During the production process, the desired cannabinoids being used are separated from the raw flower through an extraction process that uses heat and compression. Next, any unwanted materials are removed with a solvent-induced vacuum purge. Shatter can be made with myriad solvents, but the most common production method is through a butane hash oil (BHO) extraction, while solvents such as liquefied petroleum gases (LPG) or ethanol can also be utilized. Carbon dioxide (CO2) is a solvent utilized for other cannabis concentrates, but CO2-extracted shatter would lack its characteristic texture, as this extraction method removes the moisture from the plant matter.
Additionally, the lower temperatures and pressures utilized during this purge, between 85 to 100 degrees Fahrenheit (about 29.44 to 37.77 degrees Celsius) at -29 inches of mercury (inHg) of pressure, along with a lack of agitation, give shatter its recognizable glasslike appearance compared with the manufacture of other concentrates. Multi-colored shatter , vacuum purge , and BHO extraction ! No, they aren’t spare parts of the DeLorean time machine from Back to the Future trilogy, but some of the fundamentals of the marijuana-extract revolution of 2019. The groundbreaking Canada Cannabis Act of 2018 legalized the possession and consumption of up to 30 grams of dried or concentrated marijuana by Canadians at least 18 years old. About 15 years ago, potheads gradually started smoking less marijuana to dab more of it. They began heating the cannabis flora’s oily extracts to snort rich concentrations of iconic weed molecules such as tetrahydrocannabinol, commonly known as THC. As stoners gradually discovered, extracts which acquired popular names like dark shatter , wax, batter, honey, errl, live resin, and light golden shatter weren’t just more powerful than their plant-based counterparts but were oh-so-convenient to consume on the go. Today, Competitions like The Secret Cup and The 710 Cup ( 2019 edition is scheduled for 8th July ) are becoming prominent platforms to celebrate the progress of hash makers to coronate the best extracts.
Moreover, to keep pace with the demand, equipment manufacturers and extraction labs have developed progressively advanced apparatuses to generate the concentrates, and secure, elevated-volume production methods. Indeed, it is – except for the fact that the instant fame of cannabis concentrates has created a lot of misleading digital content. That’s why we at VBUD Canada have taken it upon ourselves to adequately inform all you beautiful cannabis enthusiasts about what’s what while you toke your bong with minimal techno humming in the background. Let’s start with the basics: What is Cannabis Concentrate? A cannabis concentrate is an all-encompassing title for extracts from the marijuana plants. It’s a richly powerful THC concentrated mass (40 – 80% volume) that appears like butter or honey. Its tetrahydrocannabinol level is 4 x times more impactful than a top shelf or high-grade marijuana, which typically ranges in the 15 – 25% spectrum. Let’s get into one of the hottest debate of the progressive cannabis circles about dark shatter in comparison to the light golden shatter , and vice versa. Shatter is one of a kind extraordinarily powerful marijuana concentrate and is one of many forms of dabbing. It takes its name from the finished article of the extraction process; an opalescent glass-like rock formation that shatters if dropped from some height or when force is applied. A high-quality shatter comes in a splendidly translucent shape and also features a golden hue. It looks like honey with multiple degrees of transparency as well as color profiles. When the shatter is ultra-warm, it will appear much like thick honey. Alternatively, a cold shatter looks just like a glass. The weed mavens of 2019 are filling their stash with shatter courtesy of its heavier-hitting high. On the street, consumers are more likely to purchase the product in a thickened taffy-like variant. The concentrate is often packaged in a parchment paper due to its occasional gluey form. Two of the most popular ways to consume this concentrate are: 1. If you’re a busy resident of the world looking to shatter your cannabis dreams, vaping it off is the way to go. Pressing a mere button will transmute the shatter into a vapor, allowing you to have a smooth inhaling experience. A device with a similar appearance to the bong that uses metal dabber and a long nail to heat-up the shatter . Specifically, the bowl (made of quartz glass) and the nail are heated to perfection through a butane torch, and a metal dabber is deployed to place the shatter on top of the nail. The moment shatter connects with the steamy nail, it vaporizes in no time, which allows you to inhale the product. Shatter is known for its precise purity, yet there are variations. Remember, it’s not easy to measure a shatter’s quality by merely glancing at the product. light golden shatter and low on THC/CBD volume, or murky like dark shatter but still carrying a rich volume of active substances. Let’s dissect both these variations of the shatter: DARK SHATTER. The murky type of shatter is obtained either through heat or chemically extracted hash/marijuana oil that has toughened into a dark, glassy substance.
The darker kind can be produced through CO2 or BHO extraction methods. Still, the latter is widely used due to its economical nature. Nonetheless, the most critical factor in ensuring a high-quality dark shatter is when you vacuum purge your Butane Honey Oil extraction. Also, part of the reason is the plant itself being dark in color.
For instance, Indica and some sedative hybrids have darker shades than the Sativa varieties. Introducing more heat (anything above 130F) during the vacuum purge process which decarbs it. The raw materials in use might well be quite old or stored for a little too long.