Breaking Down Shatter: What It Is, How It’s Made, How to Use It and More

Breaking Down Shatter: What It Is, How It’s Made, How to Use It and More

Original Article: Marijuana Times: Breaking Down Shatter: What It Is, How It’s Made, How to Use It and More

[Canniseur: If you consume concentrates, you should know what shatter is and how to use it. This story will explain everything. Enjoy the story, enjoy the shatter!]

The world of weed is wide and weird — and to newbies, there is no corner of cannabis culture stranger than that of concentrates. Cannabis concentrates can be hard or soft, clear or yellow, contain all cannabinoids and terpenes or just some. You can drop concentrates under your tongue, bake with them, wrap them into a joint or inhale them through a dab rig or vaporizer. Until you have experimented with concentrates, you will likely look at the whole lot of them with some degree of fear and confusion.

Instead of trying to tackle all concentrates at once, we are going to start with one of the most befuddling: shatter. How is this transparent, glass-like concentrate made, and more importantly, how are you supposed to use it? Read on to find out.

What Is Shatter?

Shatter is a cannabis extract, which is a highly concentrated form of cannabis. Named for its brittle texture, which shatters like glass, shatter tends to be transparent with a slight amber hue, but more or less refined shatters can be more or less opaque and tinted.

Contrary to popular belief, shatter isn’t inherently more or less potent than other concentrates on the market, like wax or oil. Rather, it sits right in the middle of the extract spectrum, between raw oil on one side (products like Rick Simpson oil and FECO) and cannabis isolates on the other (pure THC or CBD powders). Shatters don’t contain much plant matter, but they do contain some, and while they usually have a high THC content, they often lack cannabinoids like CBD or CBG.

There are two inviting aspects of shatter: its ease of use and its cost. Unlike raw bud and some other concentrates, shatter allows you to maximize THC ingestion while minimizing lipid ingestion. Lipids are essentially fats within cannabis, which burn at a much higher temperature than other compounds within the bud. Thus, when you smoke raw flower, you usually incinerate flavorful terpenes long before you melt down the lipids. In the creation of shatter, lipids are eliminated, leaving only the good cannabinoids and terpenes, which can be inhaled at delightfully low temperatures. Plus, shatter is much, much more affordable than other extracts, especially isolates, and it isn’t messy to handle like less expensive extracts, like budder wax.

How Is Shatter Made?

Different manufacturers will employ slightly different extraction processes; for instance, Fuego Extracts has a proprietary blend and method that will differ from some other shatter brand. Still, here is the general procedure for manufacturing shatter:

  1. Prepare. Extracts can be made with trim or nug, with the latter producing a higher-quality end product. Regardless, the material needs to be trimmed small, with pieces no larger than marble-sized. The trim and/or nug also needs to be properly dried.
  2. Blast. Almost all shatter is BHO or PHO, which means it is extracted using butane or propane. However, infrequently, shatter is produced using carbon dioxide, which provides a purer flavor.
  3. Clean. A process of whipping, stirring, heating and vacuuming helps to eliminate residual hydrocarbons and plant material.
  4. Winterize. The clean oil is mixed with a pure form of ethanol and placed in a freezer, where even more hydrocarbons escape and clot. Once properly chilled, the product is filtered to eliminate the ethanol sludge and retain the desired elements. Winterization is usually repeated several times to eliminate as much plant material as possible.
  5. Cook. A gentle reheating will burn off any extra ethanol and make the product ready for consumption.

How Do You Use Shatter?

Now for the fun part: consumption. There are four different ways to make good use of shatter:

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  • Dabbing. Definitely the most efficient way to use concentrates like shatter is the dab rig. Dabbing requires heating up small amounts of shatter to low temperatures and inhaling the produced vapor.
  • Vape pens. Some vapes allow you to load different kinds of concentrates directly onto their heating element, transforming them into mini, portable dab rigs.
  • Smoking. Perhaps the easiest way to use shatter is to pull it into a thin strip and wrap it into your regular joint or blunt, on top of your prepared bud. You can also drop shards of shatter onto a bowl. However, it is worth noting that shatter smoke gets intensely hot, so you are probably going to succumb to a coughing fit if you go this route.
  • Edibles. You can make simple, DIY edibles using shatter by dropping a shard into cooking oil to dissolve it and then using that oil to prepare any dish. Because the plant material has been removed from shatter, you aren’t likely to get that funky flavor common to edibles that rely on bud infusions.

If you are getting tired of the same old bud, you might give shatter a shot. Talk to reliable budtenders at your local dispensary to learn more about shatter dosing, so you can have a good trip your first time.

Disclaimer: This article is intended for information and entertainment purposes only and is not intended to reflect the specific views of the publication.

Original Article: Marijuana Times: Breaking Down Shatter: What It Is, How It’s Made, How to Use It and More

Ordering Cannabis Seeds on The Internet – How Does That Work?

Ordering Cannabis Seeds on The Internet – How Does That Work?

Original Article: Marijuana Times: Ordering Cannabis Seeds on The Internet – How Does That Work?

[Canniseur: If you’ve decided to grow your own, you’ll need seeds. Those plants don’t grow out of thin air. Besides the strain you’re buying, there really is a lot to know about where your seeds are sourced and how they were made. Here’s a good place to start.]

When doing research on how to order cannabis seeds, there are a number of ways to go about this. Most people prefer to order the seeds online since it is relatively easy and convenient. There are countries where growing cannabis is legal and seeds can often be purchased from growshops and dispensaries. This, however, isn’t the case everywhere. One can still buy cannabis seeds online or from  seed banks and have them shipped from overseas safely.

Benefits of ordering online

If you haven’t ordered cannabis seeds before, you may have some reservations about ordering online, especially if you live in a country where many cannabis-related products are frowned upon. You may wonder, is ordering online really the safest option?

We are here to reassure you that buying online is discreet and safe, even in instances where cannabis seeds may not be allowed. We have a few pointers for you to ensure you get your cannabis seeds safely.

It is important to use the following guide to safely order cannabis seeds;

  1. Discretion starts with you – when it comes to ordering cannabis seeds, it’s important to remember that keeping this information private starts with you. Be sure to keep this information to yourself and avoid sharing this with anyone, both online and offline. Secrecy starts with you and the less people know about it, the better.
  2. Find out the cannabis laws where you live – each country has different laws surrounding the importation or use of cannabis, so it is important to find out what the law says regarding cannabis. For instance, in the Netherlands, one is allowed to have small quantities of cannabis seeds for sale. So, it’s important to find out whether individuals are allowed to possess cannabis seeds and whether germination of the seeds is allowed. It’s important to find out all you can about the regulations in place when it comes to importing cannabis seeds in your country before taking the next steps.
  3. Do your research and find a reputable seed company to make your purchase from – choosing the ideal source to buy seeds from isn’t as difficult as one might presume. Some of the best companies hail from the Netherlands, Canada and the UK. Amsterdam is one of the top sources for quality seeds, and there is a wide range of information available on all cannabis-related matters. Be sure to look out for a reputable seed bank with a long-standing service record.
  4. Start small – when making your first order, don’t go crazy spending thousands of euros on seeds. Start small, and then you can increase your order and the amount you spend over time. This way, you’ll find out whether the company has the quality of seeds you’re looking for, and you will have an idea of how much time it takes to deliver the seeds. And you can be sure the company you’re ordering from is legit.
  5. Payments are safe and discreet – when it comes to making online payments, these days it is quite safe and there are measures in place to ensure your information is secure and discrete. You can make payments via credit card or you can choose a third-party processor, which also has its advantages. It’s important to note that most seed banks receive payment without your credit card details for your discretion and customer data is destroyed after payment by the payment processor, which makes it even more discrete. Most reputable seed banks will leave out cannabis-related descriptions in your bank statement. However, if you are still worried about using your personal credit card, you have a number of options, such as use of bitcoin, bank transfers and cash where possible.
  6. Use business details instead – If you’re not comfortable sharing your personal information, you can get a business credit card and have a business address for all your online deliveries and purchases. This lets you get your package delivered with minimum risk.
  7. Order in batches – with multiple orders or when ordering different seeds, be sure to divide your order by placing small orders, ordering at different times and also using different suppliers to avoid placing all your eggs in one basket and incurring a heavy loss by making a big order with one supplier.
  8. Use abbreviations, a nickname or initials when making your purchase – for further security measures, most people prefer to not use their full name when making an order to avoid being associated with marijuana. You can use an abbreviation or just your initials when sharing your name. Keep in mind some postmen know who lives at a certain address so it would be a good idea to use your initials on the address if you are using your home address. Alternatively, don’t ship to an address where you don’t want the address tied to you or your activities.
  9. Make use of a post office address and use an alternate email address – a high number of seed banks can deliver to a PO box address so that you can pick it up at your own discretion to prevent you from having to sign for it at your doorstep. It’s also a good idea to create an alternative email address that does not have your name for added privacy. Never use a business email address.
  10. Use a shipping option that doesn’t require a signature – there are options that allow you to not share a signature upon arrival of your package. Most Track and Trace parcels require a signature once your parcel arrives. While there are some disadvantages of this, it might offer more discretion. But, it will be much harder to track your parcel or even trace it in the event it gets misplaced or lost.
  11. Give it time – since most seeds are shipped from abroad, it’s important to give it time to arrive. It could take from 7 to 12 days depending on where it comes from. In other cases, it might even take 15 days or more to arrive so it’s important to be patient and not panic if it takes slightly longer than expected. Your package will arrive in due time.

Conclusion

Ordering cannabis seeds online these days can be done safely and discreetly. Be sure to follow the steps above to protect yourself and ensure the highest level of discretion.

Disclaimer: This article is intended for information and entertainment purposes only and is not intended to reflect the specific views of the publication.

Original Article: Marijuana Times: Ordering Cannabis Seeds on The Internet – How Does That Work?

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