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How to Use a Weed Grinder (With Pictures!)

It might seem like a pretty basic activity, but do you actually know How to Use a Weed Grinder?

Hello all and thanks for stopping by! Today’s article will be another very beginner-friendly one, revolving around the simple act of grinding up Marijuana bud.

In reality there isn’t much to it, but if you’re new to “busting” or just Cannabis culture in general then it may be a good time to do a little reading. That’s why I’m here.

So without any further waiting, let’s get right into it.

What is a Weed Grinder?

Weed Grinders often come in a few different varieties which can be confusing at first, but the core objective remains the same – to grind up the flower into a more smokeable form.

This is essential for packing a bowl or rolling a joint, because weed that hasn’t been through the grinding process can be a real pain in the neck to work with – making it hard to light, or causing your rolled joints to be lumpy.

On top of that, using a grinder can save you a bunch of time too as “finger busting” is slower and typically leaves more room for mistakes. I won’t knock it though, as breaking up weed by hand can be rather relaxing too.

Two, Three, or Four-Part Grinders? Which one is best for me?

Two-Part Grinders are very simple in function – grind up the flower, no fancy bells and whistles beyond that.

Three-Part Grinders give you the added benefit of a catch basin below, where the freshly ground weed will accumulate. This is nice if you’re busting up a bunch at once.

Four-Part Grinders work under the same principles, but also have a screen inside that allows you to separate the ground flower from the concentrated Kief Crystals that result as part of the busting process.

I’ll talk a bit more about the Kief in a moment, but for now, which type of Grinder is right for you?

Honestly, if the price difference isn’t too steep I would go with either a 3 or 4-Part Grinder. They’ll still get the job done, but also let you separate the crystal which is handy if you’re making hash or just want to add some to your current bowl.

I personally had a 3-Part Grinder for a long time before I ever upgraded, and now I swear by the 4-Part version instead.

How to Grind or “Bust” it up

First you want to open the Grinder so you can see the “teeth” on both sides. Pretty straightforward, right?

Next, partially bust up the bud by hand just so it’ll fit into the Grinder. It doesn’t have to be perfect, we’re just trying to make it more manageable for the Grinder to do its job.

Next, close the lid (you may feel some resistance from the weed, that’s fine) and start turning the Grinder by hand. As you continue to spin it, it will get smoother overall as the product gets broken into smaller pieces.

Eventually it looks like this

And that’s pretty much all there is to it! Take that beautiful pile of crushed up flower and pack it nicely into a bowl or roll it into a joint and you’re good to go!

If you happen to be wondering about the concentrated crystal, keep on reading folks.

What is Kief? And a Kief Catcher?

I won’t go into too much detail here, but Kief basically refers to the crystals that cover the Cannabis plant. It’s a sticky, concentrated substance that contains higher amounts of THC and is useful for a number of reasons.

In the wild, Cannabis plants are covered in this stuff which also serves as a defense mechanism against herbivores that might eat the plants.

For us humans, we often use it in conjunction with our weed to increase the potency or turn it into hash.

If you’re packing a bowl, you can scrape together some of the crystal (which just looks like dust in the Kief catcher) and add it in to get you a stronger high.

The Kief Catcher is just the last chamber in your 4-Part buster where the concentrated crystal accumulates. Fancy name though!

That’s as far as I’ll go with that, but if you want to read more about Kief, check out this article by Leafly that does an excellent job of covering the subject.


That’s pretty much all the basics covered here folks, I hope I was able to provide some useful insight as to how these magical toys work.

Have you had any experience with different types of Grinders in the past? Maybe some cool kinds that we didn’t cover here today?

Drop me a comment down below and I would be more than happy to chat about it!

Beyond that, as always, thanks for stopping by and I have a fantastic day!


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