What Is Shatter
As the cannabis industry grows and reinvents itself, we as consumers are being introduced to ingenious new ways to medicate with cannabis. Technological advances have made various forms of concentrated THC readily available and chances are that you may have heard of the “shatter” craze, wondering “what is shatter”, and why it has become so prevalent in previous years. Shatter or Butane Hash Oil (BHO) is a term for a cannabis concentrate made by extracting cannabinoids and terpenes from other unwanted plant-matter that is comprised of up to 92% pure THC. The term “shatter” refers to the stable consistency of the golden, translucent product, which shatters or breaks like glass. Shatter is so popular and revered in the cannabis community due to its fast-acting delivery system and almost instantaneous effects. Shatter compared to traditional smoking is very beneficial in the sense that there is no combustion of unwanted or hazardous plant material during the process of consumption, making it a great alternative for the health-conscious.
How To Smoke Shatter
Shatter can be smoked in various ways, and is one of the most versatile concentrates available behind distillates. The term “dab” is a frequently used term that is heavily associated with smoking shatter. “Dab” refers to the most popular way to smoke shatter which requires a specialized bong or ” dab rig”, a “nail” attachment that is generally made of titanium, quartz or ceramic, and a butane torch. The nail attachment is heated to an optimal temperature, and the concentrate or shatter is “dabbed” onto the nail, resulting in a build up of vapour within the bong that is then inhaled. Asides from being dabbed, shatter can be enjoyed in many other ways.
One of the easiest way to smoke shatter is to crumble it into tiny glass-like shards, and mix it into blunts, bowls, and joints. This method does not required the aforementioned dab rig which may be too big of an investment for beginner or casual smokers. This method of consumption is unfortunately not ideal for those who enjoy dabs for their terpenes or flavour, trading flavour and aroma for convenience and accessibility.
With A Vaporizer
Portable electronic vaporizers are rapidly taking over the market, becoming the most discreet and convenient product for the consumption of shatter or other THC concentrates. Vaporizers are the healthiest way to use shatter, allowing consumers to avoid the negative side effects associated with the combustion or smoking of shatter by heating the concentrates at a low temperature, which creates pure vapour. Vaporizing shatter allows users to taste the terpenes and pure flavour associated with the shatter.