The Basics on Weed Grinders

When you’re an avid cannabis enthusiast, your arsenal of tools must contain a decent weed grinder. Whether your preference is smoking blunts or vaping, you need your herb to be well-ground in order to have a pleasant smoking experience. And you don’t need to grind it manually so unfortunately, you have a lot of options to consider. The following weed grinder basics will hopefully make the decision-making process less arduous and frustrating.

Grinder Materials

The type of material that a grinder is constructed from can play a significant role in your smoking experience. Some of the more popular options include:

  • Electric grinders – these are the solution to grinding dry marijuana flowers and can be purchased in different materials. Although they’re battery-powered, they are capable of grinding up to three grams of product at a time.

  • Metal grinders – these grinders are available in aluminum, titanium, and titanium coated aluminum. One thing is certain though. Metal grinders have won the hearts of today’s cannabis smokers.

  • Wood grinders – the difficulties involved in building, carving, and shaping wooden grinders makes them difficult to mass produce and therefore less beneficial for the companies that manufacture them. However, they do have a more natural appeal.

Compartments or Pieces

Grinders are typically available in 2-, 3-, and 4-piece varieties although there are 5-piece grinders also available. Each one has its own pros and cons but here is a quick breakdown of the different models:

  • 2-piece grinders – often referred to as 1-compartment grinders, these are the most basic models with one compartment for grinding and collecting your herb.

  • 3-piece grinders – the holes in this grinder enable smaller pieces of herb to fall into a second compartment and collect the kief or pollen.

  • 4-piece grinders – this grinder allows you to capture the kief or pollen. Plus, it has a screen to filter your residue so it passes through the kief collecting chamber.


Standard Sizes available

The size of grinder you choose will usually be determined by your consumption habits. The following will help you choose the appropriate size for your needs:

  • Mini or small sized grinders – 40 to 50 mm (1.5” to 2”) in diameter. These are ideal for the person looking for something more discreet.

  • Medium sized grinders – 62 to 70 mm (2.5” to 3”) in diameter. These are still discreet but offer considerably more room for grinding product.

  • Large sized grinders – 75 mm (3”) or more in diameter. These are ideal for grinding 3.5 to 7 grams of product at a time.

If you are looking to get the right weed grinders, bongs or beakers for a luxurious smoking experience, contact a Tank Glass representative today. Additionally, you can browse our vast collection online.

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