Looking for a grinder? What if you simply don’t live near any headshops? Have no fear. This article will show you 5 ways to make a grinder in a pinch.
If you want to get the most bang for your buck you’ve got to grind your ganja. Grinding weed nugs down into smaller chunks allows for you to get as much smoke out of your stash as possible. It also gives you a smoother, better burn than just torching an entire, un-ground nug. And while grinders are easy to find and relatively cheap, there are times when you can’t get down to the nearest smoke shop to buy one. This article will show you 5 ways to make a grinder at home.
1. Scissors and a Shot Glass
What You Need:
- A shot glass
- Small sharp scissors
This is one of the most straightforward methods. Simply drop your nug into a shot glass then use your small sharp scissors to chop it apart. You can pretty much go nuts chopping up the herb into smaller and smaller pieces. But be careful that you don’t go so crazy you start sending little pieces of herb flying out of the glass and all over the place.
Once you’ve got your herb broken down to the consistency you’re looking for, carefully pour it out of the shot glass and into your bowl, your rolling paper, or whatever else you’re using to puff.
2. Electric Blender
This one’s another simple and straightforward way to make your weed grinder right at home. Drop your herb into a small electric coffee grinder and grind away until you’ve got the desired consistency.
The only bad thing is that you sometimes need to load a decent amount of weed into the grinder for this work. Sometimes, if you only have a little bit, the grinder’s blade will simply pass right over the top of the bud, leaving it untouched and unchopped. If you run into this problem, you can also try gently shaking the grinder so that the nug moves into the path of the blade.
When you’re done, pour out the herb. And don’t forget to carefully get all the powdery kief that falls off the nug while it’s getting chopped up.
3. Mesh Cup Holder
For this one, you’re going to need some simple pieces of office equipment. What you’re looking for is a metal mesh object, something like a pencil holder, a business card holder, or a paper holder. Whatever it is, it’s got to be fairly sturdy metal, and it’s got to be mesh. Metal mesh pencil holders like this probably work the best.
Now use the palm of your hand to press your herb through the metal mesh. As it gets squished through, the mesh will break it apart into nice little chunks, perfect for torching. You might also have some success placing your herb on a cutting board and rolling the pencil holder over it until it’s fully broken down.
4. Mesh Screen & Pill Container
This method is fairly similar to the one just described but might give you a big more control over your grind.
Here’s what you’ll need:
- A small piece of metal mesh screen. You can get a piece of screen from stores like Home Depot, or out of an old window screen.
- A cylindrical pill container.
- A thick rubber band.
- A kitchen utensil with a hard handle, something like a mixing spoon or spatula.
And here’s how it works:
If the mesh screen you’re using is dirty, wash it first. Once it’s clean, place it over the top of the open pill container. Now gently press it down about halfway into the container while keeping enough above the container to fold it down over the edge of the container. The mesh should now form a bowl shape that sits down inside the container. Use your rubber band to hold the screen in place.
Now place your nug into the bottom of the screen. Use the handle of the mixing spoon or spatula to gently but firmly press the herb through the openings of the mesh. Once it’s all passed through the mesh, remove the screen, and pour out the ground up herb. Don’t forget the kief that’s accumulated down at the bottom of the container.
5. Tobacco Can & Screws/Staples
This method is for the craftier smokers out there. It’s basically a design for making a grinder that works more or less like regular grinders you’d buy in a smoke shop. Here’s what you’ll need:
- an old cleaned out tobacco can
- something to punch holes through the can
- construction staples (optional)
Start by carefully punching a series of small holes into the bottom of the tobacco can.
Tip: Make the holes smaller than the screws. This will help make a tighter seal between the screws and the can and will reduce the chances that herb or kief will fall through.
Now insert screws through the holes, so the sharp ends are pressing through into the middle of the can. Do the same thing to the lid of the tobacco can. But be sure that the holes in the lid aren’t perfectly aligned with the screws you just punched through the bottom of the can. If they are, you won’t be able to close your grinder.