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The Process of Making Your Own Shatter
The world has come a long way from the traditional joint. Shatter is a potent form of cannabis concentrate produced by extracting CBD and THC from the flower. Since gaining popularity in 2010, it remains one of the biggest sellers on the market. This translucent concentrate gets its name from its fragile, glassy and eye-catching texture.
The Key Differences Of Shatter
Shatter is high in potency and produce a powerful effect. With a strong 60% to 80% THC content, its qualities have made it high in demand and a favorite among cannabis users. In addition to being more potent, shatter’s most significant advantage is that it is a quick and efficient way for cannabinoids to enter the bloodstream. Furthermore, the extract is easy to transport, while being more attractive from a cosmetic point of view.
When handling the shatter, it can have one of two consistencies. Heat, terpene levels, and humidity are all factors that can affect texture. A shape breaks and breaks as easily as glass. The other is slimy and pulls like Laffy-Taffy. The different extracts vary in color from light golden amber to dark warm maple.
How Shatter Is Commonly Used
Shatter are different from traditional methods of consumption. It is intended to be vaporized, and its consumption is known as dabbing. Probes or e-vapes are used for cannabis extract. Overall, a coffee extractor and a fingernail is the most common method of smoking marijuana concentrates in the marijuana community.
The process begins by heating the nail with a butane torch and dropping a small amount of shatter onto the heated nail platform. Once applied to a hot surface, the extract instantly vaporizes and is ready to be inhaled. It is recommended that you always start with small amounts. Going slowly is the best way to test which size you are most comfortable with.
The Methods Of Extraction
There are many ways to make shatter, including butane, carbon dioxide, and ethanol. Professional equipment is expensive but efficient as it extracts a return of more than 20 percent. Industrial extraction machines range from $10,000 to $500,000.
The use of butane is a great option, taking into account the accessibility and the level of complexity. This method is called butane hash oil (BHO) extraction. The work consists of extraction, which is when solvent is passed through cannabis buds to remove cannabinoids. Then purge to evaporate all the solvent to a clean product.
The total yield depends on the type of bud used and the level of experience with the procedure. Due to the quality, the cost of this product is at the higher end. On average, the price for top shelf shards ranges from $35 to $50 per gram.
Steps To Making Your Own Shatter
For those of you who consider yourself cannabis connoisseurs or who want to experiment with making shatter for yourself, this guide will teach you how. The steps for making shatter are very similar to extracting other concentrates. The most notable difference is in the extraction process itself.
A word of caution, producing cannabis extracts should only be done by professionals in a safe working laboratory environment. This process requires the right equipment, accuracy and expertise.
Items You Will Need
To get started, you’ll need the right materials. These can be found at a head shop.
1-2 Ounces of Cannabis
2 Cans of Butane
Vacuum purge kit
First – Grind The Cannabis
This can be anything from flower, trim, or fan. Keep in mind that the power of the button will influence the strength of your yield. Grinding the cannabis and letting it dry a little will make it easier to purge.
Second – Fill The Extraction Tube
Take the ground cannabis and fill the extraction tube. Generally, 1 ounce is a good amount per tube.
Do not pack the tube too tightly or loosely. This is important because you want the butane to saturate your product well.
Third – Pouring The Butane
Whenever using butane, be sure to use a well-ventilated area, as it is a highly hazardous and flammable solution. Use one can full of butane per extraction tube (1 oz).
Throw the butane through the end of the extraction tube which has an opening. Meanwhile, keep the filtered end of the tube over the Pyrex dish. Do this until the can is empty.
The marijuana extract will start to drip once it is completely soaked. Let all the liquid drip into the dish.
Fourth – Butane Evaporation
Fill your double boiler and place it in the electric range. Then place the Pyrex dish on top. The heat will evaporate the butane from your shrapnel.
The process is finished when the hash oil has stopped bubbling.
Fifth – Scraping and Purging
Use of a store-bought vacuum purge kit is recommended. Purge with water is possible, but this can ruin your concentrate and is not advised.
Use a razor blade to scrape the shards from the plate onto a large piece of parchment paper.
Then place the paper in your vacuum oven to purge the remaining butane found in the shredder.
Once this is done, allow the final product to cool and harden completely.
That’s it; already did
Now that you’ve made the DIY shatter, it’s time to give you a smoke sample. Start small; a little “dab” might be stronger than you think. Also, try not to get discouraged if the extract doesn’t come out perfect the first time. It’s a learning process.
While making your own shatter is something that seems rewarding, you may find it cheaper and simpler to buy it at the dispensary.
Best Storage Practices
The best way to store your shatter is in a small heat and damage resistant silicone holder. If this is not an option, simply wrap the product in parchment paper and keep it airtight.
Always remember to keep all cannabis concentrates in a cool, dark place and enjoy.