What is Marijuana Budder and How Is It Used?
- Cannabinoids and terpenes found in cannabis buds can be extracted and refined to produce a product called “budder.”
- The color and consistency of budder is similar to that of actual butter.
- Budder is made by putting cannabis flower extracts through a series of filtration, distillation, and agitation processes.
- Budder can be smoked, vaporized, and also used in cooking.
What is marijuana budder?
Marijuana budder is often confused with “cannabutter.” However, budder is actually a THC-rich cannabis concentrate. Cannabutter is simply butter infused with THC. Budder is similar to shatter, wax, and crumble in potency. Budder is quickly becoming one of the most popular concentrates on the market.
The consistency of budder isn’t as runny as oil nor as hard as shatter. It’s soft, but it holds its shape like butter. Budder is also amber/yellowish in color and does resemble actual butter.
Although crumble and budder have similarities, budder is soft and easy to scoop whereas crumble is dry and crumbly.
Most marijuana concentrates are extracted from marijuana buds with one main goal: to create a substance with extremely high THC and CBD levels. In fact, in many instances, budder may have between 60 to 90 percent cannabinoid content. That’s two to four times higher than dried marijuana buds. Most strains of marijuana flower sold at marijuana dispensaries contain THC levels of approximately 15 to 30 percent.
Budder is a rising star in the cannabis industry mainly because of its extreme potency. Even just one puff of vaporized budder can have strong effects.
Budder is also one of the cleanest forms of cannabis due to the extraction process. During extraction, the budder retains a large portion of essential oils called terpenes that give marijuana its distinctive aroma. High terpene content is precisely what gives budder its ultra-rich flavor.
Budder is also extremely clean. Laboratory testing has shown budder to have a purity level as high as 90 percent. And in its final form, budder should contain no toxins, heavy metals, mold, solvents, or any other known contaminants.
How is budder made?
In most cases, cannabis “budder” is extracted using CO2 or butane as a solvent. Cannabinoids and terpenes dissolve into the solvent. The plant matter is then purged from the mixture via a series of filtration and distillation techniques.
After the extraction, the cannabinoids begin to crystallize. Whipped the extract like cake batter turns the extract into budder.
How is budder used?
Budder can be consumed in several ways, although there are now devices specifically designed for vaporizing budder.
Budder can be smeared on a rolling paper and rolled with some dried bud. Budder can also be smoked in a pipe or bong atop some dried herb. However, these methods can be messy and smokey.
Budder can be best enjoyed via vaping. However, it’s a good idea to consult your local budtender to find the proper type of pen. Regular vape pens designed for dried bud won’t work well. A pen with temperature control abilities is best. Vape pens with a temperature range of 350 to 400F are known to preserve the integrity of the terpenes without burning and causing an unpleasant flavor. Additionally, a 2017 study from Portland State University disclosed that vaporizing terpenes at excessive temperatures can produce toxins such as benzene and methacrolein.
The term “dabbing” refers to smoking or vaping cannabis concentrates. A “dab” of budder is quickly vaporized and inhaled. Dab rigs are probably the best method for consuming most cannabis concentrates. They produce a powerful high and a flavorful experience. When dabbing budder, the temperature should remain below 340F or 170C to avoid possible scorching. This is referred to as “low-temp” dabbing. At this temperature, the budder is not completely vaporized. A small amount of oil is left behind that can be easily removed with a cotton swab.
Check out this article on dabbing to learn more about dab rigs.
Making edibles with budder
As with most cannabis concentrates, budder can be used to make edibles. It should first be melted into an oil such as coconut oil before adding to a recipe.