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Why You Should Invest in a Cannabis Grinder
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 in preventing stems and leaf matter – which alter the taste and provide almost no plant resin – from scorching. That makes weed grinders a necessity for those who smoke and vape.
The heft and feel of good solid metal grinders is hard to match. 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 small pegs or teeth that are made to grind the herb with the twisting of the two pieces of the grinder (when using a three or four-piece model, the two top pieces. About the only problem of a circular grinder is that they can turn sticky and may even clog after repeated use.
The more herb passes through a grinder — especially flower, which is highly resinous — the faster it becomes resistant to twisting. Generally, grinders will start to squeak when compacted cannabis gets in the way of the two grinding plates. Then again, most grinders are very easy to clean and can become squeak-free again.
Some grinders have curved, sharpened or beveled teeth, which are purported to bring smoother, more accurate cannabis cuts and make operation easier. Plenty of manufacturers claim that these grinding tooth designs control clogging and sticking, unlike standard pegs, which even sometimes promotes the wrapping of plant matter around them.
One-Chamber or Three-Chamber?
The question when it comes to elite quality grinders made for cannabis specifically, is whether to kief or not to kief. 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 may also be smoked alone for quick relief, potency and flavor.
So many manually operated hand grinders are available today, and the most basic and inexpensive are single-chamber grinders. These grinders come in puck-like forms in a range of sizes, from around 1.5-2 two inches in diameter up to nearly four inches for big models.
Plenty of three-chamber and four-chamber grinders have a special, extremely fine screen that can capture the trichomes of the bud as most plant matter is kept at bay. 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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