Why Cannabis Grinders Are a Wise Investment
Cannabis, when ground, burns much more smoothly, and this allows the hot air (in vaping) and flame (in smoking) to go through it more freely and uniformly. As well, this helps keep the stems and leaf matter – which damage taste and provide nearly no plan resin – from scorching. That makes weed grinders a necessity for those who smoke and vape.
Good solid metal grinders are hard to match by their heft and feel. A lot of fans of the culture like the feeling of cold aluminum or steel against their hands as they grind their herb. Starting at $20, grinders are made in various types and sizes for all budgets and preferences.
Hand grinders have particularly small teeth or pegs that grind the herb as the two pieces (or the two top pieces, for those who are using a three-piece or four-piece model) of the grinder are turned in opposing directions. About the only issue with a circular grinder is that they tend to clog or become sticky with use.
As more cannabis gets through a grinder — particularly resinous flower – the more easily it resists twisting. Generally, grinders will start to squeak when compacted cannabis gets in the way of the two grinding plates. Most grinders though are very easy to clean and will immediately go back to being squeak-free.
Some grinders are made with teeth that are sharpened, beveled or curved, purportedly to make cannabis cutting smoother and more accurate, and simply to make operation easier. For a lot of manufacturers, grinding tooth designs can reduce sticking and clogging, as opposed to standard pegs, which can actually make plant matter wrap itself around them.
One-Chamber or Three-Chamber?
To kief or not to kief is the usual question when it comes to premium quality grinders that are made particularly for cannabis. Kief is usually made of some 30 to 60 percent THC, hence it could be a strong addition to a joint or bowl of ground cannabis. It can be smoked alone as well for fast relief, potency, and flavor.
So many manually operated hand grinders are available today, and the most basic and inexpensive are single-chamber grinders. Such grinders are available in puck-like forms in many different sizes, from those with a diameter of about 1.5 or two inches to almost four inches for large models.
A lot of three-chamber and four-chamber grinders are made with a special, extremely fine screen that can catch the trichomes of the bud as most plant matter is prevented from getting through. This kief can be stored in a spare chamber inside the grinder. Pricier kiefing grinders of this type allow users to catch dry kief, or trichomes and trichome heads, from the herb which can be smoked or vaped afterwards, or used to produce small rosin quantities.
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