Difference Between Shatter, Budder, and Crumble


What is the difference between shatter, budder, and crumble Concentrates?

This question signals a development in the cannabis recreational scene. There used to be only one type of concentrate. Now, concentrates have evolved into many forms.

If you’re lucky, you could get answers comprehensively from budtenders stationed in dispensaries. However, for the majority of us who like to get our answers quickly and in written form, here’s a guide that explains the difference between shatter, budder, and crumble.

Cannabis Concentrate: What Is It?

Before anything else, it’s important we understand shatter, budder, and crumble’s nature. All of them are categorized under “concentrates.”

What is a concentrate?

A concentrate, sometimes referred to as an extract or dab, is a concentrated form of hemp. Concentrates are highly potent and may have more than 80% of tetrahydrocannabinol or THC (the main psychoactive component of cannabis) depending on the source.

Concentrates are made by refining hemp to a degree, creating a concentrated blend of hemp in the process. This production manner is achieved either through solvent-based or solventless methods.

Most concentrates are amber-colored and can be hard like glass or sticky like honey. There are a few ways these types of products can be consumed. The most common way is by dabbing or vaping.

Related: Want to learn more? Read up on Delta 9 THC Concentrates here.


Shatter is probably one of the best-selling concentrates to hit the shelves today. Often hard and brittle, shatter is an extract known for its glass-like consistency and golden color. There is a sappier version of shatter too which is thought to have more amounts of CBD (cannabidiol) and terpenes. When used correctly, this gooey version of shatter can have a better smell and taste.

Shatter is inhaled in a dab rig, vape pen, or by adding it to your flower. As far as potency goes, hemp-derived shatter can be very strong for some users. Most adult consumers consider it a convenient and quick way to enjoy concentrates.

Shatter is made in several different ways, but the most common method uses butane. Producing shatter requires a closed-loop extraction system which helps maintain hemp’s compound profile.

Budder and Badder

Budder and badder. Sounds like a tongue twister, right? They’re actually a group of concentrates similar in appearance with only a few variations.

Budder (also known as batter) is smooth like butter, not to be confused with cannabutter, which is another subject altogether. The color of this concentrate can vary but is usually yellow or gold.

Badder has more of an icing consistency, thicker than a budder. It is light yellow and opaque.

This group of concentrates is typically made with solvents including butane or alcohol. Producers are recently using CO2 extraction for a cleaner and more potent product finish.

Budder and badder can be consumed the same way as other concentrates, in a dab rig or vape pen, etc.

Crumble Wax

Crumble wax, also called honeycomb, is a powerful extract with a dry or crumbly texture. The color of this concentrate can range but is usually a dark yellow. Shaving bits of crumble wax pieces works well when added to a joint or bowl of flower, in a dab rig, or portable vaporizer coils.

Similar to the other types of concentrates, crumble is more commonly made with butane or CO2 extraction. The only difference is its pre-purged oils have nicer moisture and thicker consistency. One popular way of processing crumble is by purging it for a long time in low heat. This preserves terpenes and other precious hemp compounds better and makes for a quality crumble altogether.

Dosage Tips

Many factors influence the effects these concentrates can exude on consumers. Other factors include an individual’s unique body chemistry, tolerance, dosage, potency, and more. Thus, expect concentrate product effects to vary from one individual to another.

In general, concentrates taken through inhalation methods (rigs, bongs, vape pens, etc.) have a quick onset and can last a few hours. But let’s say you are using concentrates for the first time, how much should you take?

Whether you are new to concentrates or are just trying a new formulation, take it slow. Take a rice-size (or smaller) dab, or a small puff from a vape and wait an hour or more before taking another hit. Observe the effects and add or lessen the dosage accordingly to your liking.

The Legal Status of Hemp-derived Concentrates

Federally compliant concentrates are hemp-derived and can only contain a maximum of 0.3% delta 9 THC. By default, these regulations permit the production and sale of additional formulations, such as delta 8 THC, etc.

Another factor influencing the legal status of concentrates is that there are some states which have restricted the sale of hemp products completely. This is even after the passing of the 2018 Farm which basically legalized hemp and its compounds.

So you might want to check your state’s unique protocols on cannabis concentrates before purchasing one.

What are federally illegal concentrate products?

Illegal concentrates are sourced from marijuana and go beyond the 0.3% delta 9 THC limit. In contrast, some states continue selling concentrates despite this. Again, your local regulations will determine what products are legal for sale.

What is interesting is the latest legal development in Nevada. According to High Times, a judge ordered the Nevada Board of Pharmacy to remove cannabis from its list of Schedule 1 substances.

Note: Schedule 1 substances refer to drugs with no medical use and have a high risk for substance abuse.

Budder and badder. Sounds like a tongue twister, right? They’re actually a group of concentrates similar in appearance with only a few variations.

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