What Exactly Is Shatter?
Shatter is a concentrate of cannabis that's name is derived from its glassy, hard consistency. It is known to break and shatter after breaking. It's usually amber or gold-colored.
While it is widely thought of as being more powerful and pure than other extracts, this isn't always the case. The appearance is more to have to do with the extract's molecules being less disturbed during the process of production.
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Shatter is generally dabbed, which is a method of consumption that relies on flash vaporization from a specialized water pipe known as a dab rig. The glassy extract has been praised for being potent, however, it may vary in its potency according to the chemical makeup of the plant, as well as the extraction method and the equipment used.
The high threshold for cannabis flowers typically is about 30 percent THC, shatter extractions could test anywhere from 80 to 90 percent THC.
How does shatter get made?
Shatter is made by various production methods and is generally made using hydrocarbon or butane solvents. Butane extracts are also known as BHO, which is short to mean "butane ish oil."
To create BHO Cannabis is usually packed into a tube in which butane and other hydrocarbons are pushed into plants, removing away desirable compounds such as THC or CBD.
Shatter and various other forms of BHO can be extremely risky to create using DIY at-home installations due to the high inflammability of the fumes from butane. The attempts to create BHO at home have led to several accidental explosions.