How to Grind Weed Without a Grinder?


While it may seem like a huge problem, and in some cases even the end of the world, it really isn’t. After all, there are a tonne of great ways you can enjoy your weed, even if you don’t have a grinder.

And no, we’re encouraging you to try smoking the whole nug. Believe us, it won’t work. Instead, there are many other ways just around the corner that can be used to get the job done. And you don’t really need an engineer’s degree to do so.

Feeling motivated again? So let’s begin.

Alternatives to a traditional weed grinder

Just like how you would with a weed grinder, you may just want to want to remove all the larger stems and break the buds down into manageable pieces before beginning.

1. Pill bottle and coin

It may seem a bit unbelievable at first, but you can actually make a DIY shaker at home using an old, empty pill bottle (or film canister, if you still have one of them) and a couple of quarters. Just take one or two medium-sized nugs, and place them in the bottle with a coin. Make sure that there is enough room in the bottle for them to move about.

Now screw the lid back on, give the bottle a few good shakes. After a couple of minutes, your weed should have broken down into a desirable size and consistency. 

Before making your own DIY shaker, just remember to wash and dry the pill bottle and the coin thoroughly. No one really wants old pill remains and germs to get mixed in with their bud.

2. Scissors and a shot glass

Another classic method, this one is mostly used at parties and reunions. And it’s quite simple too. Just grab a shot glass, put a bud in it, and start cutting it up into smaller pieces using the scissors. Not only does this help expose the larger pieces that need some extra attention, but is also quite fun to do.

Why the shot glass though? Well, any glass will work, as long as it is tall enough to hold the bud, and is not made out of plastic which may chip off and get mixed in with your weed. And besides, if you’re stuck at a party with no (or broken) grinders, this is something that can be easily arranged. 

3. Cheesegrater

If you like cooking or simply love cheese, then this is something fun you could try. Just grab your cheesegrater, hold it over a plate or a bowl, and start rubbing your bud against it. Any of the ends will work, though the one with the smaller holes will provide the ideal consistency.

4. Mortar and Pestle

Hey, weed is a herb after all. And what better way to break down herbs than the classic mortar and pestle. So fill the mortar around halfway with medium-sized buds, press down on it using your pestle, and move it around the bowl continuously. Keep doing so till the buds have the consistency you are looking for.

5. Coffee Grinder

After all, a grinder is a grinder. And primarily, all grinders do the same thing, they grind. So instead of the coffee beans that you would normally use, throw your favorite nugs in there and let it do its magic. Also, you may wanna clean the grinder before you use it (believe us, ground coffee beans cannot be smoked). And unless you want some special coffee the next day, you better clean it up afterward as well.

One thought on “How to Grind Weed Without a Grinder?

  1. says:

    Nowadays, people often have wallet sized card grinders on the go; however, I prefer a coffee grinder [especially in bulk]. Good old fingers also works well when it comes down to it!

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