Shatter, also known as weed diamonds or amber wax is one of the highest potency marijuana concentrates available on the market. Like many other cannabis extracts, it’s made using a solvent extraction process. Shatter is typically made with butane (BHO) which produces a high-quality product and maintains the integrity of the cannabinoid molecules. Propane (LPG) can be used as well but is not as common since butane is less expensive and safer.
To make shatter dispensary, producers start with a cannabis strain and trim. They then place the flowers and trimming into a column where they use chilled solvents to separate the cannabinoids from the plant material. The resulting extract is then heated to remove the solvents (purging). Once the process is complete, you’re left with a glass-like shatter that is translucent amber in color and can range from very brittle to malleable.
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This form of cannabis has a high concentration of THC and other cannabinoids and is most commonly consumed by dabbing, which requires a special piece of equipment called a dab rig. It can also be added to edibles or vaporized using a compatible vaporizer.
Shatter has a fast-acting effect that hits hard and fast, delivering intense euphoria and relaxation with medicinal and pain relief benefits. It can also help with depression, anxiety and stress. It interacts directly with the body’s cannabinoid receptors, causing a sense of euphoria and reducing PTSD symptoms as well as nausea, pain and loss of appetite.