Last updated: November 18, 2021

What Does Grinder Mean?

In cannabis culture, a grinder is a small device that breaks down dried and cured cannabis buds and plant parts into small pieces. The smaller pieces makes it easier to smoke marijuana when placing the herb in bowls or rolling joints.

Grinders also typically feature a kief catcher. Kief is the sticky, crystal-like substance found on the cannabis plant flowers and, to a lesser extent, its leaves. The kief contains high concentrations of tetrahydrocannabinol (THC), which is the primary cannabinoid in cannabis that is used to gain psychoactive effects, commonly referred to as a ‘high’.


Maximum Yield Explains Grinder

Most grinders are small, fitting into the palm of a hand. By design, grinders are easy to utilize by anyone and do not require excessive hand strength. The user removes the lid from the grinder and places pieces of cannabis between the grinder’s teeth. The lid of the grinder is then replaced and the user twists the body of the grinder about 10 times.

The grinding forces the cannabis pieces to fall between the holes of the grinder and into the grinder’s basket. The ground cannabis can then be placed in a pipe, bong, or bubbler, or rolled into a joint.

Any kief that is also separated at the time of grinding into the grinder’s bottom changer can also be utilized or saved within the chamber for later use.

In cannabis culture, grinders are becoming more and more artistic and sophisticated; they could even be considered accessories that a lot of people find themselves collecting over time, as they would do with lighters, pipes, and bongs.


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