The cannabis concentrate landscape is rapidly expanding, with new products and new forms of cannabis being introduced on a seemingly daily basis. With this expansion, it can become difficult to keep track of every product out there and which ones might be the best for us.
One of the newest concentrates on the scene is cannabis scrap. More potent than many other extracts on the market, this hard, crystallized substance creates a unique experience for every cannabis user. But what makes it so different from other cannabis concentrates?
Any questions you might have about this special form of extract are answered below, giving you everything you need to know about shatter weed before enjoying it for yourself.
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Shatter? What it is.
If you’re just starting out in the world of cannabis concentrates, you’ve probably heard some weird nomenclature around the products available to you. One of those terms is “shatter“. Cannabis Shatter is a highly potent, concentrated form of extract that has a glassy appearance and is highly sought after for its purity. There’s a chance you’ve heard it called “pull and snap”, or even just another form of butane hash oil, but the unique form of the concentrate aptly calls it “shatter“.
Shatter weed is one of the newest forms of cannabis concentrate on the market, as we only started to see products like this in the last few decades. It was in the mid-1990s when the aptly named “Budderking” man began experimenting with marijuana concentrates, eventually creating both budder and marijuana shatter. He pitched his ideas to a Canadian tobacconist in the early 2000s, and the rest was history. Since its introduction to the cannabis world, this BHO subtype has completely exploded in popularity.
Today, shatter marijuana is among the most sought after concentrates for dabbing. Due to its complicated structure, most avoid using shatter for joints, although vaporizing and dabbing marijuana shatter allows all the properties to be fully experienced and enjoyed. Absorption of this fragile, honey-colored concentrate tends to produce a cerebral high, with many consumers still able to be productive after smoking. Creativity is often stimulated as anxieties subside; however, it is important to note that marijuana shatter are a personal experience and will affect everyone differently. The same can be said for the different strains of marijuana used during production.
As mentioned, splintered weed has one of the most unique appearances of all cannabis concentrates – it simply cannot be confused with other waxes like budder or crumble. The shatter are glass-like and fragile in structure, making it easily breakable, as the name suggests. Typically, the brittle wax will be practically translucent with a golden hue, although it can also appear light yellow and even dark brown. There is a popular misconception that the color of your shatter denotes quality, and higher quality shatters are lighter in color. This is simply false: different shades are manifested depending on environmental factors such as light and humidity during production.
Compared to softer concentrates like budder, crumble, and even wax, weed splinters typically do not emit any distinct odor. This has to do with the process of extracting and purging the oil, as the shatter undergo extremely rigorous filtration to ensure their purity and almost unprecedented appearance. Unfortunately, while this eliminates the extra impurity splinters, it also destroys much of the terpene content within the concentrate, making it much less smelly and less flavorful than other extracts. When heated, however, you can lightly taste the flavors and aromas that the remaining terpenes within the shatter produce. Terpenes are determined by the weed strains used during extraction, so flavor profiles vary from splinter to splinter.
The potency of these fragile “dabs” is the reason many cannabis users are choosing to turn to the “shatter” rather than the flower or edibles. On average, the cannabis flower can have THC percentages that range from 10% to around 25% at a typical marijuana pharmacy, although you may find some strains testing a little higher. Cannabis shatter, on the other hand, can test for up to 90% THC, with the average being in the 60-70% range. This makes shatter and other BHO’s twice, maybe even three times, as powerful as the traditional dried flower. You should keep this in mind when consuming marijuana concentrates, as their high potencies will last longer in your system than with the bud, and create a more intense experience than you may be used to.
How to make it
If you’re looking to make your own cannabis break at home – don’t. The process of creating shatter and other concentrates is extremely dangerous, especially when done outside of a professional laboratory. The equipment needed is expensive and complicated, causing amateur shatter makers to cut corners, resulting in many cases of home destruction and even death. It’s just not worth it.
In licensed concentrate labs, fragmentation wax can be made in two different ways,
depending on personal preference. In general BHO production, the dried flower undergoes a solvent extraction process that destroys plant material, while isolating cannabinoids, terpenes, and the plant’s natural oils. Most manufacturers choose to blast cannabis with butane or soak it in alcohol- or CO2-based solvents. After the chosen solvent has done its job, the remaining oil then goes through a purge process to ensure that there are no solvents or other contaminants left.
What makes shrapnel different from other BHOs is what happens after the solvent is
removed. Most concentrates are then mixed, shaken or even whipped together to help create their structure and shape. The shatter, however, are left completely untouched, retaining their original molecular structure. This, combined with rigorous filtration, results in the translucent, glassy look we know and love.
As attractive as these concentrates may seem, trying to make them
you yourself can be dangerous if you don’t know what you’re doing – accidental fires and even fatalities aren’t worth the risk. That said, if you are a newbie, we recommend that you purchase your shatter from licensed manufacturers.
Cannabis concentrates like marijuana shatter can last a long time on the shelf, but you don’t want to leave your shatter wax unattended for more than a year. Over time, your shatter structure can completely transform. Over time, broken wax will lose its glassy appearance and become more like bud wax. Terpenes begin to lose their effect and non-psychoactive
THCA compound becomes more apparent. Simply put, if you leave your shatter too long, there’s a chance it could lose potency and its signature structure.
If you plan on storing your shrapnel for a little while, there are a few things you can do to extend its lifespan. Make sure you’re keeping your weed chipper in a place that doesn’t fluctuate in temperature. A fridge or freezer is a good place for splintering as its cool, dark and not exposed to too much excess moisture. Try to keep it in a jar or container that is as airtight as possible.
Don’t store your weed splinters in the parchment paper it comes in. This will distort the structure, the flavor and simply not protect it enough from the outside elements. Instead, a small glass jar will do. Also, avoid moving your shatter from place to place as much as possible. Any change in the environment will affect terpenes and cannabinoids, so keeping it in a consistent place is critical.
How to smoke shatter
Dabbing is by far the most popular method of smoking chipped wax, and this is not surprising. The unique shape of the shatter makes it a little difficult to add to other smoking methods, and the dabbing allows for the heat needed to truly express the properties of the concentrate. Unfortunately, because marijuana shatter is so fragile and crystal clear, it can be difficult to pick up a dabbing tool. Seasoned weed connoisseurs choose to simply pick up a piece and drop it on their equipment, while others suggest a little heating up of your tool and then try to grab a piece. This can help the shatter adhere better to your tool long enough to reach your hot platform.
As long as your wax pen contains quartz coils, you can easily smoke the shatter from it. Turn your weed pen into a chipper pen by breaking up a few pieces, adding it to the chamber, and slowly smoking it. This creates convenience and accessibility, as you don’t have to grab your torch and gear to enjoy your shatter.
While it’s possible to add a piece of shatter to your joint or blunt, it’s not recommended for a few different reasons. In order for the shatter to be fully experienced, it must be exposed to extremely high temperatures – it surrounds the torch when you apply the shatter. However, if you’re adding it to your joint, the heat from a typical lighter just isn’t strong enough. This will cause the flower inside its joint or blunt to burn much faster than the splinter, ruining your creation. The chipper’s sharp frame can also puncture rolling papers quite easily, causing holes and tears that stop the flow of smoke.
As is the case with knuckles, blunts and bowls, adding shatter pieces can be tricky. If you really want to improve your smoking experience this way, you can’t use a traditional lighter to light the bowl. Instead, the use of a mini-torch would be very beneficial; just keep in mind that this will still burn your flower very quickly.
Vaporizers (not vape pens) are another great way to take advantage of shrapnel. Portable vaporizers are becoming more and more common for their ease and affordability, while giving consumers the weed they are looking for.
While marijuana shatters are quite versatile, nothing beats dabbing. It’s the best way to get all the flavor, all the properties and, in general, the whole shatter experience for a good session.
Shatter Weed vs. Other Cannabis Products
Putting budder versus shatter, their effects and potencies are almost identical. The biggest difference between shredded weed and other concentrates like budder or crumble truly comes down to appearance. Unlike cannabis shatter, the budder and crumble are specifically blended to create their unique, smooth consistency. Both are thicker than shrapnel and can be easily molded and handled without breaking. The way shatter is produced to keep its structure tight also means the concentrate is slightly purer than budder, crumble and other extracts. Weed fragments go through a rigorous filtering process to help ensure nothing mars their glassy appearance – and of course, their purity and potency.
When it comes to splintering wax and pot flower, the two are drastically different. As discussed, the regular dried flower is much less potent than the splintered one, and the two cannot be smoked in a similar way, either one or the other being molded. The flower also has much stronger odors and flavors, with each variety producing unique aromas. On the other hand, the smell of shrapnel is practically non-existent until they are smoked.
Weed edibles are one of the more potent versions of cannabis that utilize the flower, but still not as high in concentration as shatter and other concentrates. While edibles can be made with massive amounts of flower to add potency, many of them are inevitably lost in the process of creating the edible itself. This makes it nearly impossible for any infused snack to reach THC levels as high as shredded weed. An edible high, though, lasts hours longer than the high you can get from concentrates, and consuming weed brownies is definitely a lot tastier than a dab — for every single one of them.
The many (medicinal) benefits of Shatter
The medical benefits of marijuana shatter are vast and, due to its high concentration, the effects are felt much stronger than usual. This means that all the medical benefits you normally get from marijuana flowers, you will experience ten times more.
Typical physiological benefits that marijuana and its chemical compounds bring include relieving joint and muscle pain, helping to prevent bone density loss, alleviating digestive problems, and even reducing tremors in those who have Parkinson’s or similar illnesses. As Rick Simpson discovered with his own cannabis oil, cannabis concentrates can be incredibly beneficial in reducing painful side effects that come from cancers or chemotherapy, as they suppress nausea, increase mood and motivation, and relieve residual aches and pains. When consumed along with your normal health regimen, the effects can be life changing.
CBD is proven to demonstrate properties similar to an antipsychotic, working to alleviate anxieties, elevate depression, and even help with PTSD-related symptoms. Unfortunately, due to the potency of concentrates like shatter and wax can be easy to accidentally consume too much and become paranoid or anxious as a result. If you are someone prone to anxiety when smoking, try taking CBD-isolates instead! These forms of concentrates are being used more and more for their effectiveness in helping with mental pain, especially mood disorders. Of course, these isolated forms of splintered weed cannot fully replace your prescribed antipsychotic, but as long as your doctor is okay, you’ll be feeling like the best version of yourself in no time.
With the levels of THC and CBD contained in the shatter, they are able to work with the body’s endocannabinoid system more closely, creating more powerful relief than marijuana lovers ever thought possible.
Potential side effects of shatter
Bear in mind that high THC concentration is crucial before smoking, as these levels are not for inexperienced cannabis users. Even a small dose of THC can be too much for someone who has never tried to break it down before, so it’s recommended to start with as little as possible to see how your body reacts. Taking too much can cause an uncomfortable experience, but it can easily be avoided with proper research and precaution.
In the event that these side effects occur, the first step to remedy is to remember that it will not last forever. Drinking water and eating a snack is a good way to remind your body of its normalcy, and help restore some internal balance. So keeping yourself distracted for the remainder of your high is critical. Whether it’s taking a nap or watching your favorite TV shows, simply do what you can to take your mind off splinters and surprises all together.
Buying Shatter For Yourself
New weed shredding products are appearing daily as more and more consumers are beginning to enjoy the concentrate’s distinctive properties. If you’re looking to easily vape your shatter, products like Puffco Peak allow you to enjoy any type of concentrate without the hassle of torches or coffee platforms. Along the same lines, other products such as Shatter pens are being introduced, made specifically for shatter strains in wax pens. If you’re not necessarily looking to get totally stoned, but rather feel the intense medical benefits, CBD isolates and crystalline isolates are perfect for dabbing on any type of equipment.
Just look up which dispensaries you have near you and see for yourself the wide variety of products they provide. Trustworthy sites like Weedmaps will tell you their prices, average ratings, and staff reviews and store it for themselves – pretty much everything you need to know before you even enter. But if you never want to go in, you don’t really have to. Online marijuana distributors such as Get Kush are being deployed in provinces with legalized recreational marijuana so consumers don’t have to go out of their way to buy their marijuana products any longer. Instead, you simply choose what you want online, and have the selection sent directly to you. Marijuana consumption has never really been easier.
On the way to Dankness
No matter what type of weed you choose to buy, or how you choose to smoke it, being safe is most important.
Regardless of what experience you may have in the cannabis world, make sure you always properly dose your sticks and try not to take more than your body and brain can handle. Doing so will ensure that each shatter experience will be better than the last.