How To Choose an Herb Grinder

Still breaking up your herb by hand? While you can always prepare your bud the old fashioned way to picking through it with your fingers, a grinder is faster and more effective.

Benefits of Using an Herb Grinder:

  • Easy to use (most require just a few back-and-forth twists).
  • Grinds your herb so it burns or vapes more consistently; thus, helping to regulate its temperature.
  • Saves you time and energy.
  • Certain models have screens which catch cannabis dust.
  • Inexpensive.

If you’ve spent any time browsing around your local head shop or medical marijuana dispensary, you’ll notice just how many different herb grinders there are available. Some of them are basic 2-piece models, while others are larger and more complex 4 or even 5-piece models. With such a massive amount of herb grinders available, trying to narrow your choice down to a single one can prove to be a daunting challenge, especially if this is your first time using them.

How Many Pieces Do I Need?

One of the biggest decisions you’ll have to make when choosing an herb grinder is deciding on how many pieces you want. The most basic entry-level grinders consist of two pieces — a top and bottom — with teeth inside that grind up the herb as you twist it. While this is perfectly fine for ‘occasional’ users, serious medical marijuana patients may prefer a larger and more complex 4-piece grinder.

Some people assume that the number of pieces a grinder possesses is a direct indication of its quality, but this simply isn’t true. I’ve comes across a number of 2-piece grinders that are far more effective at grinding herb than some of the cheap 4-piece models.

Crank or Twist?

Most manual herb grinders are broken down into one of two different categories: crank and twist. Crank grinders, as their name suggests, require the user to crank a knob located on top to grind the herb, whereas twist grinders operate by twisting the top and bottom in different directions.

Does It Have a Screen For Catching Cannabis Dust?

Another feature you should look for when shopping for an herb grinder is dust-catching screen. Over time, cannabis dust (known as kief) will fall through the screen and gather in a separate compartment. Once you’ve gathered enough, you can use it in baked goods or simply sprinkle it over your normal buds.

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