Many people believe that cannabis extracts or concentrates are all the “best” parts of the plant. In theory, this is true as you get the highest concentration of cannabinoids, and in most extractions, you also have a much higher terpene flavor profile providing a much truer experience from your favorite strains. This ‘Cherry AK Live Budder’ from Cresco Cannabis is a great example of how this form of cannabis can be a real treat.
Before we jump into the review, let's make sure you are up to speed with the basics. Extracts or concentrates make up a very large and rapidly growing segment of the cannabis industry. An extract, as defined by Miriam Webster is ‘to treat with a solvent so as to remove a soluble substance’ and by Google as ‘a preparation containing the active ingredient of a substance in concentrated form.’...both these definitions work very well to define concentrated cannabis products where experts do their best to create the most potent, dank and unique extracts using a variety of different techniques. In summary, as long as you are extracting the resin from your cannabis plant (this is where the majority of cannabinoids and terpenes can be found) using solvent or solvent-less methods, your final product is considered a cannabis “extract.” For today's purpose we’re not going to talk about “infused” products like edibles and tinctures which generally involve ‘infusing’ another product with a cannabis extract.
There is a high aspect of art combined with science in the great variety of techniques used for extraction within both solvent and solvent-less categories. This gives so many different options to the consumer in the final product. These options are where things get both cool and overwhelming for the average consumer. There are so many forms of extracts on the market --- shatter, wax, budder, diamonds, sauce (just to name a few)--- and almost as many different ways to consume them. Regardless, the experience is almost always worth it.
Live Budder is one of Cresco Labs products in their line of extracts. I honestly can’t say for sure how they process their cannabis to get their version of the "budder" extract type. However, the preface ‘Live’ usually means it was extracted from a live, freshly harvested cannabis plant, a process believed to endow higher amounts of terpenes to the final product. Their website lists live budder as “derived from fresh frozen cannabis to ensure maximum cannabinoid and terpene retention.” The end result is a bright honey colored product that looks like wet crystallized sugar and smells like cherry jolly ranchers with serious "gas". When stirred, it has a whipped, buttery consistency (hence the name) and the smell is like a kick in the nose. I find it pretty unique how extract artist bring you all the glory of a cannabis plant as strong punch to the face in the packaging of a cosmetics container. I look forward to trying some of their other products
For the intermediate to advanced consumer, I definitely recommend you invest into this experience by securing a proper device like a Gpen vape or Puffco peak dab rig for extract consumption. Once you get the set-up and dab process down with these devices, you are in for a “high” end experience!