The grinder is one of the best tools you can own as a cannabis consumer. These incredible little tools almost always end up taking up a special place in our hearts and become collectibles and even heirlooms for some people! They are a necessity for lovers of flower and help you to easily and quickly prep your cannabis for consumption.
What Is A Grinder?
Grinding your weed is essential for getting your tree to a more easily handled state. Grinding up your weed helps you get a much more consistent burn while helping you enjoy the flavors and high from the weed a lot more easily. Many people swear by grinders due to the fact that they help you get the most out of your weed and your smoking experience. While some people still opt to pick apart your weed with your fingers, using a grinder is by far the best way to break your cannabis down into smaller, more smokable pieces — especially if you like to smoke out of a bong.
There are a few different types of grinders that most people use. First are single chamber grinders with metal grinding teeth and a lid that either snaps or screws into place. The underside of the lid also has grinding teeth that work in tandem with the teeth inside the main chamber.
To use this type of weed grinder, simply press a couple of nugs down into the grinding teeth, put the lid on, and twist. As you twist, the grinding teeth in the main chamber and on the lid chop the herb into small, uniform pieces. These pieces sometimes also have another chamber beneath that collects the kief (dust-like remnants of THC crystals after grinding) that make for great bowl-toppers.
There are also multi-chamber grinders that consist of multiple pieces that screw together and provide extra catchers for your kief while also having options that can hold your lighter or your bag of weed.
Additionally, some weed grinders use rotating blades rather than grinding teeth. These grinders can produce a more uniform final product, as the blades cleanly slice the herb rather than forcefully grinding it apart into small chunks. Some grinders can even be electric so that you don’t have to use your wrists to do the work!
How To Clean Your Grinder
Cleaning your grinder is important in order to maintain its ability to easily and uniformly grind up your cannabis. This process is very similar to cleaning your bong if you use one.
Here’s what you’ll need:
- Toothpick or fine-tipped tool
- Small brush with soft bristles
- Plate or bowl
- Isopropyl alcohol
- Ziploc bag or jar
First, disassemble your grinder. At this point, you can quickly harvest a little bit of leftover plant material by dumping out and saving as much of the loose leftovers, if you want to. Next, place the components into either a Ziploc bag or a bowl/jar that easily holds all of the pieces. Fill it up with the isopropyl alcohol, and make sure all portions of the grinder are soaked in the alcohol. Make sure to let it sit for at least 20–30 minutes in this solution.
Next, pour out the alcohol and use a stiff-bristled brush to scrub your grinder. Don’t forget to wash each chamber, scrape the grinding teeth, and get in between those hard-to-reach crevices where residue may build up. Finally, rinse it all off! Depending on how dirty your grinder is, you may need to repeat this process a couple of times in order to get it back into primetime shape.
The cleaner you keep your grinder, the more fresh and enjoyable your sessions will be. Not only that, but you will consistently get uniform grinds and perfectly ground flowers for each and every session. All it takes is some common household cleaners and a little extra effort!
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