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Why Cannabis Grinders Are a Wise Investment

Cannabis burns much a lot more smoothly when ground, making the hot air (for vaping) and flame (for smoking) pass through it more freely and evenly. 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. 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.

The more herb passes through a grinder — especially flower, which is highly resinous — the faster it becomes resistant to twisting. Generally, grinders will start to squeak when compacted cannabis gets in the way of the two grinding plates. Then again, most grinders are very easy to clean and can become 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. 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 as well for fast relief, potency, and flavor.

So many manually operated hand grinders are available today, and the most basic and inexpensive are single-chamber grinders. They can be purchased in puck-like forms in an entire range of sizes, from about 1.5 inches in diameter to nearly four inches for the bigger models.

Plenty of three-chamber and four-chamber grinders have a special, extremely fine screen that can capture the trichomes of the bud as most plant matter is kept at bay. There is a spare chamber in the grinder where this kief is stored. 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.