Cannabis use is trending
Over the last couple of decades, marijuana consumption has gone through the roof. This isn’t a local trend; it’s global. This rise in the consumption of marijuana can be attributed to the legalisation of the substance for recreational use in a number of countries worldwide.
The popularity of cannabis consumption has created an innovative spirit in the cannabis industry. Manufacturing of several accessories which allow consumers experience increasingly satisfying ‘highs’ have created a lucrative sector in the market. These newer Cannabis accessories are now consumer favourites; rolling up a joint is no longer what it used to be.
Perhaps one of the most common of these accessories today, is the grinder. Grinders are a must-have for most of today’s cannabis smokers and vapers alike.
What is a Grinder?
A grinder is a small cylindrical object with teeth-like spikes, used to break large portions of cannabis into smaller pieces. They are essential to downsizing cannabis while maintaining as much of its potency as possible.
A wide range of materials are used to construct grinders, creating a finished product that’s tailored to the individual customer’s needs and preferences. Some of these materials include:
- Wood; and
Metal grinders – as the name implies – are grinders made out of metal materials. These grinders are usually made of stainless steel but can also be made of materials such as titanium, chromium, or aluminium.
More commonly, metal grinders are usually 4-part grinders – made up of a lid, grinding chamber, collection chamber, and kief catcher – but can also be found and purchased in the 2- or 3-part style.
Metal grinders are stronger and more durable than their plastic or silicone counterparts. They are very durable, almost impossible to break, and therefore good for cannabis consumers who are very mobile. Metal grinders have spikes which are notably sharper than other grinders. Owning to this fact, they grind cannabis more finely.
Metal grinders are also very cost effective – you can easily get less for much more with these. These grinders are also opaque, making them an excellent option for discreetness.
Despite their advantages, metal grinders have some drawbacks as well. The major disadvantage of using a metal grinder lies in the fact that they tend to leave bits of marijuana or kief stuck in moving parts. When marijuana is stuck in moving parts, the consistency of the grinder can be altered.
This can be fixed by running a flat or pointed object over the moving parts. If this fix in ineffective, consumers are advised to soak the entire grinder in isoprophyl alcohol. This will loosen the packed bits. These grinders also get sticky/dirty very easily.
Despite these disadvantages, metal grinders are highly rated by cannabis consumers in comparison to their silicone or plastic counterparts.
How much do Metal Grinders Cost?
Metal grinders are cost effective – they give you great value for your money. One can obtain a metal grinder with as little as $15 USD (United States Dollars). The cost of metal grinders can be influenced by these factors:
Grinders made of unique materials such as titanium are generally more expensive than those made of more common materials such as aluminium.
The type of grinder (2, 3, or 4-part) can influence the price of the grinder. Typically, 2-part grinders are the cheapest, while 4-Part grinders are more expensive.
Grinders which are smaller in size typically cost less than grinders which are larger in size.
Why are Grinders so Useful?
For medical and recreational cannabis consumers alike, grinders are a very useful accessory because they offer a much better consistency. When broken to bits with a grinder, cannabis is smoother and finer, making it easier to wrap, smoke, or vape. This allows the overall experience of smoking to be as pleasurable as possible, while reducing waste.
Downsizing with grinders retains high levels of potency in cannabis, as opposed to breaking up with fingers, scissors, and in severe cases, credit cards. When downsizing marijuana with accessories other than grinders, trichomes can stick to the skin, reducing the potency and concentration.
For 4-part (Three Chamber) metal grinders, the kief catcher also provides an attractive benefit.
How to Use a Grinder?
Grinders are very simple accessories; they need no defined skill set to use. Here’s a quick guide:
- Take the top off the grinder. Break large buds into pieces with fingers and place them on the grinder’s teeth. Do not place them in the middle.
- When properly placed, put the lid over the chamber and twist the grinder. Twist the lid and the body anywhere from 8-10 times. Tap the lid to displace any pieces stuck to or in between the teeth.
- Unscrew the lid and collect ground cannabis. Load up your blunt, pipe, or vape pen with the herb.
- If a 4-Part grinder was used, unscrew the bottom layer and check for kief. Kief can be sprinkled on blunts and pipes as well as fed into vape pens for an even more potent experience.
Best Types of Metal Grinders
When choosing accessories, a great deal relies on the personal preferences of the individual involved. These grinders, however, have managed to stand out with cannabis consumers worldwide. After long and copious reviews, here are our top three best metal grinders.
- Space Case Grinder Titanium
Easily one of the best grinders on the market, this titanium grinder is scratch resistant, great for catching kief, grinds cannabis finely and has very sharp teeth.
- Mendo Mulchers
Mendo Mulchers are known for their quality and durability – they are indestructible. These grinders are so popular, they are almost always out of stock because they are rushed.
- Santa Cruz Shredder
This grinder is known to downsize cannabis while keeping it fluffy. This grinder contains extra strong magnets which keep the lid in place while grinding.
For smokers looking for smoother, finer experiences, grinders are today’s necessity. Breaking marijuana by hands results in lumpy, uneven burns. Grinders, on the other hand, result in fine, downsized marijuana ready for consumption. The most popular of these grinders are metal grinders. They provide a number of advantages, especially in their durability.