How to Use a Weed Grinder: 5 Tips

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Slide2When you use a weed grinder for the first time it can be a confusing experience.  The best grinders are made of aluminum or zinc and have four chambers.  To get the best grinding experience it is important to use your herb grinder effectively to get the finest grind for your herb.  Today we have compiled five tips that will ensure that you get a great grind every time.

1. Pick a Great Grinder

If you have been reading our website at all you will know that our entire goal at is to make sure you find a high quality grinder that meets your needs without breaking the bank (so you can buy more herb, of course).  When you take a look at the front page of the site you will notice that we talk about reasons not to buy an acrylic or wooden herb grinder.  These tend to be made cheaply and will wear out over time.  If you are buying a grinder we highly recommend that you purchase either an aluminum grinder or a zinc grinder.  A high quality aluminum grinder is the Space Case (see best price), and Chromium Crusher (click to see best price) is a great choice if you prefer a zinc grinder.

Space Case is a Top Rate Grinder
Space Case is a Top Rate Grinder

Another factor to consider when buying a grinder is not just the material that the grinder is made from but also the grinder’s features.  If not listed in the product description be sure to ask the manufacturer how many teeth are in the top chamber, as well as how many holes there are to let finely grind up herb fall into the next chamber.  Be sure to read the reviews of herb grinders on and Amazon to learn about each grinder’s specific strengths and weaknesses.

2. Do Not Overfill the Top Chamber

When you first grind herbs in an weed grinder it may be tempting to load as much as possible into the top chamber.  We urge you not to do this as the finished product will likely not be as fine as it would have been if you would have grind up a smaller amount each time.  While this may cause you to spend more time grinding it will be worth it when you go to use your herb.

3. Turn the Grinder Upside Down for a Finer Grind

This is a little tip we picked up along the way from some friends and in a Youtube video.  When you grind the herb turn the weed grinder upside down.  This has a tendency to grind the herb more finely than when you use the grinder upright.  Just be sure to hold on to the top cap to keep it from falling off and having your herb fly everywhere.

4. Grind The Herb Thoroughly

While tip number four may seem simple there are some clues that will help you determine when your herb is grind up completely.  When you begin grinding by twisting the top chamber of the grinder you may feel some mild resistance as the herb is being cut up by the grinder teeth.  A good way to know when the herb is thoroughly grinded is that you will notice the twisting motion will become much easier, similar to what it would feel like if you twisted the chamber with nothing in it.

5. Collect Kief

Ah, the holy grail for stoners.  Kief is a super fine marijuana material that is built up through the metal screen filter in a four piece herb grinder.  Kief has a significantly higher THC content than regular marijuana.  By using the grinder multiple times kief will naturally build up in the bottom chamber of your grinder.  As you can see in the video below there are a couple things you can do to make sure you get the greatest amount of kief in the least amount of herb grinding.  One thing to do is to put a couple coins in the third chamber so that they lay on top of the metal screen.  Another trick is to place the grinder in the freezer for thirty minutes so that the kief is easier to scrape together for use.


Brian Cooper

About Brian Cooper

Brian Cooper is a lifelong resident of Ohio and has been an advocate of cannabis use for many years. When not partaking, Brian enjoys to hike, ride his bike, and play guitar. Brian started ExpertsofHerb in 2014.

  • Good tips here. Though I’m a little late getting into the game, we’ve just moved to Colorado, so I figured….why not, let’s give it a shot. And with my buddies being more knowledgeable, they told me to go online and find a good grinder. Informative stuff here and thanks for posting the video.

  • I have several ounces of buds with seeds that I dried and cured. Can I run these through an herb grinder or do I have to remove the seeds first?
    And, does an herb grinder still separate the kief if the buds are crunchy dry? (I have one jar that got really dry)

  • U should really take the seeds out first. As for the crunchy weed, as long as the crystals are on the bud/weed u will get keif. Hope this helped✌