Weed Grinder: How to Choose and Use Like a Pro

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Weed grinder is a pretty popular tool when it comes to smoking, and the most important one when it comes to rolling a good joint. Whether you are a newbie or a pro, you simply can’t roll a good one without using a weed grinder. You see, regardless of your rolling abilities, crafting a perfect joint will be nearly impossible without a grinder. If you are unfamiliar with what a grinder is, you should know that a grinder is a device designed to break the bud into fine, evenly ground bits. Because cannabis buds are typically large, dense, and sticky, they must be properly prepared prior to being rolled. While it is possible to break up bud with your hands, most prefer the help of a grinder.

Should you buy a grinder? Oh yes, definitely, you cannot roll great joints or smoke slow burning bowls without one and they don’t have to break the bank if that is what you are concerned with. There is a range of different grinder options available; however, we will cover the four basic categories you should be aware of when considering a quality weed grinder. But first, let’s go into the basics of why and how you should use a grinder, and lastly what a good weed grinder consists of.

Weed Grinder: Why Use It?

The secret to a slow-burning joint with a smooth draw is a fine, uniform grind. And the only way you can get a fine, uniform grind is by using a quality weed grinder. A lot of people who are new in the world of marijuana ignore grinders, despite the fact that these are one of the most important tools that you need to have. It is going to make your life easier in more ways than one.

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With the best weed grinder, you can easily turn your marijuana into finer particles before it is consumed or used. This is way better than what the outcomes will be with the traditional method. If you want high-quality weed, a grinder is no longer just a luxury. It is a necessity and it is a must-have above all that will provide you with the best smoking experience.

If you still do not have a weed grinder and if you are contemplating if you should buy one or not, here are some of the benefits that will convince you that you need it:

  • Enhanced Quality of Marijuana: This is perhaps the best thing about having a weed grinder. The grinder will enhance the flavor and aroma of your weed. It will unlock the properties that are impossible to be released with your fingers alone.
  • Increased Potency: If you want the buds to be more potent, it will also be useful to use a weed grinder. Whether you will ingest, vaporize, or smoke the weed, grind it first if you want a stronger kick.
  • Improved Versatility: When you grind marijuana, another thing that you will enjoy is its versatility. The grinds can be used in more ways than one, depending on how creative you will be.
  • Saves Time: People who manually process weed before its use and consumption will surely notice how quickly things can be when they use a grinder. It can cut the processing time by as much as half compared to manual methods.

See, how you grind your raw cannabis is a personal preference, but there are certain processes that require it. Breaking your buds up allows your bowls to burn cleanly and fill the bowl more fully, therefore giving you more surface area to roast the product, while also removing stems. If you choose to go with a traditional grinder, they tend to be equipped with a chamber specifically designed to catch kief, which is the very potent result of separating trichomes from the plant. Extracting kief by letting it collect in the chamber can make for a pleasant surprise once you have enough to add to a normal bowl of the flower.

Not grinding your weed can lead to some problems and makes other methods of smoking impossible. If you’re not grinding flower and your pipe is getting clogged or not hitting smoothly, you might want to get on the grinding train. One-hitters and small bowls benefit from your product being ground up because air can easily pass through instead of the clog. Rolling joints and blunts require fine material for the same reason, however, some rollers prefer to break it up with their own hands when that’s the case. When vaporizing bud, grinding up your product allows it to be evenly vaped, and most vaporizers even instruct that you do it to get the best performance result.

Note that using your fingers can lead to the loss of THC crystals on your fingers. Not only do you lose some THC resin heads on your hands, but you will also tarnish some of the resins left on the bud that you’ve been touching with the oil on your skin.

All the varieties of a weed grinder

Over the years the technology from two, to three, and now four chamber grinders have taken the market by storm, filling the shelves of head shops and online marketplaces. They are great for stationary smoke spots and even for those on the go. The weed grinders can also be manual or electric. An electric grinder, in my opinion, is more of a luxury and not necessary for recreational users.

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Weed grinder results via Apollo.

As I said before, there are many ways to categorize the weed grinders that are available on the market. One of the most common would be on the basis of how many pieces are included in the kit. In this case, the following are the options that you will have:

Two-Piece Weed Grinder: Also known as a one-compartment weed grinder, this is the simplest of the three. There is a single compartment where the weed will be ground and retrieved. It has several drawbacks, such as inconsistency and the difficulty of retrieving the weed when you are done grinding. And as the name would suggest, these grinders are comprised of two pieces that combine to form one grinder unit. The inside of each piece is laden with sharp teeth designed to shred the dense buds. This style of the grinder is manufactured in plastic, wood, and metal varieties. People usually prefer metal grinders to their cheaper plastic and wood counterparts. Because from experience, metal grinders are more durable (less chance of teeth breaking off and into your bud!) and provide a smoother, more consistent grinding action. Two-part grinders come in a variety of sizes and price points ranging from under $5 for plastic to $40+ for titanium. You get what you pay for in terms of grinder quality.

Two-piece compartment weed grinder

Two-piece compartment weed grinder via evolutionweed.

Three-Piece Weed Grinder: The two-piece compartment weed grinder, on the other hand, has one compartment on the top where you will place the weed and another compartment at the bottom for its retrieval. This allows the separation of the weed based on its size.

Four-Piece Weed Grinder: The most advanced from the three, it is also called a three-compartment grinder. It is known for its ability to collect even kief and pollen, making it the perfect choice for the most discerning users.

The four-piece grinder includes some additional features that connoisseurs may have missed with a traditional two or three – part grinder. Most notably, the four-part grinder includes additional chambers – one for ground bud and one for kief. A combination of gravity and drilled holes (in the bottom of the grinding chamber) allow the bits of bud to fall down into the collection chamber. The floor of the chamber is typically made of a stiff, relatively fine screen – also referred to as a pollen screen. The very bottom piece is known as a kief catcher, as the screen only allows the trichomes to pass through. Thus, a four-piece grinder allows you to grind bud, store it, and collect the trichomes that fall off in the process. Four-part grinders are typically made of metal and also come in a variety of sizes and price points from $10 to over $100.

Electric Weed Grinder: Electric grinders are by far the least popular type of grinder among cannabis users. While they can grind bud effortlessly, they tend to pulverize it into powder in the process – not the ideal consistency for optimizing airflow. We do not recommend using an electric grinder for cannabis consumption unless absolutely necessary as they are cheaply manufactured, grind unevenly and jam frequently despite having a kief catcher.

Grinder Card: The metal grinder functions similarly to a cheese grater – just rub the bud over the shredding surface. We recommend arranging the metal grinder card over a Pebble and rubbing the bud back and forth for a perfect grind with no mess. Grinder cards are manufactured with different grinding surfaces from fine to coarse for a range of uses.

What are Weed Grinders Made Of?

When discussing the materials of the weed grinder, we are talking about the exterior or the actual body. This does not include the teeth. We will discuss that later on. For the body of the grinder, here are the most common materials that you will find on the market.

Wood: This type of grinder is difficult to mass produce, which also explains why it is an expensive choice. It is hand-made. Unfortunately, it is also difficult to find. This is a good choice if you prefer organic materials. Most wood grinders, however, only have a single compartment.

Metal: When it comes to metal grinders, there are two materials that are common – aluminum and titanium. Aluminum is the more popular choice, which is often titanium-coated. You might have read some claims that aluminum grinders are unsafe. Truth is, they are safe and there is no need for you to worry.

Acrylic: From the materials that are used in a weed grinder, this is the cheapest. However, this is also the least durable. They can easily break down compared to the two materials that have been mentioned above.

Among the different parts of the weed grinder, the teeth are perhaps the most critical. This is the one that actually grinds the marijuana, which has a direct influence on the quality of the outcomes.  Therefore, to evaluate the overall quality of the grinder, you have to look at its teeth.

The more teeth are present in a weed grinder, the better will be its grinding performance. According to many seasoned users, 50 teeth is the ideal choice for a grinder with a diameter of 2.5 inches. With more teeth, it will be able to grind more weed in a short span of time. Aside from the number of teeth present in a grinder, another important consideration is its shape. It will be best to choose a grinder with diamond-shaped teeth. Lastly, the teeth should also be placed strategically. They should be evenly spaced, which will help in making the grinds more consistent.

What Size of Weed Grinder Should you Buy

As you try to make a choice on which one is best to purchase, you need to pay attention to the size of the grinder. Personal needs and preferences will dictate the right size that is suitable for you. The smallest weed grinder usually has a diameter of 1.5 to 2 inches. Portability and discretion are two of its best assets, making it easy to bring it with you without being easily noticed. For most people, the medium-sized grinder is the best choice, which usually has a diameter of 2.5 to 3 inches. They offer mobility while at the same time, allowing you to grind more compared to a smaller grinder.

How to Clean a Weed Grinder

To make the most out of the weed grinder and ensure its peak performance even after a long time, here are some of the most important things when it comes to its care and maintenance:

Before cleaning, you might want to place the grinder in the freezer first for about 15 minutes so that the plant materials can loosen. Disassemble the grinder and start cleaning each part individually. Pay attention to the kief stuck on the corner or grooves. To make cleaning easier, use a soft bristle brush or a toothpick. Do not use metal as a scraper. After removing the kief, soak the grinder in isopropyl alcohol. This will help to break the thick gunk that could be possibly left behind after cleaning. Rinse with warm water and dry.

How to use a weed grinder?

If it is your first time using a weed grinder or you want to learn some tips and tricks on how to use your grinder, here I will teach you how to use a four chamber grinder properly and show you how to get the most kief out of your nugs! And if you are not familiar with kief or other weed-based products I have got all you need to know right here.

Four-part weed grinder

Four-part weed grinder via mass.

It is important that you learn how to properly grind weed. It does not matter even if you have the best weed grinder. If you do not know how to use it right, you won’t maximize its benefits. That being said, here are some of the most important things that you should know:

  • Remove the lid of the grinder. If there are big chunks of buds, break it manually. As you place the buds in the grinder, distribute them evenly.
  • Place the cover on the top of the grinder. Once it is locked, you can now start. Spin the lid gently. Rotate the top part for about 10 times.
  • Open the lid, tap the weed, replace, and grind. This will make sure that there are no particles stuck and that the grinds will end up being even.
  • Open the compartment that holds the weed and collects them. Use the weed as desired.

What is your favorite way of grinding weed? How do you do it on the go? Let us know and share your experiences in the comments below because sharing is caring.