Shatter is a brittle, glass-like cannabis extract named for the shattering of its molecules. When broken in half, it has a glassy appearance and shatters, or shards, like glass. Dabbers enjoy shatter, which is prepared similarly to other cannabis concentrates. Cured shatter comes from a meticulous and timely manufacturing process that was not rushed.
What is shatter?
Shatter is a cannabis extract that’s made utilizing a mix of cannabis plant material and solvent. Shatter weed is usually translucent in hue, although it may range from bright, honey-like amber to a darker yellow color like corn oil.
All shatters are visually identical, with the exception of their physical texture, which varies from brittle to taffy-like snap-and-pull, giving some people the impression that they’re pull ‘n’ snap. This variation allows one to determine an item’s content of cannabinoids based on its visual appearance.
A product with a greater amount of THC will have more sap or oil, and a higher concentration of tetrahydrocannabinolic acid (THCA) will be much more brittle and glass-like in comparison. At room temperature, THC concentrate is a pasty oil that gives shatter with a high level of THC greater viscosity.
What is CBD shatter?
Many concentrate manufacturers have created a shatter that is high in cannabidiol (CBD) and low in THC, which is known as “CBD shatter” or “high-CBD shatter.” CBD shatter, generally speaking, is designed for people who want the therapeutic and curative properties of the cannabis plant without getting high from THC.
CBD shatter is a great choice for medical marijuana patients and other people interested in the cannabinoids and terpenes found in cannabis concentrates. Just be careful to get shatter that has been made specifically to contain high amounts of CBD while keeping low levels of THC, as this will maximize any therapeutic effects of CBD while reducing the psychoactive properties of THC.
What’s the history of shatter?
Shatter is a relatively up-and-coming way to use cannabis. Its origins may be traced back to the ancient art of hashish production. The technique of contemporary cannabis concentrate manufacture was being improved in the late 1990s, and what we now know as shatter was first produced.
In 1989, D. Gold published a second edition of his 1973 book Cannabis Alchemy: The Art of Modern Hashmaking, which included the first full description of how to make hash. In 1990, a medical technologist named Michael Starks released a second edition of his 1977 book Marijuana Chemistry: Genetics Processing and Potency, which included an in-depth explanation of the hash manufacturing process.
In the late 1990s, Canadian cannabis firm BudderKing was the first to sell budder and shatter in dispensaries. In 2005, Cannabis Culture magazine published the procedures for creating these items, and by the 2010s, shatter had become a common way of consuming marijuana. Its popularity prompted many dabbers and concentrate users to declare, “If it doesn’t break apart, it isn’t worth smoking.”
Frequently asked questions
Is shatter the same as dabs?
Yes and no. All shatter may be dabbed, but not all dabs are shatter. Dabbing is a method of cannabis concentrates consumption that uses a tiny water pipe called a dab rig. The concentrate is heated in the flat bowl of the rig, which has a “nail” to tolerate high temperatures and allow it to vaporize. Other types of cannabis concentrates can also be dabs, although not all forms are considered shatter.
Dabbing concentrated cannabis products, such as shatter, generally provides a stronger high and terpene-rich tastes and scents, especially when compared to smoking marijuana. Dabbing marijuana shatter, on the other hand, does need special equipment and expertise, which may be off-putting to first-timers. Flavor is one example of a parameter that may affect taste; for example, the temperature of the nail at the time of consumption might alter it.
What are the side effects of shatter?
While shatter and other marijuana concentrates have high amounts of THC, it’s vital to be aware of the potential negative effects that can result from ingesting cannabis this way. Though THC has a variety of medical and therapeutic applications, excessive use might trigger distressing symptoms such as anxiety and paranoia. If you’re new to these substances, start with the lowest effective dab size first and gradually increase your dosage until you know how they affect you. Because marijuana concentrates have high amounts of THC, it’s essential to exercise caution.
What happens if you eat shatter?
Shatter is a kind of concentrate that must be decarboxylated, or heat-activated, in order to work. This type of concentrated product is best vaporized with a dab rig, e-rig, vape pen, or vaporizer that decarboxylates the active ingredients so they can interact with the body right away. Consuming shatter that hasn’t been heated won’t provide any benefits.
How should I store shatter?
Shatter can lose its initial sharp consistency, flavor, and strength if not handled correctly. It should always be kept in an airtight, lightproof container if stored improperly to avoid this deterioration. It should ideally be kept in a cold location. To guarantee the concentrate maintains its consistency for as long as possible, keep it free of excessive heat, moisture, oxygen, UV light, and direct sunshine.
Heat is the enemy of shatter. The cannabinoids are activated as a result of heat. That should only happen after ingestion, not while it’s resting in a container. Storage accessories such as silicone containers are widely available at dispensaries, smoke shops, and many online retailers, and most cannabis concentrates come in proper containers that may be reused.
Why does shatter turn into sugar, budder, or crumble?
Despite their many distinct textures, hues, and consistencies, cannabis extracts all go through the same production procedures. It’s possible that if steps are not followed precisely, solutions are mishandled at any point of production, or if shatter is handled incorrectly, it might yield something other than the translucent glass-like product. Other things might influence the production process. Agitation, high temperatures, residual solvents, or leftover dampness from the marijuana plant material can all cause cannabis oil to become budder rather than shatter.
How is shatter made?
While shatter is a product that has been around for years, there are new forms of cannabinoids emerging on the market. For example, Cannabinoids extracted using butane (also known as Butane Hash Oil or BHO) can be extremely dangerous and illegal in many countries.
The procedure for making this concentrate is similar to that of other cannabis extracts. The most significant variation is in the post-extraction procedure. Shatter is generally created by passing a pressurized solvent through a chamber containing plant material. Before it’s removed, the solvent separates the desired cannabinoids and terpenes from the plant matter using a purging process. Cannabis flower buds, cannabis plant remnants such as trim or shake, and even industrial waste are all suitable starting materials for shatter.
Shatter can be produced with a variety of solvents, although butane (which produces butane hash oil or BHO) is the most frequent. Other cannabis concentrates, such as carbon dioxide extraction, utilize CO2-extracted shatter.