Grinding weed is an essential part of the cannabis smoking experience. It’s a simple process that helps you get the most out of your bud, improve the overall functionality of your bongs, joints and vapes and enjoy the full flavour and effect of your favourite strains. In this article, we dive into the world of grinders including what they are, how to use them, the different types and their benefits to your overall smoking experience.
What Is A Weed Grinder?
A weed grinder is an essential tool for any cannabis enthusiast. It is used to grind cannabis buds into a smoother consistency, making it easier to roll joints and pack bowls. It has a spherical design and usually consists of two to four pieces which are connected by magnets or a similar mechanism.
The pieces stack on top of each other to form a round shape, allowing you turn them smoothly to grind your buds. There are sharp 'teeth' or blades on one of the pieces and this is where you place your buds to be ground into a fine, fluffy and even consistency. Weed grinders also tend to have a kief catcher, which collects small, crystallized particles of cannabis resin, allowing for an even more potent smoking experience.
Why Should I Use A Grinder?
A weed grinder is an essential tool that should be in every stoner’s smoking kit for several reasons:
- Easy To Pack & Roll: Grinding your weed into a lighter and more even consistency makes it easier to manage and use. Whether you’re using your cannabis for joints, bongs or vapes, your ground up weed is simpler to roll and pack in bowls, pipes or vapes.
- Releases Active Ingredients: Grinding your weed releases more of the active ingredients in your bud making it more flavourful, aromatic and potent. Utilising the kief catcher also allows you to easily collect kief which can be used as an extra potent concentrate or for topping bowls and joints.
- Save Flower: Grinding your weed helps you to use your flower more efficiently. When the buds are in smaller pieces, you can get more out of your flower and stretch it for longer. This is especially beneficial for those who are on a budget and want to get the most out of their weed.
- Consistent Results: When you use the same weed grinder repeatedly, you’ll know exactly how much bud you’ll require for the perfect bowl or joint.
- It’s Fast: A weed grinder helps break down the buds quickly and evenly ensuring an optimal smoking experience. Hand-grinding cannabis can take a long time and the results are often inconsistent and uneven. Using a grinder makes the process faster and more efficient.
How Does A Weed Grinder Work?
A weed grinder typically consists of two to four pieces that fit together. The top piece typically has 'teeth' or blades that are used to grind the cannabis. When using a grinder, place your buds inside the top chamber and twist the top piece. This will cause the teeth to grind your flowers into smaller, fluffier particles which fall through the holes of the top piece and are collected into the next chamber. The bottom piece usually has a pollen or kief catcher which collects the extra potent tiny particles from your grind called kief.
What Is Kief?
Kief is a fine powdery substance found in the bottom chamber of a weed grinder - also known as a 'kief collector'. Kief consists of the trichomes, which are sticky, crystal-like resin glands that live on the surface of your bud. The small compartment at the bottom of a four-piece grinder collects these powdery trichomes which fall off your buds when they’re ground up. It’s a potent form of cannabis that is high in can be sprinkled atop a bowl or joint for an extra kick. The process of collecting kief can take some time using a grinder, but it's worth it for the quality and potency of the kief you get in the end.
How Do You Clean A Weed Grinder?
Cleaning your grinder is important to maintaining its performance and to ensure it remains free of bacteria and mould. Cleaning a weed grinder is a simple process that requires only a few materials. First, start by taking apart the grinder and separate the different parts, such as the lid, chamber and teeth. Next, rinse the parts in warm soapy water or rubbing alcohol to get rid of any residue and keep the grinder clean. Finally, to dry the parts, let them air dry on a clean towel. This should ensure that your weed grinder is clean and ready to use.
What Are Common Weed Grinder Sizes?
Weed grinders come in a variety of sizes ranging from 40mm – 90mm in diameter and from two to five pieces. Generally, the most common weed grinder size is between 50mm and 60mm. There are many types of grinders including:
- Two-Piece Grinder: A two-piece grinder is the original style for shredding up bud. It's made up of two separate pieces with some diamond teeth that'll grind up any herb. It's not like the fancier grinders with chambers for catching your goods - these are basic and cheap and are usually made from acrylic.
- Three-Piece Grinder: Three-piece grinders are awesome - they've got a top, bottom and middle piece. The top and the middle section are where the magic happens - that's where your herb gets chopped up and ready to go. The bottom chamber is like a handy storage area, so you can take ground-up marijuana with you when you're out and about. Plus, the two grinding parts make it simpler to get a finer consistency.
- Four-Piece Grinder: This grinder is four pieces of wonder: top, bottom and two middles. The lid has the sharp teeth for grinding. The second piece is the bottom with holes and teeth that ensure a smooth, consistent and high-grade pulverisation. The third piece is a mesh screen that holds your herbs and filters out the finest particles known to stoners as 'golden dust' or kief. This valuable weed powder collects in the fourth chamber and is ready for you to use whenever you need it.
Types Of Grinders
Acrylic Grinders: Acrylic grinders may not be the most high-end option out there, but if you need to grind on the go, they'll do the job. They're cheap and convenient and you don't have to stress if you lose or break it. Some acrylic grinders don't have the sharpest teeth and they can chip after too much use. But, if you're looking for a quality grinder that won't blow your stash, check out Chongz' wicked range from Glass Bongs Australia. They'll get the job done without breaking the bank.
Aluminium Grinders: Aluminum grinders are reliable and very popular. Just about every smoking brand's got them and they're totally affordable, plus they're way stronger than cheap acrylic or plastic grinders. You can get an aluminum grinder to fit any budget, so it's the perfect starter grinder if you're new to smoking. Even if you're an old hand at it, you can never have too many aluminum grinders.
Ceramic Coated Grinders: If you're over your sticky herb clogging up your grinder and making it grind to a snail's pace, ceramic coated grinders are just the thing for you! SLX and other top brands have created awesome grinders with ceramic coating that work flawlessly - especially if you're grinding larger quantities of herb. They may cost more than regular aluminum grinders but it's totally worth it if you're fed up with sluggish and sticky grinders.
Electric Grinder: Electric grinders are not exactly the most portable options, but they sure are an awesome way to chop all your herbs in record time. Plus, you don't have to worry about wasting any bud. They've got a pulse button that lets you be precise with your chopping and you'll get your herbs ground to a super soft, fluffy texture - way better than what you'd get from a manual grind. Plus, the lid will usually catch any dust residue.
Stainless Steel Grinder: Stainless steel is awesome when it comes to quality. It's heavier, but also more pricey than aluminum - yet it's sure to stand the test of time. The threads on these grinders are super cool, with multi-leads to stop cross-threading and let you take it apart with a few turns. Plus, stainless steel grinders have sharp, solid teeth that'll make short work of even the biggest, densest buds. No matter if your herb is sticky or dry, it'll be ground up in no time. Plus, stainless steel is a cinch to clean! If you got the funds, you can't go wrong with a stainless steel grinder - it'll stay with you through thick and thin.
Wood Grinders: Wooden grinders look so fire! Whether it's Marley Natural or any other brand, they're always getting creative with their designs and adding the coolest details. Plus, they last forever and feel smooth in your hands when you're grinding up your herbs. Get one for yourself or give one as a gift to your homie - it's always a good look.
Titanium Grinder: If you're looking for top-notch grindage, you can't go wrong with a titanium grinder. They may not be the most affordable option, but they sure are worth it - they're strong and sharp!
What Do Grinders Come With?
Grinders usually come with a few extra pieces depending on the type of grinder. Many grinders come with a small tool or brush that helps you remove any ground-up cannabis stuck in or around the teeth. When you choose a four or five piece grinder, you’ll often get a kief collector with it. The kief collector acts as a storage facility for all your dusty trichomes that have fallen off your bud during the grinding process which are extremely potent and act as a fantastic topper for your bowl or joint.
Grinding your weed is an essential part of the cannabis experience. It helps to make your weed more potent, flavourful, and aromatic, as well as makes it easier to roll joints and use your flower more efficiently. There are many different types and sizes of grinders available, and the best one for you will depend on your specific needs and budget. For high-quality and affordable weed grinders, check out Glass Bongs Australia.