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A Beginners Guide To Vaping Concentrates

Marijuana has come a long way in the last decade or so. Legalization in some states and a general increase of awareness gives innovation room to breath. Although vaping concentrates has been around for awhile, they’re finally starting to come into their own as an alternative to the traditional methods of smoking marijuana plants.

What is concentrate?

Let’s back up for a second. What exactly are concentrates? Herbal concentrates are the official name of “dabs,” small concentrations of the active ingredients found in cannabis. While the terminology and the sheer amount of options with vaping concentrates are enough to scare some people off, many people are coming around to them.

Why are people switching to concentrates?

So what’s the big deal with dabs, anyway? People are creatures of habit, and it usually takes something good for most people to expend the energy shaking up their routine. Vaping concentrates have a couple big draws.

  • Stronger Hits. Concentrates are just that, concentrated. They contain all of the active ingredients and none of the fluff. Their potency is much higher than conventional smoking methods, with some wax concentrates being as much as 80%.
  • Increased Flavor. Because there’s nothing else getting in the way, concentrates tend to deliver a much stronger flavor. The “taste” of marijuana is often people’s least favorite aspect, and with vaping concentrates it is no longer a problem.
  • Discretion. Even in states where consuming marijuana products is legal, many people prefer not to draw attention to themselves. Vape pens are discreet and don’t leave nearly as much smell behind after you’re done using them.

What options do you have?

There are 4 basic kinds of concentrates. Which one you choose will depend on the delivery device you want to use and your specific preferences.

  • Wax. This is the most common choice, especially for people new to vaping concentrates. It is the cheapest and most easily available option. Wax is usually somewhere in the 60% range when it comes to potency (it is the weakest of the four concentrates). It’s soft texture means it is difficult to handle without the proper dabbing tools.
  • Budder. Budder is the other lower potency option. Like wax, it is soft enough to require dabbing tools to handle. Budder is the more flavorful option, though, as it contains more terpenes (the compounds responsible for flavor). If you’re looking for a lighter hit with stronger flavor, budder might be your ideal option.
  • Shatter. At 80% purity, shatter is the strongest hit you’re going to find amongst the vaping concentrates. It is the consistency of thin glass and can easily break or shatter, hence its name. Shatter can be easily used by hand. Simply break off a small amount and pop it into your chamber.
  • Crumble. Crumble is similar to shatter. It is also breakable, though not quite as fragile as shatter. It is probably the easiest form to handle and is the second most potent option, after shatter.

The Different Devices

There are currently 4 options for consuming vaping concentrates. By far the most common is the concentrate vape pen, though the other systems do have their fans.

  • Concentrate Vape Pen. These are a smart buy for anyone new to the vape concentrate scene. You can buy one on an online vape shop. They are portable and easy to use. When you shop for a concentrate vape pen, you will need to make some decisions, such as whether to go with a wickless version or not.
  • Non-Pens. These are an alternative to the concentrate vape pen. They are also portable but operate using a skillet system.
  • E-Rigs. E-rigs are for those who prefer their vapor concentrates to be cooled. These portable devices heat the concentrate up on a nail and then deliver the vapor through a water attachment.
  • Desktops. Desktop concentrate vapors are meant for groups. Since they are large and some need to be plugged in, you won’t be going anywhere with this sort of rig. The vapor is inhaled through a tube or balloon.

Most people who switch to vaping concentrates end up with a concentrate vape pen and some wax. This is a great starting point, but there is always room for experimentation. Find the combination that works best for you and vape away!

Can you vape flavor concentrate?

Yes, if they are properly diluted, food concentrate drops can be used for vape juice. Vape juice contains the following: water, food-grade flavoring, nicotine, and propylene glycol of vegetable glycerin. The food concentrate drops would take the place of the food-grade flavoring.

What is DAB pen?

A DAB pen is a modern way of consuming THC without combustion. DAB pens are essentially vape pens designed to handle THC concentrate rather than e-Liquid. DAB pens offer a stronger hit than bowls or bongs with less hassle.

What goes in a dab pen?

DAB pens, also called wax pens, take various forms of THC concentrate. The devices themselves are comprised of the same components as a regular vape pen: a heating element and a battery. The difference is in how the pens are loaded. Typical vape devices take cartridges full of e-Liquid, but DAB pens require you to load the concentrate directly on the heating chamber.

What are vaping concentrates?

Vaping concentrates or herbal concentrates are what you use in a DAB pen. These small “dabs” are highly concentrated active ingredients, allowing you to get more of the cannabis ingredients you want and fewer of the inactive components.

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Marijuana has come a long way in the last decade or so. Legalization in some states and a general increase of awareness gives innovation room to breath.

How To Smoke Shatter: The Complete Guide

Learning how to smoke shatter is a skill every true cannaenthusiast should master.

Granted, shatter may not replace bud as your go-to method of marijuana consumption — and we’re not suggesting it should.

But it’s good to know how to consume any and all forms of cannabis — just like it’s good to know how to drive both an automatic and a manual transmission — in case you need it one day.

To help you in this regard, the all-things-cannabis experts at Honest Marijuana have created this complete guide on how to smoke shatter. Think of it as your very own shatter driver’s manual.

Now hop behind the wheel, strap in, and let’s go for a ride.

What Is Shatter?

Shatter is a translucent — sometimes transparent — concentrate that looks an awful lot like rock candy or a Jolly Rancher.

Professionals and adventurous DIYers make concentrates by “soaking” cannabis material in various solvents, such as:

The result of these efforts is an amber liquid that, once cooled, solidifies into a final product that often has the consistency of thin peanut brittle.

Shatter’s transparent quality results from the temperatures used during the extraction and finishing process (as well as other variables) and can only be described by some pretty heavy chemical jargon.

To put it in more relatable terms, think about the molecules in the concentrate (the amber liquid before it cools) as Lego bricks.

In shatter, the bricks all stack nice and neat, one on top of the other, as if you had just built a wall. This molecular alignment allows light to pass through and gives the shatter its brittleness.

What happens when the bricks aren’t stacked just so? Read on to find out.

The Difference Between Shatter And Wax

Cannabis concentrates take many forms and include:

  • Shatter
  • Wax
  • Honeycomb
  • Crumble
  • Budder
  • And others…

So what’s the difference? Nothing, really.

Shatter, wax, honeycomb, crumble, and budder are all concentrates that have roughly the same THC or CBD potency.

They’re all primarily dabbed (more on that in the next section). And they all provide a powerful, long-lasting high. The only real difference is in their appearance and form.

While shatter is most often clear and brittle, wax looks and feels like cold coconut oil (more solid than liquid). Like shatter, this is due to the arrangement of molecules within the wax itself.

Remember, the Lego blocks in shatter are stacked neatly in rows (like a block wall). On the opposite end of the spectrum, the Lego blocks in wax are a jumbled mess (as if you’ve just dumped them out into a pile).

Because the Lego blocks are going every which way and have no semblance of organization, wax is opaque and has that coconut oil consistency.

The arrangement of molecules within the shatter and wax also gives rise to some other unique differences, including:

  • Shatter is often more difficult to produce (it’s very finicky).
  • Wax is often easier to produce (you don’t have to be as careful).
  • Shatter is more stable and tends to last longer.
  • Wax is less stable and tends to degrade faster.
  • Shatter is harder to handle, measure, and use because it’s so brittle.
  • Wax is easier to handle, measure, and use because it’s firm and pliable

Now that we’ve introduced you to shatter and investigated what’s going on at the molecular level, let’s get to what you came here to find out: how to smoke shatter.

How To Smoke Shatter

Dab Rig

If you ask 10 people how to smoke shatter, we bet that seven of those individuals will say “dab rig” — and they’re right.

Dabbing with a dab rig is the most common way to consume cannabis concentrates.

A dab rig is basically a special bong built to burn concentrates (like shatter and wax) instead of dried and cured bud.

Unlike a regular bong, though, a dab rig contains two important pieces that are essential for smoking shatter: a nail and a dome.

To make the dab rig work, you first heat the nail (typically with a blowtorch). Then you place the shatter on the hot nail and cover it with the dome (a spherical glass piece that fits over the nail).

The hot nail vaporizes the shatter (i.e., turns it into “smoke”) while the dome keeps all that good stuff from just floating off into space.

You then inhale through the mouth of the dab rig, drawing the vapor through the water chamber (if it has one) and into your lungs.

Some dab rigs also have a carb cap.

When placed over the hot nail after applying the shatter (instead of a dome), a carb cap creates a mini oven that allows you to vaporize the cannabis concentrate at lower temperatures.

Some dabbers feel that this method — vaporizing at lower temperatures — produces a smoother, more enjoyable experience.

Try both ways and decide for yourself.

Joint, Blunt, Or Spliff

Thankfully, the dab rig isn’t the only way to have fun with cannabis concentrates — there are other ways to learn how to smoke shatter.

One of the easiest and most accessible methods is to include a bit of shatter in your joint, blunt, or spliff.

This works well if you’re rolling your own product, but with a little effort, you can also add shatter to pre-rolled blunts and joints.

If you’re rolling a joint or blunt (or even a cross joint) from scratch, break your shatter into small pieces and sprinkle three or four into the bud before you close.

If you’ve purchased a product from a local dispensary and want to add a concentrate kick to the mix, you’ll have to deconstruct the joint, blunt, or spliff; sprinkle in the shatter; and then reroll everything together in order to smoke it.

Another simple method for learning how to smoke shatter — without an expensive dab rig — involves everyone’s favorite: the bong.

Here’s how to smoke shatter with this common cannabis tool:

  1. Pack the bowl about half full
  2. Add a few small pieces of shatter
  3. Fill the bowl the rest of the way with ground bud
  4. Light up and go

Surrounding the shatter with ground marijuana keeps the flame of your lighter from coming in contact with the cannabis concentrate and ruining it completely.

Instead, the heat from the burning ganja (which is cooler than the naked flame) vaporizes the shatter while preserving a vast majority of the cannabinoids within its chemical structure.

Vape Pen

Some vape pens also have the capability to vaporize shatter, but be sure to read the specs before you buy.

Most portable vaporizers only burn vape juice or accept specific pre-filled cartridges.

The more expensive ones allow you to increase or decrease the heat in order to vaporize different types of concentrates, including shatter.

These types of vape pens are complicated — there are multiple settings you have to tweak before you can smoke — have a steep learning curve, and require lots of practice to master.

Vape pens are certainly an option, but learning how to smoke shatter in a joint or bong is a better use of your valuable time.

What To Expect When You Smoke Shatter

Shatter is a very potent form of marijuana.

Some shatter weighs in at a whopping 80 percent THC (and sometimes even higher). That’s more than three times some of the strongest strains of traditional marijuana.

That much power in such a small package can make for an extremely interesting experience.

Long-time shatter users report faster — almost instantaneous — effects and more intense visual and physical highs.

If it’s your first, second, or even third time smoking shatter, don’t inhale too deeply or hold the vapor overly long in your lungs. That way, you won’t get too much THC in a single breath and set yourself up for a bad trip.

It’s also a good idea to stay seated the first few times you smoke shatter.

At the very least, stand up slowly until you get your “ganja legs” (a close relative of “sea legs”) so you don’t suddenly find yourself on the floor — or clinging to the wall — with no idea how you got there.

Our best advice: start small and take it slow. That’s just a good idea any time you try a new form of cannabis.

How To Smoke Shatter: Purchase From The Professionals

Sure, technically, you could cook up a batch of shatter in your kitchen, just like you could technically build your own house. But why not leave it to the professionals?

They’ve got the experience and the know-how to do it right. Plus, you’ll get a better-quality, safer product. And the finished product will be more concentrated, so just a little will go quite a bit further.

At Honest Marijuana, we create a 100 percent organic shatter using the highest-quality strains available on the market today.

Because we only use the purest marijuana in our shatter, you can feel safe in the knowledge that you’re not consuming any harmful substances.

That’s peace of mind along with a really great high. What more could you ask for from the marijuana experience? Nothing that we can think of.

Learning how to smoke shatter is something all cannabis enthusiasts should do. We’ve created a complete guide to help you master this skill. ]]>