With its flawless amber glass transparency, shatter has a reputation for being the purest and cleanest type of extract. It also tends to be the most potent of concentrates and has a glue-like consistency when it’s room temperature. Because it so concentrated, shatter can be upwards of 4-5 times more potent than the flower that it is made from, especially when the shatter is made organically by our Colorado team. As an example, 1/4lb of flowers on average will make 1/2oz of shatter. Heat, moisture, and high terpene content can also affect the texture, turning oils into a runnier substance that resembles sap (hence the commonly used nickname “sap”). Oils with a consistency that falls somewhere between glassy shatter and viscous sap are often referred to as “pull-and-snap.”


Shatter typically looks like honey with varying degrees of transparency and amber color profiles. When this type of concentrate is warm, it has a consistency like thick honey. When it’s cold, its consistency is more similar to glass, which is where it gets its name.


Cannabis concentrates can last several months, if stored properly. As cannabis products are exposed to light, heat, and moisture, active compounds like THC break down into less potent cannabinoids. When storing your concentrates short term, its best to wrap shatter in parchment paper and place them in a silicone container with as little air space as possible. Many people store their concentrates in the refrigerator and break the desired amount off in pieces. This can make products like shatter easier to handle. It is recommended to dab or vape shatter because it needs to be heated high enough to melt in order to be inhaled.

We at Life Flower, a Denver Dispensary, pride ourselves on carrying a large selection of both recreational and medical MMJ shatter for Denver and Glendale residents and visitors.

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