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What is a grinder, why to use it and how?

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What is a grinder?

A grinder is an accessory that is used to help break up dense cannabis and hemp buds into smaller pieces. These smaller pieces are then used to pack into your bowls, flower vapes, or used for rolling.

Why to use a grinder?

  1. People use grinders for many reasons. The first one which we talked about briefly is for breaking up the bud. The reason it is important to break up the bud is that it allows for more airflow when lighting your bowl or joint. This means you will get better hits and use less of your flower.
  2. Another reason people use grinders is as a means of transportation. You can put a few grams of your favorite flower into your grinder and instead of having to bring both a grinder and a jar you can just bring the grinder (or if you get a stash box you can put everything inside of there and just bring your box 😊)
  3. The third reason that grinders are used is for the kief catcher. The kief catcher is below the mesh screen where the grinded buds sit (not all grinders have this but ours do). As your flower sits in a jar or grinder some of the trichomes will fall off. When the flower is sitting in a grinder it will fall through into the kief catcher where you can then use a tool to scope it up and put it back on top of your bowl or joint. For more information on kief you can ready our article on what is kief.

How to use a grinder:

Step 1: Take off the top lid. Use your fingers to break bigger buds up and place them in between the grinder’s teeth. Don’t bother putting any bud in the direct center–this is where the magnet pivots, so nothing in the center will get shredded.

Step 2: Replace the top of the grinder and give it about 3-5 rotations if you using papers/wraps or up to 10 rotations for bowls and flower vapes. Make sure all the bud has fallen through the holes. TIP: You can remove the top and tap it against the grinder’s side to help loosen up any sticky pieces stuck in the teeth.

Step 3: Unscrew the chamber with the teeth to find the basket layer holding all your freshly ground flower. Load it into your pipe, flower vape, or rolling paper or wrap and enjoy!

Step 4: Once you’ve collected some kief in the bottom chamber, scrape some out the scraping tool provided in your Hakuna grinder (always included in Hakuna grinders). Again, you can sprinkle kief onto a bowl to make it more potent or save it for something else. TIP: Some people like to put a weight in the kief chamber to help knock resin from the screen into the bottom dish. A cleaned penny or nickel works perfectly for this.


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