Shatter is the purest form of cannabis extract. It has an amber, glass-like transparency and some of the highest terpene content of all concentrated extractions. In addition to producing an intense high, it creates one that lasts.
But how on earth do you smoke this concentrated form of weed? There are two ways, to be exact. Not only can you smoke shatter using a rig, but you can also do so without one.
The beauty of shatter is its potency, which often packs up to 80 percent cannabinoid content; so, be careful with the ‘greening out‘.
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Not only for shatter but any concentrate in general, the dabbing revolution is now with The Wand By Ispire. Our preferred device for smoking concentrate.
This elegant unit is the first electronic torch to use induction heating, a great technology that allows you to smoke shatter like never before. In addition, it gives you the power to select the desired temperature for a perfect dabbing experience every time.
Thanks to induction heating, heat is “induced” within the piece by circulating electrical currents. As the heat is transferred, the concentrate never comes into direct contact with any flame or contaminant, the inductor itself does not heat up, and there is no product contamination. This gives you the possibility to enjoy the purity of the product, with no external contaminants, just you and the pure flavor of the shatter or wax.
Using it couldn’t be easier, once The Wand is at the perfect temperature for dabbing, place the concentrate in one of the borosilicate glass bangers and hit the perfect rip.
The Ispire bangers are made to be more efficient, its battery will never leave you halfway, and it features a precise temperature control setting. In short, it’s the best way to enjoy shatter without spending a fortune.
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Although there are a few ways to burn shatter, the oil rig is by far the most popular. An oil rig, in particular, is a glass pipe that looks similar to a bong.
In addition to containing a vertical chamber, it also includes a mouthpiece and a hole, which is where you insert a small nail made of glass or metal.
After the nail turns red, you then use a metal dabber, scoop up a small amount of shatter, and then dab it onto the nail. As a result, the oil combusts right away, and a thick plume of smoke is produced which you inhale through the rig.
Often, you’ll be left with additional oil on your nail after each dab. In this case, you have two choices as to what you’ll do with it. First, you can continue blasting the nail using a torch until the remaining shatter is gone. Or, you can wait until the goop begins to clog your rig.
In that case, you can soak the pipe in alcohol. Then, boil it until all of the alcohol disappears. Finally, scrape up the remaining oil and dab again.
The best and easiest way to do smoke shatter is with an electronic dab rig. We recommend you try the Vista Mini 2.
No rig? No problem. In fact, there are more ways to smoke shatter than one, no rig necessary.
To start with, you can fill your bowl up with ground-up weed. Then, add a few drops of dab onto the pot. Continue filling the remainder of the pipe with ganja, and spark up when you’re done.
Not only does this way prevent an open flame from coming into contact with the shatter, but it also keeps the THC from being burned before it has time to enter your lungs.
If you’re looking for another option, then there’s always the joint. As you roll a joint, just add some oil into it. But make sure you keep the shatter away from the ends. Again, you don’t want the flame to interfere with the shatter. And why not in a blunt? Well, learn on our post joint vs blunt the differences to know why.
The KØL and KØL mini offer users a very smooth smoking experience thanks to HØJ’s pioneering patent-pending microchannel design, which also works very well when you want to smoke shatter and not just dry herb.
The HØJ KØL cannabis pipe is made with anodized aluminum and subtly included magnets, plus it comes with three titanium-coated stainless steel filters. This, combined with the design, gives the pipe a very premium feel, plus unmatched smoke even with shatter.
Its special design is inspired by the scales of the Mako shark, which allows for mechanical heat extraction, and the best part is that no water is needed to do so, which means a much smoother smoke that avoids excessive coughing.
Thanks to its cooling and filtering technologies, the HØJ KØL pipe provides an extremely pleasant and smooth smoking experience, both in its regular size and in its mini version, both perfect for use with anything, including shatter or wax.
Definitely a product worth trying if you like more pipe smoking or prefer smooth but potent rips from wax.
As long as you’re not topping off some flower with a little bit of shatter, the best way to smoke it out of a bong is by using a screen. Just put a screen at the bottom of a clean bong bowl. Then, add a small amount of your preferred shatter into the bowl and light it with a regular lighter.
You may need to blow on the shatter gently to encourage it to burn evenly and continuously. Some people prefer to light their shatter with a torch lighter. As your hash gently burns, simply inhale and enjoy.
Here’s the best bong to smoke shatter:
Vaping shatter works just as vaping flower or other concentrates. When vaporizing shatter, it is recommended to use a higher temperature than you would use for your dried flower. That said, you do not have to heat it to the same high temperatures that you would use for other cannabis concentrates.
Simply place a small dollop of shatter into your vaporizer, gently warm it up by pushing the fire button a couple of times, and then enjoy your shatter vapor.
As mentioned at the beginning, our recommended device for vaping shatter is the TOQi 510 Wireless Vaporizer. It is one of the best and most advanced portable vapes on the market today. It can be used with shatter, other concentrates, or conventional cartridges.
The thought of smoking something other than herb in your favorite might be scary, but there are ways to enjoy or try distillates like shatter without having to splurge on a new device completely.
One of the coolest gadgets out there to turn your current favorite bong into a dabbing machine is the Invincibowl, an external bong bowl that is pretty much unbreakable. This small piece will replace any glass or ceramic 14mm piece while having several perks.
This gadget basically works as an extra bowl inside your bongs, fitting pretty much any device. What we really about it is since it has an aerospace aluminum body you can try distillates without the fear of breaking or overheating your device.
By having an engineer-designed interior and super easy to clean mechanism, this bowl is perfect to try distillates, herb, or herb covered with delicious distillates. It also has an included ash catcher to catch debris or burned bits that sometimes slip with regular bowls.
Best of all, you can customize the Invincibowl to match your current bong or try different colors and combinations. So you can revive a bong that might be too pretty to throw out or that has some design issues, like getting clogged airways frequently.
So if you feel like trying Shatter but you don’t really want to try another device or want something to turn your bong into an all-in-one device, we’d recommend trying the Invincibowl to experiment around.
You can read more about the Invincibowl Infinity to transform your glass or ceramic bong here.
E-nails are just a different take on your traditional rig. In fact, most of them work in conjunction with your rig, they’re just a more convenient way of heating up your nail, forget about the blow torch and having to search for butane at the Home Depot.
Although e-nails and rigs in general might end up going out of fashion soon, heavily due to innovation on the electric rig side, they still provide a very accurate and convenient way of utilizing your rig.
Not to mention that traditional oil rigs can be more than just a functional item, much like bongs, they can be a center piece to your coffee table, if you run an open-minded house hold that is.
Also, let’s not forget that glasswork makes for a smooth pull on almost any smoking material, specifically concentrates like shatter. So, if you’re not looking to evolve and get rid of your rig, e-nails are a gadget you want to keep handy.
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Biiig fans of dab pens at Herb…
Dab Pens are an alternative to your dry-herb vaporizer, regardless if we’re talking about a portable or table base device. Actually, many dry-herb vaporizers are now coming out with dual-use options that offer two separate smoking compartments, one for concentrates (like shatter) and one for dry herb. The point is that dab pens are a great option for shatter users that don’t want or can’t spark up a smoke session at home.
Our recommended dab pen is the Dr. Dabber Ghost. This top-quality portable dab pen heats up slowly and evenly, extracting the most flavor and cannabinoids from your shatter without burning it.
When it comes to quality there is one brand that comes to mind: Binoid. If you are interested in putting these recommendations into practice, whether smoking shatter from a rig, dab pen, or bong, nothing like doing it with one of the best wax dabs on the market, the THC-P Wax Dabs from Binoid.
Binoid THC-P Wax Dabs are available in 3 delicious flavors:
Overall the taste of these Wax Dabs is quite smooth and very pleasant. Also, the quality of the THC-P is unmatched: the hits are short, sweet, and reveal the effects of the THC-P without “outside influences”, an absolute marvel to try out.
Binoid THC-P Wax Dabs use premium THC-P distillate with 7-8% cannabis terpenes, plus it comes in a Bundle of 3 or 6 wax dabs, where you can mix flavors to experience what you like best. Truly a gem and a bargain in a bundle.