We now have a number of Shatter options in Alberta. Fireside has brought three different cultivars of the product to the market. Stigma Grow is poised to bring their latest Banana Punch x Sour Grape concentrate to market any day now:
Shatter is a bit of the new kid on the block. It came to market in Canada in the nineties alongside badder. Both formats were the culmination of the research for a pure form of concentrates, with no fats or residues.
It’s typically thin and glass-like. It reminds me of sugar candy, which is unsurprising because I liken everything to food.
How is shatter different from other concentrates?
When you break it apart – or, more heartbreakingly, drop it – shatter shatters. It’s where it gets its name from. It’s as satisfying as cracking a crême brulée topping.
This concentrate can reach a potency of up to 90% THC. (Read: this product is better suited for experienced consumers, not someone starting their cannabis journey.) Ultimately, “Shatter” is the nickname for this format of hash oil.
What’s Hash oil?
Licensed Producers obtain hash oil, also known as butane hash oil or BHO, using a solvent-based extraction method. Licensed producers will either use a Hydrocarbon-based (eg, butane) extraction process, or a CO2-based extraction process.
Wait. Butane. You mean there’s lighter fuel in my shatter?
Well, yes. But no.
Butane has a boiling point of -0.5˚C and burns cleanly (leaving little to no residue) during the natural process of creating hash oil. If left to professionals, that is.
These types of concentrates are best consumed when using a concentrate vaporizer or a dab rig. Use tweezers to manipulate the solid product. Place in a dab rig attachment to your bong. Heat the product until it produces vapour, either with an e-nail, or using a torch lighter (like the one you’d use for the aforementioned crême brûlée, not one you pick up for a buck or two) and a carb cap.
You can also add it to a joint – think of it like croutons to a salad. Add the chunks of shatter towards the end tip: burning the concentrate too early can clog up your joint.