Last updated: November 22, 2021

What Does Shatter Mean?

Shatter is a slang term or nickname that is used to denote a cannabis extract. Typically, shatter is used in reference to butane hash oil (BHO), CO2 oil, or other cannabis-based hydrocarbon extracts.

Shatter extracts often have a glass-like appearance, hence the nickname ‘shatter’. Some people also refer to shatter as 'ice'. It is widely known for being pure and clean.

The extract shatter typically contains exceedingly high levels of tetrahydrocannabinol (THC) and cannabidiol (CBD).


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As for the physical appearance of shatter, most shatter extracts are amber in color and have a distinct transparency. Many people think that shatter resembles caramel candy. A combination of heat, moisture, and high terpene content in the cannabis strain used to create the shatter is what gives it its visually clear appearance.

Shatter can appear as an oil or resin-type substance, or possess the consistency and stickiness of tree sap. It should be noted that the overall appearance of shatter does not reveal its purity. In other words, crystal clear shatter may not be as pure as murky shatter. However, when manufactured accordingly, shatter can contain cannabinoid levels of up to 80 per cent, no matter what it looks like.

Smoking shatter is more difficult than other types of cannabis and normally involves the use of a glass vaporizer that features a shatterproof bowl or nail that can withstand high temperatures. Shatter must be heated to a temperature of around 575 to 625°F with a butane torch before it is vaporized and inhaled.


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