Grinders are a fun smoking accessory made to make your life easier. Grinders are used to grind up your dry herbs for hard hitting bowls, or rolled up. Grinders make breaking up your legal cannabis flowers or buds quick and easy, and offer one major perk: grinders also act as kief catchers.
Kief refers to the resin glands which contain the terpenes and cannabinoids that make cannabis so unique. While marijuana sans kief still contains cannabinoids, the resin glands that develop on flower buds pack the biggest punch. Grinders collect this goodness in the bottom chamber below the screen for later use. You can scoop the kief out and add it to the top of your bowl, or use it later to press your ownhash or to cook edibles.
Above the screen, you’ll find the grinding chamber blades that do all the work. The lid of the grinder attaches to this part, and metal grinders typically have a magnet to help keep things secure as you grind.
How To Use A Grinder?
Step 1: Take off the top lid. Use your fingers to break bigger buds up and place them in between the grinder’s teeth. Try not to get any bud in the direct center–this is where the magnet pivots, so nothing in the center will get shredded.
Step 2:Replace the top of the grinder and give it about 10 rotations, until all the bud has fallen through the holes. You can remove the top and tap it against the grinder’s side to help loosen up any sticky pieces stuck in the teeth.
Step 3:Unscrew the chamber with the teeth to find the basket layer holding all your freshly ground cannabis. Load it into your pipe, joint, or blunt and enjoy!
Step 4:Once you’ve collected some kief in the bottom chamber, scrape some out with a piece of paper or the scraping tool provided (not all grinder purchases will include one, but they’re definitely handy). Again, you can sprinkle kief onto a bowl to make it more potent, or save it for something else. Be careful with metal scrapers, as they can scrape aluminum particulates along with your kief!
Some people like to put a weight in the kief chamber to help knock resin from the screen into the bottom dish. A cleaned penny or nickel works perfectly for this.