Looking to expand into the world of extracts?

You should really know budder.

A new era of legal recreational marijuana in Canada is already yielding some surprising—and not so surprising—data. Statistics Canada shows that folks along the East Coast like to smoke a lot of pot; the same stats demonstrate that British Columbia is holding steady when it comes to per person retail sales across the province.

However you slice it, the common theme amongst Canadian users appears to be a greater-than-average interest in weed consumption (as a nation, we ran out of stock on the first day of legalization). The cannabis production industry is booming; online and brick-and-mortar retailers are clamouring for digital and physical representation. And then there are the extractors.

Extracts are becoming more popular than ever. In order to meet the demand of a community of ravenous consumers, extraction labs and individual retailers continue to ramp up research and education in order to develop new, innovative methods of production. But it is one extract in particular that has proven to be a favourite, consistently delivering on its promise of purity and potency and garnering devoted fans from far and wide. But how well—and how much—do you know about budder?

There are many articles on budder currently floating around the web, however, without existing and extensive knowledge of green terminology, it is easy to become dazed and confused. So if this is your first rodeo and you want to get a sense of all of the various benefits of marijuana’s recreational and medicinal effects, it is important to know your options. And since cannabis use is now regulated on a federal level, there is an abundance of safe and unbiased information available to ensure that you know what you are using.

What is budder?

Budder is a potent form of cannabis concentrate. It is the result of a complex process that includes blasting chemical solvents (primarily butane, propane, or alcohol) through the marijuana flower buds in order to extract cannabinoids like CBD and THC. To safely experience this extracted compound, the harmful solvents held within the concentrate need to be purged by intense levels of heat and air pressure. During this process, the cannabinoids begin to crystallize, and the resulting sappy material is whipped into a batter-like substance. And then, voila!

budder bros

When processed properly it looks just like peanut butter and possesses that same yellow, creamy consistency. The greater control exercised during the extraction stage, the lighter and fluffier the budder will be.

Where did budder come from?

In order to get a clearer sense of what budder is, you should also know, definitively, what it is not. On the expansive range of cannabis wax extracts, let’s imagine that budder sits contentedly between two other concentrates known as “Shatter” and “Crumble”. While the extraction process for all three is relatively similar, the finished products differ significantly. Shatter is golden in colour and characterized by a brittle, glass-like texture; Crumble has the driest consistency of all concentrates, as evident by its name—good crumble should be able to break into customizable sized bits of wax. Budder lies, texturally, in the middle.

The origins of budder vary depending on who you ask. The long-accepted creator and original marketer of budder is The BudderKing, a pioneering (Canadian) brand in the field of cannabinoid extraction that to this day maintains a steadfast devotion to purity and authenticity (“Don’t be fooled by imitations!”). The story behind the budder name is actually quite fascinating. In short, BudderKing’s founder, having created the substance in the mid-1990s and hoping to deter future copycats, attempted to trademark the word “butter”, as it was known in its original iterations. The Canadian Trademark office justifiably shot down the request. Until, of course, a family member suggested a slight copy change. Budder was born, and dispensaries across Canada began stocking the newly minted brand name extract.

How can budder get me high?

Extraction practices have evolved significantly since the debut of budder. Current methods have been adapted to not only produce the popular wax, but to ensure that the substance has a high content of THC—the principal psychoactive constituent that gives weed it’s euphoric and, oftentimes, hallucinogenic quality. A high concentration of THC means that users get more bang for their buck—and since budder production features such an exhaustive process, costs are considerably higher than other extracts.

Budder is typically referred to as the most potent and pure of all the various forms of cannabis concentrate. When using high-quality flowers, in addition to proper manufacturing equipment, the THC content in budder can range from 60 to 80 percent. For perspective, the typical dispensary pre-roll marijuana joint accounts for about 10 to 25 percent THC. With this in mind, many users find budder a more economical choice as less product is required for consumption in order to attain the desired effect. Alternatively, the opportunity for overindulging, indicated by rapid heartbeat, excessive dry mouth, and hallucinations, is greater.

How can I use budder?

Once you’ve scored some highly potent budder, it is very important to know how to use it. Chances are, if you are shopping at a reputable retailer, an associate will be able to provide you with step-by-step instructions. But just in case, here are the best practices for consuming this and many other types of concentrates:

Rolled, in a joint—this is perhaps the default method for most first-timers. Break apart your budder with a dabbing tool or another clean utensil. Sprinkle the waxy substance along the length of the joint, distributing evenly.

Vaping—adding your budder to a vaporizer is simple, convenient and portable. However, low-cost devices will likely not heat the extract to the recommended temperature, resulting in poor quality. Vaping any type of herb is (loosely) considered a healthier alternative to smoking in that you are eliminating the need for paper while boiling out the herb compounds rather than combusting it with fire.

Dabbing—vaporizing your budder on a heated surface. Concentrates were made to be dabbed, as the devices are built with greater consideration to heating than your average bong or handheld vaporizer.

In a bong—this process is virtually identical to that of smoking a bong with buds. Add your budder to the bowl, light and inhale.

budder bong

It is important to note that improper storage of budder will speed up its already brief shelf life. For best results, the concentrate should be kept away from light in an air-tight silicone or glass container. Moisture, oxygen and warm temperatures will accelerate the degradation process and could alter the aroma, colour potency and TCH effects.

What does budder taste like?

As you know by now, budder is not simply kitchen butter infused with marijuana. Describing the taste of budder, or any other concentrate for that matter is complicated. In order to get an idea of what your taste buds can expect, you may require a brief trip back to high school science class.

Budder retains extremely high levels of terpenes which, in turn, help to make budder the most flavourful of all the cannabis concentrates. Terpenes are the aromatic metabolites found in the oils of all plants—there are approximately 20,000 terpenes in existence, and at least 100 that are produced by the Cannabis plant. In addition to providing various varieties (or strains) of plants with distinctive scents, terpenes also contain many individual naturopathic properties (anti-inflammatories, appetite suppressants, sedatives, etc.)

Pinene (pine)—the most common terpene of them all, it is also found in orange peels, basil, pine needles, and parsley.

Myrcene—the most common terpene in the Cannabis plant; it is also found in hops, thyme, lemongrass, and mangoes.

Limonene (citrus)—limonene smells…wait for it…like lemons, and oranges, limes, and grapefruits.

Caryophyllene—this spicy, peppery terpene features heavily in basils, cloves, cinnamon leaves, and black pepper.

Terpinolene—a smoky scent is a trademark here, residing in woodsy plants like sage and rosemary.

The aroma of your budder will depend primarily on the variety of plant you select. For example, if you opt for budder made from the Lemon Haze—a strain of plant that is high in limonene terpenes—this will result in a fresh, citrusy fragrance. For first timers, it is best to not set your taste expectations too high. Until a considerable palette has been developed, your concentrates are going to taste primarily like “weed”. Eventually, you will be able to get your head around the complexities of the strain. And, of course, provided the concentrate was prepared correctly, the nuances will gradually become recognizable and you are likely to develop a preferred flower—and terpene—for future experiences.

How safe is budder?

Devotees have been arguing the health benefits of marijuana for ages. In reality, inhaling any substance—foreign or natural—directly into the lungs is not going to garner support from many doctors or medical professionals.

For what it’s worth, BudderKing budder is rigorously tested for various plant abnormalities like molds, diseases, pesticides and toxins. They claim potency of 99.7 percent pure cannabinoids. If you are looking for an effective and near-instantaneous high, you really cannot go wrong. As always, practice everything in moderation. Know your limits and never ingest any cannabis-based compound prior to driving.

If you are considering an attempt at extracting your own budder—don’t. Butane and alcohol are volatile (and explosive) substances and should never be considered safe. Knowledge, experience and high-tech equipment are the minimum requirements for any alcohol extraction setup—and if you are reading this, you likely possess none of the above. Purchasing budder from a trusted vendor is the best option for any user.

There you have it. In the ever-expanding world of cannabis concentrates, budder is considerably better. While every cannabis user has their preferred extract, the proof remains in the pudding—budder offers a superior range of benefits. It’s highly potent, almost completely pure, and justifiably pricey. A quality recreational product standing at the front of a rapidly growing market.


weed seeds

Hating weed seeds (and stems) is practically a commandment once you’re inducted to the holy order of smoke. Unless your weed-buying experience has been fully legal—and even then sometimes—you’re familiar with the disappointing eighth bag filled with seeds. Depending on what part of the world you’re in, an eighth could have cost you a good bit so this is frustrating on a number of levels. More money spent, less weed to smoke.

From a value perspective, marijuana consumers have always preferred fewer seeds and more usable plant. The presence of seeds in your weed is natural but can speak to the quality of your weed and suggest a few things. First, it’s important to understand why cannabis seeds exist.

Cannabis is a dioecious plant, meaning its female and male reproductive organs are found on separate individual plants. In order to reproduce, the flower of a female plant must be pollinated by a male plant after which the female flower produces seeds. Some cannabis plants can produce male flowers alongside female flowers on the same plant. This is known as the hermaphrodite condition and is especially likely to occur if the plants are exposed to environmental stressors or left to flower for a longer than normal period. Once the seeds are mature, the female plant begins to die, and seeds are dropped to the ground where they germinate and grow into new cannabis plants the next spring.

male and female canna plant

Because of all this, some growers prefer to cultivate “sinsemilla” (Spanish for “no seed”), or female cannabis plants grown in an environment without males to produce the seedless, high potency flowers we’ve come to know in dispensaries. If you’re familiar with the Netflix show Narcos: Mexico, this is the type of weed produced by Rafael “Rafa” Quintero on a large scale, a key reason they were able to accelerate the growth of the Guadalajara Cartel.

In reality, Rafa didn’t invent the process like the show claims, but he did create the world’s largest sinsemilla weed growing operation at the time. The word ‘sinsemilla’ has been associated with seedless cannabis flowers since at least the 1970s, with the lack of seeds also spurring a reputation for sinsemilla marijuana as being better. Proponents say the plant produces high-quality buds with more intense effects than seed-laced samples of the herb.


So what to do with the seeds if you haven’t been blessed with sinsemilla this re-up? That depends on how involved you want to be. While it hurts to throw the money away, no one really recommends smoking the seeds. There are no health concerns, it’s just not a pleasant taste or gentle smoke. If you roll your weed, you may be familiar with the violent popping that occurs when a seed accidentally slips into your joint or blunt. If the seeds are healthy, and you have the time and money, you can try to grow them. All you need to do is make sure they’re healthy. Healthier and genetically superior seeds have darker colours on the outer shell. Shades of grey and black are signs of good seeds, sometimes they even have a tiger stripe aesthetic.

Healthy weed seeds will also look like they have a coating of wax of their shell. Darker and better-quality seeds will feel firm to the touch. Squeeze the seed between your thumb and index finger to test its resilience. If the seed feels firm and does not bend or break under the applied pressure, then it’s more than likely worth planting. Poor-quality or old seeds will crack and crumble under pressure.

weed seeds 2

As I said though, growing your own marijuana plant isn’t as simple as just planting or picking out the correct seed. It’s a much more involved process than people think from the outside and can be frustrating if you don’t have the time, will and effort to produce the quality of weed you’re used to, especially if you shop at a dispensary. The real problem with seeds is no one really wants them to smoke and those who want to grow might not even be able to use them.


This is the first of a series of articles about rare vehicles for the person who wants something original and totally awesome. Today I will be focusing on 70’s Japanese muscle cars: a mostly unknown and under-appreciated genre of truly wicked vehicles.

The Originality of Japanese Muscle Cars

During the ’70s, Japanese car companies attempted to compete with American cars by making smaller versions of American muscle cars. The result was beautifully made, powerful mini versions of cars resembling classic Ford Mustangs and Dodge Chargers. Few examples can be seen today but they are out there and surprisingly, they go for much less than their American counterparts – if you can find them. Truly, if you want an original car that stands out while looking tough but not douchey, these vehicles are a very sick choice.

Japanese Muscle Cars 1

’73 Datsun Sunny

The Origin

In the late ’60s, Mitsubishi sent Hiroaki Kamisago, one of their designers, to the Art Center College of Design in Los Angeles. His creation, the Mitsubishi Galant GTO would herald a new wave of American-style Japanese muscle cars throughout the ’70s. Compared to their American cousins, Japan’s vehicle offerings were lighter, smaller and had much tinier yet still powerful engines. These vehicles were in a class of their own and became popular in the states after the oil crisis of ’73. Stand out examples include the Toyota Celica, the Mazda RX-3/RX-4, the Nissan Skyline, the Nissan Laurel C130, the Datsun 610/710 SSS and of course the Mitsubishi Galant GTO.

Japanese Muscle Cars 2

Toyota Celica GT2000


Usually, the best way to find these cars is by putting an alert on Craigslist as that’s one of the few places they tend to show up. With American classic muscle cars averaging $40-$100K, these Japanese mini versions are way cheaper and obviously cool as hell. Many of these cars were released in the states but in somewhat limited supply. Japanese right-side-steering-wheel versions are easier to find so it might be worth the steering wheel compromise to get your hands on one. Just look at the pics and then close your eyes and imagine yourself cruising in one of these glorious metal beasts.

Japanese Muscle Cars 3

Mazda RX3 SP

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With the hailed release of the recent A Tribe Called Quest album and the massive popularity of Kendrick Lamar, golden era hip hop is in the mainstream spotlight. Many people know the main acts from back in the day, but a lot of great gems are gathering dust in the annals of obscurity. I’ll be doing a series of articles showcasing some of the best of the least known so that you may chill harder than ever before.

But what makes a 90’s golden era track? There are a few common denominators. Here are some but they are not always limited to: jazz samples, conscious lyrics, a large crew of rappers (not always of course) and the indescribable element of having a vibe. If you aren’t clear on what a vibe is, it’s essentially the feeling of mellow and cool at the same time. For a track to have a vibe, you should feel chilled out from the very first moment of the track. If you’re still not sure what I mean, then just start listening to the tracks on this post and you will soon understand.

Some of the songs recommended in this article are “east coast,” some are “west coast” and some are even “north coast” (Canada). Purists might have you believe that these types of tracks can only come from the east, but that is a foolish way to think. Try bumping some of these non-east coast picks and see if you aren’t convinced it’s all gold. But don’t expect to find these on Spotify or Apple Music, cuz they don’t exist.


Call O’ Da Wild – Clouds Of Smoke

What a chill tune. Definitely designed for toking to.


King Tee – Dippin’

A song made for the car. Does your vehicle have juicy hydro shocks? Even better.


AMG – Around the World

This is a chill tune that could work on a stoner’s dancefloor. A vibing track that will get you pumped for an evening out.


Artifacts – Wrong Side Of Da Tracks

Quintessential east coast pick complete with jazz samples and Krylon spray paint.


World Renown – How Nice I Am

Criminally under-known track from an album that was never released. This tune is like a long lost Tribe track.

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