Last Updated on August 27, 2021 by Kyle Catron
You might have seen shatter in your favorite dispensary. They are glass-like, almost translucent products that look like glass shards that come in many shades.
Many of our customers were asking the same questions so we decided to dedicate a detailed post to magnificent shatter. Keep reading as we investigate what it is, how it is made, and what is the best way to use it.
What is Shatter?
Shatter is a glass-like extract of the cannabis plant, known for its easy breakability and is often compared to very thin glass, hence the name shatter.
Shatter is a beloved cannabis extract product that is used far and wide known for its potency and therapeutic effects. Shatter is made by treating the cannabis plant matter with different solvents.
Shatter can also greatly vary in colour, meaning that the colour can go from completely translucent to rich amber.
Even though it is called shatter, not all shatter products break easily. Some types of shatters have a more taffy-like consistency but are still considered shatter.
What Is the Difference Between Various Types of Shatters?
First of all, it is important to know that shatter can be made from virtually any strain of cannabis plant so depending on the molecular structure of the plant, the content of the terpenes in the Cannabis plant can greatly vary resulting in shatter to taste and look different based on these molecular variations.
A good rule of thumb when buying shatter is to investigate whether specific shatter has a higher content of Terpenes that will likely cause a more sap-like texture and less breakability of the product. On the other hand, shatter that contains more Tetrahydrocannabinolic acid is the shatter that is known for its brittleness and easy breakability.
What is the Difference Between THC and CBD Shatter?
The difference between the two shatters is definitely in the potency of the product. CBD shatter contains high doses of Cannabidiol and very low doses of THC. This means that CBD shatter is ideal for those who are seeking out its medicinal and therapeutic effects rather than going for the medicinal effects of THC and feeling of being high.
On the other hand, shatter that is rich in THC is marketed more towards those who enjoy shatter for its potent psychoactive intoxicating effects that provide a powerful feeling of being high. THC is also a very powerful pain reliever.
This is why THC-infused shatter is almost unmatched by other types of cannabis extracts so definitely be on the lookout for the content of these two compounds and choose the one that suits you best.
What Is the Most Popular Way to Consume Shatter?
Shatter enthusiasts love dabbing it, which is the way to consume shatter by using a water pipe called a dab rig. The dab rig contains a compartment in which shatter can be inserted and vaporized by applying heat. This form of consuming shatter creates a more powerful kick, and the effect is almost instant. This method is especially beloved by those who prefer the flavors and aromas released by terpenes when the product is heated up.
It is always a great idea to start with a smaller dose and then slowly increase according to your preferences. Do note that the taste and aroma of your shatter will also depend on the temperature applied to the dabbing rig.
Shatter can be also vaped, or vaporized, but it does not make a lot of sense to eat it because it requires heat to activate its THC compound and give you a proper kick. This means that eating shatter will likely not cause any sensation or noticeable effect due to the THCA not yet being activated and converted to THC with the process of decarboxylation, or heating it.
Once you finish with your consummation, remember to preserve your shatter in a dark container that is airtight so that the product does not start degrading and losing its quality over time. It is also best not to put it in a very warm room or expose it to moisture. If in doubt, check whether your local dispensary has any containers that would be appropriate for storing shatter. Most shatter should come packaged in a resealable mylar bag that blocks moisture and light.
How is Shatter Made?
Shatter is made by extracting the beneficial compounds from the cannabis plant through a process that requires applying pressure. This is a fairly complicated process that deserves its own blog piece. The compounds within the cannabis plant are also treated with solvents that work to separate the desirable from undesirable compounds of cannabis plants. Later the solvents are fully purged before consumption to ensure a pure product.
It is very important to know that due to its highly complicated method of production you should always look for shatter that was made in a lab environment by a trusted producer.
Where Can I Buy Shatter?
There is no better place to buy shatter online in Canada than here at Buzzed Extracts. Check out our online store and find many different shatter products, especially our shatter bundles that contain shatter of different varieties that you can choose from and make a mixture for yourself.
Our shatter bundles are among the most beloved products and our customers love being able to buy different mixtures so make sure that you secure your bundle before they run out.
In addition to shatter and shatter bundles, we provide vaping pens and dabbing rigs so feel free to check out our product line and make sure that you have all of the necessary equipment that you need to enjoy your product properly.
There you have it! We hope you learned something new about shatter and we are excited to help you out on this journey. We hope that now you have enough information to decide which type of shatter works best for you and feel free to check out our store where we have a wonderful assortment of many different types of shatter.
Remember, shatter is truly one of the most prized cannabis extracts available on the market and it is very important that you get yours from a trusted producer and seller so that you can unpack its complex layers and have a truly out-of-this-world experience.