When it comes to sifting through your weed to remove the bad chunks and preserve the oh-so potent kief, a weed grinder is an ultimate solution. Having an herb grinder ensures that you will seamlessly cut through your herb and separate the flower into convenient smokable chunks that are easy to load into your bowl or bong. A grinder can do this because of the many sharp “teeth” the herb grinder has.
Grinders usually come in multiple pieces – the most common are 2 piece and 4 piece grinders.
2 Piece Grinders
Two-piece grinders are the simplest grinders – they have a single compartment with a lid and teeth on both pieces. The “teeth” are designed for grinding your herb into fine pieces perfect for smoking.
4 Piece Herb Grinders
A 4 piece herb grinder adds an additional compartment added to the grinding chamber. At the bottom of the grinding piece are holes that let your ground herb fall through into the next chamber.
This makes it easier to extract the ground herb – instead of laboriously removing it from between the teeth yourself, all you have to do is take the already-ground herb out of the second chamber.
Grinders with Pollen Catcher
In the 4 piece herb grinder, the second chamber has a fine mesh bottom with a third chamber below it that captures the finest powder from your herb, including pollen and other fine dust particles that can be particularly rich and can be used to cap off a bowl of herb, or many other uses.
How to Use a Weed Grinder
The first thing to understand about weed grinders is that they will never completely close immediately when you put your marijuana into them. This is because the teeth are pushing against the flower and it hasn’t started to be ground up yet.
So, the solution is easy, close it as much as you can with your herb inside and then twist it to grind the herb and it will eventually close completely. Continue twisting your grinder until it is completely broken down into small pieces.
If you have a 2-piece grinder, you will grind the herb will until it is separated by your personal preference while in 4-piece grinders you continue to grind until all of the herbs have fallen through the holes to the second compartment.
It is very helpful after grinding your weed to tap your grinder on any elevated flat surface area such as a table or desk, causing all of the tiny additional particles that might be left in the grinding chamber to fall through into your herb catcher.
Some have magnetic lids that allow you to push less with your hands while you twist your herb in between the grinding teeth.
Others have their own completely unique features, like the Alpaca grinder which also has a dispenser built in so you can grind your herb directly into your bowl and skip the step of getting ground flower out of the herb catcher. Still, others simply maximize existing technology.
Some have transparent chambers so you can see your herb being ground or falling through into the herb catcher. The variety is nearly endless, and we can’t say which one is perfect for you (after all, that’s why we carry so many!)
To find out which one is best for you, we advise browsing our unique expansive collection of high-quality grinders and remembering every grinder serves two purposes: to make your life easier and as a way to express your personality with your smoking apparel.