How to Grind Weed (3 of the Best Methods You Can Use Today)

How to Grind Weed (With a Grinder, Without, or By Hand)

(Learn 3 Simple Yet Efficient Ways to Grind Your Cannabis)

Knowing how to grind weed is essential for ensuring that your dry flowers are grinded to the right consistency.

If weed is ground too finely or not enough, it can either clog or restrict airflow when smoking.

Luckily for you, our team of cannabis experts have tested multiple options on how to grind weed efficiently so that your delicious buds are the perfect size to get your smoke on. We found the top 3 best methods for how to grind weed.

Learn how to grind weed with household items, your hand, or with a weed grinder.

Grinding Weed Using Accessories

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How to Grind Weed Without a Grinder

Grinding Weed With a Grinder

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How to Grind Weed With Grinder (Best Method)

No Grinder Method

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How to Grind Weed with Hands

Knowing How to Grind Weed Allows For the Smoothest Burn

Grinding your weed to the right consistency will:

  • Reduce Clogging in your bowl, blunt, or joint when smoking.
  • Stop Restricted Airflow from occurring.
  • Allow for the Smoothest Hits and rips.
  • Enhance your overall smoking sessions.

We tested numerous methods on how to grind weed efficiently and easily. No matter the choice you choose, rest assure that your buds will be nicely grounded. For starters, the consistency of your buds will determine how much you get out of your cannabis. If weed is too finely broken up, this will result in an almost immediate clogging. If buds are too big, this limits the amount of surface area that is exposed to the flame and as a result, deliver an inefficient and uneven burn. 

Understanding how to grind weed properly, will allow you to make the most out of your greenery while providing the most optimal smoking experience. We found the best methods to get your weed grounded and ready to go. 

After learning how to grind weed, you will be able to pick which method you prefer for your own personal preference of breaking up your precious buds.

We provided the best ways on how to grind weed so that you don’t have to waste time researching.

Understanding the pros and cons of these variations for how to grind weed, will give you a better idea on which method will best suit you. You might find that some methods will work better for you than others depending on your circumstance. In which case, you will most likely find yourself utilizing each option at some point in time for different occasions. 

How to Grind Weed Index

How to Grind Weed Without a Grinder

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We’ve all encountered times where we didn’t have access to a grinder or flat out just didn’t have one. 

This is where these next four methods down below become a great deal of help. By using basic supplies and household items, you’ll be able to break up those buds in no time. 

No grinder? No problem. We’ve done the research for you on the methods that we thought best fit those moments when you find yourself lacking a grinder. 

Keep reading below to find our best methods on how to grind weed without a grinder.

How to Grind Cannabis With Scissors and a Shot Glass

"This is quite the convenient method to break down your weed when you dont have a grinder available. I find that this method works better for me than those terrible cheese graters that completely disintegrate your bud!"

Giovanni L

This method is simple to do because it only requires two items that are easily found in your house.

Before you can begin grinding your weed, be sure to have a shot glass and a pair or handy scissors available. 

How to grind weed using scissors and a shot glass:

1. Place buds in shot glass.

2. Using the scissors, begin to cut directly into your cannabis.

3. Continue to cut your buds until you have reached your desired consistency. 

Pro Tip: It is best to not over cut cannabis. Buds need to be big enough to allow for a proper light, and small enough to deliver an efficient burn. Do not cut buds until they are super fine, this causes clogging.

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How to Grind Marijuana Using a Weed Grinder Card

Grinder cards are quite the nifty tool. They are easily carried around and is discreet enough to slide right into your wallet! 

They are made of metal and are typically in the shape of a standard credit or debit card, making them easier to use and transport than bulkier options you might find.

If you have a custom grinder card, you will be offered three grind textures; fine, medium, coarse. This will allow you to get your desired consistency in your buds.

How to grind weed with a weed grinder card:

  1. Place your biggest buds on top of the grinder card where the holes are present. (holes are not sharp on the surface so you can safely touch)
  2. Using your thumb, index, and middle finger, hold and begin to grind the weed against the card holes.
  3. When you have reached your desired cosistency, you can stop and use the edge of the grinder card to scoop up buds.
  4. Pour buds from grinder card into smoking method; joint, blunt, bowl, or even container to store for later.

The only downside to this is that it takes more effort and work to use a grinder card than it would for other grinding methods, so they are generally not the first choice. 

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Pill Bottle and Coin Method for Grinding Weed

This method for grinding weed is surprisingly efficient at getting buds to break up. The grooves of the metal coin will rub and push against your nugs, allowing it to slowly break apart. 

To grind weed using the pill bottle and coin method, simply:

  1. Grab a bottle or pill bottle along with a nickel or quarter. 
  2. Throw coin inside of the pill bottle along with your nugs.
  3. Close bottle and begin to shake the bottle up and down vigorously until buds begin to break apart.
  4. Continue process until you have reached desired consistency. 

This process for getting cannabis grounded is easy to do but may take much longer than other methods, making it not the most ideal. The buds might also be more difficult to break apart depending on your strain, how big or small your nugs are, as well as if it is dense or moist(this will make it even more difficult to break apart).

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Grinding Weed With Cutting Board and Knife

This last method is convenient to do since cutting boards and knives are a typical household item. In the absence of a grinder, you won’t have to go out of your way for this one. 

To grind weed using a cutting board and knife:

  1. Place large nugs onto cutting board.
  2. Using your knife, begin to slice and cut your nugs into smaller buds.
  3. Continue this process until all buds have been cut and the desired consistency has been reached.

This method reduces the chances of getting your cannabis too finely broken since you have much more control of what is being cut. This makes it easier to gauge the size of your nugs so you can have the consistency you were looking for.

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How to Grind Weed With a Grinder (Quick & Easy)

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For those of you who don’t own a weed-grinder, you are about to find out just how useful it can be to grind weed.

It is important to note that just because you have a grinder, it doesn’t mean that your buds will be perfect every time. Watching the consistency of your buds as well as making sure to not over grind is vital.

If you want to automate the process then we absolutely recommend an electric weed grinder as the results are much more consistent. 

We will teach you how to grind weed with a grinder the proper way to ensure you have the best grounded weed for every smoke session.

Keep reading below to learn the steps on how to grind weed with a grinder. 

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Knowing How to Correctly Place Buds in Grinder

To start off, take out your large buds and have your grinder ready.

The next step involves correctly placing your buds in the weed-grinder. You do not ever want to stuff your nugs inside. Instead, take smaller portions and place them into the grooves of your grinder if it can fit (if it doesn’t, you can simply just place buds on top of grooves/serrated edges and lightly push in to make sure it is in place).

We’ve all had those moments where we were in a rush to get that quick buzz, but the worst thing you could possibly ever do is cram large and especially dense buds right into the grinder and begin twisting, as this will not allow the buds to be properly grounded.

Take your time and correctly place buds where they fit nice and snug but not tight. You will repeat this process as many times as you need for the desired amount of cannabis you want.

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Grinding Weed to the Right Consistency for an Efficient Burn

"My joints used to run all the time, and I would have the most ridiculous uneven burn ever! Changing up the consistency of my weed was an absolute life saver. My joints hit like a champ now."

Cordealiah S.

This next step is probably the most vital of them all, the consistency of your buds. 

This determines how well your cannabis will burn and light. There is nothing worse than an uneven burn when your smoking. To reduce the chances of this happening, your buds must be grounded just right, not to fine, not too large. 

The first step was how to correctly place in your buds. This step involves grinding the cannabis in such a way that they’re not disintegrated. After the buds are inside the grinder, begin to twist in a circular motion and give it a nice two to three cranks. Then open up the grinder and check the consistency. They should be different sizes, and from here you will take out the remaining large nugs. 

Take those large nugs and repeat the above process for grinding weed until all of your buds are of similar consistency and size. Remember to not rush this step, you can’t undo weed that is too fine. 

Pro Tip: If weed is accidentally grounded too fine, it’s not entirely the end of the world. You can still smoke without restricting airflow or causing uneven burns, but be sure to mix in larger size grounded bud with the fine buds so that you are not smoking a whole bowl of finely grounded weed.

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Utilizing All Chambers in Your Grinder

Grinders come in all different styles, shapes, and designs. Depending on the one you have, there are generally multiple chambers. One to grind weed, one where weed is collected, and another where kief is collected. 

We want to make sure you utilize every chamber you have to get the most out of your cannabis. If you own a weed-grinder that does not have multiple chambers or does not have a kief catcher, then you’ll be all set and ready to start smoking your cannabis. 

If you do happen to have multiple chambers, then add a nickel into your middle chamber. This serves as a tool to shake and cause friction against your buds, allowing crystals and kief to fall down into the bottom chamber. After weed is grounded up to your desired consistency, go ahead and open up that kief chamber and scoop a little out to add on top of your weed. 

Whether you’re smoking a joint, blunt, or bowl, sprinkling kief on top will give you that added punch to your smoking session. Or if you’re up to it, pack yourself a whole bowl of kief and elevate your high.

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Depositing Cannabis From Grinder

This last step is easy and simple to follow. It’s making sure to deposit all of those buds you grounded.

It may sound self explanatory to empty out your chamber, but believe me when I say, there are always those little guys stuck in the grooves of your grinder and even middle chamber, just when you thought you took everything out. 

Unless you plan on saving your cannabis in the grinder, you want to make sure you efficiently get out all of that goodness. Be sure to double check and open up the top and middle part of your chamber. Check all the nooks and crannies in between the teeth of the grinder which are those serrated edges. Once everything is out, you’ll have all your cannabis ready to go and ready to smoke!

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How to Grind Weed with Hands

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This old school method is for those of you who don’t own a grinder or simply just don’t prefer to use one.

For some users, they find that they get better consistency with buds from grinding weed by hand, as this allows them to have more control over how they are broken up.

We also found that a mixture of larger and smaller buds allow the packing of any bowl or blunt to be much more denser, which results in a very smooth and even burn.

To make the grinding process easier make sure you are using a rolling tray to catch any mess. Also, storage is very important as you want to regulate humidity on your buds. Dry buds crack very easily as you are breaking them up and you will lose precious trichomes so a good weed stash box is important as well.

How to Grind Weed with Hands:

1. Using your thumb, middle, and index finger, pick up your bud.

2. Using your other hand and the same fingers(thumb, middle, and index), begin to rip and tear your nugs apart.

3. Continue to do this to all your large buds until they have been grounded to the desired consistency. 

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Properly Rolling Nugs Between Your Fingers

Grinding weed with your hands may take more work on your end, but can still produce the same proper consistency that is needed.

When properly rolling weed between your fingers, it’s important to not over do the process. Ripping and tearing your buds is the main step for grinding weed with your hands, but you could also place the nugs in between your thumb and index finger to rub and press against the buds.

This will allow it to break apart much easier and in turn, result in a more desired consistency. 

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Reducing Large Nugs Into Smaller Ones

Again and again, we have stressed the importance of how your buds are broken up. 

To ensure you get the right consistency, your large nugs have to be broken into smaller ones. Often times, whether using a grinding tool or not, there are still buds that aren’t fully broken down. 

This is where you’ll have to constantly check and examine your buds while tearing or ripping them apart. If they are already small, there is no need to further grind the cannabis, as this will result in finely grounded weed which can even disintegrate (especially if they aren’t dense buds). 

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Saving Trichome Build Up From Fingers

Now for the last step in grinding weed with your hands – making sure you check cannabis consistency while saving your precious trichomes.

When you are grinding your cannabis using your hands, it’s unavoidable that resin will build up on your fingers. Especially with premium grade weed where they are more than likely to be saturated with a thick layer of trichomes (loaded with high concentrations of THC).

As long as you make sure to thoroughly wash your hands prior to breaking up weed, you’ll be able to scrape the remaining resin off using a scraping tool or even a card. This can be smoked or added to your joint, blunt, or bong for a boosted high. As always, triple check that the consistency with the nugs are not too large and not too prior to small prior to rolling ro smoking.

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Which Option for How to Grind Weed is the Best?

At the end of the day, how you choose to grind weed is entirely up to you and your circumstance for the moment. There are times that you will find yourself without a handy dandy grinder tool, and therefore, those other methods will be useful. 

No matter which option you choose, you can be rest assured that your cannabis will be grounded up the the correct consistency so that you can enjoy your smoking session. We hope this guide helped you on how to grind weed efficiently and properly. 

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