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Exploring Cannabis Concentrates

Cannabis concentrates provide users with a different way to enjoy weed. Concentrates are more potent than the flower and available in numerous forms and textures. For a quicker and more compelling high try concentrates.

The Making of Cannabis Concentrates

Most concentrates are made by soaking trim, cured nugs, or freshly harvested plants in a concentrate, such as butane, alcohol, or even water. CO2 extraction is considered a “cleaner” way of extracting the cannabinoids and terpenes. There are solventless extracts, as well. Dry sift resin, hash oil, and ice water hash are all made completely without the use of solvents. Let’s take a look at the different types of concentrates:

Live Resin

Live resin is a form of cannabis concentrate produced using fresh flower as opposed to dried and cured buds. The starting plant material includes fresh flower buds and sugar leaves. A flash-freezing process helps preserve the most desirable compounds and retain the full flavor of the cannabis plant. This method helps preserve the terpenes that are lost during the drying and curing process, resulting in a more flavorful and aromatic experience. Live Resin is high quality, and highly sought after.


Budder is a cannabis concentrate that is smooth and soft, and even pretty spreadable. Budder is made by agitating and heating the extract to about 100 degrees, and then further clarified using pressure and heat. The end result is the light, airy wax known as budder. Budder has a unique complexion, ranging from greenish brown to golden, depending on the method used to make it and the strain from which it is derived.


Badder, like budder, is usually classified as a cannabis wax. It’s made in the same way as well, using solvents, heat, and air pressure to create the concentrate. Badder is stickier and thicker than budder, and has a whipped consistency that looks a bit like cake frosting or even cookie dough. Badder is known for its golden color, and is also frequently referred to as “batter.”


Shatter is at the opposite end of the texture spectrum from waxy concentrates like budder and badder. Bright and brittle, shatter undergoes extremely rigorous extraction and purification processes to achieve a clear, nearly translucent composition. The result is something that resembles glass-like shards of hardened sap. Generally high in THC but low in terpenes and flavonoids, shatter ranks low in the categories of aroma and taste, but outflanks most other concentrates in terms of potency.


Sugar is a high-quality concentrate that looks like a glob of brown sugar, with sticky, crystallized THC. Granular, moist, and the color of dark honey. Sugars (aka sugar wax) are known for delivering a tasty, terpene-filled experience.

Using Cannabis Concentrates

Heating and inhaling the smoke is the most common way to consume concentrates, with the help of dab rigs and vape pens. They are other ways to have concentrates to like hash, kief, and crumble, which can be mixed into a joint.

Concentrates at HerbNJoy

HerbNJoy carries top shelf concentrates by well-known brands such as 710 Labs, Raw Garden, Stiiizy, Friendly Farms, Cannabiotix, Beezle, Heavy Hitters and more. Check out our menu for choice of strains:

Beverly Hills

Concentrate connoisseurs, you will love our selection. If you are new to concentrates, our knowledgeable budtenders will be only too happy to assist and guide you.

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