Grinding herb turns buds of the flower into fine-grain conducive to optimum airflow. Just stuffing a whole nugget into a smoking bowl will result in tougher draws, weak cannabinoid performance, and an overall diminished experience.
Pulling the nug apart with your fingers or cutting it up with scissors helps a bit but doesn’t compare to the powerful airflow facilitated by grinding your weed. Those who prefer to vape will particularly benefit from using a grinder because the finely ground herb allows the terpenes and cannabinoids to be easily accessed in the vaporization process. The result: more effective medicine and/or a more potent high.
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How to Use a Grinder
If you’re unsure of how to use a grinder, don’t fret – the classic design of most herb grinders is fairly intuitive. You’ll want to start by breaking your nugs into pieces that can generally fit between the spokes in your grinder.
Then, place it into the grinding chamber, replace the lid piece, and twist the lid back and forth until the herb is reduced to a fine grain. If you’re using a 2-piece grinder, the flower will stay right there. If you have a 3-piece grinder, the ground flower will fall through to the catching chamber as you go.
And if you have a 4-piece grinder, the excess kief will continue on through a screen to the kief-catching chamber. We’ll be touching more on kief catcher laters, but for now, let’s talk about the proper grinder maintenance such as how to clean a grinder.