Shatter vs. Budder: Is One Better?
Shatter vs Budder: Is one better?
The short answer: no. It’s a matter of personal preference.
Concentrate consistencies can be broken down into 2 categories—crystalized or nucleated.
Shatter is crystalized, the molecules exist in a matrix which allow the extract to be like a pane of glass, transparent to light. This crystallization seems to allow shatter to hold terpene content better, so it will not “dry out” as much when exposed to air (which seems to happen to crumble as it oxidizes). This also means that shatter generally does not have much of a smell. Many people like shatter for it’s ease of use, though some more honey-like extracts can be quite difficult to work with.
Nucleated extracts are not transparent and can take any one of a number of forms. Differences in extraction techniques as well as cannabinoid/terpene content causes different forms of extracts, including: budder, cake badder, crumble, sugar, and wax. These types of extracts are often very fragrant, as the terpenes are not encased in the crystal matrix. Depending on the exact consistency, extracts like this can be easy or difficult to use—as they may stick to the dabber like wet sugar but may also be quite dry and more similar to traditional hash.
Both forms can both have similar amounts of cannabinoids and terpenes, though shatter is more stable and therefore may be better suited for long term storage. Both types of extracts should be stored chilled for the best preservation of potency and bouquet.
For storage, a refrigerator works fine, but if you’re buying something special, a wine cooler is ideal. Just make sure that your extracts are stored in an airtight container (hint: put coin envelopes or pop-top medicine bottles in a tupperware). When you remove from the refrigerator, allow to warm to up before exposing to air or dabbing, to avoid condensation. If you live in a humid climate condensation, this could lead to a slight sizzle on the nail from water content (not really an issue in southern California). I’ve personally stored extracts for over a year in this manner and had no problems.