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By Smoke Cartel Crew on Jun 28, 2015

One of the best investments a frequent smoker can make.

Kraken Grinder for Grinding Cannabis - Ergonomic

Grinders speed up and simplify the process of separating dry herbs, and make it much easier to conserve your herbs when they are finely ground.

When pulling herb apart by hand, pollen and other plant matter can stick to your fingers, reducing its potency. However, when herb is ground, it can be packed more tightly into a bowl or rolling papermeaning the herb is exposed to less oxygen, and therefore will burn less before you inhale and increase the airflow. This means that you are given more control over how quickly (or slowly), and smoothly it burns. Using herb in this manner, especially through a water pipe or bubbler, can greatly help you conserve your stash. A grinder can even act as a portable storage container for small amounts.

Most grinders are either metal  or plastic, and have at least two interlocking pieces that form an upper chamber and lower chamber. The upper chamber contains an array of teeth that, when the two pieces are twisted and move opposite of one another, slice and grind up any dry herb inserted inside.

Kraken Grinder for Cannabis - Grind Your Weed

The ground herb then falls through the small holes between the two pieces and lands in the lower chamber. The number and shape of the teeth varies from brand to brand and really only factors into personal preference, as each will provide varying degrees of grinding.

Many grinders have more than just the two chambers, such as a four piece grinder, which has a bottom chamber separated from the others by a metal mesh screen. This screen is meant to catch pollen that falls off the herb during the grinding process and store it in a separate chamber so it can then be used to your discretion.

It is common practice to place a coin or other small, weighted object inside of the grinder to help to shake any built up material off, and grinders need a small amount of maintenance and cleaning to prevent them from getting clogged.

Grinders come in many sizes, ranging from 1.5” in diameter to 3” and above. The size doesn’t factor into the function of the grinder. Check the excellent selection of our own Kraken Grinders here!  


So what are you waiting for? Get grinding!!

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