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Shake vs Bud

Shake vs Bud
Posted by CANNASaver on Saturday, 04 February 2023 in Canna Blog

So you’re browsing around at your favorite dispensary when you discover that they have bud for sale.  Even more confusing, they have shake for sale.
If you’re a newer canna-consumer you might be wondering, What is shake? What is bud?

"Bud" as a term is generally used to refer to the fully-formed, dried flowers of the cannabis plant. 

These buds contain the highest concentration of cannabinoids, terpenes, and other compounds that are responsible for the plant's effects. Buds are typically considered the highest-quality part of the cannabis plant and are often sold at a premium.

In terms of the overall, popular cannabis aesthetic, many think that bigger is always better when it comes to the buds themselves.

For those looking for an alternative to premium-costing buds, shake might just be the one for those who want to cut costs on smoking or for making edibles on a bigger scale. Shake can be a great cost-effective and potent replacement. 

Cannasaver is going to show you how.

marijuana bud

Defining Bud and Shake

As we briefly stated, "Bud" as a term, refers to the larger, intact flowers of the cannabis plant that are typically more potent than shake. 

Buds are often visually distinguishable from shake due to their size, density, and visible trichomes (tiny hairs that contain cannabinoids).

Whereas, "Shake" as a term, refers to the small pieces of cannabis flower that have broken off or fallen to the bottom of one’s stash container. 

Shake can come from a variety of strains and can be used for smoking, vaping, or making edibles. 

However, because it is made up of small pieces and sometimes contains bits of stem or leaves, the potency of shake may be lower than that of intact buds.

How Do Shake and Bud Differ From One Another?

There are some major differences to look for, between shake vs bud. 

Here are the main ones:

  • Appearance: Buds are the large, intact flowers of the cannabis plant, while shake consists of smaller pieces that have broken off or fallen to the bottom of a container.
  • Potency: Buds are generally more potent than shake, as they contain a higher concentration of cannabinoids like THC and CBD
  • Quality: Buds are typically of higher quality than shake, as they are more intact and have not been broken down into smaller pieces.
  • Price: Shake is usually less expensive than buds, as it is lower in potency and quality.
  • Usage: Buds are often used for smoking or vaping, while shake is more commonly used for making edibles, tinctures, or other infused products.

Average Prices For Shake and Bud

Typically, cannabis buds are going to be more expensive than shake because of its higher potency and more intact structure. 

The average price of bud can range from $10 to $20 a gram. Shake’s average price range is around $5-$10 per gram. 

Both can vary in price.

marijuana shake

The Pros and Cons of Shake vs Bud

Benefits of Shake

  1. Affordability: Shake is usually less expensive than buds, making it a more affordable option for those on a budget.
  2. Convenience: Shake is often easier to handle and measure than buds, especially when it comes to cooking or making edibles.
  3. Availability: Shake is usually more readily available than buds, as it can be sourced from the bottom of storage containers or from trimmings during the cultivation process.
  4. Versatility: Shake can be used in a variety of ways, including smoking, vaping, making edibles, or even making cannabis-infused drinks.

Drawbacks of Shake

  1. Lower Potency: Shake may contain bits of stem, leaves, or smaller pieces of flower, which can make it less potent than buds.
  2. Inconsistent Quality: Because shake is made up of small pieces and bits of plant material, it can be difficult to ensure consistent quality from batch to batch.
  3. Impurities: Shake may contain impurities such as dust, dirt, or other contaminants that can affect the overall quality and safety of the product.
  4. Flavor: Some people may find that shake has a less desirable flavor or aroma compared to buds.

Benefits of Bud

  1. High Potency: Buds contain high levels of THC and other cannabinoids, making them an effective choice for those seeking strong and consistent effects.
  2. Quality: Buds are typically of higher quality than shake, as they are more intact and have not been broken down into smaller pieces.
  3. Variety: Cannabis buds come in a wide variety of strains, each with their own unique characteristics and effects.
  4. Aroma and Flavor: Many people enjoy the distinctive aroma and flavor of cannabis buds, which can vary depending on the strain.

Drawbacks of Bud

  1. Cost: Cannabis buds can be more expensive than other forms of cannabis, such as shake or trim, due to their higher potency and quality.
  2. Intimidation: For those new to cannabis, the high potency of buds can be intimidating or overwhelming, leading to unpleasant experiences.
  3. Preparation: Buds often require some preparation before use, such as grinding or rolling, which can be time-consuming or inconvenient for some users.
  4. Legality: Each state within the U.S. differs on weed laws, which can make it difficult or risky to obtain and use cannabis buds.

marijuana bud closeup

Both shake and bud can be used for smoking, but they have their differences. 

Shake is less expensive and can be a good option for those on a tight budget or those who want to try a new strain without spending too much. 

However, shake may not be as potent or flavorful as bud, and it may contain more stems and seeds. 

On the other hand, bud is more expensive, but it is generally more potent, flavorful, and has a better appearance. 

Whether you choose to smoke shake or bud depends on your personal preference and budget. Whichever you do end up choosing, it's important to handle and store your smoking materials properly to get the most out of your smoking experience.

Bud and Shake Deals in Denver

Herbs4you - Top Shelf Nug Shake $47.46

Herbs4you - Indoor Top Shelf Nug Shake $38.76

The Stone - Quarter of Shake $11.08

South Park Farma - Ounce of Shake/Popcorn Nugs $60

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