The use of shatter is getting popular among users in many states in America. These days, they can easily turn shatter into e-liquid and start vaping.
What are the dangers and risks of using it? In this article, we will go through the possible harm and side effects that the THC concentrate can bring.
What is Shatter?
Shatter is a more potent kind of marijuana or THC concentrate. It is also called Butane Hash Oil (BHO) because it uses butane to extract cannabinoids and terpenes from the cannabis plant. The resulting extract becomes a very potent concentrate or hash oil that is enough to kick a high.
This THC concentrate looks like a glass sheet that when dropped can shatter like glass. It looks like toffee candy and maple syrup and has the wax or honey consistency. For these reasons it is also known as “honey oil” and “butter.”
Shatter is also called dabs which means a high concentration of cannabis. It can be prepared at home by turning shatter into e-liquid.
Side Effects of Shatter:
Shatter produces its own side effects. In fact, it can bring more intense effects than a marijuana flower or normal hash because of its elevated level of terpenes and cannabinoids. Its purity comes from the extra filtration process that removes excess fats and other plant substances.
Despite its extreme potency, many users like it because it delivers intense euphoria or “high.” It brings the same side effects as smoking but the difference is that it is quicker and more intense.
People using shatter can experience the following side effects:
- Weak immune system
- Bloodshot eyes
- Sore throat
- High blood pressure and heart rate
- Irritation of the airways causing narrowing and spasms
- Possible infections (sinusitis, bronchitis, and asthma)
Heavy users may also experience an impact on their moods and find it hard to concentrate. They can feel anxious about many things and lead them to panic. It can also lower down coordination and affect one’s memory.
1. It brings an extremely powerful high
Shatter brings an exceptional “high.” This is the reason why it is termed as “shatter” and “pot on steroids.”
One inhalation of shatter concentrate equals to 3 to 10 inhalations of normal herbal cannabis. Dabs impact one’s system strongly by inhaling a high concentration of THC in one hit.
2. It may increase your marijuana tolerance
One side effect of this THC concentrate is that your body can become used to the high concentration of THC. Since you get a high dose of THC in a single hit, you slowly develop your tolerance to the substance.
3. The extraction process of converting shatter into e-juice may blow you or your house
The process of conversion of shatter into e-liquid makes use of butane, a highly flammable gas. The process of extracting the substance can be very dangerous because many users reported injuries, burns or even fire. This is why the D-I-Y process shouldn’t be tried by first-time users.
4. It can harm other people too
In relation to injuries and burns, the extraction process can lead to the more serious danger of burning your own house and others as well. If you live in an apartment, the explosion can burn your neighbor’s apartments too.
5. You are not exempted from its side effects
Regular and heavy users have the potential to experience side effects due to THC. Heavy users may experience psychosis, paranoia, anxiety, vomiting, and hallucinations.
Others may experience cannabinoid hyperemesis syndrome (CHS). CHS is caused by chronic use and when someone quits the use of marijuana.
6. You may ingest other dangerous chemicals
Unknowingly, you may ingest harmful chemicals into your body. Don’t forget that the metal in rigs may have rust and solder that are all toxic to the human system. Over time, it may lead to more serious problems with your health.
7. The withdrawal symptoms are difficult
Withdrawing from shatter can bring difficult withdrawal symptoms. Some symptoms include difficulty in falling asleep, feeling of anxiousness and uneasiness, confusion, irritability, and tension.
Using shatter can lead to many side effects and withdrawal symptoms. If you are a heavy user, you need to have control before it’s too late. Use it in moderation.
It’s easy to ignore the side effects and harm it can bring unless it’s not yet happening. Educating yourself and abiding the law can still be a priority to remain safe.