What is Shatter?
Shatter weed is a cannabis extract that is generally known for its high THC content, among other cannabinoids. The high concentrations of THC in most cannabis shatters makes it a potent concentrate which may be overly intense for first time kush users. Shatter weed is no different from any other highly concentrated oil-based marijuana product, except for its hardened wax, glass-like structure.
How is Shatter Weed Made?
All cannabis concentrates made for dabbing start with a solvent to complete an extraction process which pulls cannabinoids from the plant matter. Common solvents used for shatter weed include carbon dioxide, propane and butane. Butane is also a popular ingredient used to create butane hash oil (BHO), however in cannabis concentrates such as shatter weed, the solvent must be almost entirely removed from the cannabinoids through a vaporization process that leaves a sticky live resin with highly potent chemical compounds. Where cannabis oils are often left in their liquid state with the addition of carrier oils, shatter is the most undiluted cannabis concentrate, as enough solvent is removed during vaporization for the marijuana product to harden.
The cannabis resin is spread out into thin, glass-like sheets where they will produce a hardened final product when cooled, and easily shatter into small pieces for distribution.
Shatter weed is all about achieving the highest possible THC levels among other cannabinoids, so that experienced cannabis users can enjoy the full effects of the chemical compounds found in various strains of the cannabis plant.
What separates this cannabis concentrate from other popular marijuana products such as budders, crumbles and waxes, is a final filtration process where residual waxes and fats that are produced from the solvent are phased out until a cannabinoid content of 80% is achieved. During this process, even the naturally occurring terpenes in the plant matter are filtered out, so that all you get are the pure, raw cannabinoids and an extremely low terpene content. These removal of terpenes also means that users can enjoy this product without the pungent aroma or flavour typically associated with marijuana plant material.
Tetrahydrocannabinol and cannabidiol, more commonly known as THC and CBD are the two main components that make up the cannabinoids in cannabis flowers. With a staggering potency of 80% in shatter weed, it is useful to know a bit about these cannabinoids and their effects.
Although CBD shatter products are less common than THC shatter weed due to their lack of psychoactive effects, pure CBD shatter can be found in dispensaries. As opposed to the cerebral high that THC produces, CBD does not have the same mind-altering effects. CBD however, has a number of recreational and medical marijuana uses such as treatment for anxiety, physical pain, epilepsy, and general relaxation.
Shatter weed with a high THC level may also be useful for a number of medicinal purposes including relief from depression and anxiety. However, marijuana products, which contain up to 80% THC are more commonly used for their incredible psychoactive properties. Experienced marijuana users can enjoy euphoric, uplifting experiences by using this cannabinoid in its purest form.
The price of shatter weed is dependent on the way that you plan to use it. In theory, the cheapest way to use this potent marijuana product is to smoke shatter by crumbling it and rolling it into a joint over top of cannabis flowers. The problem with this is that shatter requires much more heat than cannabis flowers to smoke, which will leave you with a waxy mess once your regular cannabis flowers have burned up. This means that much of your shatter will be wasted, and you will not get nearly as much use out of the product.
A far less wasteful way to use shatter weed is to heat a dab rig, which has all the components you need to break down the shatter for vaporization and dabbing. Dab rigs are specifically used for vaping marijuana concentrates, unlike a typical bong. For those who do not plan to use shatter weed on a regular basis, this may be an unnecessary expense that can cost up to $200.
For a portable option for using weed shatter, the product can be vaped through a wax vape pen. This tool however, can still come at a high cost, and requires a dab device to prepare the shatter before placing it into the pen. An upside to this method is that wax vape pens can be used to smoke a variety of marijuana products.
Users often make the mistake of using low-cost DIY methods to use shatter such as heating up a butter knife to melt down the product. Methods such as these should be avoided, as they can lead to injuries and inhalation of toxins mixed with the smoke from your shatter.
The cost of shatter weed itself is unsurprisingly higher than other marijuana products sold in dispensaries due to its impressive cannabinoid content. Users can enjoy minimal doses of shatter and still reap the benefits of these chemical compounds, which means a small quantity of weed shatter will likely go a long way.
Shatter weed varies in price from dispensary to dispensary, however Boutique Cannabis offers high quality shatter for some of the lowest prices on the Canadian market, and we will quickly ship your shatter right to your door. Cannabis enthusiasts can browse our unique shatter options and try products like our Obama Kush Shatter or Blue Cheese Shatter for a reasonable rate of $25 per gram.
As with most marijuana products with a high THC content, shatter weed often increases blood circulation, which leads to a raised blood pressure and heart rate. The potent cannabinoids in shatter products may also cause the appearance of bloodshot eyes.
Smoking this formula sometimes causes the user have a dry or irritated throat and nasal pathways. Those who are not experienced in marijuana use may also experience overwhelming psychoactive effects that lead to paranoia or anxiety, which is why we do not normally suggest these products to first time cannabis users.
Although shatter weed is derived from the natural chemical compounds in cannabis flowers, the high concentration of cannabinoids may lead to more serious health concerns such as asthma or bronchitis if it is overused. Those who use shatter in moderation however, are at a much lower risk of developing infections such as these.
The overall safety of shatter use has been heavily debated by healthcare professionals, however the general consensus seems to be that this is a safe, natural marijuana product, which has the potential to produce medicinal benefits similar to other cannabis extracts.
It is always important however to consider the potency of the cannabinoids in any marijuana product, and decide whether or not you are prepared for a higher concentration of THC or CBD. The cannabinoid makeup in your typical nugs can be as low as 5-10%. If you have never used any form of cannabis concentrate, you may want to consider starting with a cannabis oil with a lower CBD and THC content, and gradually work your way up to shatter weed for the ultimate kush experience.
Your experience using a shatter product will also depend on the strain you choose. We suggest researching the various strain options and assessing their cannabinoids to find the optimal shatter for you before using this potent product.