Auto-buddering occurs when shatter or taffy is contained in an area with increased heat or humidity. This causes the material to turn from a hard candy-like texture to a soft budder form. A high degree of agitation can likewise cause auto-buddering. Imperfections in the shatter or taffy may also contribute to the nucleation of the concentrate and cause it to turn from clear to a murky colour and consistency.
Strains abundant in terpenes tend to suffer from auto-buddering more commonly. Concentrates that have undergone auto-buddering are not harmful and are safe to use. Many connoisseurs of cannabis concentrates actually prefer shatter that has gone through auto-buddering, as it tends to have richer terpene levels and flavours.
Once nucleation occurs in the shatter, auto-buddering takes place. Shatter is made up of cannabinoids that are crystal-like in consistency and appearance. The crystals look to be transparent, allowing light to pass through them. The material turns into polycrystal as the auto-buddering process happens and the pattern of crystal is broken up into small pieces. Light no longer flows through the crystals. The lipids and contaminants of the product have been isolated from the cannabinoids.
Auto-buddering is also commonly referred to as sugaring. To avoid auto-buddering, it’s best to put concentrates in a dry, dark, cool area with little susceptibility to airflow. Handling concentrates very carefully will also work to prevent it. Products that have been subject to auto-buddering usually sell for lower prices at dispensaries.
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Damn! I left my shatter in the sun before I left for work and now all I can think about is auto-buddering.