If you haven’t come across the shatter yet, there’s still a chance for you to have your redemption story.
First things first, let’s get some theory straight: among other cannabis extracts, shatter is the purest one. Its glass-like transparency and amber hue combined with the highest terpene amount of all cannabis extractions available on the market.
If you’re looking for a cannabis concentrate that, in addition to giving you a powerful high, makes the pleasant feeling last for an impressive period, shatter is your to-go product.
But how to best smoke shatter?
Well, this concentrated form of weed can be consumed in several ways. Remember to keep your wits about you, as not every method of consuming this form of weed is suitable for beginners.
That being said, I’m here to assist you in order to help you find the best way to smoke shatter.
ADD IT TO A JOINT
Mark my words, this is one of the easiest ways to smoke shatter for concentrate rookies. Just crumble the shatter on top of your cannabis and roll it with a joint.
It’s called “the baby steps towards the shatter”, as it allows you to see if you even want the additional fuel in your cannabis.
When it comes to drawbacks, the major one is that you won’t be able to fully indulge yourself in the concentrate directly, let alone that much of your shatter will end up wasted during the smoking process.
That being said, if you have no other choice and you’re short on equipment with which you could vaporize your concentrates, you can try this most primitive method of smoking shatter.
USE A RIG
Simply put, it’s a more sophisticated and niche term for a glass pipe that resembles the shape of a bong. The oil rig contains a vertical chamber and a mouthpiece with a hole included. It is the hole where you stick a small nail.
The nail is usually made of metal or glass.Some older hippies may associate it with a fancier and less harsh substitute of a ‘knife hit.’
As soon as the nail reaches a red hue – which happens by heating it with a butane torch or an electronic heating feature when speaking of e-nails – you take a metal dabber (usually made of quartz or titanium), lift a small piece of your shatter, and then transfer it onto the nail.
This will result in an immediate combustion of the oil, providing you with a thick smoke cloud which you can puff through the rig. The ideal temperature of the surface should vary between 550 and 750 degrees Fahrenheit. It’s quite hot, isn’t it?
Exactly – this is why you need a dabber.
Most of the time, there will be extra oil on your nail after you dab the concentrate. How to smoke shatter without wasting a single bit of this precious material?
Well, you can either blast the nail again or simply wait until the clog begins to form.
If the latter happens, immerse your rig in alcohol and bring the substance to a boil. Wait until all of the alcohol evaporates, scrape up the remaining shatter and repeat dabbing. Simple? Yes. Efficient? You bet! Cheap? Well, that depends on a model.
A proper dab rig can cost up to even $50,000. Worry not, as this is the extreme case for the most savor ‘cannasseurs’. Usually, you can get a decent dab rig for as little as $50.
Usually, you will come across two types of a vaporizer: desktop and portable. I can already tell you that, although impressive and epic in size, pricey desktop vaporizers don’t get on well together with concentrates, and the shatter is no exception.
These stationary units that you will see in some coffeeshops in Netherlands have been replaced by more compact models, the so-called “vape pens”.
A portable vaporizer can cost from $30 to $200 depending upon the quality of the material and the features such a vape pen provides. These devices are can be taken literally everywhere and you can charge them via USB, allowing you to fully enjoy the mobility they offer.
The greatest advantage of vaporizers is that they let you experience the full flavor of the concentrate with no combustion of the material whatsoever. Aroma and taste benefits aside, vape pens are considered the best way to smoke shatter in terms of health, as they rarely come with carcinogens and tar when compared to smoking.
Unfortunately, there are no perfect ways of smoking shatter and in terms of vaping, one of the downside is the lack of a durable battery in many of the units.
Furthermore, cheaper models also come with a mediocre heating elements, which results in a weak vaping experience. Lesser effects, bland flavor – you should be prepared for these inconveniences when trying to vape on a limited budget.
KEEP THINGS IN MODERATION
Since shatter is the most potent marijuana concentrate of all, I’d suggest you approached it with a baby steps attitude.
When you take a first dab, don’t enter a rampage and refrain from taking a second dab for the next 10 or 15 minutes.
Some dabbing rookies take dabs as if they were bench pressing in a gym to increase their endurance – you know, lots of reps in short time intervals. Don’t be one of that guys.
When being introduced to something new, take it slowly.
To cut the long story short, even if you know how to smoke shatter in terms of using the right tools, do it responsibly.
While you can’t possibly overdo cannabis, taking too much can be far from pleasant.
What is your favorite way of smoking shatter?