If you’re new to the world of cannabis concentrates, the terminology can be intimidating at first. You might see the words crumble and shatter and have no idea what they mean or what the difference is between the two.
The reality is that there isn’t a huge difference between crumble and shatter concentrates. Both are made in similar ways and have similar potencies, so choosing between the two tends to come down largely to personal preference.
Crumble wax is notable for being particularly dry and, as its name implies, quite crumbly. Some patients prefer crumble because it’s easy to handle – you can just break off a piece and drop it into a vaporizer or any other device.
Shatter, by contrast, is a little harder to maneuver initially, but its stickiness does make it far more malleable than crumble. It gets its name from its glass-like consistency and the way it breaks off when separated.
Many believe shatter to be more potent on average than crumble wax, but this isn’t necessarily the case. Both tend to average in the 70%-90% THC range.
If you’re new to concentrates, the best thing you can do is try both crumble and shatter and see which works best for you and your intake methods.