder into a flour-like substance and cooked that in Canola Oil for an hour. Refined about a cup and a half of oil down to 1/3 of a cup after multiple times filtering. Made Banana bread. Mixed perfectly with the bananas. Tasted superb. Was scared there wasn’t enough in until 2 hour later when I was tripping. The rest of the 12 hours was quite a strong buzz. I wish I ate less so I could have enjoyed it more. Was too intense.

    • Highly_Concerned

      Bro, what kind of filter do you have that magically concentrates cooking oil? You can’t evaporate off the extra liquid like water. Unless I am just misunderstanding, you wasted about 1 1/6 cups of cannabis cooking oil somehow…

    • bonethugs

      I think he had a cup and a 1/2 of weed and oil and filtered that down to a 1/3 of a cup of oil. Either way, banana bread sounds sounds like a good alternative to brownies which everyone makes.

    • kristine08

      That happened to me too. I ate a ginger snap someone made, waited a couple hours, ate another and then, I had to think about breathing. It was scary I have to say. I knew, logically I was not going to die, but the high was not fun at all.

      Weird that some just have it all go so right, and then there is me with no happy medium.
      I now ONLY vape, cause my lungs deserve a break since I smoked for almost 40 years.

      • steven

        I just started to vape about 4 weeks ago and let me say it rocks…..half the weed and twice the high..i don’t even like smoking any more….

  • VB2013

    That’s not “steam” it’s smoke. Oil smokes before it reaches the boiling point. When you are cooking mj in oil, you should not see any smoke, because with that smoke goes the THC!

    Use the double-boiler method. Cooking oil over boiling water prevents it from smoking. You don’t even have to buy an actual double-boiler. Just set a smaller pot filled with oil inside of a large pot of boiling water. Voila! The poor man’s double-boiler!

  • VB2013

    But everything else in this article is spot on. Follow these instructions & use a double-boiler, and you’ll have even more potent yields.

  • kristine08

    Can you simmer the “vaped” weed and the canola oil in a crock pot?

    • StreetWearAddict

      You can make the butter the same way. I’ve been makin gee aka concentrated butter from my volcano poo. I even know people who smoke it. This article talks about the “thc” still left negating the fact your after the CBDs for the pain relief n body high

  • Aubre

    Thank you so much for this I can’t tell you enough been collecting for years now just KNOWING it could be used (plus one of my dogs accidentally got into it I TOTALLY STILL PUNISH MYSELF TO THIS DAY FOR IT but he got all sorts of high. Thank u for this great post. #OneLove

  • Timothy Mahoney

    Maybe this is a dumb question, but why not just throw the whole lot into your mix and eat it with the brownie. That’s what we did in the old days with our shitty weed. Is there a need and difference to go to all the trouble? Just asking,

    • Christopher James Birch

      the oil or butter concentrates thc in itself… easier for your body to use up than the thc still in leaf material.

    • Just a Repository of Knowlege

      THC is able to dissolve in either alcohol or fat. This process pulls the THC out of the plant material and leaves it free-floating in the oil, allowing it to be readily consumed by your body. Eating the plant material will remove some THC into your bloodstream but not nearly as much, and since this process calls for pre-vaped weed, getting the most out of what you’v got is important.

    • Jonathan

      The major reason you want your THC to be extracted this way( if you weed hasn’t been vaped) is to decarboxylate the THC, THC is not just that in weed, it has a carbon group attached to it, heating it up releases that carbon group and turns it into the great psychoactive chemical we love. This is the reason eating just weed doesn’t really get you high( nor taste good like brownies). Your vaped weed however has been decarbed so really your fine just consuming it, realize however there are other chemicals in weed that when react with your digestive system could leave you feeling sick, these chemicals don’t come out at low temperatures ie 300’s so you don’t consume them by doing this process.

  • M D Reese

    I am having success with coconut oil. I use virgin coconut oil for health reasons anyway–lots of good info online about it. Dr. Bruce Fife is a good source for info.

    Here’s my recipe:

    1 quart water
    1/2 cup virgin coconut oil
    14 grams vaped material (more or less)

    Bring water to a boil–turn off heat. Put coconut oil in the water–stir to melt. Add material and stir. Allow to sit for 4 hours or so. Strain through a mesh strainer lined with cheese cloth. Squeeze cheese cloth to get as much oil out as possible. Lick fingers and set bowl of strained water and oil aside or refrigerate. The oil will rise and solidify. Discard water. I then break it up and put it in a jar–set the jar in hot tap water and it will melt and solidify again. DO NOT USE A MICROWAVE! If you do, you will have wasted your time and materials.
    You can use the oil to cook or bake with, but I just eat it as is so I can measure dosage easily. I find that a tablespoon is about right for me. I may eat 3 Tbs a day, depending on need. This is the suggested daily maintenance dose for coconut oil benefits as well, so it’s extra healthy for you. I have arthritis and am usually never pain free. I refuse to take pharmaceuticals for chronic pain due to side effects, addiction, and the effect they have on mental function. This has been relieving my pain without impairing my daily functioning. It is also wonderful for getting a good night’s sleep.

  • T Mann

    Holy Moly this is so much easier that I thought! I’ve never baked with ganja yet, never really felt the need until lately, now with it super easy article I am really excited to try my had at it :) Thanks!

  • Dianne Renusch

    coconut oil works better more healthy than canola oil

  • BakedBaker

    Great instructions for making dry, dense baked goods! Fucking with ratios and temps, even in a mix, isn’t going to get you good food. It’ll do the job, but you want to enjoy the treat, too!