It doesn’t matter how good you are at rolling, making the perfect joint is almost impossible without a grinder. What is a grinder? A weed grinder is a device designed to cut the bud into nice, evenly ground bits. Because weed buds are typically large, dense, and sticky, they must be properly prepared prior to being smoked. While it is possible to break up bud with your fingers, most prefer the help of a grinder. Should you buy a weed grinder? ABSOLUTELY, you cannot roll great joints or smoke slow burning bowls without one and they don’t have to break the bank! This means that you are given more control over how quickly (or slowly), and smoothly it burns. Using herb in this manner, especially through a water pipe or bubbler, can greatly help you conserve your stash. If you have one the best weed grinder’s it can actually SAVE you money.
The most popular grinder among weed smokers, this grinder has 2 chambers in it, one for bud and one for kief. A combination of gravity and drilled holes in the bottom of the grinding chamber allow the broken down bits of bud to fall down into the collection chamber. The floor of the chamber is typically made of a stiff, relatively fine screen – also referred to as a pollen screen. The very bottom piece is known as a kief catcher, as the screen only allows the kief to pass through. So a four-piece grinder allows you to grind bud, store it, and collect the kief that fall off in the process. Four-part grinders are typically made of high quality metal and also come in a variety of sizes and colors. You can check out our article on the Best Grinders.
As it says in the name, it is formed of 2 pieces to form one grinder unit. The inside of both of these pieces have sharp teeth that will crush your bud up. These are usually made in wood, metal, and plastic. We prefer to use metal grinders as the wood and plastic don’t last as long. With a metal grinder grinder your bud will be more smooth and consistent and will last longer. Less common among weed smokers because you can’t collect kief with this.
Electric grinders are the least popular among weed smokers. These grinders usually pulverize your bud into a fine powder which gives it a weird taste when smoking. These grinders grind unevenly are quite cheaply manufactured. The kief catcher doesn’t work to well because of it all being ground into a powdery substance. You also can’t pick out your stems.
What is Kief? Kief is a fine powder made from trichomes that are found on the leaves of the marijuana plant. It contains a high concentration of the psychoactive chemical or THC that causes euphoric feelings or opium-like high that can last for hours.
To collect Kief you are going to need a 4 piece grinder with a kief catcher. You can check out our picks for the Best Grinders, each of these have a special compartment on the bottom to collect kief. When you are grinding your buds with the teeth in the top chamber the broken up buds fall onto the screen and any loose crystals and kief will fall through the screen into the kief collector. After having your buds sitting on the screen for a while there should be some kief at the bottom of your grinder. Its best to save this up for a while for a good sesh.