Tokers typically enter the world of cannabis concentrates in search of potency and high THC concentrations, with budder being one of the most popular choices.
However, recently, longtime blazers and cannabis enthusiasts have adopted a broader perspective and have shifted their views.
While they realize THC concentration has much to do with producing intense effects, the addition of the terpenes and aromatics truly brings the high to life, which brings us to budder.
Budder is a hybridized form of cannabis concentrate that was introduced to the world in 2003. Since its introduction, it has won the hearts of many grizzled cannabis veterans and enthusiasts for its harmony of cannabinoids and terpenes.
In fact, budder is one of the most popular choices for modern cannabis concentrates, not only for its high but also for its consistency. But how does it compare to other types of cannabis concentrates?
To find out, keep on reading!
What is Budder?
Before we get to discussing the differences between budder and other cannabis concentrates, let’s get to know it a bit better first.
Budder is a form of cannabis concentrate that gets its name from its smooth and buttery consistency. Not to be confused with the cannabutter used to make edibles, budder is classified as a wax concentrate.
Budder is a fan-favourite for multiple reasons.
In terms of aromatics, flavour, and potency, budder hits all the marks and is a nice balance of the three. As well, thanks to its easily malleable texture, handling budder is much more forgiving than many other types of cannabis concentrates, such as hash oil.
That said, aside from its creamy texture, one of the main factors that sets budder apart from other cannabis concentrates is that it is loaded with terpenes and cannabinoids.
In other words, budder doesn’t compromise on either side of the equation and offers toker the same potent high they would get with other concentrates as well as the flavour and aromatics that come with a freshly grown batch of good bud.
But it doesn’t end there.
Terpenes are compounds that are regularly found throughout nature in other plants, fruits, and in some cases, animals. These compounds not only provide plants with their signature scents, but they also will have an impact on our Endocannabinoid System as well.
When speaking in terms of cannabis, these terpenes create their own Avengers-like situation and assemble with cannabinoids to create what we call the entourage effect. The entourage effect is described as the overall effect of the combination of terpenes and cannabinoids.
They are known to work with one another to either amplify or diminish certain aspects of the high. These effects can vary greatly and are among the main reasons why various strains tend to produce different feeling highs.
How is Budder Made?
Manufacturers make budder using specialized high-tech equipment and solvents that are highly corrosive and flammable.
Due to the complex nature of making budder, it should not be attempted to be made without the proper training and equipment as it may be fatal.
In other words, don’t try this at home.
The initial budder extraction process begins with crumbled cannabis buds placed in an airtight tube. It’s here they’re soaked with the solvent to prime the extraction.
The soaked buds are then pressurized to help separate the solvent and cannabinoids from the plant matter. Once the deed is done, the remaining plant matter is filtered out and the cannabinoids are transported to a separate chamber so that the solvents may be removed.
Heat and controlled amounts of pressure are applied to the mixture of cannabinoids and solvents to slowly evaporate the latter, leaving a pure mixture of cannabinoids and terpenes.
This part of the process, in particular, must be done with extra care. Even the slightest misstep in temperature control can result in destroying the terpenes.
Once the solvent is purged, what’s left is a creamy concentrate with a beautiful buttery consistency.
How Does Budder Compare to Other Concentrates?
With budder being considered a hybrid wax concentrate, striking a balance between solid and liquid forms, let’s see how it stacks up against other forms of cannabis concentrate.
As its name suggests, shatter gets its name for its tendency to “shatter” when handled roughly. However, unlike what its name suggests, shatter isn’t all that difficult to handle.
In fact, it’s one of the easier types of cannabis concentrate to work with. In terms of its composition, shatter is a purely cannabinoid-based concentrate, meaning that it has no presence of terpenes.
Due to this, the main focus of shatter is to deliver massive amounts of THC in short periods of time.
Hash oils fall under the category of the more aromatic and terpene-rich concentrates.
By comparison, it is a stark contrast to shatter, being liquid in form and having more of an emphasis on terpene composition, flavour, and aroma, rather than the raw power of THC.
Because of its gooey form, hash oil can be difficult to handle, especially for novice dabbers.
As its name suggests, crumble is a type of solid cannabis concentrate but can crumble to the touch.
Crumble is also known as honeycomb wax and is renowned for its unique texture and its high THC content.
Like other types of wax concentrates, crumble is easy to manipulate and can usually be adjusted by hand.
Budder – Popular for a Reason
Being one of the most widely used types of cannabis concentrates you can get your hands on, budder is one of many different types of wax concentrates that share its liquid and solid counterparts’ best qualities.
If you have the idea of trying to make budder at home, we would strongly advise against it. The creation process for making budder is heavily involved and requires specialist expertise and equipment to safely and effectively perform the extraction process.
Whether you’re vaping, smoking, or making edibles, we’ve got a smooth, tasty budder product for you!