Equipment: 10 Mistakes that Most People Make

Why Cannabis Grinders Are 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. Also, this helps prevent the scorching of leaf matter and stems that destroy the taste and offer almost zero plant resin. 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. Beginning at $20, grinders come in different types and sizes for each budget and preference.

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.

The more herb passes through a grinder — especially flower, which is highly resinous — the faster it becomes 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 have curved, sharpened or beveled teeth, which are purported to bring smoother, more accurate cannabis cuts and 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 or 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 usually made of some 30 to 60 percent THC, hence it could be a strong addition to a joint or bowl of 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.

A lot of three-chamber and four-chamber grinders are made with a special, extremely fine screen that can catch the trichomes of the bud as most plant matter is prevented from getting through. This kief can be stored in a spare chamber inside the grinder. Pricier kiefing grinders of this type allow users to catch dry kief, or trichomes and trichome heads, from the herb which can be smoked or vaped afterwards, or used to produce small rosin quantities.

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