You might be thinking “but there are so many “grinder hacks” and shortcuts to grind flowers on the internet and YouTube. While that is a very valid point, that doesn’t mean you’re getting the most out of your bud. In fact, it’s quite the contrary. Trust us when we say, any grinder life hack you can find on the internet will never size up against a good ol’ fashion grinder.
It’s no secret that there are many different types of grinders out in the world. You have the 2 piece grinder, 3 piece grinder, 4 piece grinder, electric grinder, grinder card, grinder with handles, see through grinder - what will they come up with next?!
To ‘break’ it down a little further….
A 2 piece grinder consists of a lid and a grinding chamber. Both sides of which have grinder teeth/pegs.
A 3 piece grinder consists of a lid (with grinder teeth/pegs), a grinding chamber with mini chocolate-chip-sized holes, and a collection chamber.
A 4 piece grinder consists of a lid (with grinder teeth/pegs), a grinding chamber (also with grinder teeth/pegs and mini chocolate-chip-sized holes at the base), a collection chamber with a mesh floor, and a kief catcher.
We might as well tell you our favorite before we begin…..If you said Santa Cruz Shredder’s Medium 4 Piece grinder you would be 100% correct. To put it in perspective, if the Medium 4 Piece grinder by Santa Cruz Shredder were a car, it’d be an Aston Martin. Why you might ask...well that’s because like an Aston Martin, this grinder was founded on the principles of beauty, luxury and ‘grinding’ dynamics. -
What can a grinder do that I can’t do without it?
A short answer to this silly question is, a lot. Believe it or not, a grinder can do a lot more than just refine your flower to the perfect size to make it easier to roll and pack with.
The typical grinder will have 3-4 separate compartments. Each serves a very specific function as follows:
Grinder Lid: The lid has a dual-function. First and foremost, it is to keep the top of the grinder secured, as to not let any precious flower escape. The lid also serves as the turning mechanism. By turning the top of the grinder (either in the clockwise or counterclockwise direction) the flower is forced through the teeth of the grinder - reducing it to a size small enough to pass into the collection chamber.
Grinding Chamber: This the part of the grinder where you place your nugs before grinding them up. The grinding chamber has teeth sharp enough to slice and dice through your flower. These teeth, sometimes referred to as pegs, serve one function only, “find and destroy”. The teeth fit flush together when aligned with one another, and this is what shreds the flower. At the bottom of the grinding chamber, there are chocolate-chip sized holes where the ground flower falls through.
Collection Chamber: The ground up flower lands in the collection chamber. As the name states, this is where your bud is collected and stored. Any standard three-piece or four-piece grinder will have a mesh floor in the collection chamber.
Kief Catcher: The mesh netting at the floor of the collection chamber serves a very important purpose...this is the technology which allows the kief catcher to function properly. As the grinder teeth do such a fantastic job of refining the nugs naturally, some of the ground material becomes so tiny, that it passes directly through the mesh and into the kief catcher. Think of the kief catcher like the vault - your gold kief collects there, and a nice kief stash tends to make you feel RICH!
It’s high time to save time! Let’s be honest, we’ve all been at our kitchen tables with a pair of scissors and a plate. Most of us likely learned how inefficient and time-consuming this process can be. What’s more, it always leaves you with semi-ground, uneven sized nugs - which makes it far more difficult to roll cigarettes, joints and blunts with. For the 8 minutes we spent cutting up our bud, we could have already been sparking up with a grinder. Depending on the age and strain of your flower, the ease with which it gets ground varies. Naturally, a moister nug will be a bit stickier, and a little more challenging to grind up. An older, dryer nug will get ground up before you can even turn the grinder top one full revolution (around). Time is a precious gift, waste not - use a grinder!
A better experience. When your flower is ground uniformly, 9 out 10 times, you’re going to have a far better smoking experience than with hand-ground nugs. The evenly refined nugs sit better in whatever it is you’re twisting up - making for a tighter roll, a slower burn, and a more pleasure experience (not only with smoking it, but with rolling it too).
Kief is gold. Waste not! Have you ever considered the fact that every time you grind your bud by hand, you’re wasting a sinful amount of kief? Just think about it….how sticky are your fingers after you're done grinding by hand? That my friend, is ALL kief. kief which could have been saved in the kief catcher of your grinder. kief that can be used for another sesh. Waste not!
Flower Potency Retention 101: While it sounds ridiculous, it’s anything but. When bud is processed through a grinder, it gets refined in such a way that it retains all of the flower’s trichomes and potency….something you NEVER want to waste! So, what’s the point of having cannabis-cup-worthy flower if some of it has to go to waste? A good rule of thumb to test if you’re losing potency is to ask yourself - Am I using a grinder? If your answer to that question is ‘no”, then you’re losing potency of your cannabis! Stop it!!!!!!!! Protect your bud!
In summary, there are many benefits and rewards to reap when using a grinder. The best part is, you don’t have to break the bank. While Santa Cruz Shredder does tend to make higher quality, and pricier grinders, there are many companies out there which produce more affordable grinders. A grinder is a grinder and despite the quality thereof, you’ll always be better off than without one. Take our word for it!