Weed grinders have revolutionized cannabis preparation. No more painstakingly picking apart gorgeous green nugs by hand. With an herb grinder, you fill, twist, and enjoy the perfectly fluffy buds ready to be rolled.
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What Is an Weed Grinder?
A weed grinder is a cylindrical object made up of two complementary halves with small teeth. By turning the two halves in opposite directions, the teeth grind whatever’s inside. In this case, marijuana. The operation is pretty basic, but the grinding machine industry has evolved over the years, and simple herb grinders are becoming more complex with additional functions and components.
Why Should I Use an Herb Grinder?
A weed grinder, also called a cannabis grinder, is an easy-to-use device that makes marijuana preparation quick, clean, and efficient. Before you roll and smoke a joint, you need to grind the cannabis into smaller pieces. Other preparation methods can be sticky and messy, especially if you’re smoking high-quality, resinous bud like the Sticky Buns strain. Sticky fingers make filling a bong or a vaporizer a nightmare. I won’t even mention the fiasco that occurs when you combine sticky fingers and rolling papers.
Your intoxicated brain will thank you for using an herb grinder, regardless of which strain you’re partying with. Weed nuggets perform better when broken down into smaller, evenly sized pieces, which increases their surface area. This might sound like a silly, unimportant reason to grind up your weed, but it’s an essential step you can’t skip if you’re aiming for optimal pleasure.
Not only do grinders make the smoking process more manageable, but they also ensure that none of your buds go to waste. Taking the time to grind your weed properly has lots of benefits. For example, you’ll discover a smoother smoking or vaping experience by removing the stems and seeds from the flower. No more unceremoniously picking and flicking things from your teeth. Plus, with an herb grinder, you can grind flower more finely and evenly, which improves airflow if you’re using a bong or vaporizer. In short, you’ll have a much better high if you use a cannabis grinder to assist you in high-times preparation.
What Kind of Herb Grinder Do I Need?
As cannabis has gained mainstream acceptance, some herb grinders have become more complicated and varied. Choosing one can be difficult. The grinder market is a very intricate jungle of teeth, filters, and cranks, aluminum, metal, plastic, and wood, all assembled in one tool to get the most out of your cannabis.
So, what types of herb grinders are there? Grinders are all different in shape, size, price, and functionality. The type of grinder you choose depends on your needs and budget. If you’re a light weekends-only smoker, you’ll probably want something a bit different from a heavy smoker who will most definitely be grinding more weed than you. How much are you willing to spend? There are grinders available in every price range, which is one of the main reasons they’re so popular. Where are you going to use your grinder? It’s probably not a great idea to travel with one, but perhaps you want something that looks super cool on your coffee table. Or, maybe you want something you can stuff in your junk drawer when not in use.
Electric grinders are convenient because they do all the hard work for you. The primary downside is that they require power to use. If batteries don’t provide power to the cannabis grinder, you’ll have to stick close to an electrical outlet to smash up your bud.
You’ll also need to take extra care that your electric grinder doesn’t go ham on your weed and pulverize it. Sometimes electric grinders work a little too well, crushing your weed into oblivion. That’s not good because when your marijuana is ground too finely, it removes more kief crystals, making your chosen strain have less of the THC or specific cannabinoid you want to roll with. Because of these disadvantages, electric models aren’t that popular among consumers. Most experts and OGs will suggest sticking with a manual weed grinder unless you have to quickly grind a large amount of bud (which is unlikely).
Two-Piece Grinders With One Chamber
This grinder is the basic model. The two-part grinder lives up to its name with two halves that fit together to shred your weed in a single chamber. The inside of the two parts is equipped with sharp teeth. This type of grinder doesn’t have a compartment to collect kief. Instead, the trichomes get mixed up with the shredded bud or pile up on the sides of the chamber.
Because of their simplicity, two-part grinders are usually relatively cheap, perfect for frugal folks. In addition, they can be made of different materials such as wood, plastic, or metal. While grinders made of plastic or wood can be more affordable, models made of metal are much more robust.
Three-Piece Grinder With Two Chambers
A three-piece grinder has two chambers. One chamber grinds your marijuana, and the other collects the weed. The middle piece has holes with a mesh screen or filter that allows kief to accumulate in the second chamber while keeping the weed in the first. This is a great grinder to transition from a two-piece grinder because it has a kief collector, but they’re not as expensive as a four-piece and are more easily found in smoke shops or gas stations.
Four-Piece Grinder With Three Chambers
This type of grinder is one of the most popular models among regular smokers and tokers. While they can be a bit more expensive than simple two-piece grinders, the added functionality justifies the price. These grinders have three chambers: one for crushing cannabis, one for the crushed weed, and one for collecting kief. The investment is worthwhile simply because of the chamber for collecting the crystals and kief. If you run out of marijuana, the kief you collect can come in handy. Typically, this type of grinder is made of metal for extended life.
Credit Card Grinder
Credit card grinders are a single piece of metal with lots of tiny holes or a small grater that can crush the buds. They got their name by looking like a standard credit card due to its size and shape. It’s thin, made of stainless steel, which promises durability. Credit card grinders are super cheap, and they’re a good value, especially for newbs. Additionally, these grinders are great if you’re on a budget or want a grinder in your wallet, just in case. However, they are very messy since they don’t have a place to collect the ground weed, making the bud go everywhere.
An Herb Grinder for Every Occasion
Of course, there are way more than four kinds of herb grinders on the market, but these are the ones you’re going to see the most, online and inside shops and dispensaries. There are probably diamond-encrusted eight-chambered herb grinders for the smokers who just like buying things, but trust us. You’ll never need eight chambers for anything. Fortunately, you can’t ever go wrong with a basic model. You’ll always learn best by getting your hands on some weed and trying out these grinders for yourself. Good luck, and happy grinding!