What is Shatter?
Shatter is an extract, which is a type of cannabis concentrate that’s produced using a combination of weed plant materials and solvents. The appearance of shatter weed is typically translucent, though its coloring can range from bright honeylike amber to a darker yellow shade like olive oil.
Pot smokers looking for a heavier-hitting high are turning to “Shatter,” a weed concentrate that packs up to 80 percent cannabinoid content. Drug officials aren’t sure how to deal with the drug, a smooth, glassy substance that’s significantly more potent when smoked but is still, ultimately, a marijuana derivative and thus not particularly unsafe.
Shatter is just one form of dabs, the catch-all term for marijuana concentrates produced by extracting cannabinoids like THC and CBD, the plant’s psychoactive chemicals. Other well-known forms include “budder,” which has a creamier, wax-like consistency, and oils, which are golden and honey-like. For all dabs, extraction involves running a solvent — usually butane, carbon dioxide, or propane — through marijuana buds to pull out the cannabinoids, then evaporating the solvent and gathering the resins left behind.
How to smoke Shatter?
There’s a handful of ways to smoke shatter, these are the complete list on how to:
Dabbing with a dab rig is the most common way to consume cannabis concentrates. A dab rig is basically a special bong built to burn concentrates (like shatter and wax) instead of dried and cured bud. Unlike a regular bong, though, a dab rig contains two important pieces that are essential for smoking shatter: a nail and a dome.
Joint, Blunt, Or Spliff
Thankfully, the dab rig isn’t the only way to have fun with cannabis concentrates — there are other ways to learn how to smoke shatter. One of the easiest and most accessible methods is to include a bit of shatter in your joint, blunt, or spliff. This works well if you’re rolling your own product, but with a little effort, you can also add shatter to pre-rolled blunts and joints.
Another simple method for learning how to smoke shatter — without an expensive dab rig — involves everyone’s favorite: the bong. Surrounding the shatter with ground marijuana keeps the flame of your lighter from coming in contact with the cannabis concentrate and ruining it completely. Instead, the heat from the burning ganja (which is cooler than the naked flame) vaporizes the shatter while preserving a vast majority of the cannabinoids within its chemical structure.
Some vape pens also have the capability to vaporize shatter, but be sure to read the specs before you buy. Most portable vaporizers only burn vape juice or accept specific pre-filled cartridges. The more expensive ones allow you to increase or decrease the heat in order to vaporize different types of concentrates, including shatter. These types of vape pens are complicated — there are multiple settings you have to tweak before you can smoke — have a steep learning curve, and require lots of practice to master. Vape pens are certainly an option, but learning how to smoke shatter in a joint or bong is a better use of your valuable time.
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