One thing we love about cannabis is its versatility. Its various forms make it possible for anyone to find the right product to deliver exactly what they want. Cannabis concentrates like shatter have been gaining popularity over the last few years, and it’s easier to use than you might think. In this article, you’ll learn how to smoke shatter.
If you are looking for an intense, lasting high, then shatter might be for you. While the equipment needed to use shatter might look a little intimidating to newcomers at first, it’s very straightforward. Let’s learn about shatter, find out what it is, and learn how to smoke and dab it.
What Is Shatter?
Shatter is a very popular cannabis concentrate on the market right now because of its THC content. Also known as tetrahydrocannabinol, THC is the active ingredient in cannabis that’s famous for getting you high.
Though the amount of THC varies, concentrates like shatter are much more potent than flower. While flower usually ranges between 10 – 30% THC, shatter’s purity often puts it at 90% THC.
Named after its easily breakable, glasslike structure, shatter is known for its honey-hue and sharp, distinct taste. It is usually consumed via dabbing, providing a fast-acting, intense, and longer high than smoking weed.
Shatter is a form of BHO or “Butane hash oil”
Shatter is made by soaking the cannabis plant material in liquified butane to extract the trichomes from cannabis plant buds.
Trichomes are the hair-like bumps on cannabis plants that contain the cannabinoids and terpenes, which are the chemicals in cannabis that give it its unique properties and array of flavours.
The cannabis plant material is soaked in the butane, and this mixture of butane is then left to simmer over low heat, allowing any remaining solvent to evaporate. After the remaining solvent is purged, the mixture is allowed to solidify, forming a rigid sheet of shatter.
Though the process ensures that shatter attains the highest quality possible, other factors still determine its texture and clarity. Some of these factors include the quality and profiles of materials used.
We feel that we should mention that while the process of making shatter is pretty basic and has been in use for decades, it is unwise to try it at home.
How to Smoke Shatter
For those of you eager to learn how to smoke shatter, we have great news. There are several options available for you, from rigs to bongs to vape pens, and more. Remember that each method will give you a high of varying intensities. The choice is yours.
- Tip: Always try to monitor your body’s reaction to keep from going overboard. Most importantly, always get your shatter from a well-trusted source.
How to Dab Shatter
The most effective Shatter consumption method is a dab rig. A rig is a specialized pipe designed for dabbing. The difference between a rig and the standard bong is the presence of a metal or glass nail and dome instead of a bowl.
You heat up the nail with the torch, and then ‘dab’ your shatter on the nail.
Besides the rig, you will also need a quartz or titanium dabber to apply your shatter to the nail, and a torch to light things up. It might sound complicated, but once you familiarize yourself with the tools, it will be easy for you to use.
Once you have your rig set up, you are ready for your first dab. Getting the dosage right can be tricky, and you can easily get a much more intense high than intended, so remember to start slow, even if you’re an experienced user.
Dabbing: Step by step
- Break off a crumb-sized piece and place it on your dabbing tool.
- Using your torch, heat the nail until the nail gets a red hue.
- Let the nail cool off for a short period, then slide the dome over it.
- Using your dabber, place the broken-off piece of shatter on the nail and inhale through the rig.
- For better circulation, cover your dome with the topper as you inhale the vapour.
In most cases, you will be left with oil residue on your nail after dabbing. If you don’t believe in wasting, there are two ways you can recycle the remaining concentrate.
This is called ‘reclaim,’ and it’s similar to the resins that build up in a weed pipe over time, except reclaim is the resins from a dab rig.
The first way to get the leftover dab is torching the nail again. Alternatively, you could wait until the clog forms and soak your rig in alcohol. Then, wait for all the alcohol to evaporate, scrape the remaining shatter and dab again.
Check out this great tutorial on how to dab here.
Smoking Shatter in a Vape Pen
While this option requires a bit of capital to purchase your vaporizer, it is still less expensive than getting a rig. However, if you intend to have this as your primary go-to solution, you will need to get a long-lasting vape pen for shatter, which costs slightly more.
While vape pens are more readily available and much more inconspicuous than rigs, bongs, or water pipes, they still have some disadvantages.
For starters, you don’t get the same level of intensity you would get from using a rig. Also, units can have insufficient batteries and heating elements, which further lower your vaping experience.
The most vital selling point of smoking shatter using vape pens is their simplicity and convenience. Here’s how to vape shatter.
Once you get your vape pen, simply open the chamber and place a small amount of shatter on the vape pen’s coil. While the chamber is still open, press the button. Doing this allows the shatter to melt a bit.
Close the chamber, place the lid back, hold the button, and inhale for as long as you want. The best way to get high-quality vapour is to inhale steadily and slowly.
A few vape pens give you the option of adjusting the temperature, which has an impact on the experience. Higher temperatures give you more intensity, while lower temperatures give you more flavour and last longer.
Smoking Shatter in a Pipe or a Bong
The options keep on coming. Another way of smoking shatter if you don’t have a dab rig is a pipe or bong. It’s pretty standard because of how easy it is.
How do you go about it? If you’re using a bong, add some ground up weed to your bowl, crumble some shatter into it, and top it off with a bit more bud.
You will, however, need a bowl big enough to accommodate your herb and Shatter. Load up your bong as usual, place your shatter on top, and then smoke it as you usually would.
Make sure you don’t put too much shatter because this will give you too much potency. Plus, using more herb allows the shatter to burn better.
This method’s main setback is that you must have herb for it to work, or the shatter will stick to the glass. Additionally, the taste you’re going to get will be a mixture of your herb and Shatter.
Smoking Shatter in a Joint
You can also enjoy your shatter by placing it in a joint. While you won’t get the same level of high you do when you use a rig, smoking Shatter in a joint is the easiest way to smoke your concentrate if you’re new to it.
Either roll your shatter into a snake or crumble it, then place it in your cannabis as you roll your joint.
There’s another process called twaxing where you can spiral the shatter snake around the joint.
Adding shatter to your joint could slow how long it burns, leading to longer sessions, but the bright side is that you get more time to enjoy it. If you don’t have a rig on hand, smoking Shatter in a joint will do the trick.
Smoking Shatter FAQ
Besides how to smoke shatter, many people still have plenty of questions about the concentrate. We’ve put together answers to some of the more frequently asked shatter questions below:
Is Shatter Safe?
While the process of making shatter involves butane, it completely evaporates during the post-extraction process. Its purity also means that considerably less organic materials are inhaled as compared with smoking.
Also, since shatter is often consumed at lower temperatures, it doesn’t do as much damage to your lungs.
Does Shatter Contain CBD?
Not usually, but there is CBD shatter available, although it’s not as common as regular shatter.
What’s the Difference Between Shatter and Wax?
While their extraction process is mostly similar, there are still a few differences between shatter and wax. For instance, shatter is more stable, allowing it to last longer than wax. On the other hand, wax is easier to manipulate when compared with shatter due to its oily and soft consistency.
Does Vaping Shatter Smell?
The scent your Shatter leaves behind depends entirely on its terpene content. The higher the terpene content, the stronger the scent. While some do have a scent, it doesn’t linger as long as that of cannabis or cigarettes, especially if you’re dabbing it.
If you’re smoking it in a bowl or joint, it will smell from the flower you’re burning with the shatter.
Now that you have an idea of how to smoke shatter, you can confidently start smoking it safely and efficiently—only one thing is missing: your shatter. Not to worry! We’ve got you covered with that as well.
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