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What is Shatter & Can You Make It?


What Is Shatter & Can You Make It?

When you’re making edibles, it’s always good to know exactly what you can and can’t use, and how! Today we’re exploring the question; What is Shatter & Can You Make It?

For any weed beginners, let’s coin a few industry phrases first.

What is Shatter?

Shatter is a brittle, glass-like cannabis extract named specifically for its breakability.

It has a glassy appearance and tends to break, or shatter, sort of like glass!

Like other cannabis concentrates, shatter is a favourite among dabbing enthusiasts. There are so many ways to use concentrates in recipes and edible snacks!

Shatter is an extract, which is a type of cannabis concentrate produced using a combination of cannabis plant matter and solvents.

It is also typically see-through, but the colouring can have a bright, amber-like or yellow shade.

marijuana shatter from cbd bud

How Is Shatter Made?

Shatter requires decarboxylation, or the activation of its compounds through heat, to produce the desired result.

This form of concentrate is created to be vaporized using a dab rig, e-rig, vape pen, or vaporizer, which decarboxylates the potent cannabinoids so they can interact with the body immediately.

Consuming unheated shatter just won’t work!

Shatter can be made at home using the same solvent-based extraction methods as most other concentrates, like BHO (butane hash oil) and CO2 extractions.

Tools For Making Shatter

There are some great accessories and tools you can purchase either from a local dispensary or online.

You’ll need:

  • your weed of choice, obviously!
  • an extraction tube
  • one butane canister
  • a coffee filter
  • a double boiler
  • a glass dish to collect the shatter
  • parchment paper

How To Decarb BHO 

Decarbing BHO (butane hash oil) concentrates requires BHO, a baking or cookie sheet, parchment paper and an oven thermometer.

Simply preheat your oven to about 200-250º F and place the oven thermometer inside.

Line your baking sheet with parchment paper and add your BHO concentrate in the center of the parchment paper.

Heat it up for about 20 to 25 minutes.

When the BHO concentrate has completely melted and is bubbling then that is your sign to take it out, and let it cool for a few minutes.

You can use this concentrate to make weed butter and so many more great cannabis edibles!

How Do I Dose With Cannabis Concentrates?

When dosing edibles, the best thing to do is to consider the potency of your BHO concentrate.

Cannabis edibles made with weed concentrates can be potent, in fact more potent than edibles made with just the flower.

For beginners, take it easy, use just a little!

A standard and general dosing guideline you can use for edibles is 10mg THC per recipe, but this is entirely up to you and you can adjust as you go.

When consuming cannabis edibles made with concentrates, new users should start off with a small portion or dose and wait between one to two hours to experience the effects.

Remmeber the Marijuana Mantra: “Dose LOW and SLOW”!

Don’t consume more before you can assess the effects on your body and always label your edibles.

Can I Make Shatter From CBD?

Absolutely! It’s just another unique and easy way to enjoy CBD.

Check out this blog on CBD Shatter.

CBD shatter

Benefits Of Using Shatter In Edibles

Higher Potency

Cannabis concentrates feature high cannabinioid levels reaching up to 90% THC and CBD. You can infuse this into any edible or meal.

Concentrates also deliver a wide range of terpenes which makes it feel unique and different for the user.

Reduced Herbal Flavor

Sometimes weed edibles have this grassy-flavor of weed, but concentrates generally eliminate that issue!

When using concentrates in edibles, you’l notice a less pungent flavour!

In fact, edibles made with concentrates like shatter have almost no cannabis odor so be careful, and label your snacks!


Shatter or concentrates, once made – are super easy. You can use them on a smaller scale, and it has more bang for your bud.

It’s just an easiesr way to get high, feel great and enjoy your weed!

If you’re looking to up-level your canna-cooking or baking game, or you want more of a canna-challenge, you may want to start here.

For more recipes like this one, check out our recipe index here.

And if you love how-to-videos, our YouTube channel has everything you need.

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As always, happy canna-cooking!

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