When it comes to the science and development of marijuana products there are heroes and then there are legends. Many people with great intelligence invent sophisticated creations that bring weed to the next level, but there is only one BudderKing.
This monarch of marijuana created a substance back in the 90s called Budder that was so incredible, it still reigns today as one of the purest and most potent extracts on the market. We sat down with the King himself to see what’s next for this pioneer of pot.
For our readers who may not know, what exactly is Budder and when was it invented?
Budder is 99.7 percent cannabinoids, it’s the purest concentration of cannabinoids known.
We invented Budder in the early 90’s. I was a major grower and I had lots of extra cannabis everywhere. I had a friend who made oil and previously, people never used quality cannabis to make an oil.
So, [my friend] took this really primo stuff that was growing and [his oil] was just extras and leftovers of that. He came back and he would have this glass, they call it shatter now. He was making me shatter back in the 90s.
I would get plates of shatter and we’d break a piece off and smoke it. It was just a pain in the ass, it would just shatter and stick to everything. So, [one day] we’re at my friend’s house and he was playing with it. He put some on a plate, then put it on the windowsill and it melted under the sun. He then started turning it with a pin, and it was going lighter before our eyes until it just went into a solid.
We decided to try and smoke it and we noticed right away that it was very pliable, it wasn’t sticky or taffy-like. It had a new consistency, one dab at a time it just came off so beautifully.
I knew right then and there something great had been discovered. I was a commercial grower and I gave up that whole business of growing just to focus on Budder.
Was Budder hard to perfect after you had discovered it?
Yeah, it was really hard to reproduce. There were so many things I had to try, and I failed so much. [In the end] I came through, I stabilized it. In the last ten to fifteen years have I really perfected the consistency. The flavor, potency, appearance, everything is always like the Dom Perignon.
So would this be considered a traditional extract or something different?
It is an extract. I use organic alcohol, I have never used a butane ever, I wouldn’t even know how to use butane. [My way] takes longer but there’s much more quality.
When did Budder start becoming successful?
It really took off in 2003 when the first cannabis shop in North America opened on Commercial Drive in Vancouver. I made a deal with the owner and I debuted there, it just went like a storm. They were [selling], I think, about $10,000 a day in Budder.
To make Budder, what marijuana do you use? Do you grow it yourself?
Very good question, I don’t grow it myself. Even though I’m a master grower, I just don’t have the tools to achieve what I get from the people that grow it for me. They actually use their own water that comes off the back of their mountain and the water is unparalleled. It produces a real clean resin gland.
I have used cannabis from all over, when I have gone to Jamaica or Europe, when I have used people’s cannabis to try and reproduce what I make here, it just doesn’t work. It has to be from a certain part of the B.C. interior that has the best water.
Do you do you have plans to expand to other countries as cannabis reform takes place?
Jumping the gun is definitely not my forte. Right now I’m just going low-key, but I have a global plan and I am definitely laying out the blueprints for BudderKing to be the number one extract globally.
How popular is Budder now in Canada? Is it available across the country?
Yes it is. We have several locations in the lower mainland [selling it] and we have also have national outlets as well.
Do you make anything else besides Budder at this time?
We find that people really like BudderKing Smoothies. We make a non-dairy smoothie in many flavors including chocolate. We use 75 milligrams of BudderKing Budder, and they are just selling out everywhere.
It would be an absolute shame if this stuff was not available come legalization. Do you have any plans to join the legal market?
We’re trying to bring it into the legal market but I’m waiting to see how the framework goes before we really proceed.
We will do our best, even if we have to move our station and our headquarters to a foreign country. I have someone working on the American market currently and it’s a big market.
We were so caught up in your product I forgot to ask you, how did you get into pot in the first place?
I moved to California in the late 70’s and I had seen buds for the first time and I knew it was my calling. I was just a young teenager, 17. So I moved back to Vancouver in 1980 and I knew exactly what I wanted to do and I just did it. I started growing and pioneering indoor cultivation in Vancouver.
Among all his great success, the BudderKing has also been blessed with another new product this year that he (partially) made, and that is his brand new baby daughter. She is affectionately called the “BudderPrincess”.
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