The key to a good smoking experience is all in grinding your buds. There are plenty of different grinders on he market, but a select few that are worth the hype. But what’s all the ruckus about? And why do we even do it? Here’s our guide to why we grind and what we use to do it:

Grinders: A Guide to Why We Grind and What We Use

If you’re an avid smoker, you probably are quite familiar with why you do what you do. But to others, it might not make too much sense. I know people who have always used their hands, and they chalk it up to preference. But you’re missing out on a few things.

For starters, when you skip the grinder and just use your hands, you’re smashing the buds. This pulls of and crushes some of the trichomes, which lessens the potency. And! You’re missing out on an even burn when you smoke. By pulling it apart instead of grinding it up, your 1)smashing it and 2) breaking it into uneven pieces.

By doing this, you’re going to end up wasting a bunch of product because some parts are dense and some are light and fluffy. What a grinder does is it takes the bud itself, and it shaves it into uniform pieces that will burn in a uniform pattern.

Not to mention, if you’re using a smaller piece, such as a one-hitter— the pieces that are not evenly ground up will do nothing more than clog it up. Smaller pieces, even smaller bowls, can easily clog when there are too many chunky pieces.

So, what do we use?

My personal go-to is the Santa Cruz Shredder. What they’re doing  that’s a bit different than the competition is that they’re changing the shape of the grinder teeth. Most grinders are built like traditional wheat grinders, where it smashes and yanks to rip the buds apart. But this grinder, has your buds in mind. They changed the shape, and instead of the traditional smash-and-pull, it shaves. It was described to me by the salesman as shaving it into little chocolate curls. What a salesman, am I right?

You have tons of options, but spending the extra bucks is worth it when it comes to quality. One thing to be weary of with the lesser known and generic brands is that bits of the metal within it can shave off into your buds with time. Have you ever notice a quick spark coming from your bowl piece when you put a lighter to it? If so, it might be time for an upgrade.

In the end, it’s all in preference and the Santa Cruz is by no means the only option for you— it just tends to be mine. So do your research, check them out! There are new and innovative products coming out every single day.