How to grind weed without a grinder
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- Why it’s important to grind your weed
- Grinding weed without a grinder
- How to break apart marijuana with your hands
- Protect your trichomes
- Other methods for grinding weed without a grinder
- Bottom line
Grinding your weed is a key preparation before smoking. The best way to grind weed is with a grinder designed specifically for herbal applications. But what if you don’t have a grinder on hand? If you find yourself in this situation, you’ll want to know how to grind your weed without a grinder. This guide will equip you with everything you need to know about how to grind weed without a grinder.
Why it’s important to grind your weed
Before you get started with actually grinding your herb, it’s important to understand why you should focus on getting a good grind prior to smoking.
The specific reasons for grinding your cannabis before smoking differ depending on your smoking method. For starters, if you are trying to roll your herb into a joint, spliff, or blunt, then breaking your cannabis down into smaller chunks is obviously the only way you can fit the herb into your rolling paper. There would simply be no way to roll up an entire nug all on its own. But when you grind the weed into small pieces, you can spread it evenly across your wrap and then roll the whole thing up into a smokable form.
When you grind the weed into small pieces, you can spread it evenly across your wrap and then roll the whole thing up into a smokable form. Photo by: Gina Coleman/Weedmaps
Grinding weed is also necessary for other forms of smoking. For example, if you are smoking out of a bowl—whether it’s part of a spoon pipe, a handheld bubbler, a bong, or anything else—you should always grind your herb first if you want to get the most out of your cannabis. Technically speaking, you can get away with dropping a full nug into your bowl and smoking it. But doing so is incredibly inefficient. That’s because there is a very limited amount of surface area that can be exposed to the flame, which will result in an uneven burn and make it hard to tell if there’s unburned green in the center of the nug.
However, if you grind that same nug into smaller chunks, you will be able to pack it evenly into the bowl. And when you ignite the weed in your bowl, there will be a larger surface area to burn. This technique gives you a more uniform combustion across all of your herb and ensures that you ignite the entire quantity, leaving nothing behind. To put it simply: grinding your marijuana ensures that you thoroughly burn and smoke your entire nug so that nothing goes to waste.
Grinding your marijuana ensures that you thoroughly burn and smoke your entire nug so that nothing goes to waste. Photo by: Gina Coleman/Weedmaps
Grinding weed without a grinder
By far the best way to grind your cannabis is with a dedicated herb grinder. This tool gives you a uniform grind so that the small pieces of herb are all more or less the same size, further enhancing the efficiency of your smoking experience and letting you get the most combustion out of your marijuana. Further, grinders can help leave intact a greater portion of trichomes—and all the cannabinoids they contain—since they’re not rubbing off onto your hands. However, with all that said, there are still times when you simply cannot access a grinder. In those cases, you can improvise and break apart your marijuana with your hands.
How to break apart marijuana with your hands
This process is best done using a rolling tray or flat surface that can catch your weed and allow you to use both hands to pull apart the nug and separate stems and seeds. But if you’re in a pinch and don’t have a flat, smooth surface handy, you can use the palm of your hand.
Hold your non-dominant hand flat. This will be where you collect your ground-up marijuana. Hold your nug in your dominant hand.
Gently but firmly roll the herb between your middle finger, index finger, and thumb. Photo by: Gina Coleman/Weedmaps
Gently but firmly roll the herb between your middle finger, index finger, and thumb. Be sure you roll the herb directly above your non-dominant hand so that all the little pieces fall into your open palm. Continue this process until you have crumbled the entire nug.
Carefully sort through the crumbled herb in your palm. Break down any especially large chunks with your fingertips until all the pieces of herb are roughly the same size.
Once you’re happy with the consistency of your grind, use your ground-up marijuana to roll up your joint, spliff, or blunt, or to pack your bowl.
Protect your trichomes
When you crumble weed with your fingers, the ultimate goal is to strike a balance between applying enough force to break apart the cannabis without damaging the herb.
Remember, you’re trying to protect the trichomes as much as you can, since this is where all the THC and other cannabinoids are concentrated. No matter how gentle or careful you are, you will still end up with sticky resinous fingers when you’re done, and there will be some degree of trichome loss as a result of the crumbling process. Do your best to be as gentle as possible while still applying adequate force to break apart the bud.
Other methods for grinding weed without a grinder
Crumbing weed with your hands is the classic go-to strategy when you find yourself without a grinder. But there are a few other methods you can try if you have access to some basic household equipment.
Method 1: Scissors and a shot glass
For this method, you’ll need a clean shot glass and a pair of clean, sharp scissors. Place your nug into the shot glass. Then poke the scissors down into the shot glass and slice apart the marijuana. Be careful that you don’t spill the cannabis as you work the scissors. As always, shoot for slicing your cannabis into pieces that are as uniform in size as possible. And remember, the sharper your scissors, the more precise your cuts will be and the more intact your valuable trichomes will remain.
Place your nug into the shot glass. Then poke the scissors down into the shot glass and slice apart the marijuana. Photo by: Gina Coleman/Weedmaps
Method 2: Coffee grinder
Did you know that you can also grind your marijuana in a coffee grinder? Doing so will give you a decent grind, but will leave the blades of your coffee grinder sticky with resin. Try this method only if you’re fine with having a resin-covered coffee grinder.
Method 3: Kitchen knife and cutting board
Another method is to chop your cannabis using a very sharp kitchen knife and cutting board. If your knife is too dull, you will end up tearing your bud rather than slicing it cleanly, and this could lead to significant trichome damage. But if you can get a nice clean slice, you’ll leave intact more of the trichomes and get a much more uniform final product. Of course, your knife and cutting board will accumulate residual sticky resin, so you should plan on washing them immediately after slicing apart your marijuana.
You can grind your weed by chopping your cannabis using a very sharp kitchen knife and cutting board. Photo by: Gina Coleman/Weedmaps
While a grinder is the single best piece of equipment you can use to grind marijuana, you can also improvise with household items and your own hands.
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–Gimli, The Lord Of The Rings The Two Towers
Pipe-weed is an item used with a pipe to blow smoke rings. You must have pipe-weed in your inventory to use a pipe, and every time you blow a smoke ring one piece of pipe-weed is consumed. Every consumed pipe-weed restores 1 ( ) .
Pipe-weed can be made from drying leaves in a furnace or Hobbit oven (and is the only non-food item which the latter can smelt besides reeds). It can also be obtained as a drop from Hobbits, or purchased from bartenders.
- 1 Pipe-weed Plant
- 2 Pipe-weed Seeds
- 3 Pipe-weed Crop
- 4 Pipe-weed Leaf
- 5 Lore
Pipe-weed Plant [ edit | edit source ]
The first step to producing your own pipe-weed is to get a pipe-weed plant (or Sweet Galenas). In the renewed version only this is called ‘Wild Pipe-weed’ and has the texture shown to the right above. It is found quite commonly in the Shire and (since Public Beta 29) rarely in Gondor, Ithilien and Dor-en-Ernil (and their sub-biomes), in patches similar to other plants. It emits smoke particles, similarly to the pipe-weed crop. Using bone meal on the grass in the Shire may yield them.
If hit, it drops one plant. These are stackable up to 64. When crafted on a regular crafting table, it makes two seeds.
Pipe-weed Seeds [ edit | edit source ]
The second step is gaining some pipe-weed seeds to grow pipe-weed crops. They can be obtained by crafting plants or leaves and by harvesting crops.
Pipe-weed Crop [ edit | edit source ]
In the third step, sow those seeds, to obtain a pipe-weed crop. When the crop is fully grown, it emits smoke particles and can be harvested. It drops 1-3 leaves and 1-3 seeds. They are found naturally in some Hobbit farms. Pipe-weed is a favourite among Hobbits, and so is predominately found in this region.
Pipe-weed Leaf [ edit | edit source ]
The fourth and last step is to harvest pipe-weed leaves and dry them in a furnace or Hobbit oven to produce pipe-weed, which can then be smoked using a pipe. Smoking replenishes 1 ( ) , so pipe-weed can also be seen as food. The leaves can also be sold to bartenders in the Shire and Uruk traders.
Lore [ edit | edit source ]
Pipe-weed was originally brought to Middle-earth by the Númenóreans during the Second Age. It is known by many names throughout Middle-earth, including Sweet Galenas (Dúnedain of the North), Westmans-Weed (Gondor) and, of course, Pipe-weed (Hobbits). Gandalf himself was taught how to smoke it by the hobbits. Saruman originally advised Gandalf against it, but eventually he gave in and took up smoking himself. There are several varieties of pipe-weed, grown in different regions of Middle-Earth. These varieties include Old Toby, Longbottom Leaf, Southlinch, and Southern Star. Pipe-weed is highly valued by the hobbits and, as the LotR mod hobbit speech banks will tell you, the hobbits believe they would be lost without it. It was smoked by many of the peoples of Middle-earth. Gandalf, Gimli and Strider were notable smokers of the plant.
Pipe-weed is an item used with a pipe to blow smoke rings. You must have pipe-weed in your inventory to use a pipe, and every time you blow a smoke ring one piece of pipe-weed is consumed. Every consumed pipe-weed restores 1 (). Pipe-weed can be made from drying leaves in a furnace or Hobbit…