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How And Why To Use A Marijuana Grinder

Grinders are essential pieces of marijuana paraphernalia. From producing a smoother smoke to making cannabis easier to carry, there are many reasons why grinders deserve to be part of your arsenal. Many smokers may hesitate at the upfront cost, but if you are a regular cannabis consumer, you will find the investment to be well worth it in the end. Before you go out and buy a grinder, there are a few things you should consider.

WHY SHOULD YOU GRIND YOUR WEED ANYWAY?

Grinding your weed before smoking or vaping it, will simply make it much easier to use. You will also find that grinding cannabis will make it easier to carry, and more enjoyable to smoke.

Ground weed is typically less harsh, because it is so much more consistent. Unlike whole buds, whose shape can affect the fluidity of the smoke produced, ground weed will smoke cleanly and evenly. When it comes to joints, this means being able to roll tight, smooth joints that smoke efficiently. When it comes to bowls, using ground weed will allow you to avoid unpredictable hits and cherried bowls.

Moreover, grinding your herb before use will limit its contact with your hands. This will prevent the trichomes, and the precious cannabinoids they carry from being damaged. As such, using a grinder will help to maintain the quality and potency of your buds. Instead of losing those trichomes, a good grinder will let you collect them for later enjoyment.

KIEF CRYSTALS

Kief is a term that refers to the fine trichomes and cannabinoids that collect either in the bottom chamber, or on the walls of your grinder. Kief is much more potent and purer than regular buds. Enjoy responsibly, because the intensity of its high may surprise you.

Kief crystals can be added to bowls, vaped out of most kinds of vapes, or sprinkled into joints or blunts. They can also be cooked with, after prior decarboxylation. If you are considering buying a grinder, investing in one with a kief chamber is well worth it.

BETTER TASTING WEED

Smoking or vaping ground weed will really bring out the natural flavours of its terpene profile. As you open the main chamber of your grinder, you can expect the natural odour of the strain to overwhelm you. While some people may only care about getting high, many will find that the improved taste and flavour of ground bud really enhances their smoking experience.

BETTER PORTABILITY

Carrying cannabis around in a small grinder can be pretty convenient. Most metal grinders feature magnetic casings that ensure your bud stays stored away safely, even during transportation. Furthermore, a well-built grinder can help you to better manage odours that may otherwise be troublesome. You may also be surprised by just how much cannabis your grinder can carry at once.

WHAT KINDS OF GRINDERS ARE THERE?

Grinders can differ in shape, size, price, and functionality. The style of grinder you choose will depend on your needs and your budget. For those looking for maximum portability and cost efficiency, a small two-chamber grinder may be best. Whereas those looking for power and speed may be better off investing in an electric grinder.

ELECTRIC GRINDER

Electric grinders are super convenient because they do all of the hard work for you. The main downside to electric grinders is the power requirement. Unless you have a battery-powered grinder, you will need a power outlet to use one. Electric grinders also have a tendency to overdo it, completely pulverizing and crushing your weed during the grinding process. Because of these disadvantages, electric models tend to be less popular among smokers. Unless you have to grind a large amount of bud quickly, you are probably better off using a manual grinder.

TWO-PIECE, SINGLE CHAMBER GRINDER

This is the most basic kind of grinder you can find. The two-piece grinder is just that, two pieces that close together to grind your weed in a single chamber. The inside part of each piece should be layered with sharp teeth. This type of grinder has no catch chamber for kief. Instead, it tends to get mixed in with the ground bud or stick to the sides of the chamber.

Because of their simplicity, two-piece grinders are on the cheaper side of the price spectrum. Moreover, these kinds of grinders tend to be made from a variety of materials including wood, plastic, and metal. While plastic or wooden grinders may be cheaper, metal grinders are much more durable.

FOUR-PIECE, THREE CHAMBER GRINDERS

These kinds of grinders are the most popular among regular smokers. While they may be a bit pricier than the simpler two-piece grinders, the added functionality is well worth it. This style of grinder has 3 chambers: one for weed to grind, one for ground weed, and one for catching kief. The crystal catcher alone makes this type of grinder worth the extra expenditure. That trove of kief can come in really handy on a rainy day when your stash runs out. This kind of grinder is typically made of metal, for added durability.

CARD GRINDERS

Card grinders are pretty rare out in the wild. While they may be easy to store and carry, they are also messier. Card grinders are built similarly to food graters. They are composed of a single piece of metal with a multitude of small holes, or a fine screen, for grinding purposes. Card grinders are very inexpensive and cost-effective.

HOW DO YOU USE A GRINDER?

Two-piece and four-piece grinders can be properly used in just a few simple steps.

1. REMOVE THE LID OF THE GRINDER

This should give you access to the main chamber, allowing to insert your buds. Use your fingers to break up the bigger nugs that don’t fit well. Make sure to avoid placing anything in the centre of the chamber. This is where the grinder pivots, and in case of metal grinders, there tends to be a magnet to help keep the lid on tightly. Anything placed in the middle will not be ground.

2. REPLACE THE LID AND GRIND

After setting your bud in place, put the lid back on. Press it down, shutting it tightly, twisting it a bit if need be. Give the lid about 10 to 15 clockwise rotations, while applying a bit of pressure. Tap the sides and the top of the grinder a couple of times during and after the grinding to make sure everything gets processed.

3. UNSCREW THE LID AND ENJOY YOUR BUD

After grinding, carefully unscrew the lid off of your grinder. Be gentle, as ground cannabis can fall out of your grinder if it is stuck to the top, or if the grinder is being held unevenly. Simply load your ground cannabis up into your joint or pipe and enjoy!

4. COLLECT YOUR KIEF CRYSTALS

Don’t forget to make use of those precious kief crystals! After grinding a few grams of cannabis, you will probably have enough kief for a full bowl. You can craft a kief scraper tool out of a torn bit of paper, or preferably, very thin cardboard. Specialized scraping tools are available for purchase, or may even come with your grinder.

CLEANING YOUR GRINDER

It is important to clean your grinder so as to ensure that it keeps working as intended. Moreover, a thorough clean may reward you with bud or kief that may be stuck in certain parts of your grinder. Too much resinous build-up on the insides of your grinder can make it harder to use, eventually clogging it up altogether.

There are several techniques that can help you to clean your grinder as efficiently as possible. Using a small, fine toothbrush to dig away at hard to reach spots will result in a more thorough clean. If that does not work, grinders can be soaked in isopropyl alcohol, salt, and warm water for a few minutes before cleaning. Also, rubbing away at trouble spots with a mixture of isopropyl alcohol and salt can solve most problems. Finally, freezing your grinder before cleaning may help you knock loose some of those stubborn clumps of resin.

Grinding cannabis will make it more pleasant to smoke, and easier to make edibles with. Grinders come in several types, to suit your needs and budget.

8 Hacks To Grind Weed Without A Grinder

Whether relaxing at home or partying with friends, we’ve all been caught with a stash of weed and no grinder in sight. That should never stop a smoke session, though. No matter where you are, you can use basic kitchen tools, some change in your pocket, and even your own hands to get your weed ground up and ready to smoke.

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We’ve all been there. You’re getting ready to spark up, whipping out your stash and your papers (or bong, or whatever), but there’s something missing. You take a second, but then you realise: There’s no grinder in sight.

You might panic, thinking this is the end of the smoke sesh. I mean, who’s gonna try to smoke whole nugs? Thankfully, you don’t have to be subject to that fate. Whether you’re chilling out at home, moving around, or hanging at a party, you’ll be surprised at the amount of options you have at hand. In most cases, you’ll just need a few basic tools, with other methods being even more simple.

NO GRINDER? NO PROBLEM!

As we just mentioned, we know there are a few scenarios you could be caught in. Maybe you’re just trying to unwind after a long day. Maybe you’re at a party and need to act fast so everyone can get their smoke on. Whatever situation you’re in, we’ve thought of a variety of ways to get you out of those awkward moments.

SCENARIO 1 — AT HOME

If you’re like many of us, you’ll want to pregame with a little toke before meeting up with friends. Yeah, you’ll be smoking there, but some personal meditation never hurt anyone. Thankfully, when you’re in a well-stocked house, you’ve got a world of options for weed grinding when your grinder isn’t around.

COFFEE GRINDER

Considering the word “grinder” is included in the name, it kind of had to appear on this list, didn’t it? Just like you would coffee beans, throw your buds in there and grind away! Well, not so fast. You’ll want to clean the thing out first, unless you want to smoke your coffee too (which we do NOT recommend). You should also clean it out afterwards unless you want some “special” coffee the next day.

Clean the grinder well before and after grinding your weed.
• Make sure you’re packing the bud loosely and not overwhelming the grinder.
Don’t use buds that are too big (or too small).
• Adjust grind time and settings (if applicable) to make sure your weed doesn’t become a fine powder.

PESTLE AND MORTAR

If you don’t have a coffee grinder around, there’s still an old classic you can try. People call weed “herb” sometimes, so it makes sense that you can use a pestle and mortar to grind it down. Like the grinder, though, you’ll want to clean it off well before AND after using it for this purpose.

Let your nugs dry out for a few hours outside a container. This will make them much easier to break down.
Clean it off well before and after use. That way, you avoid smoking regular herbs or eating “herb” with your dinner.
• It might take some time, especially if the pestle is smooth and rounded.
• Make sure you don’t grind it down too hard.

KNIFE AND CHOPPING BOARD

An equally effective option, there’s no reason you can’t treat your favourite greens like the kind you eat. It’s also probably one of the simplest methods on the list. Throw your weed on the cutting board and dice it until you’ve got it at a ground, but not powdery, consistency.

Ideally, you should be using a non-serrated blade, preferably a chef’s knife. However, almost any knife will do as long as it’s got a decently sharp blade.

• While not necessary, letting your nugs dry out for a bit will make this a much easier task.
• Make sure you watch your fingers, as the nugs may be quite small. Considering how light and uncompressed nugs can be, note that they’ll let the knife pass through easily.
• As was the case with the other methods, overkill is possible. Chop in moderation.
• Like you would after chopping anything else, clean your board and knife off afterwards.

CHEESE GRATER

If you happen to have one lying around, this is a simple and fun way to get your Kush ground up. Get a plate to grate over, pick the appropriate end of the grater, and get to it. It might take a while, but it’ll get easier as you figure out the best way to work with your grater.

Watch your fingers! You’ll end up touching the sharp points sooner than you might realise.
• Almost any of the ends should work. However, give preference to ends with smaller openings, as that’ll give you the ideal consistency.
• You might have a hard time getting weed out of the crevices. Keep a poker around to dig through them and get all of your bud.
Wash off the grater thoroughly to make sure you get rid of the scent and residue.

SCENARIO 2 — ON THE GO

Alright, out the door you go! You’re going to pick up friends, and one of them mentions that they want to smoke in the car. You don’t want to disappoint, but you still don’t have a grinder! What can you do? Well, you have a couple of options here.

DIY SHAKER

Got any change? How about a small, rigid plastic container like a dispensary container or pill bottle? Congratulations, it turns out you DO have a grinder! Throw a couple of heavier coins into the container with your nugs of choice (not too many, not too few). Close the container tightly, and shake away! Check on the progress every 20 seconds or so to make sure you get the ideal consistency.

• If you’re in the US, quarters and nickels work best. For Europeans, the one or two euro coins are your go-to. People in the UK will want to use one or two pound coins for this process.
• Make sure you aren’t over-shaking. It only takes a few too many shakes to leave your weed powdery and unsmokable.
• If you’re using a pill bottle, make sure you clean out the bottle afterwards.
• If you plan on spending the change you use in the process, make sure you clean that off as well.

THE “HANDS-ON” APPROACH

As it turns out, your body has not one, but TWO semi-decent grinders attached already! “Oh my God, they’re just sticking out of me? Where are they?!”. Don’t panic, they’re your hands! “Oh, well that’s not as exciting”. We know, but it sure is convenient!

Start off by taking the bigger buds and breaking them down into smaller, more manageable bits. From there, use your fingers and fingernails to whittle those down into even smaller bits until you’re satisfied.

• No one likes dirty weed. Make sure you wash your hands immediately before you do this. It wouldn’t hurt to wash them after, either.
Take it slow and steady with sticky weed. If you’re too heavy-handed, you could end up compressing it, making smoking slightly more difficult.
• On the other end, be careful if your weed is overly dry, and handle the grounds carefully when they’re at your desired texture.
Make sure you use a flat, even, and crevice-free surface, as this will make picking the weed up far easier.

SCENARIO 3 — AT A PARTY

You’ve made it to the party, and as it turns out, you and your friends are the only ones with weed! That also means, however, that there’s still no grinder. You don’t feel like shaking a plastic container in front of people, and the germaphobes will get put off if you go hands-on. Still, the people need to get their smoke on.

Thankfully, if it’s a well-equipped party, you’ve got a couple decent courses of action.

SHOT GLASS AND SCISSORS

Most people will have a pair of scissors lying around, and there will almost definitely be a shot glass. What do you do with those two things? Well, you’ll just need to throw a nug or two in the shot glass and start cutting them in there. Start by cutting them in half, then use the tips of the scissors to make them smaller and smaller.

• Make sure you wash off the scissors and shot glass before trying this tactic.
Don’t go too crazy with the snipping, as rushed movements could lead to weed spilling out of the glass.
• Do this over a flat, clean and smooth surface, just in case something spills out.
• If you want somewhere to keep the leftover ground weed, just use the same shot glass!

BLENDER

Is it a little excessive? Sure. A little showy? Probably. But why not live life to the fullest? That, my friends, is why you should try grinding weed with a blender.

If it’s the sort of party with mixed drinks, all you need to do is clean out the blender and throw your stash right in there. Close the lid, and you’re off to the races. You’ll want to be careful and switch it to the pulse setting where you can control when it blends. Do it in short intervals until you get the desired texture.

Clean out any stems and seeds before blending, as they’ll cause issues for the blender’s blades.
• As cool as it looks, this is probably a last resort, so really make sure there aren’t any scissors around.
This is most effective with larger amounts of weed. Check around the room and see who wants to contribute!
• The blender might be a bit powerful, so try to limit blending to around 10 seconds.

AN EXTRA TIP: GET A GRINDER!

If you’re reading the article, there’s one more key piece of advice we think you’ll benefit from. What’s that, you wonder?

Get a grinder! Not sure where to get one? We happen to have a wide selection for people with all budgets!

Working off the DIY shaker concept we mentioned earlier, our Grindtainer is one of the most budget-friendly and convenient grinders and containers out there. It’s got the space to hold a decent amount of weed, along with the same grinding capacity as the average compact grinder. Already have a grinder? We’d highly recommend this as a handy backup. Even if this is your primary grinder, you’ll still be living easy.

We’ve got more classic grinders too, including our own RQS branded metal grinder! That one even comes complete with a kief catcher, as does our pollinator grinder, which also has a handle on the outside for a low-effort grind.

We’ve got some more premium options as well. Standing out amongst them is our limited edition collaboration with Krush on their uniquely shaped Kube & Kube 2.0. Constructed with specially designed teeth, this grinder is designed to fluff your weed while you grind. The anodised aluminium construction means it’ll be able to grind like new for a long, long time.

HOW TO GRIND WITHOUT A GRINDER: WHERE THERE’S A WILL, THERE’S A WAY

No matter how you’re grinding your weed, whether it’s with a grinder, cheese grater, or blender, just make sure you’re enjoying it responsibly, surrounded by friends. Other than that, make sure you’re cleaning anything you’re using to grind your weed, even if you’re using an actual grinder. Stay safe, stay healthy, and stay high! Oh, and check out our full range of grinders (and other cool RQS merchandise) here!

We've all been caught without a grinder on hand, but that shouldn't stop you! Whether you're at home, on the go, or partying, there's a way to grind your weed.