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FAQ on Grinders

Grinding FAQ

Q: What Can I Do If I left My Best Grinder At the Bar?

If you don’t have your grinder with you, there are other ways you can break up buds without using your fingers and wasting all the resin.

Cut or chop it

Use scissors or a sharp knife to cut the nugs in a cup or bowl. You’ll probably get some hash on the blades.

Pill bottle and coin

Take an empty pill bottle and put the buds inside with a clean coin. Put the lid on tight. Shake the bottle until the weed is broken up enough for you.

Q: What is Kief?

A: Kief, keef, or kif is the dust from the resin-covered hairs or trichomes of cannabis. (It’s also a city in North Dakota.) It’s got a high concentration of THC, one of the psychoactive cannabinoids. Collect it from your grinder’s mesh screen and press it into hash or hashish. You can smoke it or vape it. If you go to Morocco, kif is also the name for a mix of marijuana and tobacco that’s smoked in a long pipe.

Q: Why bother grinding with a grinder?

A: If you break up buds and flowers with your hands, you’ll get resin on your fingers and basically waste it in most cases. Chopping with scissors or a knife does the same thing. Grinders are handy because you get a smoother grind with good texture for rolling and smoking, plus you can collect the kief or pollen. They’ll also come in handy when making edibles.

Q: What kind of weed grinder is best for making edibles?

A: When making edibles you’re looking for something that will give you a nice fine grind—the finer the better. Why? Because when you’re making your oil or butter you want the maximum amount of cannabinoids and terpenes to leech out into the fat. A finer grind means more of the surface area of your bud is exposed, making the whole process much more efficient. The Platinum Grinder above should do the trick—turn it upside down for a finer grind. Or if you’ve got a bit more cash to spare, this beauty is renowned for giving a particularly fine grind.

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Q: Do you need to grind if you vape instead of smoke?

A: It’s a really good idea to grind up for vaping or vaporizing marijuana. It evens out the burn and the flavor and reduces the risk of combusting the weed.

Here’s a video that hits all the points on grinding.

Wondering which grinders they’re using? One is a Zip Grinder (see above). Or opt for the red/pink Santa Cruz Shredder.

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