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    Grinders - What They Are and Why You Should Use One

    Grinders - What They Are and Why You Should Use One

    To grind, or not to grind?


    The modern grinder is a fairly sophisticated tool that has evolved over a short period of time from a basic engineering concept first introduced in the early parts of the 20th century. The centerless grinder offered a unique perspective that got rid of excessive handling and feeding of herbs into a grinder. What really helped was the minimal amount of parts involved that offered more precise control over the process, less binding, and the ability to easily clean and maintain the teeth of the grinding tool.


    Cheap Grinders 420 ScienceThis provided an extremely effective way to process plants with a seriously reduced amount of effort involved. Although the original centerless grinder was intended for industrial use in pulping and processing cellulose and plant matter, it has been adopted and refined for herb grinding on an individual level and was originally miniaturized for use in apothecaries and pharmacies since it offered a much quicker and efficient way to prepare plant materials. Throughout the 1960s and beyond it was adopted for cannabis and has been evolving ever since.


    Rolling TraysModern grinders come in many shapes and sizes, ranging from as small as 1.5” in diameter to 3” and beyond. The size doesn’t really factor into the function of the grinder too much, it just plays a role in how much herb you are able to grind up in one sitting. Grinders help to speed up the process of breaking down dried cannabis to be more easily packed into a bowl or rolled up in a joint. When breaking down dried cannabis by hand, resins and other plant matter will stick to your hands and this can sometimes reduce the potency. When your bud is ground it can be more tightly packed into a bowl or rolled up into a joint, which also allows for more surface area to be exposed which, in turn, means that you are given more power over how quickly, slowly, and smoothly your material burns. An added bonus is that your grinder can even double as a temporary storage spot in a pinch.


    Currently, the most common style of grinder is a multi-chambered grinder that utilizes several connected chambers to create an area for both grinding and storing the ground material. These multi-chambered grinders have a top grinding space with semi-interlocking teeth that are twisted together to grind your material and feature small machined holes that are just large enough to allow the perfectly ground up material into the chamber below. The number and shape of teeth in the grinding chambers vary from brand to brand and most of all grinders manufactured today are either metal (aluminum alloy mostly), plastic, or wood and have at least two interlocking chambers.



    There is a huge selection of grinders that have more than just the traditional two chambers, such as a four piece grinder which is generally more popular, and has a bottom chamber fitted with a mesh screen that is purposed to separate a portion of the resin heads (also commonly referred to as ‘kief’) from the ground material that falls from the grinding chamber. You can then use your kief to load on top of a bowl or sprinkled on your joint before you roll it up for an extra little kick.


    When selecting a good grinder, you are going to want to determine if you are going to mainly use it for smoking or are going to use it with a vaporizer. In some cases, especially if you have the funds to do so, it’s totally worth it to have two grinders that have their own specific functions. Grinders that produce a coarser grind are usually perfect for use with pipes, bowls, and joints because they allow for a nicely broken down final product will not be too powdery. When your bud is a fine, powdery consistency, it can make it a bit more difficult to roll up into a joint or pack into a bowl. Great choices for bowls and joints that are worth taking a look at would have to be either the Cali Crusher HomeGrown (which also comes in a Pocket version and is perfect for someone who finds themselves blazing on the go) or the Santa Cruz Shredder. Both are absolutely fantastic grinders that produce some nicely ground herb.


    When it comes to choosing a grinder for use with vaping, it really depends on the specific brand and type of vape, but you are really going to want to expose the most surface area on your cannabis to get the most out of the experience. A great go-to grinder for use with vaping is anything from the Kannastor line, but more specifically the GR8TR Vape version which features a vape grinding plate for a super fine grind. This grinder pairs perfectly with a vaporizer like peanut butter and grape jelly. Another great feature that the entire line of Kannastor grinders come with is the Easy Change screen that allows the user to take the sifting screen out and either replace with a new screen or just give it a quick cleaning before putting it back in your grinder. Check out some of the other grinders offered by Kannastor right here!

    The needs of the individual vary from person to person, but no matter what you might be looking for, we have definitely got you covered. Give our collection of grinders a look and make a decision for yourself. And as always, if you have any questions about a specific product then feel free to reach out to our support team. They are always more than happy to help you out.

    The Essential Smoker's Tool Kit

    1. A GRINDER

    If your herb is cured properly, then you can often break it by hand. This can take time, while precious oils and crystals from your herb can stick to your hands and are lost. It is not long before most smokers upgrade to a grinder to break up their buds.

    In ancient times, (50 years ago) people would use small scissors to break up their dried herb. These days, hands down the most efficient way of breaking up your herb is to use a grinder. Just like any good kitchen tool, the materials used to make grinders range from cheap plastics to medical grade titanium. A serious smoker uses a metal grinder with a chamber large enough to accommodate enough nugs to be ground for one session. You don't want to grind too much herb ahead of time, the more surface area your plant matter has, the quicker it can dry out.

    A grinder is a simple but valuable device. The central chamber is lined with teeth on top and bottom to grind your herb. The bottom section of the grinding chamber has holes of some shape and pattern that allows ground material to fall into the storage chamber. The storage chamber is the largest section of the grinder, but is often optional and can be removed in favor of just a pollen collector or even simpler a bottom plate. The bottom chamber is usually covered by a screen so that fine pollen or "kief" from the ground herb can collect there over time.

    2. A 420 JAR

    Baggies are for schwag, and you are better than that. You've upgraded, leveled up, and otherwise gained enough smoking wisdom to know that your finest herbs deserve the best storage possible, with the best style possible as well. There is no other cannabis storage choice to make but a 420 Jar from 420 Science. We have been doing this for over ten years, and we kick ass at it. We offer tons of designs on a mind-blowing assortment of storage solutions that feature cool stuff like Swiss UV glass, gasket seal mason jars with latch tops, affordable screw top jars, silicone inserts and much more.

    You can get a jar almost anywhere. You probably have a mayonnaise jar you can rinse out right now and throw your nugs in, but do you want to? Our jars have designs made by professional artists that are updated all the time. All our 420 Jars are also covered with our lifetime guarantee. If it breaks, we'll send another one to you, forever. You just pay the shipping. A jar from 420 Science is a jar for life.

    3. NATURAL ROLLING PAPERS

    There are many names for a "reefer cigarette". Whether you call it a joint, blunt, spliff, jay rod, condor feather, doobie, dizzy stick, devil's eggroll or some other dumb name you are going to smoke one at some point. Be prepared with a pack of papers that are made out of the same thing you are smoking. Natural hemp papers are the best choice for hand rolled sessions.

    4. DIGITAL SCALE

    Know your dosage, this is medication, right? Every good chef knows to measure out their ingredients. Make sure your “friends” are not "eyeballing" it when they give you your herb and use it to learn what your average session takes so you can track your usage. Be responsible and knowledgeable about your favorite hobby.

    5. A PIPE THAT LOVES YOU BACK

    Oh man, don't even get us started on picking the right pipe; that's a whole different article. But, needless to say, get something that truly makes you happy to look at and smoke out of every time you use it. If it does not mean that to you, then you didn't get the right piece.

    It is important to test out a few styles first. Your friends will be the best at helping you navigate the complicated and arduous task of sitting around and hitting every piece they can bring over for you to try one day. You will survive and recover with the knowledge of what kind of thing you like to smoke out of.

    Most people still favor the classic dry pipe in the shape of a spoon. They are often referred to as Spoon Pipes or Bowls and have endured the centuries as mankind's oldest and most commonly used method of ingesting the sweet smoke and vapors from burning plant material. There are more shapes and styles to count, we recommend a hand pipe that has features to prevent ash from pulling through and is made from durable Borosilicate glass. Pipes can have water filtration as well, and these are referred to as Bubble pipes or Bubblers. If you want more of a rip than that, you want a water pipe. Most commonly known as a bong or tube, glass water pipes offer maximum filtration and chamber size to deliver the largest volume of smoke at a comfortable temperature.

    6. SOMEWHERE TO PUT IT ALL

    A shoebox under your bed just is not good enough anymore. Respect yourself first, and then others will. If you are around nothing but chill bros all the time, we recommend you build yourself a nice shelf and proudly display your stash jar, smoking apparatus, and other prized accessories for all to see. You made some good purchasing decisions, why not be proud of it?

    If discretion is still needed, then get a nice vintage suitcase with a lock. One with mysterious travel stamps from unpronounceable lands posted all over, and scratch marks that look vaguely like a monkey's claw. The point is, make sure it is secure, but still expresses your personality.

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