At first glance, a cannabis grinder seems like a pretty commonplace accessory – but don’t be fooled by its unassuming appearance! Even though grinders don’t usually get much attention, they’re a surprisingly interesting part of the past, present, and future of cannabis.
We’re counting down eight interesting facts about weed grinders, from their centuries-long history to the latest innovative features and designs. Once you’re done reading, don’t be surprised if you look at your grinder a little bit differently!
1. The oldest versions of the dry herb grinder likely date back thousands of years.
The earliest herb grinders wouldn’t have looked much like the modern-day models we have today, but they still served the same purpose: to grind dry herbs and plants into a fine, easy-to-use texture. Evidence of cannabis culture shows us that it was a part of everyday life upwards of 2,500 years ago.
Tools such as the mortar and pestle would likely have been used for grinding cannabis for medicinal, religious, and even recreational purposes at that time. And even though the idea of using two rocks to grind down your cannabis sounds pretty rudimentary now, it still marks an important milestone in the progression of the modern grinder.
2. The first modern dry herb grinder was patented in 1905.
Flash forward to the early 1900s, and two men in Victoria, Australia, invented today’s version (or close to it) of the grinder. John Blading and William Wingfield devised an herb grinder that looks impressively similar to the ones we use now, showing just how effective the design is.
When it was patented in 1905, the grinder would have been an exciting advancement for anyone that used tobacco, herbs, or medicinal plants.
3. In the past century, the classic grinder design has gotten a few awesome upgrades.
The basic design of a cannabis grinder has proved to be pretty timeless, but some top-of-the-line weed grinders are making smart improvements.
For example, the Canna Clawz grinder design focuses on resolving some of the most common frustrations of using a cannabis grinder:
- A threadless design relies on magnetic contact points for a secure, solid assembly, eliminating the annoying buildup that happens with threaded grinders
- Interleaved blades give you the flexibility to choose a coarse or fluffy cut, depending on the direction you turn the grinder
- Premium, medical-grade aluminum construction extends the grinder’s lifespan
4. Grinding can kick flavor and aroma into high gear.
One of the biggest benefits of grinding cannabis is that it releases a significant amount of the taste and aroma of the plant, elevating your overall experience.
Look at it this way: you wouldn’t expect to make a great cup of coffee by running hot water over whole coffee beans, would you? Grinding the beans is a necessity for a quality brew – and the same concept applies to cannabis.
5. Certain grinders let you collect and save the kief for later.
When you grind cannabis, a very fine dust made of pure THC is a “byproduct” of the process, this is called kief. Unfortunately, many people don’t realize that their grinder isn’t catching this THC-rich dust, and it all goes to waste.
Luckily, there are a few specially-designed grinders (like our Canna Clawz grinders) that incorporate a “kief catcher.” Located in the bottom of the grinder, the kief catcher is a small section that houses all of the kief that is separated from the bud. All you have to do is pop open the catcher to access the kief – then, it’s yours to sprinkle on top of your favorite flower for a delightful boost of THC and fabulous flavor.
6. Without a consistent texture, a grind is virtually useless.
Grinding your cannabis creates a finely-textured final product that offers more surface area, which in turn allows for a more even burn. But if you’re using a subpar grinder that leaves your grind lumpy and inconsistent, you’ll definitely be able to tell the difference – and not in a good way.
A grind with various pieces and chunks will ruin your smoking experience. One inhale could be unpleasantly strong, and the next inhale will just be a cloud of flavorless smoke.
7. Grinders can be made out of various materials.
You’ve probably seen grinders made from wood, stone, plastic, and metal, to name a few. Keep in mind that not all grinders are created equally; metal grinders are far superior for durability, reliability, and convenience. Plastic and acrylic grinders tend to break easily, while wood and stone grinders are notoriously difficult to keep clean. A high-end aluminum will generally be your best bet.
8. You can shop for special-edition grinders to match your one-of-a-kind style.
If you want a grinder with a unique style, look for limited edition cannabis grinders. For example, Canna Clawz partners with talented artists like Michael Olivera to create absolutely amazing grinders that are basically functional works of art.
Find Out Why Canna Clawz Grinders are an Industry Favorite
As it turns out, there’s more to cannabis grinders than meets the eye. And once you’ve learned just how much a premium grinder can elevate your experience, there’s just no going back.
Canna Clawz crafts unique grinders for the discerning consumer, setting a new standard for dry herb grinders. When we were designing our series of grinders, we pinpointed every feature that the ultimate grinder of our dreams would have – and then, we incorporated all those features into our products.
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