Why You Should Invest in a Cannabis Grinder
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 in preventing stems and leaf matter – which alter the taste and provide almost no plant resin – from scorching. Smokers and vapers should hence invest in a weed grinder.
It’s hard to match good solid metal grinders’ heft and feel. Most fans of the culture like to grind their weed with the feeling of cold aluminum or steel in their hands. Grinders, which start at $20, are made in many different types and sizes to suit each preference and budget.
Hand grinders come with tiny teeth or pegs intended for grinding the herb while both pieces – or both top pieces for three or four-piece models – of the grinder are twisted in reverse directions. About the only issue with a circular grinder is that they tend to clog or become sticky with use.
When more herb goes into a grinder — especially flower, which is particularly resinous — it becomes more easily resistant to twisting. Grinders usually start to squeak when compacted cannabis hampers the two grinding plates’ action. The good news is most grinders are easy to clean and turn squeak-free again.
Some grinders are made with teeth that are sharpened, beveled or curved, purportedly to make cannabis cutting smoother and more accurate, and simply to make operation easier. A lot of manufacturers say such grinding tooth designs prevent sticking and clogging, as opposed to standard pegs, which tend to encourage plant matter to surround them.
One-Chamber against Three-Chamber
When it comes to superior quality grinders made specifically for cannabis, the question is usually 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 may also be smoked alone for quick relief, potency and flavor.
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. These grinders come in puck-like forms in a range of sizes, from around 1.5-2 two inches in diameter up to nearly four inches for big 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. In a spare chamber inside the grinder, this kief is stored. 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.