Everything you need to know about CBD shatter and its differences with other cannabis products.
If you are also a fan of CBD weed, you have probably heard of CBD shatter. If not, that doesn’t surprise us. The CBD shatter is a cannabis concentrate obtained from the hemp plant, with an appearance similar to a caramel patch, as it is very thin, amber and semi-transparent.
This CBD flower concentrate is an entirely THC-free product. It, therefore, falls into the category of these CBD weed derivatives according to Bristish and European law. Instead, the shatter is very rich in CBD, the cannabis cannabinoid with beneficial and non-psychoactive effects, on which science spends its time studying its properties in depth.
In fact, over the last few decades, the active ingredient of cannabis on which scientific studies have focused has mainly been THC, which has now faded into the background with the advent of legal cannabis. With CBD Bud products, which also includes shatter, tetrahydrocannabinol must be contained in the percentage of 0.2%, with a maximum tolerance of up to 0.6%.
Besides, CBD is known for its effect against psychoactive THC stimuli, so even the tiny presence of the latter in legal hemp products is nullified. Now let’s go and see what precisely the CBD shatter is.
CBD shatter: what is it, and how is it produced?
As mentioned at the beginning of the article, CBD shatter is a concentrate of CBD buds that is entirely free of THC. But at the same time very rich in CBD. The shatter can hit peaks of 90% cannabidiol, which is 5 to 6 times what is typically contained in CBD cannabis plants: you can see why this product has been on everyone’s lips for some time.
Shatter is essentially a concentrated oil extracted from CBD flowers trichomes, obtained in the laboratory using a BHO (Butane Hash Oil) process, and then solidified into a thin plate of characteristic amber colour. It is the only technique to produce shatter … but also for other marijuana concentrates, such as wax. They are made by the same process but reworked to a semi-solid consistency similar to wax.
What happens is that butane gas is used as a solvent to separate the plant matter from the cannabinoids and all the other active substances in the hemp. Therefore, from the trichomes, CBD is extracted at high levels that approach purity, leaving behind cell membranes and other organic glands, unlike what happens with products such as hashish, which is composed of trichomes that are precisely linked to the vegetable matter.
Once this concentrated oil is extracted from the trichomes, the butane evaporates, as it is harmful to our bodies if inhaled. The resulting compound is then cooled in the form of a thin plate, thus obtaining the CBD shatter. Its name means “shatter” and is due to its fragility, which causes it to break easily as if it were thin glass, a characteristic that makes it very easy to dose.
Shatter and CBD oil: what are the differences?
There are many different types of cannabis concentrates, of which the best known nowadays is probably CBD oil, a legal cannabis extract. It is marketed in different dilutions for different kinds of vegetable oil, such as coconut oil in the case of CBD Sensitiva oil. But what is the difference between CBD oil and CBD shatter?
First of all, the first difference lies in their extraction from the legal hemp plant, as the shatter is extracted using the BHO method, i.e. with butane; whereas CBD oil is extracted with supercritical CO2. The solvent is at the root of the differences between these two CBD cannabis products, but of course, it doesn’t stop there.
As for the CBD oil, as the name suggests, it comes in liquid form, diluted in vegetable oil in different percentages depending on your tolerance. The shatter, on the other hand, comes in the solid form of a thin amber-coloured plate, which breaks up very quickly, a characteristic to which it owes its name.
The substantial difference, apart from the shape, lies in the percentages of CBD that the two products have. CBD oil may tend to contain 2.5% (CBD oil for dogs) to 25%, whereas shatter is a product specially designed to be extreme and may have more than 90%.
Final remarks on CBD shatter.
As you may have read in the previous lines, shatter is a concentrate of legal marijuana with very high percentages of CBD, sometimes over 90%. It is a product to be dosed with extreme caution, as it is potentially dangerous. Especially for beginners, to whom we sincerely suggest that they prefer CBD oil, which is more straightforward and more harmless to handle.
On Just Bob, our online CBD flower shop, you will find an entire section dedicated to CBD Oil Sensitiva, obtained from pure and natural ingredients from legal outdoor cannabis crops in Abruzzo (Italy). It is a range of high-quality products, totally THC-free and available in different dilutions.