With shatter, you get a smooth and clear concentrate. This is the most potent of the concentrates you will find, and it has the highest THC content. If you want a good hit, this is what you are looking for. The reason it is able to achieve such purity is because it has to undergo two extraction processes. The first removes it from the plant, and the second takes out all unnecessary content. This would include fats, lipids and unwanted waxes. But that process also inadvertently removes some of the terpenes. This means the flavor you will get from it isn’t going to be as strong with shatter. But that’s the tradeoff you make for 80% THC content from your concentrate.
This concentrate gets its name from its smooth, buttery consistency. It looks like a cream, and it contains about 70% THC. There are also tons of terpenes in budder, more so than in shatter, making it a very flavorful concentrate.
With oil you get a very unrefined concentrate. This thick and sticky substance may taste great, but it doesn’t have a very high THC content. Because it is easier to produce though, the oil is often the most common concentrate. The higher terpene concentration ensures that it offers a very tasty hit, but it’s simply not as potent as other concentrates, so it takes longer to achieve the desired results with oil than with other concentrates.
What makes all these different concentrate forms achievable is the way they are boiled and purged. For shatter, the boiling point has to be low and last for hours to get the right consistency. This also makes sure the THC is trapped inside the concentrate when it is finished.
Oil and butter take much less time to boil and purge. They can be formed in a little over an hour by cooking the extract at a high temperature.
Which of these you sue comes down to what you want out of your hits and what you can either produce or afford. Not all forms of concentrate will be as readily available. You are less likely to find shatter because of the work that is required to be put into it. So you will pay more for its rarity and for the better hit. But you may need to add some flavoring to it to make it more appealing.
The advantage of using concentrates to dry herb is that you get more bang for your buck, so to speak. You get a lot more vaping time from the content you have than if you just vaped it is dry herbs. It’s a great way to stretch what you have and get the most out of it.