If you haven’t come across shatter yet, there’s still a chance for you to have your redemption story, my friend. 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 combine with the highest terpene amount of all cannabis extractions available on the market. That’s why it’s important to know how to smoke shatter.
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 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
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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 before you roll 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. Also, 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, you could also vaporize your concentrates.
Usually, you will come across two types of 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. Shatter is no exception.
These stationary units that you will see in some coffee-shops in the Netherlands have been replaced by more compact models, the so-called “vape pens”.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. Thus 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. That’s because they come with hardly any carcinogens and tar when compared to smoking.
Unfortunately, there are no perfect ways of smoking shatter. In terms of vaping, one of the downsides is the lack of a durable battery in many of the units. Furthermore, cheaper models also come with a mediocre heating element. This may result in a weak vaping experience. Lesser effects, bland flavor – you should be prepared for these inconveniences when trying to vape on a limited budget.
How to Smoke Shatter Using a Rig
Oh boy, another complicated term in this article! How to smoke shatter using a rig?
Wait a second… What on earth is a damn 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.’
How to do your first shatter dab in a few steps:
- Break off a very tiny piece, the size of a small bead, and put it on your dabbing tool.
- Heat up the nail or glass banger with your torch. (Or turn on your e-nail)
- Once heated, let the nail cool for a short amount of time and slide the dome over.
- Touch your dabbing tool to the heated nail or banger so the shatter melts off the tool.
- Cover your dome or banger with the topper for better circulation while you inhale the vapour.
Here is a more detailed explanation;
The nail will reach a red hue, which happens by heating it with a butane torch. You can also use an electronic heating feature when speaking of e-nails. But either way, once it’s a red hue, 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 immediate combustion of the oil. You’ll see 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 the 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.
Keep Things In Moderation
Since shatter is the most potent marijuana concentrate of all, I’d suggest you approach it with a baby steps attitude. When you take a first dab, don’t enter a rampage. 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 those guys. When being introduced to something new, take it slowly.
To cut a 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. We also recommend you to read our article “how to make shatter” for more details.
What is your favorite way of smoking shatter?