Shatter weed is a popular form of cannabis concentrate known for its high potency. But it is its glass-like appearance that gives it its name. We’ve got the lowdown on this unique cannabis product, so grab your rig, and let’s get into it.

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What is Shatter Weed?

Shatter weed is a type of cannabis concentrate made through a process of extraction. It is so named because its translucence makes it look like glass that would shatter easily when handled.

How is Shatter Weed Made?

Shatter weed is typically made using butane or CO2 as the solvent. It is extracted by soaking and trimming buds in the solvent to separate the trichomes. The mixture resulting from this is heated to remove the solvent, leaving behind a concentrated substance that can be shaped into a variety of forms, including shatter. Shatter is generally produced following an additional filtration process that removes naturally occurring fats and waxes, which is what makes it so much more potent.

The final product is typically amber in color and resembles a slab of honey or maple syrup.

A more intricate process involving a glass or stainless steel extraction tube and a canister of butane or CO2 is sometimes used for concentrates as well. But in general, the simpler process produces just as good of a product.

To Shatter or Bud, That is the Question

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For anyone used to smoking bud, switching to concentrates is understandably a hassle. But they do offer a unique experience thanks to their potency. Even if you don’t switch over completely, it’s certainly worth trying just for that.

Concentrates do just what the name implies: they concentrate THC and CBD compounds in your weed. As such, you get a stronger product that produces a long-lasting high. With shatter, you’re looking at a product with anything between 60-90% cannabinoid content and some of the highest terpene content. Suffice it to say, you’re definitely going to be going on an intense trip with these bad boys.

Unlike buds, shatter isn’t restricted to bongs or joints. They can be used with a variety of toking methods, so you’re free to pair them with whatever you like best.

How is Shatter Weed Used?

Shatter weed is typically consumed by smoking or vaporizing. It works beautifully with dab rigs or pens as well as e-cigarettes. Shatter can also be broken into small pieces and added to a joint, pipe, or bong.

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Because of its high potency, only a small amount is needed to achieve the desired effects. Whether you smoke it plain or pair it with your bud, it’s sure to get you soaring in record time.

What are the Effects of Shatter Weed?

Shatter weed is known for its high potency and strong effects. Because it is a concentrated form of cannabis, shatter can have a much higher THC content than traditional flowers or buds.

This can lead to a more intense and longer-lasting high, with effects that can last for several hours.

Shatter is also known for its strong flavor and aroma, thanks to the presence of terpenes. These compounds give shatter its unique taste and smell, and can also affect the overall effects of the product. That said, a well-made shatter might actually not have a strong marijuana flavor or scent if it has been run through the extra filtration process.

What are the Risks of Using Shatter Weed?

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Like any cannabis product, shatter weed comes with its own set of risks and potential side effects. Because it is a concentrated form of cannabis, shatter can be much stronger than traditional flowers or buds.

Ideally, you’d smoke any form of cannabis at a slow, even pace. The more experienced the stoner, the better idea they have of what works best for them. But if you’re not used to a potent product, you might hit too much too fast.

And anyone that has had a bad trip will tell you that the ensuing paranoia, anxiety, and nausea are not fun at all. Not to mention the insatiable munchies that take over once you come back down.

Beyond using it wrong, the process of making shatter weed can be dangerous if not done properly. The use of solvents like butane can be highly flammable, and improper ventilation or handling can lead to explosions or fires.

Additionally, the solvents themselves need to be pure and of high quality or you risk getting a bad product from it.

So if you have the itch to try shatter, make sure you source it from a reputable source that will give you a genuine, clean product. And once you get your hands on it, take it easy and enjoy the ride.

Shatter Here, Shatter There, Shatter Everywhere

There’s no denying the appeal of shatter weed. It’s certainly unique in both its look and its flavor. But it’s the potency that really sells it. Knowing what shatter weed is certainly takes the mystery out of it, but knowing what to do with it is where the fun really lies. So go ahead and dab that concentrate and enjoy the powerful and flavorful experience for the next few hours.

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