Delta 8 Shatter
What is Shatter?
Shatter is a highly concentrated cannabis product made from the plant’s essential oil. Pound for pound, it’s the purest and most potent form of Delta 8 cannabis available today.
The product takes its name from its fragile, glass-like structure, which can break — or shatter — when hit.
Each panel of shatter is made of up to 75% Delta 8 THC. Just one tiny dab is enough to deliver the highest of highs to even experienced users. If you’re seeking the maximum amount of medicinal relief or the most potent recreational effects, shatter provides the best bang for your buck.
Shatter is made by combining ground up Delta 8 hemp flower with a solvent like isopropyl or CO2 to create a full-spectrum cannabis oil. The solvent and excess plant matter are then cooked off, and the substance is allowed to cool. What’s left behind is a thin, honey-colored plate of shatter that contains only the active ingredients and terpenes of the cannabis flower.
Because of its structure, shatter must be smoked or vaporized to take effect. Unlike traditional flower or oil products, shatter cannot deliver effects when ingested.
How to Smoke Delta 8 Shatter
New users may feel confused about how to smoke shatter. Unlike flower or prerolls, it’s not obvious how a solid piece of amber glass should be smoked. But rest assured, it’s not complicated.
Shatter is versatile. It can be broken into tiny bits and sprinkled on top of Delta 8 flower in a bowl. It can also be added to ground flower and rolled into a joint or a blunt. But while these methods are somewhat effective, they risk not activating the full effects of shatter.
The most popular method of using shatter is by smoking it straight. Smoking shatter produces the most potent effects and delivers the best flavor. But to reap all the benefits, you’ll need the right equipment.
Most shatter smokers use a special pipe called a dab rig. It looks like a common water pipe or bong, but with an extra piece. The extra chamber is called the nail, and it’s where all the magic happens.
To use a dab rig, users must first pour water into the pipe, making sure to cover the stem. Next, heat the nail with a torch. Typically, nails are made of quartz or glass (although advanced users may buy some of titanium or ceramic.) The nail must be heated until it becomes sterilized and burns off any hints of dust or particles picked up from previous sessions. This may take up to two minutes.
Next, let the nail cool just a bit. The goal is for the nail to be hot enough to melt the shatter and release the cannabinoids. This may take 30 seconds. Ideally, the temperature of the nail should be between 300- and 450-degrees Fahrenheit.
Once the nail has cooled enough, pick up a piece of shatter with your dabber and place it into the nail. Then inhale slowly.
The slow inhale is important because, unlike heating Delta 8 flower, the active ingredients in shatter don’t vaporize instantaneously. A slow, deep breath ensures you get the all the cannabinoids from the dab. As you inhale, you can cover the nail with a carb cap to trap the heat.
How to Store Shatter
Shatter is just as fragile as it is powerful. While it’s a solid when it’s made, it can melt into a gooey mess at room temperature.
It holds its shape best when stored in a cool place. Keeping your shatter in a refrigerator or wine cellar helps the product hold its shape and stay together.