The Big Difference Between Shatter and Wax?
Question: Dear Dabby, I have a question. What’s the difference between shatter and wax and all the other concentrates like crumble, BHO and CO2 extraction. What the hell am I smoking? What’s the difference?
Dabby: Concentrates like shatter, crumble, sugar wax, snap and pull and wax are all extracts defined by their texture. One characteristic about Shatter and Crumble that people rave about is the high amount of terpenes. These terpenes are retained in the extract during the purging phase by using little to no heat and curing under vacuum for several days. What most fans don’t realize (or want to admit) is that these particular types of extract are also still loaded with Butane. The low heat, long vacuum purge that retains those terpenes so well also retains the hydrocarbons that were used for extraction. Many delicious terpenes have the similar boiling points as those hydrocarbons. You can’t get rid of one without losing the other.
The texture of shatter is unique to undecarbed material. An analysis of shatter will reveal a high ratio of THCA to THC. Making shatter with CO2 oil has been a challenge, but apparently some https://instagram.com/leafgreen_extractions/ are doing it quite nicely.
CO2 and BHO are just two different extraction technologies. Both can be done shoddily or with excellence. One technology isn’t necessarily better than the other. It really depends on what criteria you are using to judge.
There is nothing more personal than a person’s method of getting high…apparently.