Grinders are some of the most helpful and convenient tools cannabis enthusiasts and medical marijuana patients use on a regular basis. Designed to do exactly what their name states (grind up marijuana into fine shake), grinders come in a variety of sizes, shapes and styles. While just about any grinder is better than no grinder, some models are clearly superior to others.
There are a number of good models on the market, but as brands change frequently and companies go out of business constantly, we’ve decided to explain some of the most important features to seek in a grinder, rather than looking for a specific make and model.
Just keep the following options and characteristics in mind when shopping for a new grinder.
While most grinders are basically similar in size, it makes good sense to consider your typical needs. If you like to cook with cannabis, for example, and you frequently need to grind up a significant quantity of flowers, you’ll want to get one of the larger grinders available. Conversely, if you prefer to keep things small (and therefore easy to transport), you should look for one on the smaller side.
Grinders are typically made from one of three materials: acrylic (plastic), wood or aluminum. While wood certainly is a romantic choice that usually works well enough, you should always avoid plastic grinders, as they can break and contaminate your cannabis. Nevertheless, aluminum grinders (whether or not they are coated in titanium) are clearly the best choice.
Different grinders use different types of teeth. Wooden grinders, for example, usually feature thin metal nails, while acrylic and metal grinders use blocky teeth to grind up the cannabis. Almost any teeth will work, but the best models typically rely on teeth with a sharp edge to help cut through the flower more efficiently.
2-, 3- or 4-Piece Design
The simplest grinders are two-piece units comprised of a top and bottom, each of which bears teeth to tear and grind apart the cannabis. However, others are built with a separate chamber, through which the ground marijuana can pass. This means that you’ll only be grinding the weed that hasn’t yet been ground up, and it is easy to collect the ground marijuana without including any that hasn’t yet been ground. Other units feature an additional chamber, with even smaller holes, that serves as a compartment to catch the kief as it falls off the flower. You can certainly get by with a 2-piece model, but if you have the extra cash, you’ll certainly appreciate the added convenience of a 3- or 4-piece model.
Color is a rather superficial concern, but that doesn’t mean it isn’t an important thing to consider. After all, you don’t want to be hanging out with the guys and whip out a pink grinder! So, if color is important to you, be sure to pick a model that is available in colors that will match your style.