Shatter is one of the most beautiful and photogenic kinds of marijuana products available on the market today. It is a form of cannabis extracts that is hard, translucent, and has a glass-like appearance. It is highly sought after and is often showcased on Instagram.
Cannabis consumers have now adopted a new potent way of vaping their favorite stains. According to the experts of the Cannabis industry, shatter is a type of marijuana extract that is created by deriving essential oils from plants that contain cannabinoids, terpenes, and other commonly found chemical compounds in the cannabis plant.
The name ‘shatter’ refers to the specific texture of this translucent cannabis concentrate that not only has a glass-like appearance but also breaks and shatters like glass.
Similar to other extracts of marijuana, shatter can either be vaporized or dabbed by consumers through vape pens or specially designed water pipes known as dab rigs. Its potency ranges between 50 to 90 percent of cannabinoids by weight. Its growing popularity lies in its fast, efficient, and smoke-free way to consume marijuana.
If you wish to consume shatter in a vape pen, you need to be sure that you have a pen specially designed to work with cannabis extracts like wax and shatter. Such vapes come with an atomizer that can rapidly heat up and bring shatter to its vaporization point soon.
Dabbing, on the other hand, is a more traditional way to consume marijuana shatter. When you choose to dab shatter, pieces of the extract are applied or dabbed onto a hot surface like a ceramic nail or quartz bucket.
Upon coming into contact, shatter will rapidly vaporize, and as you inhale the vapor through the dab rig’s water chamber, it passes into your lungs.
Often, the little difference between shatter and other extracts of marijuana are ignored for practical purposes. They are consumed in similar ways and almost have similar ranges of potency. The main differences between all the extracts of cannabis are mostly cosmetic.
Shatter is found in gold or amber color and has a certain degree of transparency. The reason behind the semi-clear nature of this concentrate is the nature of molecules in the extracted cannabis oil. In shatter, these molecules are stacked nice and together in straight rows, on top of each other.
The molecular alignment lets light pass-through shatter and gives it a glass-like appearance. Heat, high terpene content, and moisture can also affect the texture and extraction of shatter, which might turn the extracted oils into runny substances. They might resemble sap but will still retain their translucent properties.
Weed concentrates other than shatter and sap are often stirred, whipped, and shaken at various times during the procedure, thereby initiating the individual molecules in the whole mixture. This causes a cloudy appearance, and since shatter is not agitated, it retains its translucency.
Benefits of shatter
One of the main benefits of dabbing shatter lies in its incredibly quick method of letting cannabinoids enter the bloodstream. This helps in offering nearly instantaneous results. Due to the enhanced potency of cannabis extracts, cannabis users are also able to be satisfied completely with the ‘less is more’ approach while consuming marijuana.
Dabbing shatter also implies that you are no longer required to inhale huge amounts of burning plant material to enjoy the desired effects. Instead of smoking the whole joint and exposing your lungs to serious chemicals present in the smoke, consumers can now dab only once or twice to get a hold of the required amount of cannabinoids. Thereby they inhale only the vapor and not the smoke.
Shatter is also known to be a highly stable concentrate owing to its molecular structure. In comparison to wax and other similar kinds of cannabis extracts, it will last longer before getting degraded.
However, some Cannabis users might find it hard to adjust to the consistency. They might face difficulty in breaking up and measuring their individual uses. If you face the same problem, try to heat your dabber lightly before using it to break a dab from your shatter concentrate.