What is Budder & How Do You Smoke It?

October 10, 2023

Budder—or live budder if it’s made from flash-frozen marijuana—is one of the most popular concentrates on the market today. It’s prized for its sensory experience, providing both the flavors, scents, and potency that cannabis consumers crave. In this guide, you’re going to learn all about this beginner-friendly concentrate, including what it is, how to enjoy it, and where to get it.

What is Budder Wax?

Budder, or budder wax, is a highly potent cannabis concentrate that’s made using a specific extraction technique that whips the cannabinoids and terpenes once the solvent has been removed. This agitation creates a butter-like consistency. What’s special about budder is the fact that the extraction process doesn’t destroy all the terpenes in the marijuana, and those terpenes make it into the final product. This means it’s flavorful, aromatic, and powerful, thanks to terpenes’ contribution to the entourage effect. 

As if this isn’t enough to love it, budder is also a beginner-friendly concentrate. This is because it’s probably one of the easiest dab concentrates to scoop and apply to a hot nail or a ready-to-roll joint. 

What are the Differences Between Badder, Budder, and Batter?

While there are plenty of different cannabis concentrates on the market, there are actually very few differences between badder vs budder vs batter. Add to that the fact that some cannabis consumers use these words interchangeably, and you have a recipe for a lot of confusion. Fortunately, we’re here to help. 

When you get technical, the difference between badder, budder, and batter is really consistency. Budder is smooth and whipped, like cream cheese frosting. Badder and batter (different spelling, same product), on the other hand, tend to be a little less solid and a little more liquid, like a thick sauce. No matter which product you get, you can expect three things: high potency, flavorful experiences, and easy dabbing.

How is Budder Made?

The process of making budder starts the same as other concentrates. Butane is forced through the marijuana to extract the compounds from it, including cannabinoids and terpenes. Once we have that extract, the solvent is purged from it to ensure there are no chemicals left. 

Here is where things start to get particular to budder. The extract is agitated, meaning that it’s whipped into a little bit of a froth that eventually crystallizes and turns into fluffy, moist budder. 

How Do You Smoke Budder?

Budder is one of the easiest concentrates to enjoy because of its consistency. It’s thick enough to be easily scooped but wet enough that it’ll easily stick to a hot nail or anything else you add it to. These are the three most popular ways to enjoy budder:

  • Dab Rig: A dab rig is a special unit that vaporizes your concentrates on a hot nail. You heat the nail, let it cool a tiny bit, and then drop a scoop of your budder onto it. Immediately, your budder will start vaporizing, and you can inhale that vapor and enjoy it. If heating your nail with a butane torch sounds like way too much, you can also get e-nails and e-rigs that take care of the heating for you, so all you have to do is plug them in or power them up, and they’re ready to go.

  • Infused Joint or Bowl: If you enjoy smoking your marijuana, you don’t have to give that up to enjoy concentrates like budder. Rather, you would just infuse your joint or bowl with budder. If you’re adding it to a joint, we call that “twaxing.” For most cannabis enthusiasts, prior to rolling the joint, you’d add a little bit of budder to the ground flower, and then you simply roll it all together. Just be sure to keep the budder away from the paper, or you might get an uneven burn. If you’re adding it to a bowl, you simply pack your bowl with flower and then add a little bit of budder. Because budder takes longer to burn than flower, we recommend adding a little flower on top of the budder. This will keep your burn going and give time for the budder to heat up.

  • Vape: If vaping is your preferred method of smoking, you’ll want to get a vape pen (dab pen) or vaporizer. The best vaporizers will be able to handle both flower and concentrates. Then, you load it in a similar fashion as you do a dab rig. Add the budder to the heating chamber and the vaporizer does the work for you. 

How Strong is Budder?

Budder is strong. Really strong. While this may come as no surprise, since it falls in the concentrate category, it’s one of the most potent concentrates with anywhere from 80-90% THC. Because budder also retains many of its terpenes, you’re also going to benefit from the entourage effect. That is, the effect on your body when numerous marijuana compounds, including cannabinoids and terpenes, are consumed. 

Answering FAQs About Budder Wax

Budder wax is a popular concentrate for a reason, but there are a few things to know before you go shopping, including:

What is the best way to smoke budder wax?
While the best way is always going to be the way you prefer, one of the most common ways cannabis enthusiasts enjoy budder is by dabbing. This means you add the concentrate to a dab pen or dab rig and inhale the vapor that is produced.

Can I make budder at home?
No, it’s too dangerous. To make budder, you need a closed-loop system that will keep the gasses from flammable solvents contained. Without that professional-grade equipment, you could injure yourself or worse trying to DIY budder at home.

Is budder easy to use?
Of the concentrates, budder is one of the easiest to enjoy. This is thanks to its ability to be easily scooped and placed on a hot nail or in an infused joint

Buying Cannabis Budder

Budder is available at most dispensaries, so you likely won’t have any issue finding it at yours. You may be surprised at the variety of budder, though, based on the strain and other factors that you can choose from. If you have questions about the products you see on the shelves, just talk to a budtender. They can explain the products to help you make the best purchase.

Use of Marijuana Concentrate may lead to: Psychotic symptoms and/or Psychotic disorder (delusions, hallucinations, or difficulty distinguishing reality); Mental Health Symptoms/Problems; Cannabis Hyperemesis Syndrome (CHS) (uncontrolled and repetitive vomiting); Cannabis use disorder/dependence, including physical and psychological dependence.   Please consume responsibly. This product may cause impairment and may be habit forming. There may be health risks associated with consumption of this product.  State laws impact what dispensaries can and can’t sell to recreational customers and medical marijuana patients. Not every type of product, consumption method, dosage form, or potency mentioned on this blog will be permitted in all locations. 

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