Medical cannabis patients seeking a more concentrated product are turning to “Shatter,” a cannabis concentrate which possesses up to a 97 percent cannabinoid content. It is a smooth, glassy substance that’s significantly more potent when vaped but is still, ultimately, a cannabis derivative and therefore not harmful. Shatter is a form of cannabis concentrates produced by extracting cannabinoids like THC, the psychoactive chemicals of the plant. Another well-known form includes “budder,” which has a creamier, wax-like consistency, and oils, which are golden and honey-like. The extraction process for most shatter, involves running a solvent — usually carbon dioxide or ethanol — through cannabis buds to pull out the cannabinoids, then evaporating the solvent and collecting the remaining resins. The term “shatter” was coined by the fact that the leftover resin is often cooled into a glassy sheet, similar to boiled caramel hardening into candy. When dropped, the sheet shatters like glass. Outside of non-dispensary settings, consumers are more likely to find it in a thick, taffy-like form. Shatter is the most potent of all concentrates because it undergoes an additional filtration process to get rid of other naturally occurring fats and waxes. This is how it is able to have its active ingredients in extremely high amounts (typically cannabis, when vaped, has an only 5-18 percent cannabinoid content). Shatter is also one of the only full-spectrum medical cannabis products that has the entourage effect.
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