Budder is one of many cannabis consistencies that’s gaining popularity in the United States and around the world. But like most drugs, there are serious dangers and side effects that are important to understand. The budder drug is incredibly concentrated, and any drug that is highly concentrated tends to be more potent. In turn, this also means the effects of the drug are more extreme too.
Educating our clients and their families about the dangers and effects of chemical dependence is an important part of our goal of providing critical addiction treatment.
Today, the specific drug we are focusing on is the budder drug, though you may also know of it as the shatter drug, dabs, honey oil, wax, amber, or honeycomb.
Before we get to the specific dangers and side effects of the budder drug, let’s start with the basics.
What Is The Budder Drug?
Whether it’s called budder, batter, or badder, this cannabis concentrate gets its name from its close appearance and consistency to a stick of butter.
When Did The Budder Drug First Come About?
Budder first emerged in the mid 1990s in Canada. Since then, it has grown exponentially in popularity and demand for the product remains strong.
How Is It Made?
Because of how it’s made, budder is considered an extract. Budders and other dabs (more on those in a moment) are concentrated versions of butane hash oil (BHO). When butane is poured over marijuana, the process draws the THC from the plant where it then dissolves into the butane. What’s left is a gummy, buttery substance with high levels of THC.
How Is It Used?
Budder is used for dabbing, a dangerous process of consuming high concentrations of tetrahydrocannabinol (THC). This is the psychoactive chemical found in marijuana that can come with extreme side effects.
Rather than smoking budder, it is inhaled after being heated to a very high temperature. Glass bongs or “oil rigs” are used to do this, and hash oil may also be used in vaping devices.
Now that we have discussed what the budder drug is, how it works, and how it’s made, it’s time to talk about the serious side effects and dangers of the drug.
What Are The Side Effects Of The Budder Drug?
We have already mentioned that the budder drug is a highly concentrated drug, but just how concentrated are we talking?
Well, budder and other dabs can have a THC concentration of up to 80%. Compared to the 10-15% in marijuana joints, the effects of the drugs can be nothing short of extreme.
It’s also worth noting that dabbing produces an intense, immediate high, as opposed to the gradual high from smoking marijuana.
All too commonly, this intense high can come with serious side effects including:
- Hallucinations (both auditory and visual)
- Rapid heartbeat
- Psychosis and paranoia
- A crawling sensation on the skin (formication)
- Blacking out or losing consciousness entirely
- Extreme anxiety (Regular marijuana is also known to cause anxiety. Read more about it here)
These intense side effects that come shortly after using the budder drug are scary enough. But what’s even scarier is some of the long term effects of the budder drug that may occur.
What Are The Long Term Effects Of The Budder Drug?
The budder drug, shatter drug, honey oil, or any other name and form of dabbing has a strong potential to be addictive. Long-term addiction of any kind comes at a cost, and the cost of using budder drug can be extreme.
First of all, because of the remarkably high temperature it takes to create this drug, users are exposed to a number of carcinogens, toxins, and irritants as a result of the heating process. Exposure to carcinogens and toxins come with a number of scary side effects, including an increased risk of developing cancer.
Exposure to these harmful carcinogens and toxins can also damage nearly every system in the body, including cardiovascular, developmental, endocrine, gastrointestinal, respiratory, renal, reproductive, and more.
Other long-term consequences of using the budder drug include sleep disorders, a weakened immune system, intense airway irritation, and an inability to concentrate.
Withdrawal symptoms from the budder drug are also common, and these symptoms are one sign of a dependence on the drug. Remember, THC typically stays in your system for up to four weeks, or even as long as two months in certain cases.
Because of the drug’s potency, the withdrawal systems can come on quickly and strongly.
- Stomach upset
- Loss of appetite
- Night sweats
Users will also begin to find they need the drug more often and in greater amounts than they once did.
While dabs are often classified as depressants, their effects can vary from user to user. To read about the most common withdrawal symptoms of stimulant drugs, click here.
What Are The Dangers Of The Budder Drug?
The short-term and long-term side effects of the budder drug demonstrate just how dangerous this drug can be.
Over time, users require more or the drug to obtain the same high. As they increase their use, the dangers can increase too. Eventually, dabbing can lead to an increase in heart rate and blood pressure so great it results in stroke or even death.
Because of its relation to marijuana, the budder drug is all too often thought to be a harmless substance meant to produce a fun high. Unfortunately, as we’ve shown, the dangers and effects of this drug are anything but fun.
Compassionate Help Is Available
If you or a loved one have been experimenting with the budder drug or other forms of dabbing, don’t wait for serious side effects to develop. Help is available for this and other substance abuse issues at Just Believe Recovery Center in Jensen Beach, Florida. We offer a number of flexible addiction treatment programs, including drug and alcohol detox, inpatient treatment, and long-term rehab.