Batter, Badder, Budder – What Are They And How Do You Use Them?

by Brad P
Badder, Butter, Batter by Emjay. Photo by Avery Meeker on Unsplash

Cannabis concentrates can be confusing. They come in all different colors, consistencies, and potencies. It seems like everyone has their own preferences and smoke methods. With names like badder, batter, shatter, dabs, and budder, writing about them sounds suspiciously like a Dr. Seuss book about cannabis. (Would you smoke badder in a box? Would you dab budder with a fox?)

Although a whimsical book about cannabis concentrates actually sounds pretty dope, for now, we’ll settle for a step-by-step guide for using badder, batter, and budder.

What is badder/batter?

Some people call it badder, others call it batter. They are the same thing. However brands choose to spell it, badder is a cannabis concentrate known for its smooth and malleable consistency. It’s light, airy, and “whipped”, which makes this extract appear similar to frosting or a thick cake batter. Quality badder is usually a golden or blonde color and is a favorite among experienced concentrate users.

What is budder?

Budder is a cannabis concentrate named for its similarities in consistency and color to the butter we cook with. One of the softest concentrates, budder appears in many solvent-based extractions of cannabis concentrates. While the smooth consistency stays the same, the appearance changes based on the strain used to make the concentrates, so it can be anywhere from green-brown, to golden butter in color.

How are badder/batter and budder made?

Like most cannabis concentrates, badder/batter and budder are made by soaking cannabis in various solvents such as butane, CO2, isopropyl alcohol, or ice water. The difference for softer waxes like batter or budder is that you form it right after the agitation of cannabinoids while extracting, right when they start crystallizing. This prevents the liquid from setting up entirely, like it does when making shatter. 

Carbon Dioxide (CO2) extraction tends to be one of the most common methods because it doesn’t leave any traces and evaporates after extraction. Hailed as one of the safest methods around, it uses pressurized CO2 to pull out terpenes, flavonoids, and cannabinoids to create tasty badders and budders.

How are budder and badder/batter different?

So if badder and budder are made the same way, then what’s the difference? While both fall under the umbrella category of “waxes”, the main difference is the consistency. Budder is the softest cannabis concentrate and should be spreadable like table butter. Badder is a little thicker, stickier and harder to spread.

How do I smoke badder/batter or budder?

Just like flower, everyone has their own preference when it comes to how to smoke badder/batter and budder. While you can smoke both using a more traditional method, most cannabis users who smoke batter or budder frequently recommend using a “dab rig”. 

What’s a dab rig? 

A dab rig is essentially a specially designed bong that is specifically used to burn concentrates like batter and budder. While a dab rig is similar to a traditional bong, there are some important modifications that make it better for smoking concentrates. Specifically, a dab rig has two important pieces that are essential for smoking shatter: a nail and a dome.

Like a bong, a dab rig has a vertical chamber, a mouthpiece and a hole. Instead of inserting a bowl in the hole, that’s where the ‘nail’ goes. First, you heat the nail (typically with a blowtorch), then you place a small scoop of batter or budder on the hot nail and cover it with the dome (a spherical glass piece that fits over the nail). The hot nail vaporizes the concentrate while the dome keeps all that good stuff locked in for you to inhale through the mouth of the dab rig. This will draw the vapor through the water chamber and into your lungs.

There are also newer products on the market called eRigs or eNails that make dabbing more accessible to beginners. Basically an electric version of a dab rig that eliminates the need for a torch, eRigs are a great choice for anyone who prefers a hassle-free dab experience.

Remember, when you use a dab rig you are inhaling a concentrated form of cannabis directly, as opposed to cutting it with flower as in the other methods. So, start with small measured tokes until you have a better idea how you’ll react to a potent THC concentrate like badder or budder.

Can I smoke batter/badder or budder in a joint, blunt, etc?

Buying a dab rig can feel like a huge commitment, especially if you’re just starting to experiment with concentrates. Fortunately, soft concentrates like batter and budder can easily be smoked in a joint or blunt as well. Simply spread the concentrate as evenly as possible on your joint paper or blunt wrap before you add your flower, roll and smoke as usual. Careful not to spread the concentrate too thick in order to assure even burning. This method is great for beginners or anyone just looking for a little extra from their joint or blunt. Mixing the concentrate with flower should soften the effects a little, but if you are new to concentrates, start small and work your way up as you get used to the effects.

What should I expect when I smoke badder/batter or budder?

Concentrates typically run in the 70-80%+ THC range, which is 2-3 times as strong as really strong flower, so you can definitely expect to get pretty high. Long time concentrate users report an almost instantaneous high with enhanced visual and physical effects. 

How high you get using badder or budder depends on the strain of cannabis used to create the concentrate and your smoke method. If you smoke it in a joint or blunt, your reaction can vary based on the strains of both the concentrate and the flower. Generally speaking, if you’re mixing badder or budder with flower in a blunt or joint, an experienced cannabis user would experience an enhanced buzz that shouldn’t be overwhelming or surprising. If you are new to smoking or a casual cannabis user that wants to experiment with concentrates, this method would allow you to test out a stronger dose and gauge your reaction.

Can I get badder or budder delivered?

Now that you know everything you need to know about badder and budder, it’s time to give it a try. Don’t worry, we’ve got you covered with same-day delivery! If you’re trying badder for the first time, we suggest checking out Wonderbrett’s line, which includes fun flavors like Pink Picasso, Beyond Blueberry and Strawberry Bliss. As for budder, we recommend checking out Gelato Budder from Kings Garden or the Honey Budder line from JFarmz.

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