Why Use a Grinder?
Many smokers choose to make the investment of buying into a grinder for its many benefits. Grinders are strictly for use with dry herbs, since dry herbs must be separated to allow for better combustion. Many smokers may start off by picking herbs apart instead of fully grinding them, which could reduce potency as the pollen and plant matter can often stick to their fingers. By completely grinding herbs, you can sprinkle your dry herbs into your bowl with full potency, and pack them tighter to allow for increased airflow and better control over how fast your bowl will burn.
Styles of Grinders
The most common style of grinder is the multi piece grinder, which uses several pieces that connect to create an area for grinding and storing. Many smokers find these grinders to be the most useful for the extra storing space, which can vary depending on size and diameter. These grinders usually have a top grinding space with many teeth that can be twisted to fully grind herbs, and small holes that allow for the herbs to drop down to the storing space. Some grinders, like the Tobacco Chopper, even have an automated style of grinding that will grind herbs with the simple press of a button! Shredder cards like the RAW Shredder are grinders that are similar to a cheese grater, and are better for quick on-the-go use.
Brands of Grinders
Smoke Cartel makes piece grinders in a variety of sizes, from 1.5” to 2.2”. Smoke Cartel also carries high-quality grinders like the Santa Cruz Shredder, which is known to work incredibly smoothly. Phoenician also makes quality grinders with multiple pieces that work great as storage.
Grinder Pieces and Pollen Catchers
Grinders with multiple pieces often have a separate chamber with a thin metal net that catches only the tiniest of pollen. This pollen is often particularly potent, and smokers will usually collect the build up to sprinkle on top of their usual bowl of dry herbs. Piece grinders can have anywhere from 2-5 pieces, and the more pieces you have, the more you can cultivate the most potent flecks. It’s considered good practice to include a small coin in the main storage section of a grinder to help push pollen down into the catch.
With such a wide variety of grinders available, it all comes down to how you want to grind your herbs and what kind of an investment is best for you. Smoke Cartel makes sure to keep a variety of grinders of all styles and brands in stock to help keep your options open and to ensure that you’re making the most of your seshes!