Known as the heavy hitter of the cannabis world, Shatter Weed has quickly become a household favourite among seasoned smokers. Its rise in popularity comes from the fact that shatter weed can contain up to 99% THC, making it a powerful sedative for those looking for a packed full punch of cannabis. Created through the process of combining weed plant materials and solvents, shatter weed is typically translucent ranging in colors from bright honey amber to a darker yellow that is similar to olive oil. Shatter Weeds ability to smoke in small doses and with relative ease have made it one of the most popular choices among weed smokers, with many trading in their weed pipes and bongs for a dab rig and vape pen.
History of Shatter Weed
Shatter weed was part of the big shift in cannabis consumption during the early 2000s, dabbing concentrates took the cannabis world by storm with it’s high potency options. However cannabis extracts are thought to have been around since the early 1900s, tracing back to the old practices of producing hash. Using those ideologies the first batch of shatter and budder was marketed by BudderKing a manufacture out of Canada. Released in the early 2000s it took a few years for consumers to nail down the smoking technique but once dab rigs and water bongs were introduced shatter emerged as an extremely popular option for smoking weed.
What is Shatter Weed?
Shatter falls under the umbrella of cannabis concentrates. Concentrates like wax, honey, taffy, budder, sap and oil are all cannabis concentrates that are similar to shatter weed, each one is extremely high in THC but extracted in its own unique way.
In a board overview, the process of creating a concentrate consists of the cannabis plant being processed through a solvent either using butane or CO2. The plant material is either blasted or soaked in butane then heated at a high temperature to get rid of the solvent, this results in what is known as butane hash oil (BHO).
Shatter is a name used to describe a highly potent type of butane hash oil. When creating BHO, butane is used to separate the cannabinoids from the trichomes in dried flower making the cannabinoids extremely concentrated. Trichomes are the crystals you see on weed and what kief is made out of, which is commonly found in the crystal catcher at the bottom of your grinder. These crystals contain the highest amount of THC, terpenes and other cannabis concentrates found on the cannabis plant, majority of concentrates are created through harvesting trichomes from the cannabis plant. The process of creation for concentrates is similar in principle, with each form of concentrate having its own variation making it unique. When creating a concentrate the solvents pull the terpenoids, flavonoids and cannabinoids from the cannabis plant material and then are evaporated to create the concentrated form.
Waxes and similar concentrates are processes using a whipping form, then stirred and shaken throughout various stages of the production. This process mixes up different molecules within the extract, creating a creamy and cloudy appearance in texture. Shatter however is a different process, it doesn’t get irritated during the creation process which makes it more of a translucent looking concentrate. The name shatter comes from what happens when you drop it, it shatters. Concentrates like budder are wax like or hash oil is very sticky but shatter is hard and brittle similar to hard candy.
What is Shatter?
You’ve read this article and are now convinced you need smoke shatter, but find yourself wondering how to smoke shatter. When smoking shatter their are three main ways to ways. Each offers it’s own unique feature for those looking to get into the world of smoking weed shatter. Let’s take a look at the best ways on how to smoke shatter.
Use a Rig
A rig is a niche term for a glass pipe, with similarities to a traditional bong. The rig contains a vertical chamber with a mouthpiece and hole, in that hole you stick a metal or glass nail. You heat the nail with a butane torch with the ideal temperature reaching 550-750 degrees. Apply the shatter onto the nail, this will combust the oil and result in a thick cloud of smoke within the rig where you then pull through and inhale. Rigs can vary in price, anywhere from $50-$10,000. This is without question the best way on how to consume shatter.
How To Use a Dab Rig
Dabbing using rig can be done in several steps, starting off load a dab of marijuana shatter onto the dabber. Load up your marijuana shatter beforehand so you are ready while the nail is still hot. Start small when first dabbing shatter, small amounts are extremely potent, make sure to go slow on your first dab to judge the effects it has on you.
Using a butane torch, heat up the nail that comes with your rig until it begins to turn red, when it comes to nails made of quartz make sure you don’t overheat. The best temperature to heat the nail is around 500-800 degrees. When heating the nail make sure to remember that in the hotter your nail is the more the extract will vaporize creating stronger effects, however a lower temperature will produce more flavors and be a much smoother hit.
When the nail is fully heated take your THC shatter repeatedly tapping or placing your dabber on the hot area of the nail. While the THC shatter melts and the vapor begins to fill your rig, you can begin to inhale drawing the vapor through the water and into your lungs. When looking to use shatter, smoking with a dab rig is your best option for optimal potency and flavour.
Add to a joint
Probably the easiest way to smoke weed shatter and the best way to introduce yourself to the strong effects of concentrates. All you do is break up the weed shatter and sprinkle over the cannabis within the joint, this will provide an extra kick when smoking a joint. The best option if you don’t have any equipment on hand. One of the major drawbacks to smoking shatter in a joint is that you will only get a small percentage of the effects shatter can produce, with most the shatter concentrate being wasted during the smoking process.
Vape pens are known as the best way to smoke shatter in terms of health benefits, while vaporizing cannabis it will contain virtually no carcinogens or tar. It doesn’t really matter what people may refer to it as, a dab vaporizer, a wax vape, or a concentrate pen, everyone’s is talking about the exact same thing. Vaporizer pens are portable, extremely discreet and can be charged using a USB, providing the ultimate mobility. They also provide the full flavor of the concentrate, helping enjoy the full aroma concentrates have to offer. Vape pens can be taken anywhere and charged using just a USB. Vape concentrate pens are also great because they offer the full flavor that concentrates can offer, releasing the true terpene flavours that come from the extraction process.
How to Smoke Shatter with a Vape Pen
- Buy a concentrate pen, head over to Haute Health for a wide selection concentrate vape options
- Insert your shatter into the chamber, adding a small piece of shatter onto the coil
- Close the chamber and put the lid back on the vape.
- Hit the button on your vape to heat up the shatter, while holding the button slowly inhale
To keep in mind
Approach smoking shatter with cautious optimism, it is the most potent marijuana concentrate available. Take your first dab and make sure to wait for the full effects to kick in, refrain from taking your next hit for another 20 minutes or so. You may be able to smoke a lot of flower in a short period, but concentrate is a different ball game and taking too much can be an unpleasant to new users.
Frequently Asked Questions
Is shatter the same as dabs?
Dabs refer to someone smoking a form of concentrate, resulting in a very strong high. Shatter is the BHO concentrate you use when dabbing.
Is shatter illegal?
Shatter is legal in Canada. (Refer “Legalization of Marijuana“ for more detailed information.)
How long does a gram of shatter last?
Depending on your tolerance and how much you smoke on a daily basis, shatter can last anywhere between 3 days to 2 weeks.
How much does a 1 g of shatter cost?
At haute 1 gram of shatter costs as low as $15. Check out or selection of $15 grams
How much is an eighth of shatter?
An eighth of shatter costs around $40-$50 at Haute Health
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