How to Use a Grinder Card
Posted by Nate Ackerman · August 02, 2019
A grinder card is the most portable and convenient smoking accessory in the world. No thicker or larger than a credit card, you can throw one in your wallet and never have to worry about breaking herb down by hand. When you combine this tool with the versatility of a bowl, dugout pipe, or rolling papers, the world is at your fingertips.
1. Hold the card over a flat, clean surface
When you’re using a grinder card, you want to make sure you’re not losing any herb that is ground up with the grinder card, so have a designated area to work with. Rolling trays are ideal, but a table or even a book is better than nothing. Keep the herb between your thumb and pointer finger of your dominant hand, with herb sticking out from the bottom of your two fingers. Use your middle finger to press herb down into the card if necessary. Your other hand should hold the grinder card slightly above the surface and flat. Grate the herb sticking out against the grinder surface like you’re grating cheese. Use a downward force and don’t be afraid to be pushing the herb through the grinder card with your fingers.
2. Continue grating the herb with some downward force
As more herb gets ground up when you use your grinder card, you’re going to need to reposition the herb in your hand so you can continue using the grinder card effectively. The grinder card surface won’t injure you, but without moving the herb to be better positioned can start to wear down on your fingers. Be smart! The more herb that’s shown, the easier it will be to grind it all up. Pick up the bigger chunks that fall and grind them down further.
Depending on the herb’s consistency, it might not all go through the card the first time and fall off to the sides. Take a quick look and see if there are any larger pieces and pick them up together, to be grated through the card. Consistency for your herb is key as the larger pieces can mess up how nicely a bowl will burn. This is especially true if you’re going to smoke your herb out of a one-hitter as there is only a little space for the herb.
3. Put one in a smoking kit so you’re never without a grinder
Learn how to properly use a grinder card on the Smokit blog. Purchase the best all-in-one smoking kit and all the accessories you need from Smokit today.
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