Live Budder vs Live Rosin

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There are many different types of cannabis concentrates, and knowing the differences between them will allow you to choose the best one for your purposes and goals. Live budder and live rosin are two very popular cannabis concentrates that you can easily find in many dispensaries, and in some cases even make on your own.

Today, we want to determine what exactly both live rosin and live budder are, what the differences between them are, what their benefits are, and more. By the end of today, you should know all of the main differences between these two types of cannabis concentrates, so you can make an informed decision between the two. Who knows, maybe you'd like to try both!

Key Takeaways

  • While both are cannabis concentrates, budder is usually made with a solvent-based extraction process, whereas rosin is made without solvents.
  • Live budder and live rosin are both made with live or freshly harvested plant matter, as opposed to dried and cured plant matter.
  • Both are relatively similar concentrates, although budder is much smoother and airier and often has a slightly higher cannabinoid content.

First Things First, What is Rosin?

Rosin is a type of cannabis extract that is made from plant matter. Unlike other types of concentrates where the cannabinoids are extracted through a solvent-based extraction process, there are no solvents used for making rosin.

This is one of the big selling points because solvents are often associated with health risks, particularly when they are left behind in the concentrate.

By applying heat and pressure to the plant matter, the cannabis oils are pressed out of the plant matter, leaving you with what is known as rosin, a very thick, viscous, sticky, oily, and waxy substance. 

This can then be vaporized inside a dab rig or a refillable handheld vape. This type of concentrate often contains anywhere between 75% and 85% THC.

What Is Budder?

We then have budder, which is another type of cannabis concentrate. Budder is generally made using solvents. Budder is made by taking the plant matter and blasting it with either CO2 or butane, which are solvents. These solvents wash through all of the plant matter and separate the cannabinoids from the raw cannabis. It pulls out all the cannabinoids, the terpenes, flavonoids, and more.

This substance-rich liquid then collects in another container, at which point the manufacturer takes this liquid and bakes it with heat in a vacuum chamber, otherwise known as purging, to remove any remaining solvents.

This would generally leave you with what is known as butane hash oil. However, to turn it into budder, sometimes also referred to as budder wax, it is then whipped. 

It is quite literally whipped like cake batter or whipping cream, which helps incorporate air into the mixture. This leaves you with a much creamier, frothier, and smoother texture. It's like the whipped cream of the cannabis concentrate world. Keep in mind that this type of extract can contain up to 90% THC.

What Is Live Rosin And Live Budder?

Now that you know what rosin and budder are, let's take a closer look at what live rosin and live budder are. Generally speaking, both rosin and budder are made with cured plant matter. 

This means that after the cannabis has been harvested, it is then cured, a process that involves leaving it in airtight containers and only opening those containers and opening them periodically, with the aim of improving the flavor, the smokeability, and the THC content.

This process makes cannabis more enjoyable to smoke. However, when making concentrates, the problem is that the curing process removes a lot of the terpenes and flavonoids.

For this reason, many people use freshly harvested plant matter, otherwise known as live plant matter. This may be frozen very quickly just to make it easier to work with, but it is never dried and cured. This plant matter is harvested and processed directly as is. This allows much more of the terpene and flavonoid content to remain present, although the cannabinoid content often isn't quite as high.

What Are The Benefits Of Budder?

Budder is quickly becoming one of the more popular cannabis concentrates out there and for good reason. It has several benefits when compared to smoking flower, as well as when compared to other cannabis extracts. Let's take a look at why you might want to try budder at some point.

It’s Potent

One of the main reasons why people love live budder or cannabis budder is because it is so potent. With up to 90% THC, a little bit goes a long way. Even a dab or hit of 0.05 grams should be more than enough to get you sky-high. This is by far one of the most potent forms of cannabis out there.

The Flavors

Another reason why people like budder so much, particularly live budder, is because it still has most of its original terpenes and flavonoids. This means that it has a very complex flavor profile, and usually resembles the original strain.

The Entourage Effect

The next reason why people tend to love budder is that the combination of cannabinoids and terpenes contained in it allows for the entourage effect to take place. The entourage effect is when various cannabinoids and terpenes work together to produce additional benefits, which may be related to both the mind and body.

A Smooth Smoke

Although this may be more anecdotal than factual, many people say that because budder has air whipped into it, and because of its smooth consistency, it also produces a much smoother smoke than most other concentrates. 

People say that it doesn't make them cough as much. On that note, some people also say that because of its light texture, it's also easier to work with than other concentrates, such as shattered, which can be very hard and difficult to work with.

The High

Although this is also anecdotal in nature, many people say that the high produced by budder, particularly by live budder, is very clear-headed.

Can You Make Your Own Budder?

If you have all of the necessary equipment, you can make cannabis budder at home, although it is quite dangerous. Remember that cannabis buds are put in a very special tube that is elongated and airtight, through which a solvent such as CO2 butane is then blasted.

If we are talking about budder, it is usually butane. You then also have to have a vacuum chamber that you can bake the concentrate in, to remove the solvents.

You then also need to have the right equipment to whip the concentrate to turn it into budder. This is admittedly a very difficult process, and it's also dangerous. For the most part, it is not recommended that people engage in any solvent-based extraction process at home.

You may be able to make a more basic version of cannabis budder at home, which is by first making rosin. Here, you take the fresh cannabis bud and press it in between what is essentially a hair straightener. The heat and pressure, when applied to cannabis buds, cause the oils to release.

Once you get enough of those oils, you can then place them in a container and use specialized equipment to whip those oils until they are essentially quipped rosin or budder. It's not quite like the real thing, but it's about as close as you'll get at home without all of those dangerous solvents and baking processes.

Do You Smoke Budder The Same Way As Rosin?

Both budder and rosin can be smoked in the same ways, or realistically, vaporized or dabbed. The most common way of consuming both of these cannabis concentrates is by dabbing them. Dab rigs look like little bongs designed to vaporize cannabis concentrates.

They function by having a nail or bucket, which is heated up, either using a butane torch or a battery and heating coils, to the point where it is hot enough to cause the cannabis concentrates to vaporize into the air, at which point you can inhale them. If you’d rather take edibles than smoke, take a look at our Botany Farms Delta-9 Blue Raspberry Microdose Gummies.

How Does Live Budder Taste Compare To Live Rosin?

The cool thing about both live budder and live rosin is that they should have a very strong flavor that is reminiscent of the original strain. Because live plant matter was used, as opposed to cured plant matter, there should still be a great deal of terpenes and flavonoids present.

In this way, they should taste quite similar. However, the extraction process used for live rosin, because it does not contain any solvents or chemicals, generally preserves even more of the original terpenes and flavonoids. This means that live rosin is often a bit tastier than live budder, especially when it comes to resembling the original strain.

If you don’t want to deal with smoking at all, take a look at our own Botany Farms Live Resin CBD Tincture, which provides you with all of the potential benefits of CBD, without getting you high.


Although making them at home, especially the live budder, can be a bit of a challenge, they are certainly worth checking out. Both of these cannabis concentrates are very potent and flavorful. If you’d like to try some normal live resin, check out our Botany Farms Delta-8 Live Resin THC Tincture.

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