Shatter is a brittle, glasslike, concentrated form of cannabis. Or, if you prefer to be technical about it: shatter is a solvent-based, translucent, cannabis extract. Shatter is named for its breakability and is favored for its ease in handling while dabbing.
Because shatter is a highly concentrated product, there is a risk for overconsumption. Begin with a small amount — less than the size of a lentil.
Shatter can be smoked by adding it to dried cannabis flower in a joint. It can be vaped in an extract-specific vaporizer, or even a dried-flower vaporizer with an extract attachment. Some of the more experienced cannabis consumers, choose to dab. However, if you are new to cannabis, dabbing is not recommended. Dabbing is a complicated process that can produce strong, immediate effects, that increase the risk of overconsumption
Your body’s response to cannabis depends on many variables, such as the type of product consumed, your metabolism and weight, and how much food you ate before consumption. If you choose to smoke or vape cannabis, Health Canada recommends starting with one or two puffs of a product with 10% (or 100 mg/g) of THC or less. When cannabis extracts such as shatter are inhaled, effects can often be felt within seconds and typically last up to six hours.
Cannabis concentrates can deliver extremely large amounts of THC to the body quickly. Everyone’s response to cannabis differs and can vary from one time to the next. THC causes the intoxicating effects of cannabis. CBD is not intoxicating but can still have effects on the brain.