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. Some Badder is partly sticky, leaning towards the consistency of Sauce, while others look more like Crumble with a bumpier texture.
“Take a dab of badder when the nail reaches 350-400 degrees Fahrenheit to get the tastiest flavor.”
A cannabis concentrate with a soft, solid consistency similar to a stick of butter. Budder is one of many concentrate textures and appears in Rosin and many solvent-based extractions. A phenomena called “auto-buddering” can occur with extracts that have not been winterized if they are exposed to fluctuating temperatures or excess humidity.
“I taste so many terpene flavors from this dab of budder.”
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.