Shatter is a clear, solid form of marijuana concentrate that has a glass-like appearance. It is commonly used for dabbing and vaporization. This potent concentrate can deliver a powerful high with just a small dose. Like other types of marijuana extracts, shatter can contain a significant amount of THC (tetrahydrocannabinol).
Shatter and similar cannabis extracts such as wax, sap, or budder are made using extraction techniques that involve solvents. Professionals typically employ a closed-loop system when creating these extracts, ensuring that dangerous fumes don’t escape and cause a fire or explosion. It is never recommended that a person attempt to make these types of extracts at home. This is because it requires the use of flammable materials and a closed-loop system that would not be available in most homes. It is also illegal in many areas to make these types of extracts without a license from a licensed facility.
Like other marijuana extracts, shatter can have a THC concentration of up to 80% and higher. It contains several other beneficial cannabinoids as well, including CBD (cannabidiol) and terpenes. Because of its purity and consistency, it has become a favorite for many marijuana consumers. However, it is important for a user to know how much to take and to consume only as directed. Overuse of shatter can lead to physical dependency and a negative interaction with certain medications such as blood thinners or antidepressants. Additionally, overdosing can trigger paranoia and anxiety.