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Concentrates Explained: Badder vs Budder

Once upon a time, cannabis concentrates were rare and highly specialized products. These days, dabbing enthusiasts have a huge variety of products to choose from – there’s sauce, diamonds, wax, jelly, jam, sugar, crumble, shatter, and more! In this article we’re comparing two of the most popular consistencies on the market today: Budder vs Badder.

These concentrates may look similar, but each has its own unique properties that connoisseurs know and love. And with more specialized varieties in the works, it’s a great time to explore the world of concentrates. But with so many types of cannabis concentrates, you can easily get lost in the weed(s).


a macro shot of cannabis concentrate in the curing container
Concentrates come in a wide variety of textures.

Cannabis Concentrates 101

Before we get to discussing Badder vs Budder, we need to take a closer look at concentrates. Cannabis concentrates are highly potent products made from extracted cannabinoids and terpenes from the plant material. There are many concentrate types, each distinguished by its extraction process and final consistencies.

Some of the more popular concentrates are:

Budder and Badder are typically made from either live resin, live rosin, or virgin concentrates

Blueberry Clementine Live Resin Budder
Budder has a consistency that makes it easy to work with.

How is Budder Made?

No matter which extraction method is the starting point, Lab technicians make Budder by taking the extracted THC oil and whipping it under low heat into a smooth texture with terpenes that settle at the top due to the high terpene content.

The final product is a soft, airy, and spreadable texture much like table butter.

4Kings Badder Live Resin Badder
Badder has a smooth whipped texture.

How is Badder Made?

Lab technicians make Budder in a very similar fashion. The primary difference is the amount of heat and whipping applied throughout the process.

The end result is a very smooth whipped concentrate with high terpene content and a cake batter consistency that makes it easier to work with when dabbing.

The truth is that these two concentrates are very similar in many ways. They are similarly potent and terpene rich. Both Budder and Badder have a smooth whipped texture that dabbers prize for its ease of handling.

What is the difference between Badder vs Budder?

The biggest difference between Badder and Budder is in their consistency and texture due to their unique production processes. Badder boasts a thicker, malleable consistency, like cake batter, offering ease of use for dabbing enthusiasts. It’s achieved through a specific whipping technique applied during the extraction process, which introduces air and controls heat to achieve its characteristic texture.

On the other hand, Budder has a creamier, more spreadable consistency, resembling butter, achieved by whipping the concentrate at a slightly different temperature and duration. Both concentrates are rich in terpenes and potent in THC content, making them favorites among those seeking intense flavor and robust effects.

How Strong are Badder & Budder?

Badder and budder are recognized for their high potency among cannabis concentrates, often containing THC levels ranging from 70% to 90%. This makes them one of the stronger options available on the market, providing a powerful and rapid onset of effects. The exact strength of Badder can vary depending on the strain of cannabis used and the extraction method, but it consistently offers a concentrated dose of cannabinoids and terpenes.

Due to their high-potency, badder and budder are particularly favored by experienced users. Newcomers to cannabis concentrates should always start low and go slow.

How to Store Your Badder or Budder

To preserve the taste and texture of your Budder and Badder, always keep them in an airtight container. Place them in a cool, dry place and away from direct sunlight.

We recommend storing them between 45-65F (7-18C). Colder environments with less oxygen will preserve your concentrates for longer periods of time.

Cannabis terpenoids are volatile and prone to degradation. Over time, concentrate textures can shift and change with exposure to heat and light.

This is due to their high terpene content and not always because of a breakdown of the product itself. If your concentrate changes from Budder to Sugar, for example, don’t worry! It will still retain its medicinal value!

Dabbing tools set up on a marble tabletop
Dabbing is THE way to enjoy your badder or budder.

How to Use Cannabis Concentrates: Badder vs Budder

Budder and Badder are both versatile products that you can use in a few different ways.

Dab Rig

If you’re a fan of dabbing, Budder and Badder are potent concentrates that provide a clean and intense dab experience with a strong terpene profile. 

Dab Pen

Enjoy Budder and Badder in a dab pen that’s designed to handle concentrates for a smooth, potent, and flavorful vaping experience.

Joint Enhancer

If you want to take your joint to the next level, you can add a small amount of Budder or Badder to boost the potency and flavor of your joint.

Bowl Enhancer

Top off your bowl with a drop of Budder or Badder to enhance the overall effect and add an extra layer of flavor.

Keep in mind that combustion is not the ideal way to enjoy Budder and Badder because the high heat destroys the carefully extracted terpenes.

Check out Dab-ucation 101: How to Take Dabs Like a Pro to become a dab-expert.

Final Thoughts

Navigating cannabis concentrates for beginners can seem complicated at times. However, it’s easy to see that two of the most popular, Budder and Badder, share many similarities while still maintaining their unique characteristics. Crafted through meticulous extraction and whipping processes, both Budder and Badder offer a potent, terpene-rich profile with a creamy, easily manageable consistency appreciated by dab enthusiasts.

While they are versatile, the best consumption method is dabbing to preserve the fragile terpenes and to offer an undiluted cannabis experience. As the world of concentrates continues to expand, exploring the nuanced differences between products like Budder and Badder provides a fascinating look into the art and science of cannabis.

Want to see what all the hype is about? Shop Revolution Cannabis concentrates now!

General Cannabis FAQ

Cannabis, often referred to as marijuana, is a plant that has been used for thousands of years for various purposes, including medicine, textiles, and recreation. The plant contains compounds known as cannabinoids, with delta-9-tetrahydrocannabinol (THC) and cannabidiol (CBD) being the most well-known. THC is primarily responsible for the plant’s psychoactive effects, while CBD is recognized for its potential therapeutic benefits without causing a “high.”

Many countries and U.S. states have decriminalized or legalized the use of marijuana for medical use, recreational, or both. The legal status changes frequently as legislation evolves.

In the U.S., states vote to regulate marijuana use on an individual basis. While it remains illegal at the federal level, numerous states have legalized it for medicinal and/or recreational use.

The following states have legalized medical, recreational, or both:

  • Alaska – Medical
  • Arizona – Legal
  • Arkansas – Medical
  • California – Legal
  • Colorado – Legal
  • Connecticut – Legal
  • Delaware – Legal
  • District of Columbia – Legal
  • Florida – Medical
  • Hawaii – Medical (Possession decriminalized for small amounts)
  • Illinois – Legal
  • Louisiana – Medical (Possession decriminalized for small amounts)
  • Maine – Legal
  • Maryland – Legal
  • Massachusetts – Legal
  • Michigan – Legal
  • Minnesota – Legal
  • Mississippi – Medical (Possession decriminalized for small amounts)
  • Missouri – Legal
  • Montana – Legal
  • Nevada – Legal
  • New Hampshire – Medical (Possession decriminalized for small amounts)
  • New Jersey – Legal
  • New Mexico – Legal
  • New York – Legal
  • North Dakota – Medical (Possession decriminalized for small amounts)
  • Ohio – Medical (Possession decriminalized)
  • Oklahoma – Medical
  • Oregon – Legal
  • Pennsylvania – Medical
  • Rhode Island – Legal
  • South Dakota – Medical
  • Utah – Medical
  • Vermont – Legal
  • Virginia – Legal
  • Washington – Legal
  • West Virginia – Medical


Outside of the U.S., countries like The Netherlands, Canada, and, more recently, Thailand have legalized cannabis on a national level.

Always check local laws and regulations in your specific location.

In states where marijuana has been legalized, you can purchase products at licensed dispensaries. Revolution products are available at Enlightened, Revolution, and partner dispensaries in Illinois, Arkansas, Missouri, and Maryland. Find a dispensary near you.

Keep in mind that dispensaries may cater to medical patients, recreational consumers, or both, depending on local laws.

Always ensure that you are buying from a reputable and licensed establishment to guarantee product quality and safety.

The effects of cannabis vary widely depending on the strain, dosage, method of consumption, an individual’s endocannabinoid system, and more.

Some commonly reported effects include:

Psychoactive Effects: Euphoria, mood elevation, cerebral stimulation, stress relief, calming effects, and relaxation.

Physical Effects: Pain relief, body buzz, anti-inflammation, anti-nausea, energy boost or sedation, and appetite stimulation

*Medical Benefits: Cannabis is believed to have a range of therapeutic effects and alleviation of symptoms related to conditions like epilepsy, PTSD, and more.

*Marijuana is not approved by the FDA to treat, cure, or prevent any disease.

The primary difference lies in their intended use:

Medical Cannabis: Used as a treatment and alleviation of symptoms for specific health conditions. Medical strains might be cultivated and processed to have higher CBD content or other therapeutic compounds. Medical cannabis requires a physician who usually prescribes or recommends it as a treatment option.

Recreational Cannabis: Used without a medical justification but for personal enjoyment and fulfillment.

The process varies from state to state but typically involves the following steps:

Doctor’s Recommendation: Schedule an appointment with a physician who is authorized to recommend medical marijuana. Discuss your health conditions and reasons for seeking cannabis as a treatment.

Application: Once you have a doctor’s recommendation, you’ll usually need to apply for a medical marijuana card through a designated state or country agency.

Proof & Identification: Provide necessary identification and proof of residency as required by your jurisdiction.

Fee Payment: Most jurisdictions require a fee for the application and issuance of a medical marijuana card.

Card Issuance: Once approved, you will receive your medical marijuana card, allowing you to purchase cannabis at designated medical dispensaries.

If you’d like more detailed information, please read our state-specific medical card guide here.