Currently, one of the most sought after cannabis products on the market is shatter, which is a highly concentrated form of cannabis. It has a beautiful photogenic crystalline form that is usually amber colored.
The name shatter is derived from the glassy appearance of this cannabis compound. When dropped to the ground, it is likely to shatter into pieces. To fully grasp the concept of shatter, it is important to first understand cannabis concentrates in general.
What Are Cannabis Concentrates?
Concentrates are cannabis products that contain extraordinarily high amounts of THC. To be more specific, they contain as much as 40% to 80% THC. This is up to four times the THC that is found in top shelf marijuana, which usually has around 20% THC.
Common forms of cannabis concentrates include kief, THC oil, budder, dry sift, hash, shatter, and dab wax. Shatter is similar to other forms of cannabis concentrates, as they are all consumed in similar ways but differ in their physical appearance.
What Does Shatter Look Like?
Shatter is amber or lightly gold colored with some degree of transparency. Its molecules are neatly stacked in rows, giving it the appearance of translucency.
The presence of heat and moisture may give shatter a runny consistency, but in optimal conditions it has a hard consistency, especially on cold days.
How to Use Shatter
The best way to use shatter is to dab it using a vape pen or a dab rig. When using a vape pen, the shatter is placed in the heating chamber of the vape pen. The atomizer heats the shatter and turns it into vapor which is then inhaled through the mouthpiece of the vape pen.
Dabbing works in a similar way. The shatter is applied or “dabbed” onto a hot titanium or ceramic nail on the dab rig. Then, the shatter transforms into a vapor that is inhaled through the dab rig’s water chamber and into the lungs.
Shatter can also be infused into different meals and beverages. The easiest way to infuse meals with shatter is to use it to make cannabutter or cannabis infused cooking oil. Varying recipes may be used and the final product will have a shelf life of 2-3 months.
Remember that, if you keep shatter for too long, it may lose flavor and potency over time. Lastly, Be careful not to expose it to extremely high temperatures, as this will destroy the cannabinoids and terpenes that it contains.
How To Make Shatter
- An ounce of your favorite marijuana strain with high THC
- An extraction tube
- A coffee filter
- A double boiler
- Parchment paper
- A butane canister
- Razor blades
- Pyrex dish
- Crush the marijuana into small particles, but not into a powder, by using a grinder
- Place the marijuana in the extraction tube while making sure that there are no air pockets. Fill it to capacity without overstuffing it
- The extractor should have a small hole on one end while the other end should have a cap that has small holes. Store bought extractors will come with a filter, but you can use a filter if your extractor doesn’t have one
- Slowly spray the butane through the opening on the extractor until the canister is empty. A viscous dark green liquid will begin to pour from the other end of the extractor into the pyrex dish
- Fill your double boiler with water and heat using an electric stove. Place the pyrex dish on top inside the boiler. Allow the butane to evaporate from the dish leaving behind a translucent amber colored viscous fluid. Remove from the heat
- Use a vacuum purge to get rid of all the residual butane
- Using a razor blade, scrape the shatter from the bottom of the pyrex dish and place on parchment paper
- Store in a cool and dry place away from direct sunlight
Lastly, because Butane is highly flammable, keep in mind that it is best to carry out this process outdoors.