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What’s in a name?

All concentrates begin with a solvent, butane for example, or non-solvent (CO2) extraction process. It is after the extraction process that the producer makes a choice to make shatter or sugar for example. All concentrates depend on how the extracted oil is handled, but the choice of concentration technique makes a world of difference in the end product available to the consumer. 

 Shatter ( aka “pull and snap” or “taffy”):


  • Butane Hash Oil (BHO) extractions can reach a 99% THC level.


  • The butane extraction can leave behind residual solvent.
  • The cooled glass-like nature of shatter is brittle and can literally shatter when trying to dab.
Wax/Budder (aka badder, batter, or crumble) 


  • Moldable texture of wax.
  • Easily put on a dab tool which eases dosing.


  • Melts quickly. The dab rig must be at a cool temperature before adding.
Honeycomb (aka “pie crust” or crumble)


  • The honeycomb look has a coolness factor.


  • Honeycomb can be brittle like shatter or waxy like beeswax. There is no set standard for the product.


  • Prepared only by heat and pressure, there is no chance of solvent residue.
  • Glue texture makes it easy to add to a dab ring.
  • Can be vaped.


  • Often more expensive than solvent extraction methods.
Sugar (aka oil or “sugar oil”)


  • Shatter and budder can “sugar” if not stored properly. While the quality hasn’t changed, visually people feel it is different. Therefore sugar is sold at a discounted price. 


  • Can be hard to get on a dab pin.

As with any cannabis, start low and slow. For a concentrate, a grain of rice is a good size to aim for.

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