How to Smoke Shatter

The Basics of Smoking Shatter

Smoking shatter can be done by using different ‘rigs’. A rig used for ‘dabbing’ is an apparatus that facilitates the heating and vaporizing of your shatter. You will need a good quality torch to get it to the right temperature for smooth toking. You’ll also obviously need the shatter itself as well – you can buy shatter online or see if your local dispensary carries it.

A dab rig is a specially designed bong that uses an indirect heating method for your concentrates. This results in a cleaner ‘hit’ and doesn’t burn off the essential compounds of your shatter as quickly.

It has a body for the vapour, a dabber for handling the concentrates and a ‘banger’ (bowl) or titanium nail  where your shatter will be placed. Lastly, there’s a ‘carb cap’ which acts like a lid when taking a hit. The materials that make up a dab rig are typically quartz, titanium and glass. For the best way to smoke shatter, follow the tips below:

materials for dabbing

Step 1: Use the torch to heat the bottom and sides of the bowl for at least 30 seconds.

TIP: The temperature you need depends on your rig and the amount or consistency of your shatter. We encourage you to experiment with what works best for the materials you have. If precision is your jam, you can invest in an e-nail to help monitor the temperature.

heating up dab rig

Step 2: After heating the banger evenly from the bottom to the top, use your dabber to place the shatter inside the hot bowl and simultaneously inhale from the mouthpiece.

Step 3: Put the cap on to contain and circulate the heat. Make sure to use small pieces of concentrate for every toke so that it dissipates nicely in the heat and to prevent yourself from getting too high.

TIP: To prevent your tolerance from rising too quickly, avoid increasing your dosage each time and make sure to take ‘tolerance breaks’

person smoking shatter

While there are many different opinions on how to smoke shatter, concentrates should feel smooth and should not hurt the lungs when done right. If it feels like your lungs and chest are ‘on fire’ after dabbing, then your bowl might be too hot. You may need to decrease the temperature by torching for less time or allowing the banger to cool off before dabbing. It also helps to clean out the residue left behind after each use and you can do this with a Q-tip. A clean rig insures a clean toke.

What is shatter?

Shatter is the result of a special process that takes the terpenes and cannabinoids of the cannabis plant and turns them into a concentrated substance. These crystals are extracted with butane and carefully constructed to form a glass-like product that is then put on the market and vapourized by users alike.

gram of shatter

Shatter is used among those who wish to smoke concentrates for a stronger ‘high’ as the processed crystals become very potent and contain up to 80-90% THC.  

When we think of juice from concentrate, we know that it contains much more sugar than fresh juice, making it sweeter and more potent. Shatter is just that, a concentrated product with a pure profile.

Compared to other cannabis concentrates, shatter has a transparent finish to it and can be malleable like toffee or, when cooled down, can ‘shatter’ like glass lending it the name ‘shatter’. A common misconception regarding its quality is that the more see-through the shatter, the higher the grade.

This is not always the case as there can be shatter made with a superior strain of cannabis that has a muddier appearance. Likewise, lower grade cannabis can be used and processed in the same way and can result in a clear-like finish.   

Due to the potency of shatter, it is growing in popularity among those with chronic illnesses. This is because the effects of smoking shatter are longer lasting than that of smoking a joint and it offers a higher dosage per single use to those suffering from pain and illness.   

Shatter is one of the many different concentrate products that can be made from the buds of a cannabis plant. There is also hash, budder, wax and live resin which all have different attributes depending on what they are used for.

Can you eat shatter?  

While this article primarily focuses on how to smoke shatter, there are some methods to create an edible substance out of shatter as long as it is ‘decarbed’ for safe consumption. 

Ingesting straight shatter is not recommended because it has been processed with a chemical gas called butane. Although much of the butane is removed after the cannabis crystals are extracted, there could be some residue left over and that is why it is advised not to make your own edible shatter products at home.  

Smoking shatter has become an easy task with the plethora of gadgets on the market today. Below, we speak about using vape pens as an alternative to dab rigs. 

Can you use shatter in a vape pen? 

Yes, you can smoke shatter using a vape pen and it is becoming a very popular way to do so. You will need to use a vaporizer that has an atomizer. This means it is designed with two coils inside where the shatter is placed and heated. By pressing the button you are heating the shatter inside and preparing for a toke.

smoking shatter with a vape pen

Users like to play around with the temperature of the pen and report that a lower temperature enables a smoother toke, whereas a higher temperature creates a stronger hit for a more heightened experience.

Vaping can be a nice alternative to using the stationary dab rig and can fit in your purse or bag no problem. Portable and discreet in stature and highly effective to get you the experience you’re looking for.

Is shatter better than wax? 

The simple answer is yes, shatter is superior to wax. To understand why that is, let’s compare the two. One of the main differences is that shatter is processed at a higher temperature and carefully filtered to create its classic translucent appearance and flexible texture.

shatter vs wax

On a molecular level, shatter is a purer product than wax. Wax, on the other hand, is processed at a lower temperature and is churned to create a wax or buttery-like consistency.  

Out of these two concentrates, wax is the easier product to make. Both products have longer lasting effects to that of smoking a joint and they both contain terpenes, cannabinoids and flavonoids which all contribute to their medicinal properties. 

Due to its lower processing temperature, wax is considered to be more flavourful and its malleability makes it easier to dab. Shatter has a longer shelf life than that of wax but is considered to have less flavour and aroma when smoking it.

Conclusively, your decision is based on preference but the general consensus advises beginner ‘dabbers’ to start with wax before dabbing with shatter.  

If you’re curious about trying concentrates, a little research goes a long way but experimenting is the only way to know for sure. Happy dabbing!

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