What is the difference between our liquid shatter and distillate? If are thinking of vaping marijuana recreationally or for medicine, it is important to know which will be best for you. Here’s the low down between distillate and liquid shatter.
With a potency as high as 95%, cannabis distillate is not for the new and inexperienced. This is THC in it’s purest form. Distillates come from an extraction process called “short path distillation” that separates and refines molecules and contaminants to create a clean, almost clear concentrate. Other extraction methods don’t produce nearly the same purity level or the variety of uses as this technique, making it highly regarded as a “top-shelf” concentrate.
When it comes to short path distillation, the end product has no measurable amount of terpene content. The cannabis terpenes are generally lost in the extraction process due to the amount of heat used. But extractors now introduce terpenes into the process after extraction to create specialized and sought after flavors like Girl Scout Cookies, Grand Daddy Purp, and Super Lemon Haze, to name a few.
This customization option has prompted a bit of a debate within the cannabis community since, as stated above, the distillation extraction method directly destroys the natural cannabis terpenes throughout the process. Because of this, there are no specific indica or sativa properties that you would get with other forms like flower and shatter.
Shatter is another type of extract from the cannabis plant. Shatter typically yields over 80% THC content. It usually looks like honey with varying degrees of transparency and color profiles. When this type of concentrate is warm, it has a consistency quite similar to very thick honey. When it’s cold, its texture is more similar to glass. It shatters just like glass does if it is dropped or tapped, hence the term “shatter.”
The first step to making shatter is to take the cannabis buds and a solvent (usually butane, CO2, or propane) and run them through to extract all of the necessary chemicals from the plant. The solvent is then evaporated from the compound and you are left with the plant’s resins, the psychoactive chemicals in marijuana.
The advantage of this process is that the terpenes are left intact, giving you those coveted sativa and indica properties of the strain that was used during extraction. If you prefer that couch lock feeling that a heavy indica gives you, or that energy buzz that a high sativa has, liquid shatter is your best option.
The potency of pure shatter is over 80%. However for it to be vapable it has to be diluted, unlike distillate which is vapable in its original form. Diluting does lower the potency to just over 40% THC per volume (which is still plenty potent) but the upside is you can choose specific strains (indicas, sativas, and hybrids) and different flavours (ice, grape, strawberry, pineapple, banana, or plain) to enhance your vaping experience. This makes our liquid shatter perfect for newbies, casual users and medicinal users.