What Is Shatter Weed?

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Shatter weed is the new player taking the market by storm. Unlike cannabis flowers, shatter weed can reach a concentration of up to 80 percent. And in some cases, its concentration could reach a whopping 99 percent.

This has made it a new favourite among experienced cannabis users looking for a harder-hitting high. If you’re looking to get on the shatter wagon, read on and learn what it is and how to use it for the best high.

What Is Shatter?

Shatter is the catch-all term for cannabis extracts made by extracting cannabinoids from the flower. It gets its name from the glassy appearance that shatters like glass when dropped or snapped in two.

Shatter weed is generally translucent, though its colouring can range from a dark yellow shade like corn oil to a brighter honey-like amber. All shatter weeds appear to have the same visual consistency. However, their physical texture can vary from a snap-and-pull quality to an extremely brittle glass-like quality.

Shatter weed with a high THC concentration has a snap-and-pull quality. And that with a high THCA concentration is more brittle and glass-like. This is because THC is a snappy oil at room temperature, thus giving shatter weed a more viscous consistency. THCA, on the other hand, is solid at room temperature, yielding a fragile shatter that’s easier to break.

How Is Shatter Weed Made?

Keep in mind that the manufacturing of shatter should only be conducted by professionals since the process can be extremely dangerous. It’s also illegal in certain jurisdictions, and the equipment involved requires special safety precautions, accuracy, precision, and expertise.

Since it’s a concentrate, the manufacturing process of shatter is similar to that of most concentrates. The only difference is in the post-extraction process. Here are the steps that cannabis extractors use to make shatter weed:

  • Pick a cannabis material. 
  • Put the material into the material column. This is a tank inside a closed-loop system dedicated to holding the material throughout the process.
  • Cool your solvent of choice.
  • Pass the cool solvent over the cannabis material to release trichomes.
  • Remove the solvent from the solution through vaporization.
  • Cool the solvent tank to condense and recapture the solvent vapours.

The best thing about shatter weed, apart from the hard-hitting high it delivers, is that it can be created from literally any cannabis material. During the production process, the desired cannabinoids are extracted from cannabis plant material through various processes that involve heat and compression. After the procedure, any unwanted plant material is removed using a solvent-induced vacuum purge.

The most common solvent used in shatter extraction is butane. Carbon dioxide (CO2) is not commonly used as it makes shatter lose its characteristic texture.

How Is Shatter Weed Made

How Does Shatter Differ From Other Concentrates?

Although shatter weed varies in consistency, colour, and texture from other concentrates, the manufacturing process is basically the same. It’s often considered the purest form of weed concentrate due to its high potency and shimmering appearance. If certain elements are mishandled during the production process, such as the vacuum purge or initial extraction, it might not turn out as desired. Improper storage could also compromise its pristine, translucent nature.

Other factors could also affect the shatter weed production process. Unwanted moisture from the starting cannabis material, residual solvents, and high temperatures can cause the concentrate to end up as a budder instead of coming out as a brittle substance.

How to Use Shatter Weed 

Most people use shatter weed in two ways: combusting and dabbing.


In case you were wondering, you can smoke shatter. But you cannot place it in a bowl or roll it up into a joint. You can, instead, add it to a smokable flower.

If you want to smoke shatter, all you have to do is mix it with cannabis flower in a bowl or sprinkle it into a joint as you roll it. While you’re at it, be sure not to ignite the shatter directly. Doing so will vaporize the THC before you can inhale it.

For bowls, pack a little cannabis flower and your intended dose of shatter with the flower at the top. If you prefer using joints, be sure to add the shatter at the middle of your joint, not at the tip or filter.


This is arguably the most common way of using concentrated cannabis products. To dab shatter, you need a dab rig. And for a dab rig to work, you need to place a small amount of shatter on a hot surface known as a banger, where it is quickly heated and melted. 

You can then place a small tool known as a carb cap to trap the heat and spread the melted shatter over the banger. You can inhale the smoke-free vapour through the mouthpiece after it cools and gets filtered in the water chamber.

How to Store Shatter Weed

How to Store Shatter Weed

If you store shatter incorrectly, it can lose its snappy consistency, potency, and flavour. To prevent this disintegration, you should store it in an airtight, lightproof container. And to ensure it stays consistent for as long as possible, keep it in a cool room to protect it from high temperatures, oxygen, moisture, direct sunlight, and ultraviolet light.

Can You Eat Shatter Weed?

Shatter weed requires decarboxylation to produce the desired result. As such, it is meant to be vaporized using a vaporizer, dab rig, or vape pen, where the cannabinoids are heated and activated. Unheated shatter weed is unlikely to produce any desired effect.

The Bottom Line

Although nobody has ever died from using too much weed, the potency of shatter weed is something to be reckoned with. And therefore, if you’re just starting out on weed, it is best to start with a low dose, gauging the effects and then working your way up. That said, dabbing shatter weed is a cool way to get high.

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