Use and Results
Most people consider the choice between wax and shatter based on preferences related to use and results. Due to its glassy texture, shatter is more difficult to use. However, it has a longer shelf life than that of wax. When smoked or heated, shatter is often stronger but releases a weaker aroma than wax, even though wax offers the same medicinal benefits. The soft state also makes wax less stable than shatter, so it breaks down more quickly and must be used sooner, but it can be used in different ways more easily.
Both products are suitable for dabbing, and offer many of the same benefits, though it is more common to use wax for bowl topping. The surface area is greater with wax which means you need more to last the same amount of time as shatter. Bowl topping with wax allows you to increase the potency of other kinds of marijuana as well.