Live Badder vs Live Resin: An Easy Guide

by jessica
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If you want to dip your hand into the world of dabbing, you have quite the choice of weed concentrates that deliver a potent high. Live badder vs live resin are just two options you can choose from. 

But how are these two concentrates different? Which is easier to use for dabbing, and which one delivers a better high? 

What Is Live Badder? 

Live badder, also just called badder or live resin badder, is a cannabis wax concentrate that looks like cookie dough, cake batter, or frosting. It’s thick, gooey, and slightly drippy. Badder’s soft and malleable texture makes it easy to handle and dab with. 

Badder ranges in color. It can be blond, gold, or yellow-brown. It’s also rich in terpenes, so you’ll taste and smell the source plant while dabbing. 

Some manufacturers and stoners use the terms badder and batter interchangeably. Technically, these concentrates aren’t the same, though. Batter is like butter and has the same creamy and buttery consistency. 

You can dab with badder, use an e-nail, and add it to blunts, joints, or bowls to increase the potency of your weed. 

What Is Live Resin? 

Stoners view live resin as the “Superman” of concentrates because of its potency and freshness in flavor and aroma. Live resin is given this name due to how it’s made, while other concentrates like badder are named after their consistency and appearance. 

Live resin, unlike cured resin, has a sauce-like consistency, but its texture is somewhere between a sauce and a wax. The wet crystals are pale yellow or white. 

Because of how live resin is produced, all the phytonutrients like cannabinoids and trichomes are preserved. Stoners enjoy a flavorful, fragrant, and potent high when using live resin in a dab pen or dab rig. 

What Are the Major Differences Between Live Badder vs Live Resin? 

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How it’s Made 

Badder and live resin aren’t made using the exact same process. 

Badder is typically made with a butane chemical extraction process, but propane, alcohol, or supercritical CO2 can also be used. The flowers, buds, or trims from the cannabis plant are soaked in butane for a few hours or days. This soaking process separates the THC, terpenes, and other cannabinoid-containing trichomes. 

The liquid is then strained, poured onto sheets, purged (or cooked), and whipped to create the badder-like consistency. 

On the other hand, to make live resin, still-living cannabis buds, trims, or flowers are flash-frozen using liquid nitrogen or dry ice to preserve the integrity of the terpenes, cannabinoids, flavonoids, and essential oils. 

Then the frozen buds are soaked in a low temperature chemical extraction process for a few weeks so more cannabinoid-rich crystals can form as the terpene oils adhere to the solvent (like butane). 

During this process, the terpene-rich oils and cannabinoid crystals separate. The oils float and the crystals sink. Once the solvent is removed, the terpene sauce and the crystals are mixed to create live resin. 

The THC Potency 

Live resin is richer in THC content at 90 percent and higher, while badder generally has a minimum of 80 percent THC. 

The Color 

Live resin is much lighter in color than other concentrates. It’s pale yellow or white. While badder can be blond, the waxy concentrate can also be amber-gold or yellow-brown. 

The Texture 

Badder is sticky and malleable, and resembles a thick cake batter. Because of its consistency, stoners — especially newbies — find badder user-friendly. 

Live resin is sticky and more saucy than a wax concentrate, so it isn’t as easy to use when you want to dab. You need to use a dab tool with live resin. 

Mountain Remedy’s Favorite Live Badders and Resins 

1. Dip N Dabs - Live Resin Badder - Area 51  

Dip your feet into an Area 51 high with this Dip N Dabs Live Resin Badder. The concentrate is sativa dominant, so expect your dab high to have a sweet aroma and fresh citrusy taste.   

2. Dime Bag - Badder - Horchata  

Looking for a calming high after a busy day? Dime Bag’s Horchata Badder delivers precisely that, together with woody and earthy flavors.  

3. Bloom - Live Budder - Blue Cookies  

Who can say no to Blue Cookies strain, a cross between Blueberry and Girl Scout Cookies? Bloom’s Blue Cookies live budder relaxes your body while your mind takes a euphoric ride.    

4. Absolute Xtracts - Live Resin Sauce - Sour Berry

Jump into summer with Absolute Xtracts Live Resin Sauce in Sour Berry flavor. This sativa-dominant live resin will entice you with its aroma of citrus fruit and wild berries while you have an invigorating high.     

5. Almora Farm - Badder - Blue Diesel  

Almora Farm’s Blue Diesel badder is sometimes called Blue City Diesel. Enjoy a sweet blueberry flavor and a mellow high.    

Which Will it Be? Live Resin or Badder? 

The choice between live badder and live resin is ultimately yours. 

Newbies may prefer badder because it’s easier to use and doesn’t have as much of a kick as live resin. However, live resin does let you smell and taste the original cannabis plant from which the concentrate was extracted.

Whichever way you go, happy dabbing!