What is Shatter?
A bit different than dried flower, shatter is another form of the good plant we all know and love. A type of cannabis concentrate, shatter is getting more and more popular every day, not only for its potency, but also for its delicious taste. For those looking for and intense high and a fresh new perspective on cannabis, concentrates are a fantastic option.
Let’s break it down!
What is Shatter?
Shatter is a type of cannabis extract. It’s created when you extract the essential oils (the cannabinoids, terpenes, and other chemical compounds) found in cannabis - this highly potent extract is then pressed into a thin sheet, like a pane of glass. You’re meant to shatter it into small pieces to smoke, hence the name!
Shatter is mostly known for its very high THC content, although it is possible to find shatter with CBD and low THC.
How do I smoke it?
Shatter is usually vaporized or dabbed from a vape pen or a dab rig (a specially equipped water pipe). If you’re using it with a vape pen, make sure your pen is meant to be used with this type of concentrate!
It’s most common though to use shatter with a dab rig. By heating the shatter up on a nail (a piece of metal, usually titanium or quartz) with a small blowtorch, the shatter will melt and vaporize. Inhaling through the dab rig’s mouthpiece, you’ll draw the vapor up through the water and into your lungs. Dabbing is as simple as that!
Why Use Shatter?
Shatter has a lot of benefits to consider. First and foremost, dabbing creates a smoke-free vapour, so its known to smell a lot less than smoking with a bong or joint.
It also takes far less shatter to get you high when you compare it to a cannabis flower. It hits you fast - you only need to dab once or twice, meaning you don’t need to inhale as much smoke as you would if you’re hitting a bong or smoking a joint.
Easier on the lungs with a more immediate effect, it’s easy to see why dabbing with shatter has become increasingly popular since the 2010s!
Some Tips for Using Shatter
If you’re going to use a dab rig, the biggest thing to keep in mind is that your nail will stay hot long after you’re done. You need to burn your shatter at a very high temperature (anywhere from 500°– 800°, depending on your personal preference), so don’t touch the nail after you are finished or you may burn yourself!
Keep in mind that heat is the arch-enemy of shatter. You want to keep it sharp and easy to break apart. To make sure it lasts, keep it stored in an airtight container, preferably in a cool, dry place. This will prevent the cannabinoids within from activating and making your shatter less potent!
Shatter, Wax, Crumble?
You may have heard someone say wax or crumble, and assumed it was just another nickname for shatter. You’re half-right if you thought that - they’re all names for different types of cannabis extract that you can dab with. They’re very similar, but there’s a few differences between them!
Shatter is a hard, glass-like substance that’s amber in color. Whereas other types of extract are disturbed in the creation process, getting stirred or whipped around, shatter is not touched. This is what gives shatter its semi-translucent look, compared to other extracts which are more opaque. That’s also what makes shatter so hard - while breaking your shatter, be careful it doesn’t go flying off from the impact!
So, ready to try shatter for yourself?
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