The Art of Mastering Equipment

Understanding Cannabis Grinders As a Wise Investment

Cannabis burns more smoothly if it is ground, meaning the flame (smoking) and hot air (vaping) can pass freely and evenly through it. As well, this helps keep the stems and leaf matter – which damage taste and provide nearly no plan resin – from scorching. That makes weed grinders a must for smokers and vapers.

Good solid metal grinders are hard to match by their heft and feel. Fans of the culture usually love the feeling of cold aluminum or steel in their hands while grinding their herb. Beginning at $20, grinders come in different types and sizes for each budget and preference.

Hand grinders have particularly small teeth or pegs that grind the herb as the two pieces (or the two top pieces, for those who are using a three-piece or four-piece model) of the grinder are turned in opposing directions. About the only problem of a circular grinder is that they can turn sticky and may even clog after repeated use.

When more herb goes into a grinder — especially flower, which is particularly resinous — it becomes more easily resistant to twisting. Generally, grinders will start to squeak when compacted cannabis gets in the way of the two grinding plates. The good news is most grinders are easy to clean and turn squeak-free again.

Some grinders have curved, sharpened or beveled teeth, which are purported to bring smoother, more accurate cannabis cuts and make operation easier. Plenty of manufacturers claim that these grinding tooth designs control clogging and sticking, unlike standard pegs, which even sometimes promotes the wrapping of plant matter around them.

One-Chamber or Three-Chamber?

The question when it comes to elite quality grinders made for cannabis specifically, is whether to kief or not to kief. Kief is normally comprised of about 30-60% THC, making it a potent addition to ground cannabis. It can be smoked alone too for potency, flavor and fast relief.

There’s a whole variety of hand grinders available nowadays that are operated manually, with single-chamber grinders being the most basic and least expensive. Such grinders are available in puck-like forms in many different sizes, from those with a diameter of about 1.5 or two inches to almost four inches for large models.

So many three-chamber and four-chamber grinders have a special, extremely fine screen made to catch the bud’s trichomes while keeping most plant matter away. This kief can be stored in a spare chamber inside the grinder. With more expensive kiefing grinders of this kind, users are able to capture dry kief, or trichomes and trichome heads, which may be later vaped or smoked, or used in creating small quantities of rosin.

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