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High Heat Extracts – Shatter

Rated 5.00 out of 5 based on 3 customer ratings
(3 customer reviews)


$40.00

High Heat Extracts is a British Columbia-based extraction company specializing in shatter extractions. At High Heat they maintain a golden standard of expectation to provide a quality product. At High Heat all extractions are nug runs only with over 100+ hours of purging to ensure a clean taste on each session. Get the HIGH with premium HEAT.

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High Heat Extracts is a British Columbia-based extraction company specializing in shatter extractions. At High Heat they maintain a golden standard of expectation to provide a quality product. At High Heat all extractions are nug runs only with over 100+ hours of purging to ensure a clean taste on each session. Get the HIGH with premium HEAT.

 

What is shatter?

 

What is the difference between wax and shatter? Is one or the other more potent? Is either better?

While the potency of wax and shatter is similar (it depends on the starting material), the physical difference between the two has remained a mystery… until now. Extract artist Reme Kilam and High Times Cannabis Science Editor Sirius J teamed up to bridge the gap between wax and shatter. Check out our findings.

There are a number of variables one can manipulate that will affect the texture of hash oil. Physical agitation, temperature changes and moisture can all cause a translucent oil to change into an opaque wax. The agitation causes the THCA, which is a solid, to precipitate from the rest of the oil and crystallize. While wax and budder don’t contain perfect THCA crystals, the analogy applies. The change from translucent to opaque is the hash oil changing from a single-phase substance (transparent extracts) to a multiphasic, amorphous substance (wax and budder).

This is some pretty hefty materials science jargon. So, we’ll break it down for you to understand the difference.

What is the difference between wax and shatter? Is one or the other more potent? Is either better?

While the potency of wax and shatter is similar (it depends on the starting material), the physical difference between the two has remained a mystery… until now. Extract artist Reme Kilam and High Times Cannabis Science Editor Sirius J teamed up to bridge the gap between wax and shatter. Check out our findings.

There are a number of variables one can manipulate that will affect the texture of hash oil. Physical agitation, temperature changes and moisture can all cause a translucent oil to change into an opaque wax. The agitation causes the THCA, which is a solid, to precipitate from the rest of the oil and crystallize. While wax and budder don’t contain perfect THCA crystals, the analogy applies. The change from translucent to opaque is the hash oil changing from a single-phase substance (transparent extracts) to a multiphasic, amorphous substance (wax and budder).

This is some pretty hefty materials science jargon. So, we’ll break it down for you to understand the difference.

The Hard Candy Analogy

A great analogy for the process of making hash oil is making hard candy. If done correctly, the sugar will dry as it cools and turn into what’s technically a glass. If the process is disturbed or the candy gets affected during transport and storage, crystals can form in the hard candy. Once crystals form, the candy isn’t hard candy anymore. It becomes opaque, has a weak, irregular structure and goes bad more quickly.

Why do the crystals form? If you stir the solution while it is cooking or setting, some of the sugar molecules will bump into each other and crystallize, becoming a half gooey, half crunchy mess, instead of a clean translucent hard candy. A bubble, a notch in the container or any irregularity can cause nucleation of the sugar molecules around a nucleation point. The sugar than crystallizes outwardly from there and from any nucleation point.

This process is analogous to the transformation of shatter into wax. In shatter, the cannabinoids (in their natural acid forms), terpenes and waxes are all mixed together in one phase and in a way that allows light to pass through the molecular structure, just like hard candy. When it becomes wax or budder, the cannabinoids crystallize around each other and separate from the terpenes and waxes. This mixture of phases does not allow light to pass through and can have anything from a dry crumbly texture to a peanut butter consistency

Shatter, Pull-and-Snap, and Sap

Hash oil is a solution of various compounds found in the cannabis plant and many things can affect how its extract will turn out. As long as all the components of an extract are still in a single, homogeneous phase, the extract will be transparent. The different components will dictate whether the extract is hard, moldable or sappy.

What temperatures your product has been exposed to before and during extraction will affect the consistency. Have you ever tried decarboxylating your oil to put in edibles? If you have, you are aware that after all the heat, your once rock-hard shatter is now permanently sappy no matter what you do to it. This is because THC, unlike THCA, is an oil at room temperature, not a solid. An extract with decarboxylated THC will be sappier and the same goes for extracts with high CBD.

Terpenes also play a role in the relative stability of an end product. Because terpenes act as solvents, the higher the percentage of terpenes present, the more liquid-like the end product will turn out. This is best exemplified in fresh frozen or live-resin runs, which tend to come out on the sappy side. Since the plant has not been dried or cured prior to extraction, less terpenes have had the chance to evaporate, and therefore the end product has an overall higher terpene content versus the same material that had been dried and cured.

 

 

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Strain

Green Crack – Sativa, Harlequin – Sativa, Skywalker OG – Hybrid, Chemdawg – Hybrid, Black Diamond – Indica, Tuna Kush – Indica

Reviews (3)

3 reviews for High Heat Extracts – Shatter

  1. Rated 5 out of 5

    Rodney Gima

    Amazing really thin perfectly purged gold and translucent slab absolutely potent. Caution don’t take to big of a dab! Great price for quality!

  2. Rated 5 out of 5

    Chris Shier

    Gass!

  3. Rated 5 out of 5

    Canada's Premium Medicinal Mail Order Cannabis Service (verified owner)

    Good stuff!

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