In the context of cannabis, terpenes have two major functions. On the one hand, they give the strains their distinctive smell and taste (citrusy, skunky, etc.); on the other hand, they play a part in the entourage effect by interacting with THC and CBD, sharpening your high and increasing therapeutic benefits.
It’s no surprise that folks are now adding terpenes to shatter and other cannabis concentrates (and vape juice, too). If you want to get the most out of your extract, consider bringing flavored terpenes into the mix. Along with complementing the THC, they enable you to define your own flavor profile or recreate a favorite strain like Apple Fritter or Banana Kush.
Moreover, many terpenes have therapeutic properties of their own, from reducing pain and inflammation to treating insomnia and depression.
With all that in mind, there’s really no reason not to add terpenes to your shatter. In this post we’ll instruct you how to do it in a way that’s easy, safe and effective.
What is shatter?
Shatter is a type of butane hash oil (BHO) extract. Production entails soaking or washing the cannabis plant in butane to isolate the cannabinoids, specifically THC. The concentrated solution is then heated up until most of the butane is removed, purifying it. Then, while it cools and solidifies, the extract is manipulated so that it comes to resemble a piece of translucent gold-colored glass. Hence the name, shatter.
The main difference between BHO extracts and bud is potency. Whereas cannabis strains tend to contain somewhere between 10 and 25 percent THC, shatter can have as much as 90 percent. Thus, shatter is favored by users who prefer an especially vigorous high.
BHOs are either vaped or inhaled using a dab rig.
Does shatter already contain terpene flavors?
Unfortunately not. The principal drawback of shatter and other BHO extracts is that terpenes do not survive the purification process, meaning the finished product lacks the flavors and aromas we associate with weed. That’s why it’s necessary to reintroduce them ourselves.
The good news is that doing so is pretty straightforward.
How to add terpenes to shatter
You have two options here. The first is to infuse the shatter with terpenes by adding them before the shatter solidifies. While this is the preferred method, it’s only possible if you’re making your own shatter. In this case, you’ll be obliged to weigh the shatter in order to properly dose the terpenes.
With terpenes, a little bit goes a long way. They’re extremely potent—even more so than essential oils—so you have to take care not to use too much. If you haven’t experimented with terpenes before, a good rule of thumb is to start with 1 percent of total weight, or .01 gram of terpenes per 1 gram of shatter.
It’s also possible to add terpenes to shatter that has already dried. To do this, apply one or two drops to the surface of the shatter before vaping/dabbing it. You can always add a couple more drops next time, depending on whether you’re satisfied with the flavor.