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 is also considered to 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 type of murky colour and consistency.
A lot of strains that are abundant in terpenes tend to suffer from auto-buddering more regularly than stains that contain a lower amount of terpenes. Concentrates that have been subjected to auto-buddering are not harmful and are safe to use. Many connoisseurs of marijuana concentrates actually prefer shatter that has gone through auto-buddering as they tend to have a richer amount of terpenes and flavours.
Once nucleation occurs in the shatter auto-buddering occurs. Shatter is made up of cannabinoids that are crystal-like in consistency and appearance. The crystals look to be transparent and allow the light to pass through them. Furthermore, the material turns into polycrystal as the auto-buddering process happens and the pattern of crystal is broken up into small pieces.
The light no longer flows naturally through the crystals, but becomes opaque. 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 from happening, it is best to put concentrates in a dry, dark, and cooler area that has very little susceptibility to airflow. Handling concentrates very carefully will also work as a preventative measure in avoiding it from occurring. Products that have been subject to auto-buddering usually sell for cheaper 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.