What is Shatter & How Do You Smoke It?

September 12, 2023

There are all different cannabis concentrates on the market, but shatter is a real fan favorite. Its unique appearance coupled with its potency make it a must-have for any dabber. Add to that the fact that it's easy to load onto the nail because it’s a solid piece of concentrate? You’ve got a recipe for just why shatter is so popular. In this guide, we’ll make sure you know everything about shatter, including what it is, how it’s made, and how you smoke it.

What is Shatter?

While shatter might be similar to its other concentrate cousins in that it is a highly potent extract with over 80% THC, there is one distinguishing feature that separates shatter from all the rest: it looks like broken (or shattered) glass. Shatter is a solid piece of concentrate that is often see-through, and when you apply pressure to it, you can break it into pieces to enjoy via a dab rig, dab pen, infused joint, and more. 

While you can find CBD shatter on the unregulated market, the shatter we’re talking about here and sell in our dispensaries is thick with THC content, so prepare for potency. 

How is THC Shatter Made?

To make shatter, a solvent, like butane, needs to be pushed through plant material within a professional, closed-loop system. This process extracts all of the things we love, THC, CBD, and other cannabinoids, along with some terpenes. That extract is then refined to remove the solvent and any remaining unwanted compounds, like lipids. Once that is complete, the butane hash oil is rested. That is, it is completely undisturbed so that it can harden into a thin, glass-like pane. Once the product has fully settled, it’s broken, or shattered, into pieces and packaged to head to your home via your local dispensary.

How Do You Smoke Shatter?

There are many different ways that cannabis enthusiasts enjoy their shatter. The three most popular methods include:

  • Dab Rig: Of all the methods of enjoying a concentrate, shatter included, the dab rig is the most popular. A dab rig is a type of water pipe designed for consuming concentrates, rather than flower. To dab shatter, the nail is heated and a bit of the shatter is placed on it. This will vaporize the product for you to consume.

  • Infused Joint or Bowl: Sometimes, flower just isn’t enough. When you start to feel that way, it doesn’t mean you need to give up your favorite strain of bud. Rather, you can simply enhance it with an infusion of concentrate. Whether you’re packing a bowl or rolling an infused joint, you can add some tiny shatter dabs to your flower to create a session far more potent than flower alone. 

The thing to remember about this method is that concentrates don’t work well with open flames. So when you pack your bowl or joint, be sure to tuck the shatter in with the flower so you’re not lighting your shatter when you spark up.

  • Vape: There are a million different types of vaporizers available for purchase, and one type of vape is called a dab pen. This is a vape pen that is specifically designed for concentrates. Similar to how shatter is added to a dab rig, it would be placed on the heating element in your dab pen. You’d close up the pen, let it work its magic, and before long, you’re enjoying your shatter.

How is Shatter Different From Other Concentrates?

If you’re shopping for concentrates at your local dispensary, there’s no question you’ll be able to identify shatter. This is because it is one of the most visually unique marijuana concentrates on the market. 

To make shatter, a solvent is used to extract all the things we love from the marijuana plant, including cannabinoids and terpenes. Once the solvent is removed from the extract, the concentrate is left to harden. This is how shatter takes on its glass-like appearance that, in some cases, is even clear enough to see through.

Shatter is typically broken into shards prior to being packaged, and you will probably further break it apart when prepping it to add to your dab rig.

How Strong is Shatter?

In general, concentrates are potent products (after all, they’re concentrated cannabinoids). Shatter is no exception. While different manufacturers process their shatter in different ways, you can find shatter that is 80% THC and sometimes higher. This means you do not need much to get the effects you desire, so you should start slow with this one. 

Answering FAQs About THC Shatter

Shatter is one of the most unique concentrates on the market, and we get a lot of questions about it. Here are a few we’ve answered this week:

Can you eat shatter?
You could, but you wouldn’t get anything out of it. Shatter needs to be decarboxylated, or heated, in order to get the effect of the cannabinoids. So if you eat it, you’d basically be consuming a lump of ineffective concentrate. (And it probably wouldn’t taste good either.)

Can I make shatter at home?
No, absolutely not. Cannabis manufacturers use a professional system that can contain dangerous chemicals like butane. Without the proper manufacturing equipment, you could be injured or worse if you try to make shatter at home. Moreover, in some states, it’s actually a felony if you’re caught trying to DIY shatter. 

Is shatter the same as dabs?
Yes and no, shatter is a type of dab but not all dabs are shatter. A dab is any concentrate that can be consumed with a dab rig or dab pen. 

Buying THC Shatter

Convinced that you want to give shatter a try? Come see us. We’ll help you find shatter and all our dab concentrates available, so you get just the product you need to fit the session you’re looking to have. Of course, if you need any help, just talk to your budtender. 

Use of Marijuana Concentrate may lead to: Psychotic symptoms and/or Psychotic disorder (delusions, hallucinations, or difficulty distinguishing reality); Mental Health Symptoms/Problems; Cannabis Hyperemesis Syndrome (CHS) (uncontrolled and repetitive vomiting); Cannabis use disorder/dependence, including physical and psychological dependence.   Please consume responsibly. This product may cause impairment and may be habit forming. There may be health risks associated with consumption of this product.  State laws impact what dispensaries can and can’t sell to recreational customers and medical marijuana patients. Not every type of product, consumption method, dosage form, or potency mentioned on this blog will be permitted in all locations. 

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