Last Updated: August 13, 2018

Definition - What does Auto-Buddering mean?

Auto-buddering refers to when taffy or shatter starts to change consistency. The process occurs when the product is kept too hot or if it has a high wax content.

Auto-buddering also happens when the humidity is high or there is excessive moisture in the product. Excessive agitation is also believed to cause auto-buddering. Impurities in the shatter or taffy may also contribute to the nucleation of the concentrate and cause it to turn from clear to murky.

Strains that are heavy in terpenes tend to suffer from auto-buddering more frequently than stains that contain a lower terpene count.

MaximumYield explains Auto-Buddering

Concentrates that have undergone auto-buddering are not bad and are perfectly safe to use. Some cannabis concentrate connoisseurs actually prefer shatter that undergoes auto-buddering because they tend to have more terpenes and flavors.

Auto-buddering occurs when nucleation happens in the shatter. Shatter is comprised of crystal cannabinoids. The crystals are transparent and allow light to pass through.

However, when auto-buddering happens the substance becomes polycrystal and the crystal pattern is broken up into small chunks. The light no longer flows smoothly through the crystals and instead, it takes on an opaque appearance. The product’s lipids and contaminants have separated from the crystal cannabinoids.

The crystals undergo these changes because of heat, agitation, humidity, high terpenes, high wax trichomes, and general impurities such as dust or pollen in the cannabis concentrate.

Auto-buddering is also called ‘sugar up’ or ‘sugaring up’. Products that undergo auto-buddering are often offered at discount prices by dispensaries.

This definition was written in the context of Cannabis
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