Cannabis concentrates are a vast world. These concentrated products, many featuring up to 90% THC, provide a potent high. They’re also incredibly versatile. You can vape them, add them to ground buds for a kicked up smoking experience, or use them on a dab rig. Some users enjoy incorporating them into edibles. If you’re new to the world of concentrates, you might be a bit confused by the variety of products, though. Here, we’ll help you understand the differences between shatter, badder, crumble, and live resin.



Shatter is a hard, brittle concentrate that breaks apart (shatters) easily. Its glass-like translucency occurs as a result of the extraction process. After using butane to extract the cannabinoids from the plant, the liquid undergoes purging to remove the solvent. There is no agitation involved, which leads to the shimmery, see-through appearance. 

Shatter has a reputation for being one of the purest concentrates on the market. It’s also one of the most popular.


Badder, also known as budder, is a type of cannabis wax. It has a smooth and creamy texture that resembles real butter. Like shatter, its consistency occurs as a result of the extraction process. After extracting the cannabinoids from the plant, extractors heat the concentrate to evaporate the solvent. At the same time, they whip the concentrate to incorporate air. Creating badder requires vigorous agitation. 

One of the most significant benefits of badder is that it’s easy to use. It doesn’t take much effort to get what you need using a dab tool. It can melt quickly, so you may want to cool your dab tool before using it. 


Crumble is another type of cannabis wax that’s very similar to badder. The main difference between the two is what happens during the evaporation process. Similar to making badder, extractors agitate the concentrate while evaporating the solvent. The process for crumble, however, involves slower, less vigorous whipping. The result is a concentrate that’s drier and crumblier.

Due to its texture, crumble is a bit harder to use if you’re working with it by hand. A dab tool can help to make the process of applying the concentrate much less messy. 

Live Resin

Live resin is a newer type of concentrate. Instead of extracting cannabinoids from dried buds, the process involves pulling compounds from fresh, flash-frozen flowers. Freezing helps to preserve more of the cannabinoids and terpenes that often get lost during drying and curing. As a result, this concentrate contains higher amounts of terpenes than other types. It’s also more complex in terms of aroma and flavor. Live resin may be more involved when it comes to the extraction process, but the results speak for themselves. Every hit is intense and flavorful. 

Potent Shatter, Badder, Crumble, and Live Resin

These are just a few of the concentrates on the cannabis market. Don’t be afraid to experiment with different types to see which ones you like best. Keep in mind that concentrates are much more potent than flowers. Start low, increase the amount gradually, and enjoy the experience.