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The Pros & Cons of Grinding Your Weed

Some swear by the grinder. Some swear by finger chopping. But which one is better? Is there a winner? Our analysis is that there really are pros and cons to using a grinder, and many reasons to use your fingers! In this article, we take a look at the reasons you might want to grind and the reasons you might want to finger chop.

  • The pros of grinding your weed
    • 1. You don’t get sticky-icky on your fingers
    • 2. It’s fast and easy
    • 3. Grinders grind fine weed
    • 4. Collect the hash at the end of each month
  • The cons of grinding weed
    • 1. You disturb the trichomes
    • 2. You go through so much more weed
    • 3. You get a repetitive strain injury
    • 4. You lose the sensory experience
  • Alternatives to grinding weed
    • 1. Scissors
    • 2. A coin and a small container
    • 3. A coffee grinder

The grinder: possibly the least fancy, but arguably one of the most practical items in each stoner’s survival kit. But there are still a lot of seasoned joint rollers and cone smokers that swear by the finger-chop method.

We’re taking the liberty of doing the assessment. Why should you grind your weed? Why shouldn’t you? Let’s dive into the pros and cons of using a grinder and of course, the alternatives to using a grinder.

The pros of grinding your weed

Let’s start with the reasons you might want to keep a grinder next to your weed stash:

1. You don’t get sticky-icky on your fingers

The most obvious reason that someone might want to use a grinder is that it can get pretty sticky if you’re using the finger chop method. And that leads to other complications, such as difficulties rolling and hands that constantly smell like marijuana…

2. It’s fast and easy

It can take much longer to finger chop a gram of weed than to simply just throw it in a grinder. Probably the second most popular reason to grind your buds rather than get those finger nails out. A grinder works much faster than fingertips and finger nails.

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3. Grinders grind fine weed

Some people just don’t like chunky bits in their joints and bongs. They prefer a finer grind, which can be next to impossible to achieve with fingers – especially if it’s very sticky bud like Papaya, Big Bud or California Orange Bud. They also say that the more surface area there is (the finer it is ground), the higher you’ll get off a hit, which also makes sense.

Packing a pipe or bong can be difficult with finger chopped weed, which is when a grinder comes in handy. But I suppose it also comes down to how much effort you’re willing to put into the finger chopping process…

4. Collect the hash at the end of each month

There are grinders you can buy that have multiple chambers. Not only does it collect your ground weed in one chamber, but it collects all the trichomes that fall off in another chamber. That allows you the possibility of collecting some high potency kief after a month or two of grinding (or however long you go without cleaning your grinder).

That’s something to think about when it comes to using a grinder, although some would say that this falls into the “cons” of using a grinder, too. So, on that note, let’s have a look at some of the reasons you might not want to use a grinder.

Considering whether or not to use the grinder that lives in your weed stash? We take a look at the pros and cons of grinding in this article.