Shatter: The New Cannabis Scare
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Shatter: The New Cannabis Scare

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Blog Cannabis Opinion

The media can be quick to scare when it comes to cannabis, and this is no truer than when it comes to shatter, a form of BHO that has recently been setting the headlines alight.

Quick, grab the kids and head down to the bunker, the world is ending! A new drug called “shatter” is taking hold of the city, and it’s poisoning people, causing explosions and uncontrolled violence! Oh, it’s just a marijuana concentrate? It isn’t causing any of that? Never mind then… This is currently the situation across parts of the US and Europe, where media outlets and anti-cannabis campaigners are trying to rile up some fresh fear mongering in the wake of the ever-successful legalisation movement. It is no exaggeration when we say that the above are just some of the inaccuracies and half-truths being used. So we thought we would set the record straight.


Shatter is a form of BHO. That’s right, BHO, a concentrate that has been around for ages, and enjoyed responsibly by many. Shatter refers to the consistency of this type BHO, which is often made to be thin and brittle. It is no stronger than any other particular type of BHO; it is just the way it has been made – of course, BHO itself can vary in strength batch to batch depending on the skill of the maker and the cannabis used.


Anti-cannabis campaigners have long referred to BHO as the “crack” of the cannabis world, and try and draw very similar comparisons, saying it is highly addictive, poisonous, causes instant psychosis, hallucinations, and even violence. None of these claims are backed up by science, and none of them occur, yet that doesn’t stop the hype. Whenever someone is busted with a large amount of Shatter, the police issue a statement about the growing trend of shatter use, and the dangers. This causes the media to have a field day, and misquote and misrepresent fact with sensationalist stories.

A great example of the fear mongering and misrepresentation came from the Jersey-based news outlet, who claimed some shatter exploded in the face of a teenager when he tried to light it, because butane! It shows how people don’t do their research. The only real danger posed by shatter, and BHO in general, is in its making. This is where there is a risk of explosion if done incorrectly or unsafely. Having BHO made in a regulated lab, of which legally happens in places like Colorado, ensures there is no risk of explosion during production.

There is also the argument that Shatter is 5-6 times more potent than normal weed, and can have a THC content of up to 90%, thus, it can cause poisoning, overdose and psychosis. Sure, BHO can be very potent, but most cannabis users are able to self-medicate and use cannabis concentrates responsibly. Where they may take five hits of regular marijuana, they will only take one of BHO. Why? Because their bodies tell them they have had enough! It is an insult to people’s intelligence to suggest that BHO is stronger, and thus people go overboard.

A great comparison is to compare cannabis and BHO to beer and hard liquor. Shatter is the equivalent to whisky, whereas regular cannabis is equivalent to beer. You wouldn’t expect someone to drink a litre of Whisky just because they drink a litre of beer? The dangers are very similar as well, in that trying to distil hard-liquor at home runs a serious risk of causing an explosion.

It is also worth noting, that much like regular marijuana, there has never been an overdose or death associated with the use of shatter. The only thing that is going to happen if you do take too much is a feeling of being uncomfortable, possibly anxiety and temporary paranoia, as wells being nauseous or feel like you are going to pass out in extreme cases – the exact same as if you have ever had a little too much regular marijuana. As horrible as this all may feel, it does not cause a risk to life, nor will it leave you hungover the next day, or make you violent.

So, the next time you see BHO or any cannabis concentrate in the news because it is turning people into zombies, violent maniacs, or insane psychos, call out the bullshit. It has the same effects as cannabis – it just gets you there quicker.



Written by: Josh
Writer, psychonaut and cannabis aficionado, Josh is Zamnesia’s in-house expert. He spends his days nestled out in the countryside, delving into the hidden depths of all things psychoactive in nature.

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