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What is Shatter Wax, How is It Made, and How To Smoke It

By Danyal Swan September 25, 2021

Shatter is a standout in the world of cannabis concentrates. Known for its glass-like clarity and potency, shatter provides users with a pure and powerful experience. Let's dive into what shatter is, its characteristics, how it's made, and the best ways to enjoy this form of concentrate.

What Is Shatter?

Shatter is a type of cannabis concentrate, named for its hard, translucent consistency that literally shatters when broken apart. Its production focuses on preserving cannabinoids and terpenes, resulting in THC shatter that delivers a vibrant flavor profile and strong effects. As a popular choice among concentrate enthusiasts, shatter stands out for its purity and potency.

What Does THC Shatter Look Like?

Shatter extract resembles a piece of amber-colored glass or hard candy. Its appearance can range from a bright honey-like amber to a deeper, dark yellow shade. The clarity can also vary but is typically transparent or semi-transparent, indicating the purity and quality of the shatter. Because it’s more brittle in texture or pliable, some users view shatter as the easiest concentrate to manipulate. You can break off pieces with your fingers, which can leave a sticky residue on your fingers, or use a dab tool.

shatter dab

How is THC Shatter Made?

Making shatter wax involves a process called hydrocarbon extraction. This is a process where THC and other cannabinoids are extracted from the cannabis plant using solvents like ethanol, propane, butane or CO2. Throughout the process, careful temperature and pressure control ensure the slab-like, glassy form of shatter.With shatter, after the desired cannabinoids, terpenes and other essential components are extracted. Following extraction, the mixture is purified through a vacuum purge to remove any residual solvents, resulting in a concentrated form: shatter.

How to Smoke Shatter

There are a few different ways users can smoke shatter concentrates. Depending on your setup, you'll be able to consume shatter in one of the few ways listed below:

Tools Needed To Smoke Shatter

  • A dab rig or vaporizer designed for concentrates
  • A torch for heating
  • A dab tool for handling and applying shatter

Best Temperatures for Smoking Shatter Wax

For an optimal dabbing experience, heating the nail to between 350°F to 400°F is recommended. This temperature range ensures maximum flavor while effectively vaporizing the concentrate without burning it.

Other Ways to Smoke Shatter

Vape Pens

  • Vape pens specifically designed for concentrates are an excellent way to smoke shatter on the go. These pens allow for discreet and efficient usage, heating the shatter to its vaporization point without combustion. Look for pens that offer temperature control for the best experience.

Adding to Flower

  • A straightforward method is to sprinkle small pieces of shatter over your ground flower before rolling it into a joint or packing it into a bowl. The heat from burning the flower will also vaporize the shatter, enhancing the potency and effects of your smoke.

E-Nails and E-Rigs

  • Electric nails (e-nails) and electric rigs (e-rigs) offer a modern, controlled way to dab shatter. These devices maintain a consistent temperature, eliminating the need for a torch and providing a more precise dabbing experience. E-rigs are all-in-one solutions that are especially user-friendly for those new to dabbing concentrates.
dab rig

Frequently Asked Questions About THC Shatter

How is shatter different from other concentrates?

A: Shatter differentiates itself from other cannabis concentrates primarily through its unique texture and appearance. It has a glass-like, translucent quality that literally shatters when broken, hence its name. 

How should I store shatter?

Unlike cannabis flower, shatter is somewhat picky about how it should be stashed. If stored improperly, shatter may begin to break down and lose some of its original potency and flavor. Shatter should always be stored in a sealed, airtight container in a cool, dark room. To maintain the consistency, flavor, and potency for as long as possible, shatter should be protected from high or low temperatures, oxygen, heat, direct sunlight, and ultraviolet light. Most importantly, shatter should be kept cool at all times. Heat exposure causes the cannabinoids and terpenes in shatter to activate, which should only happen during consumption.

Is shatter edible?

As candy-like as it may appear, eating shatter is unlikely to produce any of the desired effects. Shatter relies on heat to activate its cannabinoids and terpenes. These chemicals are activated in a process called decarboxylation, the activation of compounds through heat. Shatter concentrate is specifically designed to be heated in a dab rig or a dab pen, which effectively decarboxylates the cannabinoids and enables them to enter your system.

What are the benefits of smoking shatter?

One of the main benefits of using shatter is that it delivers a strong and almost instantaneous effect. Dabbing or vaping shatter allows the cannabinoids to enter the bloodstream extremely quickly, which enables them to deliver immediate therapeutic and psychoactive effects. Because cannabis extracts are so much more potent than normal cannabis flower, consumers are able to use much less product. Many people enjoy adopting this “less is more” mentality with their cannabis products.

Purchasing Shatter Concentrates

For those looking to explore the world of shatter dabs, MÜV offers a variety of shatter products at our dispensary locations. Whether you're a seasoned enthusiast or new to concentrates, you'll find a strain and cannabis product perfect for your lifestyle and preferences.

Content Manager for MÜV Florida and Contributor for Zen Leaf Dispensaries. A cannabis connoisseur with a passion for explaining the miraculous possibility of the plant, Swan began her journey with cannabis as a recreational user and quickly realized its positive impact on her depression and severe anxiety. She joined the cannabis industry as Receptionist and MedTender and witnessed first-hand the immense potential of the plant for a wide variety of ailments, deepening her passion for alternative medicine. Swan is dedicated to self-education on the plant and sharing its potential with all. She holds a Journalism degree from the University of Iowa.

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