How to Grind Weed Without a Grinder

Reading time - 7 minutes - February 1, 2022

In the modern world of cannabis there are many gadgets and accessories that can make the whole experience easier and more exciting. There are dry herb vapes for you to consume your cannabis in a healthier way, there are various bongs for you to fill your room with smoke, there are rosin presses for you to create your beautiful weed concentrates, and there are grinders for you to finely grind your herb. Of course, in a dream world, you have all of these and you can use them all the time to assist you on your cannabis journey. However, that isn’t always the case. In fact, there was a time in the not-so-distant past when all anyone had was a cannabis plant and a bonfire. So, let’s go back to the stone ages. Today we’ll be helping you understand how to grind your cannabis if you’re in the unfortunate situation where you don’t have a weed grinder. When there’s a will, there’s a way. Let’s get into this.

Why Do You Need To Grind Weed?

Before we look into the various options of grinding your weed without a grinder, let’s first take a look at why grinding weed is so essential. The two most common ways of inhaling cannabis is through burning a joint, or through vaping it with a weed vaporizer. Click here

if you want to check out our range of dry herb vaporizers. Whilst vaping is proven to be a healthier way of consuming cannabis than smoking, both require a grinder in order to ensure all of the cannabis gets heated. Let’s take a look at some of the main reasons why ground weed is so important. 

Evenly Heated Cannabis

When you put cannabis in a vaporizer or joint, you want to make sure the cannabis is heated evenly. If this doesn’t happen, then some cannabis will be left unused and unheated. This is a waste of weed. You can’t be wasting weed. However, if you grind your cannabis into a fine, consistent powder then it will all heat the same amount, and heat at the same time. The cannabis can cook better if it’s all the same size. This is one of the biggest reasons why grinding weed is so popular. 

Weedipedia says:

“Grinding your weed makes it much more consistent: all those equally sized particles are going to burn much more evenly and smoothly than a big chunk of flower will, which in turn will give you a much smoother and more enjoyable smoking experience.”

Consistent Inhalation 

If you don’t grind your weed well, then you’ll just have random bits in your joint or vape that sometimes will give a nice hit and other times won’t. In a joint, if there’s a part that doesn’t have any weed, you’ll only be smoking tobacco. This makes for a very inconsistent inhalation experience. Sometimes you’ll be inhaling no cannabis, and sometimes you’ll be inhaling lots of cannabis. A fine and consistent bud will ensure consistency when inhaling your substances. 

Fit More In

Another reason why grinding your weed into small, consistent parts is so that you can pack more in. You don’t have to be a mathematician to realise that grinding up cannabis will ensure you can pack more into a small space, rather than keeping it in its larger bud form. If you’re someone that wants a heavier, more potent experience, then grinding it up will allow you to do that. 


When You Have No Grinder

So, you’re in a situation where you do not have an official grinder. However, you know the importance of grinding cannabis and how much it improves your vaping or smoking experience. What do you do? Well, we’re going to be going through some of your options. This is how you can grind weed without a grinder. 


Using scissors is one of the best ways to grind your weed if you don’t have a grinder. You will need: a pair of clean scissors and a glass or bowl. The only down side with using scissors is that random bits of bud can easily fly away or get lost so make sure you have a bowl or glass in order to keep all the finely ground cannabis in one place. Put the original bud in the glass and begin to chop it up. Make sure you cut it up as evenly and small as possible. If you continue to stir the weed then you’ll be able to tell the bits that are a little too big and still need some cutting. After this, your bud should be in good enough condition to vape in a dry herb vape or smoke in a joint. 

Bottle & Penny

Another option is to use a pill bottle or any type of small plastic bottle and a penny. You will need: pill bottle and penny – perhaps even a few pennies. Make sure, just like with the scissors, that the coin is clean and washed. This is to ensure you don’t make all your delicate buds dirty. Place the bud in the bottle and then place the coin in there too. You don’t need to worry about where the coin is because it’s going to be shaking around in there. Now, put the lid back on the bottle – this is incredibly important – then begin to shake. Shake hard for 2 minutes, and you can set a timer if it’s easier. After this time you can open up your bottle and you should have some nice, finely ground cannabis bud. If it’s not quite to your standards, then feel free to repeat the process as many times as you want. 


Using a knife is potentially one of the first methods people use if they find themselves without a grinder. For this you will need: a decent and clean knife and a chopping board. Ideally make sure the chopping board isn’t the same colour as your cannabis bud or you may find it hard to see it onces it’s nice and finely chopped. Now place your cannabis bud on the chopping board and start chopping. Cannabis can be harder to chop than most plants, so make sure you give it the time and patience it deserves. Once you get into the swing of it, you can start chopping it faster. Make sure to keep safety at the top of your mind, you don’t want to be chopping your finger off. You want to get high, not go to the hospital. Once you’re happy with how finely chopped the bud is, you can use it in a vape or a joint. 

Mortar & Pestle

If you want to feel like a true cannabis chef, then why not use one of the greatest and most simple inventions of all time: the mortal and pestle. Put the cannabis straight into the bowl and, just like any other herb, begin pressing. Using a mortar and a pestle is an art in itself so make sure to check out some techniques on how to use it to the best of its ability. A mortar and pestle also will release some nice, flavoursome aromas due to you pressing the cannabis. Bonus aromas!


Now, if you’re really left in the lurch, without any equipment except your bare hands, then you will have to make do. Whilst using your fingers might not have the same power as the other options, the precision you get from your hands is unquestionable. So, when in doubt, trust your hands. Take your cannabis bud, and start slowly picking it apart with your fingers. You’ll be surprised by how effective it can be once you give it a bit of time. 

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There you have it: how to grind weed without a grinder. Remember, there are lots of ways to grind weed, but make sure the one that you decide to go with works for you. The most important thing is giving it the time, love and precision it deserves.

Alternatively, If you are in a situation where you do have a weed grinder, then why not click here to find out how to use it

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