How to Use a Grinder Card: Visual Guide

The grinder card is a hugely underrated and highly efficient smoking accessory that you'll be glad you discovered. While you may be familiar with a four piece grinder, they aren't exactly travel friendly – they're bulky, heavy and awkward to carry around. The grinder card on the other hand, is slim, it looks exactly like a credit card, and slips right into a wallet purse without notice – you can literally store it anywhere. I'm always blown away by how many people have yet to become aware of these essential tools!

As you may have guessed, the grinder card works just like a cheese grater. Slowly rubbing your bud along the metal surface will gently break it apart and prepare it for packing a bowl or rolling a joint. The size of the holes in the card will dictate how fine or course the grind is – smaller holes equate to a finer grind and vice versa.

  1. Arrange a Landing Area

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    First, set up a nice landing area so the ground buds fall in a place where you can collect them afterwards. I recommend placing the grinder card on top of a Pebble container to catch each of the shavings as you grate your cannabis.

  2. Grate Slowly and Evenly

    Next, slowly rotate the bud as you shave it along the grinding surface. It's important to go slowly and try not to break off any large stems into your container.

  3. Push with Your Fingers

    Once the large buds have broken up you can push the smaller bits through the holes and grind up the final pieces.

  4. Bonus: Easy to Clean

    One of the best benefits of the grinder card over a 2, 3, or 4 piece grinder is how easy it is to clean. Simply pour some rubbing alcohol (91+% is best) on the grinder card and use an old toothbrush, scrub brush, or scrubber sponge to work the residue off. With some persistence, your grinder card will look good as new. Don’t forget to give the card a quick rinse with water to remove any remaining alcohol/residue.

Common questions

Is the grinder card effective?

Yes! The grinder card is as effective as a two or four piece grinder. As you can see in the photo above, the grind produced by the card is almost indiscernible from that produced by a 2, 3, or 4 piece grinder. It certainly beats using your bare hands to crumble the bud any day.

Can you travel with it?

Travel grinder card

Yes! The grinder card can be easily stored like a credit card in your wallet, purse, or smoking kit. The best part? It's completely safe for travel in all forms when clean. Ready to upgrade your smoking kit so you can easily roll better joints and pack a one hitter on the go? This case is smell proof and perfect for taking your vape pen on a plane – it's the ideal tool for loading your dry herb vape pen.