8 Hacks To Grind Weed Without A Grinder
Whether relaxing at home or partying with friends, we’ve all been caught with a stash of weed and no grinder in sight. That should never stop a smoke session, though. No matter where you are, you can use basic kitchen tools, some change in your pocket, and even your own hands to get your weed ground up and ready to smoke.
We’ve all been there. You’re getting ready to spark up, whipping out your stash and your papers (or bong, or whatever), but there’s something missing. You take a second, but then you realise: There’s no grinder in sight.
You might panic, thinking this is the end of the smoke sesh. I mean, who’s gonna try to smoke whole nugs? Thankfully, you don’t have to be subject to that fate. Whether you’re chilling out at home, moving around, or hanging at a party, you’ll be surprised at the amount of options you have at hand. In most cases, you’ll just need a few basic tools, with other methods being even more simple.
NO GRINDER? NO PROBLEM!
As we just mentioned, we know there are a few scenarios you could be caught in. Maybe you’re just trying to unwind after a long day. Maybe you’re at a party and need to act fast so everyone can get their smoke on. Whatever situation you’re in, we’ve thought of a variety of ways to get you out of those awkward moments.
SCENARIO 1 — AT HOME
If you’re like many of us, you’ll want to pregame with a little toke before meeting up with friends. Yeah, you’ll be smoking there, but some personal meditation never hurt anyone. Thankfully, when you’re in a well-stocked house, you’ve got a world of options for weed grinding when your grinder isn’t around.
Considering the word “grinder” is included in the name, it kind of had to appear on this list, didn’t it? Just like you would coffee beans, throw your buds in there and grind away! Well, not so fast. You’ll want to clean the thing out first, unless you want to smoke your coffee too (which we do NOT recommend). You should also clean it out afterwards unless you want some “special” coffee the next day.
• Clean the grinder well before and after grinding your weed.
• Make sure you’re packing the bud loosely and not overwhelming the grinder.
• Don’t use buds that are too big (or too small).
• Adjust grind time and settings (if applicable) to make sure your weed doesn’t become a fine powder.
PESTLE AND MORTAR
If you don’t have a coffee grinder around, there’s still an old classic you can try. People call weed “herb” sometimes, so it makes sense that you can use a pestle and mortar to grind it down. Like the grinder, though, you’ll want to clean it off well before AND after using it for this purpose.
• Let your nugs dry out for a few hours outside a container. This will make them much easier to break down.
• Clean it off well before and after use. That way, you avoid smoking regular herbs or eating “herb” with your dinner.
• It might take some time, especially if the pestle is smooth and rounded.
• Make sure you don’t grind it down too hard.
KNIFE AND CHOPPING BOARD
An equally effective option, there’s no reason you can’t treat your favourite greens like the kind you eat. It’s also probably one of the simplest methods on the list. Throw your weed on the cutting board and dice it until you’ve got it at a ground, but not powdery, consistency.
Ideally, you should be using a non-serrated blade, preferably a chef’s knife. However, almost any knife will do as long as it’s got a decently sharp blade.
• While not necessary, letting your nugs dry out for a bit will make this a much easier task.
• Make sure you watch your fingers, as the nugs may be quite small. Considering how light and uncompressed nugs can be, note that they’ll let the knife pass through easily.
• As was the case with the other methods, overkill is possible. Chop in moderation.
• Like you would after chopping anything else, clean your board and knife off afterwards.
If you happen to have one lying around, this is a simple and fun way to get your Kush ground up. Get a plate to grate over, pick the appropriate end of the grater, and get to it. It might take a while, but it’ll get easier as you figure out the best way to work with your grater.
• Watch your fingers! You’ll end up touching the sharp points sooner than you might realise.
• Almost any of the ends should work. However, give preference to ends with smaller openings, as that’ll give you the ideal consistency.
• You might have a hard time getting weed out of the crevices. Keep a poker around to dig through them and get all of your bud.
• Wash off the grater thoroughly to make sure you get rid of the scent and residue.
SCENARIO 2 — ON THE GO
Alright, out the door you go! You’re going to pick up friends, and one of them mentions that they want to smoke in the car. You don’t want to disappoint, but you still don’t have a grinder! What can you do? Well, you have a couple of options here.
Got any change? How about a small, rigid plastic container like a dispensary container or pill bottle? Congratulations, it turns out you DO have a grinder! Throw a couple of heavier coins into the container with your nugs of choice (not too many, not too few). Close the container tightly, and shake away! Check on the progress every 20 seconds or so to make sure you get the ideal consistency.
• If you’re in the US, quarters and nickels work best. For Europeans, the one or two euro coins are your go-to. People in the UK will want to use one or two pound coins for this process.
• Make sure you aren’t over-shaking. It only takes a few too many shakes to leave your weed powdery and unsmokable.
• If you’re using a pill bottle, make sure you clean out the bottle afterwards.
• If you plan on spending the change you use in the process, make sure you clean that off as well.
THE “HANDS-ON” APPROACH
As it turns out, your body has not one, but TWO semi-decent grinders attached already! “Oh my God, they’re just sticking out of me? Where are they?!”. Don’t panic, they’re your hands! “Oh, well that’s not as exciting”. We know, but it sure is convenient!
Start off by taking the bigger buds and breaking them down into smaller, more manageable bits. From there, use your fingers and fingernails to whittle those down into even smaller bits until you’re satisfied.
• No one likes dirty weed. Make sure you wash your hands immediately before you do this. It wouldn’t hurt to wash them after, either.
• Take it slow and steady with sticky weed. If you’re too heavy-handed, you could end up compressing it, making smoking slightly more difficult.
• On the other end, be careful if your weed is overly dry, and handle the grounds carefully when they’re at your desired texture.
• Make sure you use a flat, even, and crevice-free surface, as this will make picking the weed up far easier.
SCENARIO 3 — AT A PARTY
You’ve made it to the party, and as it turns out, you and your friends are the only ones with weed! That also means, however, that there’s still no grinder. You don’t feel like shaking a plastic container in front of people, and the germaphobes will get put off if you go hands-on. Still, the people need to get their smoke on.
Thankfully, if it’s a well-equipped party, you’ve got a couple decent courses of action.
SHOT GLASS AND SCISSORS
Most people will have a pair of scissors lying around, and there will almost definitely be a shot glass. What do you do with those two things? Well, you’ll just need to throw a nug or two in the shot glass and start cutting them in there. Start by cutting them in half, then use the tips of the scissors to make them smaller and smaller.
• Make sure you wash off the scissors and shot glass before trying this tactic.
• Don’t go too crazy with the snipping, as rushed movements could lead to weed spilling out of the glass.
• Do this over a flat, clean and smooth surface, just in case something spills out.
• If you want somewhere to keep the leftover ground weed, just use the same shot glass!
Is it a little excessive? Sure. A little showy? Probably. But why not live life to the fullest? That, my friends, is why you should try grinding weed with a blender.
If it’s the sort of party with mixed drinks, all you need to do is clean out the blender and throw your stash right in there. Close the lid, and you’re off to the races. You’ll want to be careful and switch it to the pulse setting where you can control when it blends. Do it in short intervals until you get the desired texture.
• Clean out any stems and seeds before blending, as they’ll cause issues for the blender’s blades.
• As cool as it looks, this is probably a last resort, so really make sure there aren’t any scissors around.
• This is most effective with larger amounts of weed. Check around the room and see who wants to contribute!
• The blender might be a bit powerful, so try to limit blending to around 10 seconds.
AN EXTRA TIP: GET A GRINDER!
If you’re reading the article, there’s one more key piece of advice we think you’ll benefit from. What’s that, you wonder?
Get a grinder! Not sure where to get one? We happen to have a wide selection for people with all budgets!
Working off the DIY shaker concept we mentioned earlier, our Grindtainer is one of the most budget-friendly and convenient grinders and containers out there. It’s got the space to hold a decent amount of weed, along with the same grinding capacity as the average compact grinder. Already have a grinder? We’d highly recommend this as a handy backup. Even if this is your primary grinder, you’ll still be living easy.
We’ve got more classic grinders too, including our own RQS branded metal grinder! That one even comes complete with a kief catcher, as does our pollinator grinder, which also has a handle on the outside for a low-effort grind.
We’ve got some more premium options as well. Standing out amongst them is our limited edition collaboration with Krush on their uniquely shaped Kube & Kube 2.0. Constructed with specially designed teeth, this grinder is designed to fluff your weed while you grind. The anodised aluminium construction means it’ll be able to grind like new for a long, long time.
HOW TO GRIND WITHOUT A GRINDER: WHERE THERE’S A WILL, THERE’S A WAY
No matter how you’re grinding your weed, whether it’s with a grinder, cheese grater, or blender, just make sure you’re enjoying it responsibly, surrounded by friends. Other than that, make sure you’re cleaning anything you’re using to grind your weed, even if you’re using an actual grinder. Stay safe, stay healthy, and stay high! Oh, and check out our full range of grinders (and other cool RQS merchandise) here!
We've all been caught without a grinder on hand, but that shouldn't stop you! Whether you're at home, on the go, or partying, there's a way to grind your weed.
The Best Coffee Grinders For Weed – Live That Kief Life!
Last Updated on May 10th, 2020
By: Know Your Grinder
A button, my friends, that is found on a coffee grinder…
In this article, we’re going to be looking at the best grinders for weed / bud / cannabis, and there are definitely gonna be some coffee grinders in the mix, as well as some other types.
Table of Contents
Coffee Grinders and Weed – Intro
That button turns on the coffee grinder and sets the blades a-spinnin’ through your bud, chopping it into perfect little pieces that you can use for edibles or packing bowls.
Coffee grinders, eh? Yup. They’re the most efficient grinder and we’ll explain all of this in the article plus teach you some tricks.
Canada just legalized. The US has legalized in some states as well. So, maybe you’re new to the game and getting acquainted. No matter where you’re reading from, kief is the crystal residue leftover after grinding herbs.
You can actually see the crystal on the bud before you grind it. The knowledgeable smoker will recognize and differentiate between good and bad weed based on the crystal it has.
This crystal falls off and will stick to the blades of the grinder. You’ll reserve it and later top a bowl with it for an extra nice high.
Some people are hardcore with their ritual and prefer to hand-grind before rolling every j, but let’s be real: not all of us have time for that.
A coffee grinder does it so fast. They are very handy and helpful for anyone with mobility issues or pain, like arthritis (which may very well be the reason you use cannabis)!
We’ve put together a list of the best coffee grinders to use for your bud. BTW, one of them is a blender, so we had to include it just because it really is so popular we couldn’t ignore it.
The Best Coffee Grinders For Weed
Why a coffee grinder? Because it’s easy, efficient, cheap, and reliable. You’ll save yourself so much work.
Plus, it has the right hardware to do the job.
You may have seen people cutting up weed with a pair of scissors inside a shot glass.
While this is convenient, as most people will have scissors and shotglasses on hand, it doesn’t do the job. It’ll be impossible to cut it up small enough, and it’ll take forever.
It’s so easy to just toss your bud – especially large quantities for edibles, as an example – into a coffee grinder.
You can pulse the motor and stir the bud every so often, to ensure an even chop.
The motorized blades will have the right amount of power and sharp edge – they are designed to destroy hard beans, remember – to pulverize the bud evenly. The bud will be cut small enough, so that you can cook or smoke it without wasting any. You’ll get a nice, clean burn.
Basically, coffee grinders can be your secret weapon for grinding pot.
Remember, many coffee grinders are known as “coffee and herb grinders” because the blade versions of the grinders are used to break up various herbs and spices, including some toughies in the herb family. So, it all makes sense!
Besides requiring minimal effort and grinding your weed perfectly in less than 30 seconds, there is the added benefit of not really having to clean it out after.
Benefits of Electric Grinders
Hand grinders require a lot of gripping and twisting. Kief eventually builds up in the threads making the pieces stick. It will require more effort to open and close it. Plus, the sound can be grating on the ears.
Like we mentioned before, these manual grinders are no good for arthritic hands. There are no real benefits of manual grinding over automatic/electric grinding. You may as well let the grinder do the work.
By the way, a designated weed grinder is practically the same price as an electric coffee grinder.
For instance, the grinder below is the BANANA BROS Electric Smart Herb and Spice Grinder. It is designed for herbs, not coffee, but electric coffee grinders are made basically the same way.
Also, there is really nothing around the house that does what a grinder can do. Blenders come close, but most of them are too big. The Bullet Pro does a good job, but it’s not exactly cheap.
The reason coffee grinders are better is just due to a few things. There is a difference between blade and burr grinders, even with weed, as it turns out. So, watch out for the difference there.
For beginners to the world of grinding weed, some first time mistakes will be made. Things like not having a dedicated coffee grinder for kief, or accidentally making coffee with your weed grinder.
The worst case scenario is drinking a weird coffee / weed melange. Even that’s not so bad. Some people have tried it and liked it.
There’s no shame in it – some of us share a grinder with coffee beans and weed. It’s not ideal, but it works.
That said, we totally recommend using a grinder just for your weed.
Use A Dedicated Kief Grinder
In short, if you’re going to use a coffee grinder for kief, make it a dedicated one.
And if you’re going to convert an already-used coffee grinder into a mini weed factory, then have the sense to clean it out beforehand—just trust us on this.
One easy way to clean the grinder between uses is with a paintbrush. Treat yourself to a real quality brush though, with synthetic bristles, not one from the dollar store. You’ll want the softness of synthetic bristles to give a thorough cleaning.
These are also less likely to fall out, as compared to natural bristle (made from animal hair) There were a few that I ran across that did the trick, with some honorable mentions.
The biggest surprise is how fine the kief is ground using a grinder like the Cuisinart DBM-8 Supreme Grind Automatic Burr Mill. This is one crazy strong grinder.
The Cuisinart in the wrong hands can be overkill, and a newbie could end up badly grinding away their entire stash and also destroying the machine, because it is a burr grinder, not a blade grinder.
The blade grinder slices the weed. It releases the kief from the rest of the plant. With a blade grinder, you’re getting a crushing method. That method will crush the kief into the weed. You want to extract the crystal.
A burr grinder is a strong grinder that will absolutely pulverize your herb, so you have to be careful with the pulsing and grinding. You don’t want to grind your stash down to dust.
The trick with grinding is getting just the right consistency for pieces of weed that are small enough to pack a bowl and burn evenly, or to cook in some oil/butter.
Mr Coffee Blade Grinder – Grinding Weed For Cheap!
A smaller, portable, super affordable, and easy to clean coffee grinder like the Mr. Coffee coffee grinder is definitely one of my favorites for grinding pot.
As small as it is, the motor really kicks and the easy-to-use and safely secured lid makes this an ideal kief making machine.
Let’s also not forget about its large grinding capacity (especially when talking about weed), which easily equals less time for you in the long run.
When it comes to the perfect size for grinding weed, as well as the power and of course the price, special mentions go out to the Magic Bullet and the Ninja.
As a longtime owner of the Ninja, I can attest that it can do everything a coffee grinder can do and more.
Only downside to these models is that because of the design of the units, with the razor sharp multi-blade setup, you’re going to need to be extra careful or risk a trip to the emergency ward when trying to get that last bit of buildup.
In both cases, the blades are manually screwed on the top and go bottom down into the unit.
When unscrewing, the buildup will be easy enough to get at since it is a separate part of the unit. The overall usage with these models still takes patience and practice.
Blade Grinder vs. Burr Grinders for Weed
When it comes to grinding herb, the choice is pretty much up to the user, but one thing to look out for with burr grinders is you have to watch out for their grind settings, since burr grinders are often adjustable.
In case you missed what burrs actually are, it’s these little rotating teeth that are used to chew up coffee beans, which can be done manually, or at higher speeds electrically.
In fact, unless you’re feeling very experimental, you might want to just go with a blade grinder, due to the fact, that it’s not as risky.
If you’re looking for a finer grind, some burr grinders might do it, but it depends on so many factors, you might just end up ruining the machine.
One thing you certainly don’t want to do is use your mom’s super expensive burr coffee grinder which cost her $500 to try grinding weed, and then bunging up her machine.
For instance, if you see one of these Rocky grinders in your kitchen, maybe don’t use that one.
If you do use an expensive burr grinder, things can go south quick, both with mom and dad and the grinder itself.
This is because then the weed will be kinda stuck in the machine, and she’ll give you a double whammy of a spanking for that – you broke her machine, and you’re a pothead. Bad baby!
Bottom line with burr grinders – they aren’t usually cheap, if they’re electric, so proceed with caution.
With blade grinders, they are definitely cheap and fast when it comes to grinding for weed, but they are known not to last as long or be as consistent.
Big chunks are known to stick to the sides or even on the blades of some blade grinder units.
The best nomination for a coffee grinder that can make good kief is the KRUPS F203 but be prepared for some trial and error regardless.
Fear not: you won’t lose all of the good stuff to the blades – if you choose the right coffee grinder and removal method. This is a big myth. If you follow our instructions that we just gave – particularly the bit about cleaning with a paintbrush, you’ll be fine.
Most smokers will keep their kief in a separate container and collect it over a period of time. Then they may use it to top bowls or make into other products.
Here’s a good myth we want to bust right now. Have you heard this one? There have been reported deaths by using weed in a coffee grinder.
Apparently, because the molecules leftover from the coffee beans mutate the weed, creating a nose irritant that will make your eyes bleed out if it comes in contact.
If you have any common sense you will recognize immediately that this much be an urban myth. Why are you reading this article? If you smoke pot you probably also love coffee. (They go so well together).
If you have a coffee grinder that you’re wanting to use for weed, then the two substances have been in your system at the same time before, and it didn’t kill you. The scent of coffee beans will not kill you, and neither will the scent of weed.
You’re at more risk using butane lighters and inhaling that than you are in danger of inhaling the scents of coffee and weed at the same time.
Once again coffee grinders are more than an acceptable use for weed if the correct model and method is used. You won’t die, don’t worry, you’ll just be very, very high. 😉
How It’s Done
1. Pick out your model, and if used previously for coffee, caps, fraps, juicing or whatever-clean it thoroughly. You want a dedicated weed factory.
2. Add in your nugs, removing stems included with them if you don’t have any other use for it. Keep in mind smaller nugs= smaller or no stems. Less work overall.
3. Make sure everything is in place and do your thing. The desired consistency is up to you, but the most important thing is to tap on the top and shake it a bit before opening!
If not, you could get a weed mist all up in your area, wasting valuable effort, time and money.
Just for added measure tap it on a solid surface a few times before opening, just to be safe.
And never, ever open up the grinder in the middle of grinding. The pieces will obviously go flying, and you will have wasted all of your weed. Keep it contained – wait until the blades have completely stopped.
4. Use a non-coarse method of getting out the kief, like a small toothbrush that isn’t worn. This gets the most out without wasting valuable kief and leaves a good layer still for repeated use.
A spoon can also be used as a secondary if no soft brush is available, but avoid using worn brushes as the resulting mixture will get caught up in the bristles.
The Staggering Conclusion
So, there you have it. How it’s done plus some great coffee grinders that you have adopted as weed grinders for getting primo kief.
If you think we’re on point, leave a comment and tell us. We love compliments. If something we said seemed wrong to you, also tell us.
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