When you buy marijuana, it is not often ground down to a form that is more manageable. Breaking down marijuana into grounds can help give the user a more even smoke than simply using the whole nugget. This can help ensure that you will not waste any piece and make it easier to pack into your bowls, paper rolls and bongs. There are several methods that can be used to grind marijuana, some that take more time than others.
Here are some of the different ways to grind your marijuana:
- Weed Grinder
On the market, you can actually purchase a weed grinder. Weed grinders are a bit of an investment, especially considering the other ways you can accomplish the same goal using less expensive items or even your fingers for free. A weed grinder can help make keef, which is the buildup of marijuana which is much stronger than the rest of herb. These grinders are also useful places to store your marijuana, as it is already where you need it to be when you want it. Make sure you buy the best grinder for your needs.
- Herb Grinder
This is a cheap and effective alternative to spending money on an actual weed grinder. It works as any other grinder does, and is often a tool that is easy enough to find and purchase.
- By Hand
The least effective manner of grinding marijuana is by using your fingers. It can take a long time to really get the right grind on them, and losing the keef in the process. The keef is the part of marijuana that packs the biggest punch, and losing it would be a shame.
- Using Scissors
You can take a shot glass and use scissors to chop the marijuana up inside the shot glass to help keep all the particles in one easily accessible place. This can be efficient enough, though not as efficient of some other methods.
- Coffee Grinder
This has another use rather than just grinding yourself fresh coffee grounds. This can be used to grind up your weed when you are in a bind. This can be an efficient and quick tool for grinding up your marijuana.
- Kitchen Strainer
You know that metal strainer that you use in your kitchen already? That mesh strainer is a great method to use when grinding up marijuana. The seeds and stem will remain inside the strainer, while perfect flakes of marijuana fall onto the plate placed below the strainer.
- Cheese Grater and Lemon Zester
These are also handle tools for grinding marijuana. Both of these tools are relatively inexpensive and easy to buy at a store. These are also common fixtures in most kitchens anyways. Just be sure to use the items carefully so that you do not cut yourself while grating the marijuana since your fingers will be so close to the blades. This is an effective enough way if you are not in a hurry.
There are several methods for grinding marijuana, which range from free to a mildly costly investment. While using your fingers is the least effective way of doing it, it does not cost a cent. Using a weed grinder is the most efficient way, but it is also the most expensive option and you have to be 18 years of age or older to purchase it. These are all great ways to get the job done.
Health Benefits of Marijuana
Even though marijuana is illegal for recreational use, medical studies have shown for a long time now that this drug does have some medical benefits. More and more, states are recognizing the benefits of medical marijuana and legalizing it for that purpose in a regulated manner by prescriptions. There are numerous health benefits that have been discovered to help all sorts of ailments and chronic illness.
Here are some benefits to using marijuana for medical purposes:
Glaucoma is a disease of the eye that increases the pressure inside of the eyeball and can damage the optic nerve as well as cause a loss of vision. In the 1970’s, studies began to show that smoked marijuana lowered intraocular pressure. As a result of this reduced pressure, it was shown that marijuana could slow the progression of this disease and can prevent blindness.
- Epileptic Seizures
While studying rats with epileptic seizures in 2003, it was discovered that marijuana could help prevent epileptic seizures. They discovered that the seizures were non-existent in the rats for around 10 hours after using the drug. THC, which is an active ingredient in marijuana, can control the seizures by binding to the brain cells that are responsible for controlling excitability and regulating relaxation.
- Anxiety and Other Mental Health Issues
There is strong evidence that shows that marijuana can help with anxiety. In low doses, it has been shown that marijuana can be a sedative and can help increase the mood of the smoker. Just be warned that smoking it in higher doses can have the exact opposite effect, increasing anxiety and causing paranoia. Additionally, there is some research to show that it can help veterans that suffer from PTSD for the same reasons.
- Reducing the Effects of Chemotherapy
One of the most known and popular uses for marijuana is to help people who are going through chemotherapy. First of all, marijuana can help reduce many of the negative side effects of marijuana. It can relieve the pain, the nausea and the additional health issues that come with these side effects. It can also help stimulate appetite, as chemo can lose their appetite and proper nutrition is important to feel well during treatments.
- Parkinson’s Disease
In Israel, it has been shown that smoking marijuana can help reduce significantly reduce pain and tremors that people with Parkinson’s disease often suffer from. It can also help improve their sleep. It can also help improve their motor skills.
- Inflammatory Bowel Disorders
The THC and cannabidiol, and other chemicals in marijuana can interact with the cells that play the important role of gut function and help immune responses. They can decrease the permeability of the intestines that allow bacteria in, making the intestinal cells bond together to prevent the unpleasant symptoms of IBS and Crohn’s disease.
- Multiple Sclerosis
Marijuana can help ease the painful symptoms sufferers of multiple sclerosis have to endure. The THC in marijuana can bind to receptors in the nerves and muscles, and this helps to relieve the pain. Some studies have also shown that marijuana can also help control muscle spasms.
There are so many more health benefits to using marijuana that what was covered here. It can help your metabolism, and can help slow the progression of Alzheimer’s. There may also be evidence that marijuana can stop the spreading of certain cancers as well. Studies are constantly coming out with more benefits for this drug, that its benefits cannot be ignored.