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When it comes to consuming your dry herbs, one of the most important
things you can have is a grinder. Grinders are used to break up the herbs into fine, consistent pieces, and are an essential tool.
Grinders come in all shapes, sizes and prices. With a wide variety of sizes for grinders you can tailor your experience to whatever your needs are. If you’re looking for more function in your grinder, there are three, four, and even five piece grinders.
'Can’t you just use your fingers to break up your dry herbs?' Using a grinder is much faster than breaking the herbs into pieces by hand, and more importantly, gives you a more consistent, convenient end-result. Saving time in the process is one positive, but there are more benefits than just this.
One of the best benefits of using a grinder, is that by breaking your herbs into smaller pieces, you maximize their surface area. This makes them smoke/vape better, giving you a more enjoyable experience with your dry herbs.
For example, with a four piece grinder, you have not only the sections with the teeth for the grinding, but also a chamber for herb storage. However, the best feature of these grinders is the fourth piece, a chamber under the herb storage chamber that catches any pollen that falls off of your herbs. This is achieved because of the presence of a mesh screen in the herb storage chamber, with holes small enough to allow the pollen to fall through and accumulate.
This pollen is the essence of the dry herb, being the most potent part of it. The pollen itself is called the trichome; it’s the part of your dry herbs that may make them appear crystal-like. When you grind your herbs, all of the trichomes either fall through to the pollen catcher or stay on the herbs themselves; when you break up by hand, however, a lot of the trichomes will stick to your hands, reducing overall potency.
By reducing the potency of your dry herbs, you won’t get as much out of them or may need to use more of them to get what you want out of them. As such, keeping the trichomes on your herbs (and having some stored to accumulate) is ideal for every smoker.