Herb tings: 5 Essential Facts about Your Grinder


Anyone who is serious about getting the most out of their herb would never skip out on using a grinder. Why? Because a herb grinder can truly optimise your herb, grinding it down into a nice mixture that is ideal for getting a great pull on.

You’ll be stoked to know that herb grinders are full of history and fun facts that come with it.

With this in mind, grab your dry herb grinder and your mix, because the below are some awesome facts about grinders that you can relay next time you’re enjoying a mix with mates:

1The modern herb grinder was patented in Australia in 1905

We Aussies are truly an inventive bunch, with the black box flight recorder, electronic pacemaker and bionic ear just some of the legendary inventions that have become important in global history.

But you may also be interested to know that two Aussies, William Wingfield and John Balding of Boort, Victoria, patented the very first herb grinder. The two men were looking to create a grinder for tobacco, herbs and other medicines, and so it’s good to see their design (which is pretty much the same as today’s modern contraptions), is being used for pretty much the same thing well over 100 years later!

2Grinding herbs produces more flavour & aroma

Those two gents must have been seriously onto something, as using a herb grinder releases more of the herb’s flavour and aroma, producing a much more enjoyable smoking experience for those who love the taste and smell of a good dry herb mixture.

This is because a finer grind allows more access to all the good stuff hidden inside larger nugs. Not only this, a finer mix covers more surface area, allowing it to be more readily smoked and therefore release even more flavour and aroma.

3You need to freeze your grinder to clean it properly

Whilst a toothbrush and isopropyl alcohol are two essential grinder cleaning products, you may also be interested to know that to truly get the very clean you have to pop your grinder in the freezer for a good while.

Why? Because dry herbs leave a lot of sticky residue in a grinder – it’s plain to see – and so you have to be able to freeze that residue in order for it to go hard and be easily removed from your apparatus.

4There are different materials for making grinders

The first thing people think of when they think of grinder materials is plastic, right? But grinders have come such a long way in recent years in terms of design and materials used to produce them, and nowadays you can pick up amazing grinders made from sustainable black walnut, solid aluminium and more.

5You should always work to create a smooth grind

There is nothing worse than having a mix with heaps of large nugs and then heaps of fine, powdery herb, right? This not only makes it hard to smoke, but it can also be a nuisance for cleaning, as you’ve got different-sized herbs going all over the place.

So, when using your herbal grinder, you should always work towards creating a smooth, consistent grind. Of course, this does require a little extra work, but it’s totally worth it when you see the good quality mix that is produced with every grind.

Hope you enjoyed it!

We especially love the fact that the grinder was patented right here in Australia, and we hope you enjoyed this little section on fun grinder facts.