If you’re looking for a more potent THC product, you might have come across ‘shatter’ – this is a cannabis product that is growing increasingly popular with smokers throughout Canada. With THC levels that can reach above 90%, it’s hard to find a purer source on the market.
So, what is shatter? It’s a high-grade concentrate that is similar to wax – some people say it looks like dry tree sap. In most cases, it will have the same appearance as a dark honey product.
While shatter remains popular with its core fan base, many smokers are unaware of how to smoke this unique substance. In this guide, we’ll be taking a closer look at everything you need to know about shatter – including the various ways that you can smoke it.
How to Smoke Shatter
While it’s easily accessible in Canada, you still need to know how to use shatter. Most shatter smokers purchase ‘dab rigs,’ which provide the most potent high. Nevertheless, this requires an initial upfront investment – it might not be suitable for smokers who don’t have the budget to pay for a rig.
If you’re trying to find out how to smoke shatter without a rig, you’ll be pleased to know that you have several options. In this part of our guide, we’ll be taking a closer look at all the ways you can smoke shatter.
Smoking Shatter in a Joint
If you’re someone who enjoys smoking joints, but you feel you need a bit more potency, using shatter alongside standard marijuana buds is an excellent choice. Many people don’t realize that you can benefit from the strength of shatter by rolling it into traditional joints.
Start by grinding your favorite cannabis plant and fill your rolling paper the way you usually would (except leave a little bit of extra space for the shatter). Next, sprinkle crumbled shatter on top of the joint and begin rolling it.
While this is an effective way to smoke shatter, some smokers prefer to mix the shatter with cannabis. If you don’t want to sprinkle it on top, mixing it together is always a feasible alternative.
If you don’t know how to roll a joint, you can always purchase a joint roller that automates the process.
Smoking Shatter in a Pipe or Bong
For smokers who enjoy using pipes or bongs, you’ll be pleased to know that shatter is compatible with both smoking methods. So, how do you smoke shatter in a pipe or bong?
As with smoking shatter in a joint, pipe and bong users should mix it with marijuana or tobacco before consuming it. You should place a layer of marijuana within your bong or pipe bowl, and then sprinkle the shatter on top. Make sure to adequately light the shatter as you smoke it.
Again, this is another way to intensify the high you receive from smoking a pipe or bong. Make sure that you’re comfortable with smoking shatter before you layer too much on top of your cannabis – the high will be much more intense.
How to Dab Shatter
One of the most popular ways to smoke shatter is ‘dabbing’ it in a rig. If you’re looking for a quick, potent method of consumption, this is one of your best options. The only downside is that it requires a lot of hardware and a bit of practice.
Dabbing shatter requires you to buy a ‘rig.’ A rig consists of a bong-like water pipe and a bulb-like dome. You’ll also need a nail, butane torch, and metal dabber. Let’s take a step-by-step look at the dabbing process below:
- Start by placing a piece of shatter at the end of your dabber. This piece should be as small as possible.
- Turn your butane torch on and begin to heat the nail – the nail may turn orange as you heat it up.
- Once your nail reaches a high temperature, wait a few seconds and place the dome over the top of the nail.
- Once the dome is securely placed over the nail, slowly bring the shatter towards the nail using the dabber.
- Touch the shatter to the nail slowly and begin inhaling immediately. All done!
The dome is used to ensure that the vapor from the shatter doesn’t escape when it first touches the nail. As you’ll see, when you use your rig, it’s critical to use the dome to avoid losing the vapor (even if you inhale immediately). Although it seems like a small amount of vapor that’s created from the shatter, it’s incredibly potent.
If you want to dab shatter, it’s critical to create a checklist of everything you need. If you don’t have the right materials, it won’t be possible. Below is a checklist:
- Butane Torch
Vape pens have emerged as a popular smoking tool for various concentrates. While most vape pens are for THC wax, you can also smoke shatter if you have the right type of vape. This can be a much easier way to smoke – it doesn’t require nearly as much effort as traditional dabs.
If you want to know how to vape shatter, it will depend on the type of vape that you purchase. In most cases, you will need to add the shatter to a compartment and then push a button – it’s that simple. Read the instructions included with your vape pen.
If you’re trying to find a vape pen for shatter, make sure that the pen’s manufacturer specifically says it’s suitable. Some vape pens are not compatible with shatter.
Smoking Shatter FAQ
As shatter continues to grow in popularity, we receive a lot of questions from readers about this unique THC source. Below, let’s take an in-depth look at some of the common questions we receive regarding shatter:
Q: Can You Eat Shatter?
A. While there are plenty of ways to consume shatter, eating it is not an effective form of ingestion. While there’s nothing stopping you from eating shatter, it won’t have a major impact. The reality is that decarboxylation needs to occur for you to benefit from eating a THC source.
Still, there are plenty of easy ways to consumer shatter if you don’t want to try traditional dabs. Joints, bongs, and pipes all provide excellent results if you’re looking to try shatter.
Q: Will Shatter Make Me Cough?
A. While many people assume shatter won’t make them cough, it can be quite intense for first-timers. For this reason, it’s always a good idea to try shatter in small doses during your first attempt – a little bit goes a long way.
Q: How Much Shatter Should I Use?
A. The answer to this question will depend on a range of variables. The appropriate quantity of shatter will vary depending on your experience and ingestion method. For example, you should use less shatter for a dab than a joint.
It’s best to only use crumb-sized pieces of shatter – especially if you’ve never smoked it before.
Q: How is Shatter Made?
A. The process used to make shatter is much more complicated than other THC sources. Unlike traditional marijuana buds, you’ll need some expertise to produce this type of concentrate. Still, if you have the right materials and know-how, you can make shatter from scratch.
Shatter is the result of a chemical extraction process. Typically, producers will use heat and butane to separate cannabinoids from cannabis. After the extraction occurs, low heat is used to eliminate the additional solvent.
Lastly, the remaining substance is left to cool down and harden. Most producers will manufacture large sheets of shatter, and then crack it into smaller pieces to sell – this is why it has a glass-like appearance.
We still recommend that you purchase shatter from a dispensary or online source. It’s much easier, and you’ll have better assurances that the THC concentration is high.
Q: How Strong is Shatter?
A. Shatter is considered one of the most potent forms of THC. As a concentrate, its primary purpose is to give a potent high to the person who consumes it. THC levels can reach up to 90%, making this one of the most intense THC products on the market.
Keep in mind that the quality and strength of your shatter will largely depend on the manufacturer. It’s critical to choose a reliable shatter producer if you want to benefit from a potent high.
Q: Is Shatter Okay for First Time Use?
A. While smokers with a range of different experience levels enjoy using shatter, it’s critical to avoid this THC source if you’ve never smoked marijuana before. Because shatter is much more potent than traditional marijuana, it can be overwhelming for a first-time smoker. Make sure to try a less concentrated form of marijuana or THC before you use shatter.
Q: Is Shatter Expensive?
A. The price of shatter will vary depending on the producer and retailer that you’re purchasing from. If you want to access shatter at the best price, it’s critical to use a producer that you can trust. It’s also important to remember that quality may vary if you decide to purchase the cheapest shatter on the market.
If you want the best value for money, it’s critical to assess the potency and cost of the shatter before you purchase it.
Q: What is a Dab Rig?
A. A ‘dab rig’ is a bong-like smoking accessory that allows you to smoke shatter and other concentrates. You’ll also need a butane torch and other items to ensure that you get the most from your dab rig. Make sure to check out the ‘How to Dab Shatter’ portion of this review if you’re interested in using a dab rig.
Q: Is a Butane Torch Really Necessary?
A. If you’re going to dab shatter, a butane torch is necessary. While it may sound excessive, it’s required if you want the nail to reach the adequate temperature to vaporize the shatter. A lighter won’t be able to provide you with the same amount of heat – a butane torch is also much quicker.
Q: Is Shatter More Potent Than Traditional Cannabis?
A. Yes. One of the primary allures of shatter is that it offers one of the most concentrated THC levels available to smokers. If you’re someone who enjoys the effect of THC, this is one of the best ways to access a potent high.
While potency can vary, most cannabis has a THC concentration of below 10%. On the other hand, a piece of shatter’s THC concentration can reach above 90%.
While this is excellent for experienced cannabis users that enjoy strong marijuana products, it’s critical to remember that it can be overwhelming to newcomers.
Q: Can You Mix Shatter with Traditional Cannabis?
A. Yes. Many people make the mistake of thinking that shatter and other concentrates must be used alone. In reality, shatter smokers often use it to add potency to joints, bongs, and pipes – it can be used to improve traditional cannabis.
Q: Can You Cook Shatter into Food?
A. If you’re looking to use your shatter to make edibles, you’ll be pleased to know that it’s a possibility. While shatter users have different recommendations for how to cook it into edibles, it’s often best to ‘decarb’ it by melting it into coconut oil or another similar substance. You can then bake it into brownies or a host of other edible substances.
It’s essential to keep in mind that there are other concentrates that are much easier to cook into food. Alternatively, it’s also easy to access pre-baked edibles at plenty of dispensaries in Canada.
Q: Where is the Best Place to Buy Shatter?
A. If you’re a Toronto resident, there are plenty of places that you can purchase shatter. Whether you’re looking to buy cannabis online, or you’re planning on heading to your local dispensary, it’s essential to choose a supplier that you can trust.
At Kootenay Botanicals, we offer our clients access to the industry’s best shatter products. If you’re looking for shatter, dab rigs, or any other cannabis-related products, make sure to check out our store.