When you purchase weed, it will likely be in chunks, which may be an annoyance if you are looking for something more refined. Typically, retailers sell it whole to give you more options since it’s easier to break weed down than clump it together. There is another practical reason to keep weed in chunks, storage. It’s easier to keep weed fresh when it’s in chunks rather than ground up.In this article you will read about How to Break Up Your Weed Without a Grinder.
However, when you eventually want to roll up a joint or use a bong or vape, you will need to break your weed down. Doing so will improve your weed experience and make sure there is no waste.
The Importance of Getting it Right
Breaking weed up into smaller pieces makes it easier to achieve a complete burn and avoid canoeing (when a joint only burns on one side). Different varieties of weed have varying benefits, and you want to make sure you choose what’s right for you. Licensed dispensaries have everything from hybrids to Indica to Sativa weed for sale. Once you choose your product, you can grind it and prepare it for a good smoke.
Finely ground weed allows for better airflow and trichome exposure, so you’ll get more cannabinoids and terpenes in your system. To achieve this, you will need to use a grinder or mill, preferably a heavy-duty aluminum model with sharp diamond cutting teeth and a stainless steel mesh screen that can collect the kief (concentrated trichome pollen).
If you’re not overly hung up on consistency and don’t want to invest in a fancy grinder, there are also simpler and cheaper models on the market.
One-hitters and small bowls also perform better when used with fine grinds since air can flow more freely. You will be able to burn the weed evenly and not leave anything behind. Rolling joints and blunts also benefit from improved airflow. Grinding your weed down is also ideal for achieving an even burn of your flower when vaping.
The Best Non-Grinder Techniques
There are times you will find yourself without your trusty grinder, or maybe you just haven’t bought one yet. Don’t worry; there are techniques you can use to break weed down even without a grinder. Every weed enthusiast has probably used their hands to break the cannabis into pieces. It is undoubtedly the simplest way to do it, although it will leave you with oily hands.
Another simple way to break your weed down is to chop it up with a sharp knife. Some weed can be sticky, so if your knife isn’t sharp enough, you will struggle a bit. Another trick is to use a plastic pill bottle or jar and a coin. Wipe them down with rubbing alcohol to ensure they are both clean, then seal the weed and coin inside the bottle and give it a good shake. The coin will break the weed down.
Another option is to use a coffee grinder, although you should keep in mind that cleaning it will be a bit tough. Both coffee and cannabis excrete oils that can be difficult to scrub away, so failure to clean thoroughly can lead to cross-contamination. Coffee grinders can be helpful for large quantities of weed.
After the Break Down
Once your weed is in a more refined form, use it as you usually would. After use, you need to store it properly; the main reason it’s hard to find finely ground cannabis is that it doesn’t stay fresh as long.
To store your fine cannabis, keep it away from moisture. Moisture can result in mold, which is a health hazard. Weed also doesn’t do well in extreme temperatures, so keep it away from radiators, the oven, and the fridge. Ideally, weed should be in a cool, dry, dark glass container.
Break It off
Weed produces its best results in finer form. If you don’t have a grinder, you can likely improvise with what you have on hand. Keep in mind to only grind what you need for immediate use. If you have any left behind, store it properly to make it last as long as possible.