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Grinders, a staple in your smoking accessories kit, are something that almost anyone who partakes in the consumption of cannabis owns. You likely have a little collection of them - the cheap plastic one you got while traveling, your everyday go-to grinder, and then the high-tech one you splurged on because you “had to try it”.
Odds are you didn’t really know there was a difference in grinder performance, which is completely fair being that they’re one of the lesser talked about smoking accessories. However, it is important to find one that works well. After all, it is something you use nearly every time you consume. That’s why every cannabis user should be well informed on the importance of owning and maintaining a high-quality grinder.
Why a high-quality grinder? It’s all about investment. In spending a little extra money on a high-grade grinder, you get a product that will last longer, work better, and is overall reliable. Reliability is important - you want a grinder that will meet your expectations and produce consistent results. A flimsy plastic grinder that only cost $5 and breaks easily will have you frustrated and leaving you hanging. Not to mention you will probably spend more money over time buying and replacing cheap grinders than if you just splurged on a nice metal one.
High-grade grinders are also better for the smoking experience, itself. Thanks to their sharp teeth (also known as pegs), they grind weed finer than lower-quality grinders, and the finer its ground, the more potent the high. Overall, they produce smoother, tastier bud that burns better and makes for a much more enjoyable smoking, vaping, or edible experience.
Did you know you’re supposed to clean your grinder? If you want your grinder to not only last, but to operate at 100% efficiency every time you use it, then you need to take proper care of it.
Have you ever had bud that’s sticky enough to make it hard to move the grinder? It’s because the rosin from your bud is sticking to the teeth, making it harder to grind. Continuous build-up of rosin will start to impair your grinder, making it harder to rotate and dulling the teeth. Not only will it be harder on your wrists to use a grinder that doesn’t rotate well, but the grinding quality will decline as well.
All you have to do to prevent this is to clean your grinder on a regular basis - weekly for avid consumers to once a month for occasional consumers. Consistent cleaning will prevent buildup, extending its lifespan and saving you money from buying a new one when yours stops working. Like all things, a little TLC is all your grinder needs to work well.
Owning a nice grinder just makes sense, as does properly caring for it. Just like all your other smoking products and accessories, you should consider your options when it comes to grinders and determine which one is the best fit for you. After all, you’re going to be using it all the time, so might as well get one that will last.