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Lost Your Grinder? Here’s How to Grind Your Buds Without a Grinder


You must be familiar with the popularity that cannabis has gained in the past few years. A lot of people are now using cannabis for both medical and recreational purposes. And the main reason for the popularity of cannabis is its medical and therapeutic benefits. Medical cannabis can help you deal with various health conditions. These include cancer, Parkinson’s disease, epilepsy, arthritis, Crohn’s disease, Alzheimer’s disease, PTSD, HIV/AIDS, chronic pain, and many more. With a medical cannabis card, you can buy medical cannabis for your condition. But what if you are not able to find your grinder to break down your cannabis buds? Do not worry, there are certain ways that can help you break your buds without the help of a grinder.

It does not matter whether you want to smoke cannabis for medical purposes or recreational purposes. Not finding a grinder at the right time can be a little frustrating. Most people now make use of a grinder to break down their cannabis buds. It has become a part of accessories for almost every smoker. But do not let its absence ruin your smoking session. There are plenty of methods that you can use to grind your buds without a grinder. I have prepared a list for you of some of the best methods of breaking down your buds without a grinder. So, let’s get into it.

Method 1. Use Your Hands

Time to get back to the basics. One of the most traditional and oldest ways to break apart cannabis is by using your hands for the job. Sometimes you just need to get back to the basics. People used to break their buds by their hands before the grinder came on the market. And trust me, breaking buds with your fingers feels amazing and is easy too. 

You just have to make a shape like a bowl with one hand and use the other to break apart your buds. Time to “get your hands dirty.” While you break down your buds by hand, you will find the resin building up around your hand. But, you can use it for some extra kick, as long as you wash your hands before handling your cannabis. Take a credit card of keys to scrape the resin off your hands. And then smoke it in a joint or bong to get that extra kick. It is one of the oldest methods to make hash; roll your cannabis buds between your hands and then collect the resin that builds up around the hand.

Method 2. Using Scissors And a Shot Glass

If you do not want the resin to build up around your hands to break your buds apart, use scissors and a shot glass. This will really help you if you are at a house party. You just have to pup your cannabis in the shot glass. Then use scissors to start chopping away your buds. But I must tell you that this process is a little tedious, so be prepared. However, the work is worth it. 

You are going to get some really nice, evenly cut cannabis for your smoking session. Now, what else do you need to smoke a joint when you have nicely cut cannabis? Now, for this method, the shot glass is the best option. Why? There are two reasons for this – Firstly, your cannabis will not fall out while you chop it, thanks to the high walls of the glass. Secondly, a shot glass has a small diameter that helps in tightly confining your cannabis. This makes it easier for you to cut through.

Do not feel demotivated if you don’t have a shot glass. You can use any regular glass or container instead. But while you use a container, tilt it on an edge so that your buds bunch together. Also, pay attention to any piece flying out while you chop.

Method 3. Using Parchment Paper

Another to break down your cannabis buds without getting your hands dirty is by using a piece of parchment paper. Use parchment or wax paper to make a barrier between your hands and your buds. This way you will not have to worry about scraping off the aromatic yet sticky resin off your hands afterward. 

While you can use any paper product for this job, I would suggest using parchment paper. Parchment paper has a waxy surface that will help in keeping everything from sticking. You just have to cut a few pieces for this method. Then place those pieces between your fingers prior to starting off with the process. Or you can simply use them to make a barrier when planning to smash your buds with heavier objects.

Method 4. Use a Knife And a Chopping Board

Sounds a little over-the-top, right? But try to learn the real power of this method. You can find a knife and a chopping board in your kitchen. Get the chopping board and place your buds on it. Then get your knife and start chopping them up. You will end up with really nice, finely chopped cannabis for your smoking session.

There are a few things that you need to take care of when using this method. The chopping board and knife you use should be clean. You must not use a knife and board that you used to cut very pungent ingredients such as garlic or onions. The odor of these ingredients can contaminate your cannabis. Another thing that you should take care of is the sharpness of the knife. The knife you use to chop your buds should be sharp. Otherwise, it will be hard for you to get nicely cut cannabis.

Method 5. Using a Coffee Grinder

If you are planning to smoke cannabis with your friends, and have to grind a large quantity, remember this method. When it comes to large quantities of cannabis, other methods may not turn out to be very effective. But don’t worry, we have got you covered. You can use a coffee grinder to grind your cannabis buds. In fact, a lot of cannabis enthusiasts I know use a coffee grinder instead of a traditional cannabis grinder. It is really a great way to grind a large amount of cannabis buds.

You just have to put your buds into the coffee grinder and grind it. The process of grinder is the same as for grinding coffee beans. And you might have to use a credit card or a key afterward to collect all the resin that may build up inside the grinder. Also, it is very important for you to clean your coffee grinder before and after you use it. Not cleaning the grinder can contaminate the aroma of your coffee and/or buds.

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