Shine Bright: Nothing Can Do It Like Diamond Shatter Can!
Don’t let the name confuse you: Diamond Shatter (also, Shatter by Diamond), is a premium shatter that’s similar in appearance and consistency to other shatters in the cannabis market.
It can be a medium- to dark-yellow or amber colour, depending on which strains are used and the specific manufacturing process under which it’s made.
Diamond Shatter also comes in a wide range of flavours. Essentially, the flavour will depend on what flower went in to make it.
So, for example, if your shatter was made using the Blueberry strain, it will taste just like Blueberry. Similarly, if you prefer something more earthy, using an herb like Bubba Kush or Northern Lights will make your shatter taste reminiscent of these strains.
The beauty about Diamond Shatter is, that the choice is yours.
THC Diamonds vs. Shatter Compared
We get that the name Diamond Shatter is a bit trippy — no pun intended.
You could say this diamond shatter was branded this way because it shines like a diamond: it’s a high-quality concentrate that tastes great and will take you to new heights.
But it’s important to note that diamonds and shatter are two completely different cannabis products. Let’s break them down for you to dispel any misconceptions.
Diamonds are cannabis concentrates composed of golden-amber, semi-transparent crystals.
They’re made from another concentrate called sauce — a glossy, runny syrup-like liquid that’s created when a solvent is added to cannabis flower and removed again to create a solution or saucy concentrate.
When the sauce is put under heat and pressure, crystalline structures — or, “diamonds” — are created.
The name is a bit of a play on how the precious gemstone originates:
Diamonds form under the earth when carbon deposits are subjected to heat and pressure over time, some in as soon as months or others over millions of years.
So while THC diamond concentrates won’t take that long to produce, the link is the heat and pressure used to create them.
Diamonds are sometimes referred to as “diamond wax,” and are essentially the leftover product from separating the THC from the terpenes. The process to create them is sometimes referred to as diamond mining.
Diamonds reputedly have the highest levels of THC you’ll find in the cannabis market — like, 99.9%. We kid you not.
The most popular way to consume diamonds is through dabbing. If you want to dab diamonds, we’ve got more info on how to do that a little later on. Keep reading…
What is Shatter?
Shatter, on the other hand, is another potent THC concentrate named for its thin, brittle glass-like consistency that cracks — or shatters — when broken.
It’s popularized as another potent extract in the world of cannabis concentrates, with a THC content around 80% but can run as high as 90%.
So while shatter has slightly less THC than you’ll find in diamonds, it could be a decent alternative for stoners who find the effects they feel from diamonds to be too much but what they get from flower doesn’t suffice.
Shatter is another popular choice concentrate for dabbing, as it easily breaks apart to make dosing and consumption through dabbing easy.
So while diamonds and shatter are different cannabis products, they’re similar in that they’re both uber-potent, almost pure THC concentrates.
For context, cannabis flower typically ranges anywhere between 15% and 30% at the high end of the spectrum.
So, if you’re new to cannabis culture, you’ll want to get some experience smoking flower before you take the leap and indulge in these concentrates.
Diamonds and Shatter: Similarities
Seeing as how these are different products, the similarities are few, but here are a couple to consider:
- Both are excellent choices for patients who prefer to dab their concentrates
- Both offer great flavour from the original herb used to make them
Diamonds and Shatter: Differences
The contrast between diamonds and shatter abounds. When considering switching up to using a concentrate from flower, consider these specific differences:
- Diamonds are almost pure THC crystals at up to a 99.9% purity. Shatter ranges anywhere between 60% and 90% in THC content.
- Diamonds are basically wax that’s been separated. Shatter is wax that’s been winterized and is more complicated to produce.
- Diamonds is a waxy-like substance sometimes combined with a syrupy terpene sauce, whereas shatter is dry, brittle and has a long shelf life.
- Diamonds and sauce have a really strong flavour profile, whereas shatter carries more of an aroma
- Diamonds are more volatile than shatter. Diamonds are gooey and messy and require tools to handle them. Shatter is stable, meaning it can be picked up and integrated into your cannabis routine using only your fingers.
- Diamonds are easier to pick up with dab tools than shatter. Shatter can easily splinter when under even gentle pressure or when dropped, and dab tools can be tricky to use with it.
- Diamonds are leaps and bounds stronger than flower. Shatter is a more logical next step up when increasing your THC from herb.
Here is one professional perspective and some closer details on the similarities and differences between diamonds and shatter.
Diamond Shatter: Benefits and Side Effects
As with any cannabis product, familiarize yourself with the pros and cons of using shatter.
- Fast, intense high
- Like flower, it treats a wide range of conditions and ailments
- Super-concentrated cannabis where a little goes a long way
- A great way to up the ante on your high when your tolerance rises
- Stable and easy to handle
- High can be overwhelming even for experienced consumers new to the world of concentrates. Some might experience a “hangover.”
- Initial dosing can be tricky because concentrations are much higher than flower
- Over-consumption can increase anxiety or cause paranoia
What is Dabbing?
Dabbing is a consumption method that may deliver the most effective results. If you want to dab diamonds or shatter, here are the basics.
Dabbing is the process of vapourizing concentrates using a rig — a water filtration system similar to a bong — and a flame from a blowtorch to heat the concentrate to create a THC-rich vapour that you inhale. For more detailed information, check out our dab blog.
And when it comes to shatter or diamond dabs, safety never takes a vacation.
Before you get rigged out to indulge in either of these tasty treats, be sure you know the risks associated with dabbing.
The blowtorch you’ll be using to heat your dab contains butane under pressure, and is a fire hazard. Do your research so you can dab your diamonds or your shatter and still stay safe.
Alternatives to Dabbing Diamond and Shatter Concentrates
Dabbing is a consumption method that takes a bit of work, and should be executed under controlled conditions. If it feels like too much to go through for you to feel some relief, smoking and vaping will also work well.
To smoke these concentrates, you can mix a tiny bit of either into a joint or bowl along with your flower. And when we say tiny, we mean it — like, a “dusting.” Just that little bit will really intensify your regular high from smoking herb.
And vaping these concentrates is a similar process to smoking it: simply add a tiny scoop of diamonds or shatter into the vape or dab pen chamber and spark up as usual.
Some would suggest this is the easiest and most effective way to get the concentrate’s full flavour and potency without all the hassle of the dabbing process.
Why Use Diamond Shatter?
Generally speaking, cannabis buddies experienced in cannabis culture and consumption take shatter when they want to level up their high. Often, this means patients with medical concerns looking for relief from whatever ailment or symptom they’re experiencing.
Many patients report using shatter to relieve the following conditions and symptoms:
- Alzheimer’s disease
- Bipolar disorder
- Headaches and migraines
- Mild but chronic fatigue
- Multiple sclerosis
- Neuropathic pains, such as tingling or numbness
- Parkinson’s disease
- Restless leg syndrome
Diamond Shatter is a prime concentrate that differs from diamond concentrates by name and THC potency.
Shatter THC content sits around the 80% to 90% level, whereas diamond concentrates spike up over 90%.
But the “diamond” you find in this shatter lies in the value of the product: It’s a flavourful, smooth smoking experience that will help you get your shine on and instantly relieve any symptoms that flower no longer alleviates.
And most importantly: Diamond Shatter is not intended for newbies to cannabis culture. And always, always, when you try a new concentrate, start low and go slow.
Diamond Shatter will pack a punch from even the highest THC-level flower.
If there’s someone who’s an experienced diamond shatter consumer that you know and trust, ask them to spot you as you explore using this product for the first few times before you get the hang of it.