How to Grind Weed Without a Grinder

September 30, 2022
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How to Grind Weed Without a Grinder

In this article, we will discuss how to grind weed without a grinder. Of course, the best way to grind weed is by using a weed grinder. However, even the most prepared cannabis consumer may find herself without a grinder and need to find a solution. But first, why grind your weed? Ground cannabis burns at a more even and consistent rate compared to dense buds—which is a must if you are rolling a joint. Additionally, some people feel that ground cannabis has a better flavor. Lastly, grinding marijuana lets you pack your bowls much tighter, allowing you to smoke more in a shorter time frame. Let’s learn some simple hacks to grind weed without a grinder.

How to Grind Weed Without a Grinder

Let’s say you are at a concert or a festival and taking your lovely three-chamber grinder with you is not an option. How can you grind your cannabis flower without a grinder? Here are some common ways to break up cannabis flower without a grinder:


Clean, fast, and efficient, this is a tried-and-true alternative for grinding weed without a grinder. Your friends will marvel at your incredible ingenuity. You only need to toss the bud in a shot glass and snip away with the scissors until you are satisfied with the consistency. The main drawback to this method is the time and effort. Breaking down dense cannabis buds with scissors can be a chore.

A pill bottle and a coin

The “pill bottle and coin” method requires some exertion but is faster and easier than the scissors method. Before you begin, clean the coin with rubbing alcohol and place it in a clean pill bottle. Add your cannabis flower and shake! The coin will bounce around inside of the bottle and shred your cannabis apart. Check after 30 seconds. Repeat until you are satisfied. The main drawback with this easy method to grind weed without a grinder is the noise. The coin rattling around inside the pill bottle can be loud and draw attention, so use your discretion as to when to try this method.

Grind with your hands

Grinding weed by hand is the simplest way to break down your cannabis flower. First, wash your hands and pat them dry. If you have a clean table or a surface like a book, you can break down your cannabis up on that. But if you have no supplies other than your flower and smoking apparatus, place your flower in one palm as a bowl and use your other hand to break up the buds into tiny pieces. While this technique is a good backup plan, you may lose some precious trichomes if they stick to the oil on your fingers.


Get a key with many ridges and sterilize it with soap and water or alcohol. Next, use the jagged edge of the key to break your buds apart, teasing apart the dense buds with the tine of the key. Remember to give your key a good scrub after you are done grinding your weed as it will have a lot of resin and kief on it.

Knife and cutting board

If you happen to be at home, you can grind weed without a grinder using a knife and a cutting board. Simply place your weed on the board and chop finely. Make sure you use a sharp knife or else your cannabis will keep sticking to the knife.

Cheese grater

A cheese grater is one of the best ways to grind weed, including using a traditional 3-piece grinder. A cheese grater allows you to grind your cannabis precisely, choosing how finely you want it ground. Just place your bud against the grater and start grating away. But make sure you give your grater a proper rinse afterward.

Using a homemade grinder

If you don't want to grind weed without a grinder, you may need to put on your creative hat. And by this, we mean creating a homemade grinder. Most people might find this method counterproductive and unusual, especially if you need to buy the required parts. Nonetheless, if you have all the parts at home, it's pretty effective and straightforward. Here is how to make a homemade grinder:

How to make a homemade grinder

For a simple homemade project, you'll need these supplies to begin:

  • An empty can of chewing tobacco
  • Thumbtacks

Steps to make a homemade grinder

  1. Clean the can
  2. Using the thumbtacks, pierce the bottom and top of the can
  3. Space properly to prevent the thumbtacks at the bottom and top row from overlapping
  4. Put your bud in the can and close
  5. Twist to grind your weed

Now you know how to make a homemade grinder. And you know lots of handy hacks to break down your cannabis flower when you want to smoke but realize you don't have your grinder.

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