How to Smoke Shatter

How to Smoke Shatter

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Table of Contents

What Is Shatter?

What is CBD Shatter?

Is Shatter the Same as Dabs? 

How to Smoke Shatter: A Step-by-Step Guide 

How to Smoke Shatter Out of a Bowl

Tools Needed to Smoke Shatter 

Best Way to Smoke Shatter

We are no longer living in the age of reefer madness. With growing legalization and medical breakthroughs, cannabis use is now as casual as a glass of wine with dinner. So much so to where cannabis use is expected to increase by 21% this year alone.

Vaping concentrates is becoming one of the most popular consumption methods, but it can be very daunting for beginners.

Do you know how to smoke shatter? If not, you’re in the right place. Here, we will discuss everything you need to know about shatter, the tools you’ll need, and the steps involved in getting the best hit.

What Is Shatter?

What is ShatterShatter is a type of cannabis concentrate. It has a glass-like consistency, and gets its name from its brittleness and how it’s easy to “shatter.”

In order to get shatter, professionals have to extract the cannabinoids using solvents. Be sure the shatter you’re using doesn’t contain harmful solvents. Ideally, the cannabinoids should be extracted using carbon dioxide.

Shatter is usually amber or golden in color, depending on its cannabinoid profile.

Shatter comes in the form of a block. In order to use it, you’ll have to “shatter” it into smaller pieces. There are different ways to smoke shatter, but we’re covering the dabbing method here. It’s the easiest way to melt down the shatter and get the best hit.

What Is CBD Shatter?

What if you prefer using CBD over recreational marijuana products? CBD is available as dabs, such as shatter, but make sure the product contains little-to-no THC.

As with all concentrates, shatter is extremely potent since you’re only consuming the cannabinoids. That’s why you should avoid recreational shatter.

While CBD shatter isn’t as common as other products, such as tinctures, you can still find it at CBD stores or online.

You can choose CBD shatter isolates as well as broad or full-spectrum shatter, in case you do want a fuller cannabinoid profile. Keep in mind, full-spectrum CBD shatter will have a small amount of THC.

Is Shatter the Same as Dabs?

Dabs are the nickname for cannabis wax, a specific type of cannabis concentrate. Therefore, shatter and wax are both cannabis concentrates extracted from the plant.

However, both are treated differently after the initial extraction process. Shatter is solidified, which causes its glass-like consistency. While shatter lasts longer, it’s difficult to measure out. Wax has an oily consistency, which is easier to dose.

If you prefer tasting the cannabis, you’ll enjoy vaping dabs. The wax holds a lot of the flavor from the terpenes. Vaping shatter sacrifices the taste.

How to Smoke Shatter: A Step-by-Step Guide

Now that you know the basics of shatter, you can learn how to vape it. Here’s how to smoke shatter with a dab rig. Keep in mind, we’ll cover some of these tools and what they are in the next section.

Step 1

Turn on your torch and aim the flame at the nail. Heat the nail until it begins turning red. Common sense warning alert: be careful because the nail will be HOT!

Step 2

Once the nail turns red, turn off the torch. Let the nail cool (10 seconds for titanium nails and 45 seconds for quartz nails). Set a timer, if necessary. Letting the torch cool is integral to get the nail at the right temperature.

Step 3

Apply the shatter on the nail with the dabber and start inhaling. Rotate the dabber in order to hit the entire dab.

Step 4

Cover the shatter with a carb cap and finish inhaling. The cap regulates airflow. Don’t ignore this step.

Step 5

Exhale. Congratulations, you just smoked shatter!

How to Smoke Shatter Out of a Bowl

If it's your first time using shatter, you might be wondering if you're able to skip the extra cost of a rig and just use the bowl you've got. The answer is a resounding yes! Just add a screen to the bottom of your bowl, add a small amount of shatter to the bowl and smoke like you normally would. If you find that your shatter is burning unevenly, blow on it gently to spread the heat around. Alternatively, you can use a nectar collector, which is typically less expensive than a rig, to dab in your shatter and vaporize.

Tools Needed to Smoke Shatter

As you saw in the last section, smoking shatter requires some specific tools. If you’re not sure what those tools are, no worries. We will go over them here.

Dab Nail

Think of the nail (commonly called a banger) as if it was a bowl. The nail holds the shatter. Nails have a similar bucket shape as bowls so you can easily place the shatter in the nail. The nail is attached to your dab rig; some rigs

Most nails are made of quartz, though you can also find titanium and ceramic nails. Electronic nails (e-nails) heat using electricity and have more temperature control properties. You can buy bangers separately, just make sure the nail you choose is compatible with your dab rig.

Dab Rig

This is the pipe used to smoke shatter. It looks similar to a bong, except there’s an area to place the nail.

Carb Cap

Carb caps regulate airflow. Most dab rigs include a carb cap, though you can buy one separately.


Dabbers are tools that hold the concentrate. They have many shapes and sizes, such as needlepoint, ballpoint, spoon, scoop, and paddle. Each is designed for specific types of concentrate.


This one should be obvious — the torch is used to heat the nail. There are different torch options. The ones to heat certain desserts like Crème Brulee are often used, though you can find torches specifically for dabbing.

Keep in mind, using e-nails cut out the need for a torch since it can heat itself up.


As stated previously, waiting a few seconds after you heat a nail ensures it reaches the best temperature and heats evenly. A timer is recommended. Most phones have a timer.

Best Way to Smoke Shatter

What’s the best way to smoke shatter? While you have many options, using the best tools is essential to the best dabbing experience. Fortunately, you don’t have to look far. We offer dab rigs and nectar collectors for all of your dabbing needs.

Shop with us today!


*This article is for informational purposes only and does not constitute medical advice. All products are intended for legal usage. Before consuming cannabis in any form, please consult with a licensed health care provider, smoke at your own risk.

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