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 do not have a grinder on hand? If you find yourself in this situation, you will want to know how to grind your weed without a grinder.
Why grind weed?
Grinding your bud is a crucial part of the preparation and should not be skipped over. Breaking the flower down into tiny, consistent pieces allows the weed to burn fully and equally.
If you are trying to roll your flower into a joint or blunt, then breaking your cannabis down into smaller chunks is obviously the only way you can fit the herb into your rolling paper.
Grinding weed is also necessary for other forms of smoking. For example, if you are smoking out of a bowl, whether it is part of a spoon pipe, a handheld bubbler, a bong, 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 is 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 is 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.
Some people opt to break their weed up with their hands, and while it can work, it is not going to be nearly as consistent as grinding. If your weed is high quality, it is probably going to get your fingers sticky, collecting the resin as you go. You do not want to collect all the sticky stuff with your hands, because that is where the terpenes and other compounds are.
Methods for grinding weed without a grinder
If you find yourself without a grinder, you are not out of luck. There are a few easy ways to break down your cannabis nugs.
Method 1: Scissors and a shot glass
For this method, you will 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 do not 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.
Method 2: Coffee grinder
If you are more responsible about your coffee than your weed and you have one of these grinders, you are set.
For larger amounts of weed, this is probably the easiest and most effective solution. After all, you are grinding weed with a grinder. Cleanup, on the other hand, can be a bit of a hassle.
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.
If you can get a nice clean slice, you will 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.
Method 4: Pill bottle and coin
If you have got an empty pill bottle or film canister and a penny or dime around, you are in luck. Just put the desired amount of weed in the pill bottle, add the coin, and put the lid on. Then shake it around a bunch. It is going to make some noise, so do not do this anywhere you plan to be discreet.
If you have got extra sticky weed, this might prove more difficult, but it is still going to grind your bud better than your fingers can.
Method 5: Mortar and pestle
These kitchen tools were made for grinding. From pesto to guacamole to aromatic spice blends, a mortar and pestle will grind and mash to your heart’s desire.
This ancient tool will grind your weed like it was designed to grind herbs. For best results, you might want to dry your weed a bit first as it is much more difficult to grind moist weed with a mortar and pestle.
Method 6: Cheese grater
The options are getting worse but still possibly. If for some reason, using a cheese grater is the most convenient thing you have to grind your weed with, that is okay. It can be done.
Take your nug and rub it along the side of the grater with the tiniest holes. Make sure to clean that grater out before putting it back afterwards, as it will be very sticky. Be very careful not to catch your fingers in the grater.
While it is not the recommended way to break up flower without a grinder, breaking weed up with your own hands is ultimately a way to get the job done. You will end up with different sized chunks and sticky fingers, but on the plus side, you will not have to worry about grating your fingers.
If the weed is just too fresh and sticky, you can leave it out for a bit to dry out or even throw it in the freezer to make it easier to break up. Regardless, you will have ground up weed without scrounging the house for materials.