What is Shatter?


The extraction of cannabinoids from marijuana flower is a relatively new process rapidly gaining popularity. The most common concentrates extracted from cannabis flower are hash oil, wax, shatter and dabs. Even within the cannabis community, there is confusion about the subtle differences between these marijuana concentrates. Although each has many of the same ingredients, the THC is extracted differently, which results in different effects on the body.

Shatter is a liquefied marijuana concentrate, most easily compared to cannabis oil. It is usually made with butane, but is simply more refined. Shatter is the most potent marijuana concentrate, besides marijuana oil, with 90% THC extracted from the marijuana flower. Shatter is a popular smoking option, than other types of cannabis extractions, because it lasts longer and tends to be more stable.

To make shatter, one must use an extraction process similar to marijuana wax, the only difference being that shatter is not whipped. The hot marijuana concentrate is in liquid form, only hardening into “glass” after it cools down. It can then be broken up into single servings. These pieces can break or shatter easily, giving the cannabis concentrate its clever name. Shatter can be ingested via a glass pipe with an e-nail attachment or a vape pen specifically designed for marijuana wax. Whether consuming oil, wax, shatter or dabs, remember all are highly potency marijuana concentrates that may trigger additive reactions. If you choose to consume marijuana in this form, start slowly, with the smallest amount, to see how it affects you personally.


Lynn is a contributor to Leaftopia, and an ambassador, advocate, and speaker for the US Pain Foundation (http://USPain.org) and the Massachusetts Resiliency Center for fellow Boston Marathon Attack Survivors.

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