Shatter is among the most highly sought-after cannabis extracts and concentrates in Canada. It allows cannabis users who prefer THC-high cannabis products with up to 90% cannabinoid and terpene concentration to enjoy a potent dose in a quick inhalation.
However, stoners on a budget have an aversion for shatter, despite its potency and instant high. They consider the retail price for shatter in legal cannabis stores rather pricey.
Is legal shatter pricey in Canada? Not really; find out more in shatter’s value proposition breakdown below.
The terpene profile in cannabis products undoubtedly defines one’s cannabis use experience. Terpenes are compounds in cannabis that determine how it tastes and smells. Different cannabis strains have unique terpene profiles that influence the cannabis flower’s aroma.
In line with Health Canada’s cannabis regulation act, all shatter sold in legal shatter stores comes from premium buds. Premium buds have a rich terpene profile, are hand-plucked, are mold-free, chemical-free, and give full-spectrum cannabis extracts. Shatter bought from cannabis stores gives an outstanding high but is safe for consumption.
One way to determine quality shatter before buying the product is to smell it. Premium shatter should be from legal cannabis dispensaries like Just Cannabis Store. Avoid subpar shatter which has a poor terpene profile and barely has any taste.
Note that premium-quality shatter sold in legal cannabis stores only emits a mild aroma when cold but bursts with aroma when hot. Illicit shatter often emits a strong smell that hints at improper purging of the extraction solvent and may even taste like the solvent. Therefore, the price for cheap shatter is horrible taste and a mediocre high.
Avid shatter users know that the concentrate’s physical appearance affects the type of high one will get. High-quality shatter is hard, has a gold or amber color, and features a glass-like translucent appearance because of its distinct production process.
Unlike other concentrates, shatter’s production process excludes beating and shaking, so it has regular-structure molecules that form clear crystals. Cheap shatter bought from illicit cannabis markets appears dark and sludgy, indicating a misstep in the production process that caused unstable molecules to form.
High-quality shatter also features a “pull and snap” texture meaning it stretches when tugged but breaks on impact. The texture makes shatter versatile because you can use it at colder or room temperature.
Avoid purchasing shatter with questionable consistencies (soft, sludgy) as it may still contain excess solvents. It often cannot adhere to the dab tool and will dampen your dabbing experience.
Cannabis extracts are cannabis oil extracts rich in cannabinoids and terpenes. Making cannabis extract concentrates entails passing a solvent through finely-ground fresh or dry cannabis buds to absorb the oil extracts.
However, different shatter processors use specific solvents during the extraction process including, butane, isopropyl, hexane, and carbon dioxide. Carbon dioxide is the solvent used in premium-quality shatter extraction because the gas leaves no potential harmful contaminants in the shatter; some top-shelf shatter is solvent-free.
Most shatter manufacturers use butane in the extraction process because it works quickly. They, however, must purge the shatter to rid it of all chemical residue from the butane. Fortunately, shatter found in reputable stores pass through quality checks by Canada’s cannabis quality control department.
In contrast, illegal cannabis dealers conduct no quality control checks on shatter before selling it. A study conducted on dabbing found that poorly processed shatter exposes users to elevated toxin levels, including carcinogenic compounds. Therefore, cheap shatter is detrimental to your health in the long run.
Shatter is a highly potent cannabis product; it contains from 60% to 90% THC concentration. The rich THC concentration explains why shatter is popular among experienced cannabis users seeking the ultimate “high”.
Dabbing is the most popular method of consuming shatter becauses it gives a quick high. But given how potent shatter is, users must know how much of a dab to take and how often to take it to avoid overdosing.
Canada’s legal marijuana dispensaries label all shatter concentrates categorically to avoid THC overdoses that could cause extreme psychoactive activity or more severe effects.
Premium-quality shatter gives a rewarding marijuana experience because it is easy to dab, tastes good, and gives a clean high. On the opposite, cheap, bunk shatter is disappointing on all fronts; it barely has any aroma or flavour, tastes horrible, and discolours the fingers and nails.
If you like to mix shatter with the traditional bud, low-quality shatter will make for a lousy smoke and triggers incessant coughing. It may also deliver an overwhelming or underwhelming high depending on your cannabis tolerance threshold.
Shatter from Canada’s cannabis store costs more than illicit market shatter because its manufacturers invest in customer experience and safety. So, even if they might be expensive, legal shatter from cannabis stores will meet your need for euphoria while protecting your health.