When it comes to the world of cannabis, there are so many different aspects to it that it can sometimes be a bit confusing for people, especially when you are new to the scene.
There are so many different types of marijuana, it comes in so many forms, there are so many different methods of consumption and there are so many different tools and trinkets that it can be hard to get your head around the whole thing.
One of the main questions that people have when they are first exposed to the world of marijuana is regarding a weed grinder. They will ask what it is, what it can be used for, and when is the best time to use it.
You can find grinders to buy in a wide variety of different stores, and they can even be found online. There are high degrees of custom ability that provide you with a multitude of different options when it comes to choosing one for your specific needs and interests.
Some of them come in a very simple and straightforward form, whereas others will be complex devices that require a bit of understanding in order to operate.
This guide will walk you through a variety of the different considerations you need to make when it comes to weed grinders.
What exactly is a weed grinder and why would a person need to use one?
Just like the name suggests, a weed grinder is used by someone who wants to break up a certain amount of cannabis into smaller pieces. This allows for the smoking experience to be a lot more consistent and smoother, and it can make it a lot easier when it comes to rolling a joint.
There is a variety of different techniques that people use when it comes to grinding up their weed, often times doing so without even having a grinder device. However, grinder devices are usually preferred as they make the whole process a lot faster, and they also have other uses that can come in handy once in a while.
As part of many grinder devices, you will find a kief catcher attached. This is the chamber that can be found at the bottom of the device and lies underneath a screen. It allows you to bundle up any of the crystal kief (which is potent) that has been shaved from the buds during the process of grinding up your cannabis.
This kief can subsequently be scooped out and you are able to put it into the top of the bowl. Alternatively, you can save it and use it at a later date when cooking edibles or pressing hash.
You can see a chamber for grinding located over the screen that has teeth, which are the blades that allow for the grinding process to work. This is where the grinder lid will attach.
If you are using a grinder that is made out of metal, there is usually a magnet present to ensure that everything in the mechanism stays safe and secure.
The process of using a weed grinder
To begin with using a weed grinder, you need to remove the lid. You should then break up the larger cannabis buds with your fingers and put the pieces in the holes between the teeth of the grinder.
Avoid placing any cannabis in the middle of the grinder, because this is the area upon the magnet that will pivot, so anything placed there is not going to be shredded.
When you have done this first step, you can replace the lid on top of the grinder and rotate it about a dozen times. You should ensure that the entire amount of bud has gone through down the holes.
Take off the lid once more, and you can tap the grinder to ensure that any pieces that may have become lodged on the teeth are then displaced so you are not wasting anything.
You should then take off the teeth chamber in order to unearth the area that has all of the ground weed. You can then add this to your blunt, pipe or whatever you are using to ingest your cannabis and you are ready to go.
If there has been an amount of kief gathered at the bottom of the chamber, you can use something to scrape it out. You can then add this to your bowl or joint, which makes your weed instantly be somewhat more potent.
Alternatively, you can keep it in a safe place and use it for another application at a later date. Do be careful when scraping out the kief that you do not scratch your grinder.
Cleaning your weed grinder
Just like anything, it is important that you keep your tools tidy when it comes to you weed grinder. If you are using it regularly, then over time it will inevitably become somewhat sticky as a result of the plant resin.
The areas which are reliant on the twisting actions to open the device will become gummed up with residue if it is not regularly cleaned, and this is why it needs to be looked after. You don’t want your grinder to lock up your valuable cannabis when you are unable to open it. This can be avoided by cleaning it regularly.
Of the part of the grinder which has become sticky, you should use a combination of salt and isopropyl alcohol to rub these areas. This is often used when it comes to cleaning bongs and pipes, but it is also a good way to clean your stick grinder.
A tiny brush can be used to get rid of any loose resin that is stuck in the screen. Some people even keep their grinder in the freezer, as this means that none of the kief will stick to your device. If it is beyond the point of cleaning, then you might be better off suited just purchasing a new one.
Different materials for weed grinders
When it comes to weed grinder, as mentioned, they come in a wide variety of different shapes and sizes. The cheaper versions are going to be made out of acrylic.
These devices are usually cheaply made and are not going to last you very long. Most of the time, they are only going to be made up of two parts, which means that there is no area to gather up the kief.
Sometimes the acrylic breaks off and gets added to your cannabis, which can be very dangerous when you go to smoke this weed.
Wooden grinders usually only come in the form of one compartment which of course means you cannot collect the kief. On the plus side, they do look better than most alternatives.
The best grinders are usually made out of metal, aluminium in particular. This will usually just be a coat of aluminium. These are the grinders that are going to last you the longest once you take care of them.
When you are buying a grinder, it is generally better that you purchase a grinder that has more teeth. Usually you want to have about 50 teeth. By having additional teeth, the process of grinding will be a lot more efficient and will allow you to have an overall smoother experience when it comes to smoking your cannabis.
The shape of the teeth also plays a role, with the optimal shape being a normal diamond shape.