What is Budder/Badder/Batter?
Budder is one type of cannabis concentrate texture among many. Do not confuse budder with cannabinoid-infused butter, sometimes called cannabutter, which is used to make cannabis edibles.
In some cases people will distinguish between them even further; budder is concentrate that is a lot like butter in texture. Badder is similarly soft and malleable, but is less like butter and more like cake frosting. (Whether spelled “badder” or “batter,” this version of concentrate is basically the same.)
Budder, badder, and batter: Usage and Meaning
- “This dab of budder is so tasty—very terpy!”
- “I’m looking for something more like hash or live rosin, not so much like shatter, badder, or budder, and not distillate.”
- “If both budder and wax have a sort of soft and creamy texture, what’s the difference?” [For an answer to that last question, keep reading.]
History of Budder
Budder was first created in the mid-’90s by a Canadian concentrate maker known today as BudderKing who began to distribute the product in 2003. Eventually BudderKing tried to patent the name “butter.” The Canadian Trademark office denied that request, and that is why the product’s name changed to “budder.”
Budder, Badder, and Batter vs Other Concentrates
Badder, batter, and budder are actually phrases that describe the appearance, consistency, and texture of cannabis extracts. The appearance of badders and budders derived from high-quality cannabis typically ranges from a bright blond to a buttery gold. In terms of flavor, consumers choose budders for their high potency and terpene profiles—a strong yet smooth hit.
However, the biggest distinguishing factor that makes badders, batters, and budders different from other cannabis concentrates is consistency. Badders/batters and budders are typically extracts made with the use of solvents.
What makes badder different than, for example, budder? Typically the biggest differences are spelling and the preference of whoever creates the product and brand. However, budder ideally retains the creamy, smooth texture of its namesake, butter, while badder should be a little more like cake batter or sticky sauce.
Budders are often made using trim or a freshly harvested plant, but they can also be made with cured nugs. Any concentrates like budder or badder undergo extraction processes that are nearly identical and result at least at first in a wet, soft texture and a terpene-gloss.
Budder is primarily extracted using liquid petroleum gases (LPG) such as propane and butane. Just like with any concentrate, this process involves using a closed loop system to create a basic extract. The differences come in the post-extraction techniques employed to get the right texture.
In fact, if you have ever made candy, the process may seem similar. That’s because when you make candy, you take a pretty basic recipe and then cook or otherwise process that mixture until you hit a certain stage, like the soft ball stage. Budder is like the soft ball stage of the cannabis world.
For example, to change your concentrate from shatter to budder, you would whip it over heat before purging it in the vacuum oven. (The precise amount of whipping and vacuum temperatures differ from strain to strain and, to a lesser extent, with preference.)
How to Store Budder
Budder will harden, darken, and lose potency over time without proper storage. Ensure a long and stable shelf life by storing budder (and any concentrate) in an air- and light-proof container. A tinted glass or silicone jar in a cool, dry environment will work well.
How to Use Badder, Batter, and Budder
Badder is often used with handheld dab rigs and vape pens. Some suggest that you actually smoke budder sprinkled in a blunt or on a bowl. We do not recommend wasting it this way.
Ideally, consume budder with a dab rig or a vaporizer tool that can handle concentrates. A dab tool with a flat tip, compared to the more spoon-like scoop-style tip, makes it easier to actually pick the budder up and keep it adhered to the tool. This is important, because the badder melts and vaporizes instantly when the heated nail makes contact with the dab tool and the concentrate. With a cap over the nail, the user inhales the concentrate vapor.
Temperature is the most important factor when enjoying budder. This terpene-heavy concentrate is wasted at temperatures higher than 450 F, and the optimal range is generally considered to be between 350 and 400 degrees F. This zone allows you to volatilize all of those active, flavorful terpenes without scorching them.
This is the advantage of an e-rig or electronic nail, an electronic device for dabbing. This enables you to fine-tune the dabbing surface temperature—in some cases right down to the degree.
If you’re using a traditional heat source like a torch, though, you can still be precise. To achieve a lower temperature of not more than 450°F, heat the dabbing surface for about 30 seconds. Allow it to cool for 40 to 60 seconds, and then dab the budder.
Does dabbing budder at lower temperatures leave residue? Some residue will remain at lower temperatures that might have been burned off at higher temps. However, cleaning the device is the same—and necessary—at any temperature. Scrub the vaporizer chamber and dab banger with isopropyl alcohol soaked cotton swabs to clean, and allow it to dry completely before using again.
What is the Difference Between Budder and Wax?
Budder, sometimes called budder wax, falls within the subcategory of waxes among THC-rich cannabis concentrates. Within the complex realm of cannabis concentrates, wax is an umbrella term for any of the concentrates with a wax-like texture.
What is Budder Used For?
A high terpene profile that produces a more aromatic, flavorful experiences is the primary factor distinguishing budder from other wax-like concentrates. Add in high levels of THC to those seriously appealing terpene profiles and you get a very popular option—but not always one for first-timers.
Recent advances in the technology behind concentrate extraction have enabled stronger, high-THC concentrates which retain a high-terpene profile. This is why there are now so many budders and other waxes with THC content higher than 80 percent—that still smell and taste good enough to draw all kinds of consumers.
People also use budder because it is easy to work with. Concentrates that are fully liquid oils are difficult to work with, while things like crumble or shatter get lost or blown away easily.
Is Budder or Shatter Better?
This is mostly a matter of taste! Some people prefer shatter because, being solid, it is easy to handle, even without a tool. However, harder, crystalline concentrates such as shatter can actually be too solid, and break into tiny pieces that actually “shatter” and get lost. This does in fact create a lot of mess, hassle, and waste with each use.
Budder, in contrast, is the creamiest of the waxy concentrates. It’s not possible to lose bits of it on the wind like you can with crumble or shatter, and it’s far easier to deal with that oil.
Budder vs Crumble
Many batches of budder and crumble can be similar, actually, depending on who makes them and their consistency. Changing extraction factors such as pressure, solvent, temperature, and of course the strain will all affect the outcome. For example, changing from butane to propane tends to result in more buddery concentrates.
Both budder and crumble fall somewhere between shatter and oil in terms of texture. Obviously, with budder you look for creamy, scoopable texture. If you have a drier, more crumbly outcome that is more like cheese, it’s crumble. In terms of aroma, budder tends to be more fragrant than crumble, but again this depends on extraction techniques and the strain.
What is BHO Budder?
Any budder extracted using butane can be called BHO budder.
What is Kush Budder?
Some people use this phrase to refer to any kind of budder. Others use it to mean any budder product that is intended to produce sedating effects. Still others use “kush budder” in a much more specific way: to refer to any type of budder produced from any kush cannabis strain, such as Afghan Kush, Hindu Kush, OG Kush, or Purple Kush.
What is Live Budder?
Live budder is live resin, a cannabis concentrate with more terpenes than normal budder, that has been whipped into a creamy budder-like consistency.
What is Honeycomb Budder?
Honeycomb wax is a wax concentrate that has tiny air holes in it, giving it a slightly airier, lighter consistency than standard budder wax. Honeycomb budder is budder wax made from that lighter type of wax.
What is Rosin Budder?
Rosin is a solvent-free cannabis extract that is created by applying pressure and heat to high-grade hash. Rosin budder is rosin that has been whipped to that creamy consistency that budder is known for.
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