While searching for CBD products, you might have come across terms such as CBD wax, honeycomb, oil, shatter, dabs, and so on. All of these are cannabis extracts used in the cannabis community and recently grown more popular in the field of medical marijuana. What is cannabis extract? It is an oil extracted from the cannabis plant, which contains concentrated amounts of the constituent compounds present in the plant.
To create cannabis extracts, solvents such as butane, isopropyl, hexane, or carbon dioxide is passed through fresh or cured roughly ground cannabis. This results in a thick, dark golden colored oil containing the active chemical compounds found in the plant.
Then, from this shatter oil, the solvent is removed with the help of heat and vacuum. Next, the cannabis concentrate that is produced as a result is processed, using different preparation methods and parameters, into different forms such as wax, honeycomb, crumble, budder, sap, live resin, and shatter.
CBD shatter is one of the purest forms of cannabis extracts, made by extensively filtering CBD oil extracts so as to obtain a very high concentration of CBD (Cannabidiol) with no amount of THC in it. If you want to consume CBD products without testing positive in the drug test (many jobs require such tests regularly or randomly), using CBD shatter is the ideal option since it does not contain THC (which is said to trigger drug tests positive) at all but you get all possible health benefits of CBD easily.
It is a CBD product which does not have any traces of the psychoactive cannabinoid compound THC (Tetrahydrocannabinol), and so there is no chance that you will get high. This is a CBD product that is used by consumers who use cannabidiol or CBD for its potential medical benefits such as neurodegenerative healing and powerful pain-relieving effects but want to avoid the ‘high’ that comes with using cannabis or marijuana and also to stay away from the risk of addiction.
CBD shatter gets its name from its glass-like amber appearance and somewhat brittleness. It is obtained by thorough extraction of the cannabis plant’s essential oil, which contains chemical compounds such as cannabinoids and terpenes found in the plant. Extracts from CBD oils can be of various constituencies and textures, resulting in different products such as oil, wax, shatter, etc.
Shatter refers to a particular texture of translucent cannabis concentrate that is somewhat brittle and shatters like glass. CBD oil goes through a rigorous process of filtration, after which only CBD isolate remains in the oil extract, and then terpenes are added to form the shatter. It is available in the market in the form of small whitish rocks.
What is CBD Isolate?
CBD oil in its purest form is called CBD isolate. This CBD isolate is the main ingredient present in CBD shatter. To create CBD isolate, the CBD compound is extracted from the cannabis plant as usual, and then all oils and plant material is purged from the final product by a rigorous and thorough process of filtration.
In this filtration process, any amount of THC that was present in the CBD oil (at the point of time when it was in the plant form) is completely removed. Sometimes CO2 extraction method is used for this. Thus, CBD isolate contains nothing but concentrated CBD molecules and no traces of THC. It is ideal for anyone who needs a high dosage of CBD regularly and wants to avoid THC totally.
The final product is a white crystalline powder which is fine in texture and white in color. It consists of 99% pure CBD and has the analgesic (anti-pain) and anti-inflammation qualities, which are some of the main benefits for which CBD oil is known.
In simple terms, these white crystals constitute nothing except cannabidiol. This CBD isolate is sometimes packaged and sold in its powder form as it is often used in cooking (this powder does not have any flavor). Otherwise, this is further processed by adding terpenes to create a glassy product that we call CBD to shatter.
What is a Terpene?
Terpenes are aromatic organic metabolite hydrocarbon compounds found in many fruits, herbs, plants, and even in some insects. The levels of terpenes are naturally high in the cannabis plant.
While over 20,000 types of terpenes have been found and recorded, more than 100 such types are found in the cannabis plant. Terpene is a constituent of CBD shatter. Terpenes add flavor and aroma to the bland CBD isolates in the shatter, and also offers potential health benefits of their own, and gives the user the ‘entourage effect.’
What is the entourage effect? It means the manner in which terpenes work together with cannabidiol to increase the beneficial effects for the consumer. There are many types of terpenes, and each kind present in cannabis has unique qualities.
For instance, hops, cloves, and coriander contain humulene (dominant terpene in these plants), which has hunger-suppressing properties. Therefore it becomes useful for users who want to lose weight. Most of the main terpenes found in cannabis are either pain-relieving or anti-inflammatory.
What’s the difference between CBD Wax and CBD Shatter?
If you’re searching about the different CBD extract products and you are confused regarding the difference between CBD wax and CBD shatter, do not worry. Here are the detailed differences to help you clear all your doubts.
Compared to CBD wax, CBD shatter requires greater maintenance in the setting stage, although both of these products undergo the same process of extraction and filtration. After extraction and filtration, CBD shatter needs to be kept more carefully, safeguarded from changes in heat and light while it sets, and should not be disturbed physically.
If there are any changes in heat and light, or if it is disturbed, crystals will be formed on the surface which was once transparent, and it will become opaque, and the texture will also alter, and it will turn into CBD wax.
In terms of purity and potency, however, there is not too much of a difference between CBD wax and CBD shatter. However, since CBD shatter is prepared more carefully, and not disturbed while it sets, it is probable that you will get a slightly purer product than CBD wax. If you are still unsure whether to use CBD shatter or CBD wax, it is best to talk to your doctor to realize which one will be suitable for your needs.
Choosing CBD Shatter
There is a variety of CBD shatter products available depending upon the terpenes present in them. Therefore you can choose from a variety of products having different flavors and effects. Don’t just look for the best-flavored CBD shatter, make sure that it will cater to your needs and have the required impacts on your health.
Some of the terpene flavor profiles and effects include:
- Caryophyllene: It is a spicy and aromatic terpene. This is mostly found in cloves and black pepper. It helps to soothe depression and anxiety.
- Limonene: Citrus fruits such as lemons and oranges contain limonene. This terpene is great for topical treatments as it increases skin absorption. It is also highly energetic and an antidepressant.
- Myrcene: It is found in mangoes, thyme, and basil. The cannabis plant contains a large amount of earthy, fruity, and aromatic terpene. It is a very good sleeping aid as it produces a muscle-relaxing effect which is mildly sedative and is also known as the ‘couch-lock’ terpene.
How to Use CBD Shatter
You can use CBD shatter in a variety of ways. CBD shatter can be added to food, or liquids, you can dab it, vape it, or use the shatter as a base to make a CBD oil product of your own. Check out our guide on how to make shatter for the step-by-step process.
Dabbing refers to heating, melting, and breathing the vapors from the shatter. To dab CBD shatter, you will need a few things, such as a torch, a rig, a nail, and a dabber. Other accessories used for dabbing other CBD oil products will also be useful. Thus dabbing CBD shatter will need a kind of a setup, and you should do your research and be careful because things are going to get hot. Dabbing is popular because it produces faster and effective results.
In case you are going to add the shatter to your food, take care not to heat it above 100℃. Otherwise, the benefits of terpenes will be likely to diminish. Thus, before adding CBD shatter to the food, check its temperature first; timing is extremely important.
When it comes to dosage, it is recommended that you start with 10mg. However, it is best to study and follow the dosage instruction, which comes with your product and see how your body responds to it. It is advisable that you contact a doctor dealing with cannabis for getting a clearer idea. Remember to use a high-quality kitchen scale with the help of which you can break our shatter into dosages of 10mg each. It will be helpful for you to control your dosage. For further help about using CBD shatter, consult your physician.