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Denver Dispensary Explains Everything You Need to Know About Shatter

May 2, 2018

Shatter, dab, wax, whatever you call it, concentrated cannabis is rapidly becoming one of the most popular ways of consuming marijuana. Both experienced and new users are discovering the joys of getting high without solely relying on bud or waiting an hour for the edibles to kick in. While concentrates are still relatively new in most weed shops in Denver, they’re something every smoker should look into at least once. Before you pick up your first couple grams of shatter, here are a few things you need to know.

What Exactly is Shatter?

Shatter is a type of marijuana concentrate that in its finished state resembles a sheet of hardened and cooled caramel. As the name implies, the substance is hard enough to shatter, allowing dispensaries and users alike to more accurately control how much of the concentrate is consumed in each use. Like all concentrates, shatter is incredibly potent and delivers plenty of THC in tiny doses.

What makes this type of cannabis stand out is the level of purity in each strain. Unlike other concentrates, shatter goes through an additional filtration process, removing many of the contaminants standard waxes and dabs contain. This gets rid of the natural fats found in pot budder, wax, and many pre-made vape cartridges. None of these byproducts add to the cannabinoid content of the product and removing them actually leaves you with a higher potency of THC per dose.

How to Use Shatter

As with most marijuana products, there are multiple ways to consume shatter to fit almost any budget. On the higher end, dedicated “rigs” for concentrates allow you to get the biggest high from the shatter. These rigs feature a glass nail that heats to incredibly high temperatures with help from a butane torch. The shatter is then placed on the nail where it immediately combusts. The smoke from the combustion gets sent into a chamber where you can inhale like you would a normal bong. The result is an incredibly strong and fast-acting high.

For users on a tighter budget, shatter can be enjoyed with your bud, though you won’t see the same levels of potency. Simply break up a few small pieces and roll them in a joint with your favorite bud. This will increase the potency of the flower but won’t be as overwhelming as the high you’d receive from a rig. Shatter does work in older desktop vaporizers, giving you the freedom to use your existing equipment to try out a new concentrate. However, if you’re a fan of shatter, you may want to invest in a proper rig—this will allow you to get the most out of each use without sacrificing the quality of your high.   

Trying something new doesn’t have to be intimidating. At Altitude Dispensaries, our budtenders will walk you through the best ways to use shatter, whether you’re looking at buying a new rig or simply want to use it in the vaporizer you already own. Check out our current specials and stop by one of our three locations today.