Shatter is a type of cannabis concentrate that gets its name from its brittle, glass-like appearance. It is one of the more popular types of cannabis concentrates available on the market today. Shatter is usually smoked using a pipe or bong. It can also be vaporized using a vape pen or e-cigarette.
Shatter is made by extracting cannabinoids like THC and CBD from the cannabis plant. The extract is then heated to remove any residual solvent like butane or propane. The final product is a hard, transparent sheet of concentrated cannabinoid goodness that can be easily broken or “shattered” into smaller pieces for use.
There are a few different ways to consume shatter. The most common way is to dab it. Dabbing involves using a special rig (a water pipe with a nail) to vaporize the shatter drug. Another popular way to consume shatter is to add it to cannabis flower in a joint or blunt. This is called “twaxing.”
Many people also like to use shatter in edibles. Making cannabis-infused butter or oil with shatter is a great way to make potent and tasty edibles. Marijuana refers to the dried leaves, flowers, stems, and seeds from the Cannabis sativa or Cannabis indica plant.
The History of Shatter
The history of shatter is unclear, but it is thought to have originated in Asia. The drug was likely brought to Europe and America by traders and immigrants. Shatter is a relatively new drug, so little is known about its long-term effects. However, we do know that shattering can be very dangerous.
Shatter is made from the leaves of the cannabis plant. Cannabis plants are usually grown outdoors, but they can also be grown indoors under special lights. Once the plants are harvested, the leaves are dried and then shredded or ground up. The resulting powder is mixed with water and other chemicals to create shatter.
Shatter is a type of hash oil, which means it contains high levels of THC, the main psychoactive ingredient in marijuana. Hash oil is another method of use.
The translucency of shatter does not prove its purity but instead is the result of how it is made. During the heating process, as the cannabinoids and terpenes are extracted from the plant the liquid is not agitated, resulting in a smooth, translucent texture. Unlike other concentrates, which are continually agitated during the heating process, causing them to have more of an opaque color and waxy texture.
What Are the Side Effects of the Shatter Drug?
The side effects of shatter include:
- Respiratory problems, such as bronchitis
- Worsen preexisting mental health conditions
How Does Shatter Impact the Brain?
Shatter can affect the brain in different ways depending on how it is consumed. When smoked, shatter will enter the bloodstream and eventually make its way to the brain where it will bind to cannabinoid receptors. These receptors are what give cannabis its ability to produce various effects like relaxation, euphoria, and increased appetite.
How Long Does Shatter Stay in Your System?
The length of time that shatter can be detected in your system depends on a variety of factors like how often you use it, the method of consumption, and your metabolism.
In general, however, shatter can stay detectable in urine for up to 3 days after last use and in hair for up to 90 days.
What Are Cannabinoids?
Cannabinoids are the active compounds in cannabis. THC is the cannabinoid that gets users high, while CBD is the cannabinoid that provides medical relief. Shatter typically has a high concentration of THC, meaning it can provide a potent high. However, some shatter products may contain higher levels of CBD, providing relief without the psychoactive effects.
How Does Shatter Addiction Develop?
Shatter addiction can develop quickly due to the potent nature of the drug. People who abuse shatter may develop tolerance and require higher doses to achieve the desired effect. This can lead to dependency and addiction. Treatment for shatter drug addiction typically includes behavioral therapy and tapering off the drug under medical supervision.
If you or someone you know is struggling with a shattering addiction, please reach out for help. There are many resources available to those who need assistance.
Who Is Most at Risk of Shatter Addiction?
Those most at risk of developing a shatter addiction are those who have mental health disorders, those who abuse other drugs, and those who have easy access to the drug. Marijuana is, by far, the most popular drug in America and arguably the most popular drug in the world.
Approximately half of Americans, some 78 million people, claimed to have used marijuana at some point in their lifetime. In addition, 55 million Americans in total had reported using marijuana within the past year.
What Are Some of the Signs and Symptoms of Shatter Drug Addiction?
The signs and symptoms of shatter addiction can vary depending on the severity of the addiction. Some common signs and symptoms include:
- Using shatter more often than intended or in larger amounts
- Failed attempts to cut back or stop using shatter
- Spending a lot of time obtaining, using, or recovering from shatter use
- Cravings for shatter
- Continued use of shatter despite negative consequences
- Giving up important activities in favor of using shatter
- Using shatter in hazardous situations
- Continuing to use shatter despite relationship or legal problems
If you or someone you know is displaying these signs and symptoms, it may be indicative of an addiction. It is important to reach out for help as soon as possible to avoid further consequences.
What Withdrawal Symptoms of the Shatter Drug?
These symptoms can be severe and last for days or weeks. The withdrawal symptoms of the shatter drug include:
How Long Does It Take to Withdraw from Shatter?
Withdrawal from shatter usually takes a week or two. However, some people may experience severe withdrawal symptoms that can last for months due to post-acute withdrawal syndrome (PAWS).
What’s The Difference Between Shatter and Marijuana?
Marijuana and shatter differ in their THC content. Marijuana typically contains 5-20% THC, while shatter can contain up to 90% THC. This makes shatter much more potent than marijuana, and also much more dangerous.
Shatter can also cause respiratory problems because it is often smoked using a pipe or bong. When heated, shatter releases toxic chemicals that can damage the lungs.
Shatter is also highly addictive. Cannabis addiction is a form of substance use disorder that can lead to severe cravings and withdrawal symptoms. People who are addicted to shatter may need professional help to quit.
Many methods are utilized to convert or “manufacture” marijuana into marijuana concentrates. One method is the butane extraction process. This process is particularly dangerous because it uses highly flammable butane to extract the THC from the cannabis plant. Marijuana concentrates can be mixed with various food or drink products to be consumed orally.
Are Shatter and Wax the Same?
Wax and shatter are similar but not the same. Both are cannabis concentrates that have a high THC content. However, shatter is made with a different extraction process than wax. Shatter is made by extraction with butane or CO2, while the wax is made using a process called “dabbing”. Dabbing involves using a blow torch to heat the cannabis concentrate, which releases the THC.
Shatter is also less potent than wax. The THC content of shatter is typically around 80%, while the THC content of wax can be as high as 99%.
What Are The Treatment Options for Shatter?
Treatment options for shatter addiction include inpatient and outpatient treatment, 12-step programs, and therapy. If you or someone you know is addicted to shatter, please seek help from a medical professional.
Inpatient treatmentis a type of treatment that requires you to stay at a facility for a certain period of time, usually 28 days. Inpatient treatment can be very helpful if you are struggling with a shatter addiction.
Outpatient treatment is a type of treatment that allows you to live at home while receiving treatment. Outpatient treatment can be helpful if you have a milder addiction or if you have a support system at home.
12-step programs are groups that help people with addictions recover. Alcoholics Anonymous and Narcotics Anonymous are two examples of 12-step programs. These programs can be helpful if you want to connect with other people who are struggling with addiction.
Psychotherapy is a useful treatment for addiction. Therapy can help you understand your addiction and develop coping mechanisms to deal with triggers and cravings. Behavioral therapies such as CBT, DBT, group therapy, and family therapy can be especially helpful.
Certain medications can help treat addiction. For example, buprenorphine is a medication that can help people with opioid addiction recover. Medication should always be used in conjunction with other treatments, such as psychotherapy.
Begin the Journey to Your New Life at Free by the Sea
A shatter drug addiction can introduce unpleasant symptoms if left unchecked. When dependence has taken over, it’s important to look at your health and find support. At Free by the Sea, we understand that your journey demands a guiding hand. To reach your goals, our staff is trained to push you towards your recovery goals. If this sounds like an option for you, reach out to us today.
Dr. Richard Crabbe joined our team in 2019 as our psychiatrist and medical director. He attended the University of Ghana Medical School where he became a Medical Doctor in 1977. From 1978 through 1984, he was a medical officer in the Ghana Navy and provided a variety of services from general medicine to surgeries. He received his Certificate in General Psychology from the American Board of Psychology and Neurology in 2002.