Dried cannabis flowers are typically sold as a fully intact dry bud. That bud needs to be broken apart before it can be properly used in a vaporizer, pipe, bong, or rolled into a joint.

The cannabis needs to be ground to an even consistency that is easy to work with, but not powdered. Some describe ground cannabis as being the consistency of ‘crumble’.

You can crumble cannabis by hand, but it is much more efficient to use a grinder that has been specifically designed for cannabis.

If you don’t want to grind your cannabis yourself, you can purchase it already ground. Ground cannabis is typically sold as ‘crumble’, ‘prepared’ or ‘ready to use’.

If the cannabis is going to be rolled into a joint, care must be taken to ensure that any stems have been removed to avoid ripping the rolling paper. It is best to remove the stems prior to grinding the cannabis.

Cannabis grinders can be made of plastic or metal and come in a variety of shapes and colours.

The size of the grinder will determine how much cannabis you can prepare at once.

Some grinders have 1 or 2 chambers separated by different sized screens. They are designed to filter out the tiny trichomes from the plant material and are not necessary for the average user.

To grind your cannabis break up one or two buds into chunks then distribute in the grinding chamber. Place the top on the grinder and turn several times until the cannabis is of even texture.