What Is Budder Weed?
If you’re familiar with the world of cannabis concentrates, you probably know that they come in a bunch of different forms, like wax for example. Even wax has subcategories based on the specific consistency of the product. Budder is one of the most popular consistencies of cannabis concentrate. The consistency of budder weed is somewhere between solid and liquid. It won’t be as runny as a sappy oil and it won’t be as solid as shatter. Budder is typically made by dousing weed in butane, CO2 or another chemical solvent and purging it out so only cannabis extract is left.
Budder Weed vs. Crumble
Budder weed refers to pretty much any cannabis concentrate that is creamy in consistency.
People get budder and crumble confused because they are both somewhere between oil and shatter in their consistency. Fortunately, there is an easy way to distinguish the two. If the consistency is dry and crumbly like cheese, call it crumble. Budder is moist and easier to scoop. As a result, budder tends to be more desirable than crumble.
Wax can vary from crumble to budder depending on changing factors during extraction like the temperature, solvent, pressure and strain used. For example, using propane instead of butane tends to lead to more concentrates with a buddery consistency.
When it comes to aroma, a budder weed will tend to smell more than a crumble. This will obviously also depend on the strain and extraction techniques used.
Final Hit: Budder Weed
Budder is one of many forms of cannabis concentrate. For a while, the concentrate community was all about high-cannabinoid, stable concentrates like shatter. However, as of lately, concentrates that are closer to sauce in consistency with stronger aromas seem to be favored. Cannabis connoisseurs have shifted their interests to terpenes for a more therapeutic and flavorful smoke. If you’re not sure whether to pledge your allegiance to sauce or to shatter, budder is a solid middle ground. The potency and terpenes will vary more due to the grower and extractor than the consistency. So pick budder if you prefer the consistency. Pieces of shatter will break off and fly away if you go at it with a tool when it is too stable. Oils are hard to keep on a tool for more than a few seconds. Budder, on the other hand, is by far one of the easiest concentrates to scoop and serve consistently.
One of the easiest consistencies of cannabis concentrate to dab.
More about Badder/Batter and Budder
Badder/batter and budder are terms used to describe the appearance, texture, and consistency of an extract. The appearance ranges from a greenish-brown to a buttery gold. Badders and budders produced from high-quality cannabis are bright blond and express potent-but-smooth flavors. People choose to dab budder to taste emphasized terpene flavors and for potency.
What are Badder/Batter and Budder?
Amid the flock of concentrates , how do we decipher badders, batters and budders from the bunch? The difference between badder and batter is simple: spelling and the manufacturer’s personal preference. Whether one chooses to spell it “badder” or “batter” is very subjective.
While some processors have been able to make these textures out of solventless rosin, most Badders/Batters and Budders are extracts made with the use of solvents. Budder retains a smooth, creamy butter consistency, while badder maintains a slightly different consistency. Budder concentrates can be made using trim, cured nugs, or a freshly harvested plant. Both concentrates undergo nearly identical extraction processes that often result in a soft texture with a wet terpene-gloss.
When was it first available to consumers?
Budder emerged onto the scene in the mid-’90s after its creation by a Canadian concentrate maker known as BudderKing. In 2003, BudderKing approached the founder of Vancouver’s Da Kine Smoke and Beverage Shop, Don Briere, with the budder extract and began distributing samples of budder from Da Kine called “Butter Hoots.”
The pair distributed Butter Hoots until the Da Kine shop was raided in 2004 . After police shut down Da Kine, the demand for budder grew. Shortly after, extract artists began whipping and selling branded wholesale batches of budder concentrates.
BudderKing’s founder decided it was time to patent the name and went to the Canadian Trademark office. They denied his request to trademark the word “butter” until a family member suggested calling the product “budder.” He initially did not care to replace the traditional spelling of the word but eventually gave in. The name and product took off. From dispensary to dispensary, everyone knew the BudderKing name.
How is it made?
WARNING: THE MANUFACTURING OF BADDER/BATTER AND/OR BUDDER AND OTHER CANNABIS CONCENTRATES SHOULD ONLY BE PERFORMED BY EXPERIENCED LICENSED PROFESSIONALS AS THESE PROCESSES CAN BE EXTREMELY DANGEROUS.
Badder is typically considered an extract because it is primarily made using liquid petroleum gases (LPG), such as butane and propane. As with other textures, the process involves utilizing a closed loop system , but with a different post-extraction technique.
The consistency of the concentrate changes from Shatter to Budder by whipping the extracts on a hot plate at roughly 100 degrees Fahrenheit, or 37.78 degrees Celsius, before placing it into the vacuum oven. The exact vacuum temperatures and amount of agitation required differ from strain to strain, but most Budder is purged at 90-115 degrees Fahrenheit, or 32.22-46.11 degrees celsius, at -29” Hg (pressure measurement unit) for 24-72 hours.
Solvents can be flammable and their handling can be explosive, and may cause skin irritations. Extractions should be performed in a designated and supervised environment with proper first aid — do not try this at home .
How to store Budder
Without proper storage, budder will start to darken and harden over time. To ensure a long and stable shelf life, the concentrate should be stored in an air- and light-proof container, like a silicone or glass jar, in a cool environment. Moisture, oxygen, light, and storing the budder in warmer temperatures will speed up the degradation process and could alter the overall effects it produces. The aroma, color, and potency may also be affected.
How to consume Badder/Batter and Budder
Dabbing is the most common way to consume these concentrates. Using a dab tool with a flat tip, rather than a dabber with a scoop-style tip, allows consumers to pick up the budder and keep it tacked on the tool. When the flat tip dab tool makes contact with the heated nail , the badder melts and will instantly vaporize. The user then places a cap over the nail to inhale the concentrate vapor. Badder is most often used with handheld dabbers and vape pens, and can also be sprinkled on a bowl or in a blunt .
To experience the desired terpene flavors, the optimal temperature to dab badder/batter and budder is between 350-400 degrees Fahrenheit, or 176.67-204.44 degrees Celsius. This temperature range will ensure that you volatilize all the tasty terpenes without scorching them.
One of the many consistencies for cannabis concentrates, identified by its malleable texture that looks and feels like cake frosting. Not all Badder looks the same, and the appearance depends on the starting material and methods of extraction.