Herb Grinders are a must have for any herb or tobacco lover. Herb grinders are made of two halves with teeth in between. When the two pieces are aligned and turned, the product will be crushed into fragments; improving taste for smoking. The grounds can then be rolled or smoked in a pipe. By grinding, you’ll get a better and smoother burn.
You can find grinders in varying sizes depending on your usage. Two-part grinders are excellent; they will certainly do the job for most people. But depending on your usage, you may be better off going with 3-5 part grinders. The additional parts are more screens (kief catchers) to catch the remnants of your bud, in turn making your herb go farther.
There is no shortage of options when it comes to grinder materials. You can find glass, metal, wood, plastic, or acrylic cylinders. Some of these may seem enticing since they will be much more budget-friendly.
Acrylics and Plastic
While acrylics and plastic are the most economical choices, they are the most prone to long-term use issues. Both will break down and end up in your herb - the same goes for wood. Those bits have to go somewhere, and that somewhere is right in your herbs, tobacco, or other legal substance. Both of these materials will gunk up quickly too. While you’ll get the color variations with acrylic and plastic, and the ornate carvings with wood they are best if used short term.
Even though they aren’t common, you can find glass grinders, but much like wood and acrylics, they break down as well. They definitely are a sweet novelty item, though.
Metals are fantastic for herb grinding. You get the same variety of colors as you'd find with acrylic and the same ornate novelty designs of carved wood. You get all the functionality without any of the drawbacks. If you are more than an occasional user, metal is the way to go.
No matter what option you choose for herb grinders we all agree using a grinder is better than using your fingers. You won’t lose as much of the crystals because they won't be stuck to your fingers. You’ll get to retain more of your herb, and it will be a better quality and smooth experience as well.