Zip Grinders Review

One of the more popular herb grinder brands to hit the world of e-commerce is Zip Grinders.  Zip Grinders focuses on producing a lot of different types of grinders so that there is a Zip Grinder to match everyone’s style.

Zip Grinders Mega Crusher

Mega Crusher Grinder

Some of Zip’s more popular grinders include their “Mega Crusher” grinder, which is a four-piece grinder that has a clear extra-large storage chamber.  According to Zip Grinders, the Mega Grinder holds up to six tablespoons of herb.  If you are someone looking for a grinder that can act as a storage container and can hold a ton of herb, then the Mega Grinder is a great option.

Pagoda Tower Grinder

One of Zip Grinder’s more unique grinder designs is the Pagoda Tower Grinder.  The Pagoda Tower Grinder brings an Oriental fusion and feel to the world of herb grinders.  It is a four-piece grinder that is made from aero-space aluminum.  On the negative side, the Pagoda Tower Grinder has fewer teeth than our top rated grinders, so we fear that the grinder may not be as fine as some of the better weed grinders out there.

When it comes to color options, the Pagoda Tower Grinder comes in black and gold.  So, if you are a Steelers fan like me then you are in luck.  If you are aren’t then that’s just too bad, isn’t it?  Ha!

Pagoda Grinder

Designer Grinders

Moving beyond these two grinders, Zip Grinders also has a ton of different generic four-piece aluminum grinders with designs on the top.  These vary from designs with wolves, owls, fractals, hearts, and other psychedelic images.

Zip Grinders with designs on the top tend to be 2.25″ wide and made from either zinc or aluminum.  We would recommend these to smokers who want a grinder with a more unique look without giving up much in terms of quality.

Pricing on the design grinders is also very reasonable coming in at around $20.

Zip Grinder Quality

The silver section with the grinder teeth show that this grinder uses two-piece separate pieces of aluminum.

On top of the incredible variety of grinders that Zip Grinders have, they all come with a limited lifetime warranty.  If you register your grinder with Zip Grinders then you are covered if your grinder is defective or breaks due to normal wear and tear.

From a quality standpoint Zip Grinders are decent, but not at the elite level of our top rated grinders.  Zip Grinders are good in that they are made from quality aluminum or zinc.  You can be sure that these grinders are well put together and will get the job done for most recreational smokers.

On the other hand there are a few things that we wish Zip Grinders would do to make their products better.  The teeth designs on many of their grinders is lacking in terms of the number of teeth and set up.  To get the optimal grind for your herb you’ll want a grinder with more teeth.

Also, most Zip Grinders use two-pieces of aluminum.  You can tell because the teeth are a different color than the outer shell.  This means the section of the grinder with the teeth was glued onto the shell of the grinder, meaning it could separate after using over time.  Because of this we generally recommend herb grinders used with a single piece of aluminum like Black Tie Grinders or Space Case.

Wrapping Up

So there you have it.  Zip Grinders has one of the widest and deepest product lines for any herb grinder company out there.  Their grinders are quality, but not in the elite class of weed grinders.  Pricing for these grinders is reasonable and pretty much anyone can afford to pick one up.

See the complete line of Zip Grinders for sale on Amazon

If you like the designs of Zip Grinders then you should buy one.  On the other hand, if you care most about quality and performance over looks and design then go with one of our top three herb grinder choices.

 

Best Portable Dry Herb Vaporizer of 2017

Back in the day the ways in which one could partake in the delight of all that cannabis has to offer was fairly limited.  Most often you would roll a joint, or take your hits from a bong.  Both fine options by the way, but you will have to deal with aromas and chemicals entering your lungs that result from smoking weed.

Within the last ten years or so a new way to get blazed has come into the mainstream: vaping.  When you use a dry herb portable vaporizer to vape cannabis you are heating up the cannabis using coils found inside the vaporizer. The cannabis gets hot enough that the THC becomes vaporized and can be inhaled.

Portable Dry Herb Vaporizers

Best Portable Dry Herb VaporizerNow it is important to realize that there are two main types of vaporizers.  The first works with actual cannabis, as described in the above paragraph.

These are called “dry herb” vaporizers.  The other heats up oil that is extracted from the cannabis plant.  There are also many models that are both dry herb and oils compatible. For this article we are specifically reviewing the dry herb vaporizers and dual compatible vaporizers.

With vaping you get some cool advantages that you don’t get when you smoke cannabis in other ways.  First, vaping cannabis eliminates a lot of the byproducts of cannabis that may not be good for you.  Second, vaping is a more effective and efficient way of delivering THC compared to smoking a joint.  In fact, you’ll get twice as much THC from vaping as you would the same amount of cannabis smoked.

It’s no wonder with these benefits why more and more people are picking up portable vaporizers to use with their cannabis.  But which are the best dry herb portable vaporizers?  If you’ve noticed there are a ton of vaporizer brands out there.  To make your search easier we have created this list of the best portable vaporizer that you can buy.  The list contains three pricing categories: Cheap ($0-$75), Mid-Range ($76-$150), and High End ($151+).

Check out our list of portable dry herb vaporizers.  If you have questions be sure to leave them in the comments section below.

Cheap ($0-$75)

VaporGenie

BestGrinder Rating: 4.2 Stars (4.2 / 5)

For the low maintenance smoker who wants a vaporizer with the fewest electronics and other features that can break, we present to you the VaporGenie.

What we love about the VaporGenie is that it is not electrical so it does not have to be recharged, and does rely on a battery.

It uses a ceramic filter to blend the heat from the lighter with cool air, which creates a vaporizing temperature range of 275-350 degrees.

The VaporGenie is made from maple wood components and has a lifetime guarantee from the manufacturer. Personally, we love the fact that this vaporizer is super simple and gives you just the things to you need to get vaping.

VaporGenie comes in a ton of color options too including maple, black, green, red, blue, oak, yellow, and purple.

What We Like About This Dry Herb Vaporizer

  • At around $65, this dry herb vaporizer is affordable
  • Has great ratings from users
  • Simple design and no electronics that can break

What Would Make This Dry Herb Vaporizer Better

  • Due to simple design without electronics, can be touchy when it comes to accidentally combusting herb
  • You will not make large clouds without putting in some effort

 

AtmosRx Jr Vaporizer

BestGrinder.net Rating: 3.75 Stars (3.75 / 5)

Our first electronic vaporizer to make our list is also one of the smallest.  The AtmosRX Jr Vaporizer works with both cannabis extract oils and dry herb, making it more versatile than some other options.

AtmosRx really focused on creating a very portable, lightweight, and easy to use vaporizer when they introduced the AtmosRx Jr Vaporizer.  If you plan to be on the move often and have a small budget, then this vape could be the right choice.

The biggest downside to the AtmosRx Jr is that the battery is smaller than its larger counterpart, the AtmosRx.  Due to this you will spend some more time charging your AtmosRx Jr than more expensive vaporizers that are on the market.

All in all, for the price, this thing is tough to beat.

What We Like About This Dry Herb Vaporizer

  • Small and easy to take with you on the go
  • Does offer a good vaping experience for the price
  • Very affordable, around $60

What Would Make This Dry Herb Vaporizer Better

  • Only has a 30 day battery warranty
  • Battery is smaller and less powerful than higher price vapes

White Rhino Sleek V2

BestGrinder.net Rating: 4.3 Stars (4.3 / 5)

Last on the list of the best cheap dry herb vaporizers is the White Rhino Sleek V2. We must state that this is our favorite electronic vape pen at this price range.

The Rhino Sleek V2 works with both oil concentrates and dry herbs.  A nice feature if you happen to use both for your sessions.

The White Rhino Sleek V2 also has some of our favorite stylings found on any vape pen.  For us, we prefer the “Wood Rasta” look that you can see in the image to the right.

From a heating standpoint the White Rhino Sleek V2 uses a conduction process to vaporizer herb.  This means that the herb is in contact with the heating element, in this case a ceramic coil.

What We Like About This Dry Herb Vaporizer

  • Hits very well for a small vape pen, you won’t be disappointed with vaping performance
  • Cool designs including our favorite wood rasta
  • Price is freaking amazing at around $45

What Would Make This Dry Herb Vaporizer Better

  • As with most small vaporizers, the battery is underpowered

 

Mid-Range ($76-$150)

Cloud Pen 3.0 Vaporizer

BestGrinder.net Rating: 4.3 Stars (4.3 / 5)

The first entry into our mid-range best dry herb vaporizers list is the Cloud Pen 3.0 Vaporizer.

The Cloud Pen 3.0 from Cloud Penz is a very versatile vape and comes with three different types of atomizers that can handle wax, oils, and most importantly dry herbs.

Within the Cloud Pen 3.0 is a powerful 650 mAh lithium ion battery.  This is stronger than the lower powered batteries found in cheaper vaporizers. This battery also comes with a 1-year warranty.

We love the size of this vape pen as it is extremely portable and discrete.  On top the three different atomizers the Cloud Pen 3.0 also comes with a bunch of extras that only add to the vaping experience.

What We Like About This Dry Herb Vaporizer

  • Super versatile: not only can it handle dry herb, but you can also use it for waxes and oils thanks to the three atomizers that are included
  • Stronger battery than some of our picks in the lower-price bracket
  • Comes in about every color of the rainbow and then some

What Would Make This Dry Herb Vaporizer Better

  • Only 30 day warranty on atomizers
  • Great portable vape, but not up to the standard of the top of the line dry herb vaporizers available

 

Magic Flight Launch Box

BestGrinder.net Rating: 4.7 Stars (4.7 / 5)

Magic Flight has created one of the most unique portable dry herb vaporizers that is available for purchase with the Launch Box.

The Magic Flight Launch box is specifically made for dry herb, and does not work with oils or waxes.  If you have no interest in smoking anything but dry herb, then we highly recommend you buy the Magic Flight Launch Box because of its singular focus.

We also enjoy the look of the Magic Flight Launch Box. Unlike most other vaporizers that have modern styling, the Launch Box has a clean, classic wooden look.  Types of wood used in the Magic Flight Launch include maple, cherry, and walnut.

Another advantage to the Launch Box is that it only requires a rechargeable AA battery to use.  This keeps things simple, and means that there is no permanent battery that is at risk of dying over time.

As with most portable dry herb vaporizers, the Magic Flight Launch Box is a conduction vaporizer, meaning that the herb touches the heated source.

What We Like About This Dry Herb Vaporizer

  • Super simple and functional design and look makes the Magic Flight Launch Box one of the most dependable dry herb portable vaporizers available
  • Comes with a lifetime warranty
  • Uses a AA battery rather than a permanent battery

What Would Make This Dry Herb Vaporizer Better

  • Requires a finishing herb grinder for best performance
  • May take some more uses to get the hang off compared to more traditional vaporizers

 

Vapium Summit Plus Vaporizer

BestGrinder.net Rating: 4.5 Stars (4.5 / 5)

Wow, just take a good long look at this beast.  Thing looks like it can burn a freaking tree!  Obviously we are just joking, but the fact is that the Vapium Summit Plus Vaporizer really does have the look and build of a high-end portable vaporizer.

The Vapium Summit Plus is made with a durable polycarbonate shell, which can easily withstand accidentally being dropped.

A small hole on the one end allows you to place your herb into the Vapium Summit Plus and prepare it for vaping.

As far as battery size, this dry herb compatible vaporizer is a top performer.  A monster 3300 mAh lithium ion battery allows you to vape while it is charging.

What We Like About This Dry Herb Vaporizer

  • Two year manufacturer warranty
  • Huge battery with the ability to vape for an hour at 410 degrees

What Would Make This Dry Herb Vaporizer Better

  • Larger than some smaller vape pens making the Vapium Summit Plus less portable

 

High End ($151+)

Pax 2 Vaporizer

BestGrinder.net Rating: 4.6 Stars (4.6 / 5)

Welcome to the big time.  If you’ve got the budget then these vapes are the best of the best when it comes to portable dry herb vaping.

First on our high-end list is the Pax 2.  Pax is currently the best known dry herb vaporizer brand.  Their reputation for putting out top of the line vaporizers is well known and this should give you confidence when it comes to buying the Pax 2.

While the Pax 2 is an older model, with the Pax 3 now available, this should not deter you from considering the Pax 2.

First off, the Pax 2 is significantly cheaper than the newer version.  The Pax 2 now costs around $200, and still comes with a noteworthy 10 year warranty.  Not only that but we feel that the styling and finish of the outer shell of the Pax 2 is superior to the Pax 3.

The Pax 2 is a convection vaporizer, meaning the herb does not directly touch the heating source, similar to an oven.

What We Like About This Dry Herb Vaporizer

  • Love the matte finish of the outer aluminum on the Pax 2
  • Well known brand with a great reputation
  • Focused specifically on dry herb (may be pro or con for you)
  • Convection heating system

What Would Make This Dry Herb Vaporizer Better

  • Needs cleaned frequently
  • Mouth piece of the Pax 2 is a bit awkward

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Boundless CFV Vaporizer

BestGrinder.net Rating: 4.9 Stars (4.9 / 5)

The Boundless CFV is one of the more unique portable vaporizers that we have included on our list.

Not only is this a top of the line convection vaporizer, but it also comes with three wooden rings and one quartz ring, that are placed in the herb bowl chamber. These wooden rings offer different flavor and vaping experiences, while the quartz ring offers additional heat to the herb providing a semi-conduction vaping experience.

The digital display is one of the most advanced we’ve seen and allows you to control the temperature with precision.

Our biggest gripe about this portable dry herb vaporizer is that the outer cover is made from plastic and simply does not have the cool styling of other vapes.

What We Like About This Dry Herb Vaporizer

  • The quartz ring allows for a unique semi-convection/semi-conduction vaping experience
  • Digital screen shows temperature settings and allows greater user control of the vaping experience
  • We prefer convection vaporizers as they eliminate the chance for combusting your herb

What Would Make This Dry Herb Vaporizer Better

  • Plastic outer shell looks a bit cheap
  • Battery life is not great due to the convection heating

 

Pax 3 Vaporizer

BestGrinder.net Rating: 4.7 Stars (4.7 / 5)

Pax 3 is the most up to date version of the Pax vaporizer.  There are several updates to the Pax 3 that help to set it apart from the older versions.

The first update is that the Pax 3 heats up faster than its predecessor, the Pax 2. Actually, the Pax 3 heats up much faster than the Pax 2.  In about 20 seconds the Pax 3 vaporizer is ready to vape.

Some users have complained about the finish on the outside of the Pax 3 getting scratched up.  We must say we agree that we prefer the finish of the Pax 2 in both looks and durability.

While the Pax 3 is primarily a dry herb vaporizer, there is an additional attachment that can be used to heat oils.  As with the Pax 2, the Pax 3 is a convection unit.

What We Like About This Dry Herb Vaporizer

  • The Pax 3 heats up much faster than the previous model
  • 3500 mAh battery is one of the most powerful on the market
  • 10 year warranty means you can buy with confidence

What Would Make This Dry Herb Vaporizer Better

  • Finish on the outside of the Pax 3 is susceptible to scratches

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Storz & Bickel Crafty Vaporizer

BestGrinder.net Rating: 4.9 Stars (4.9 / 5)

Stroz & Bickel really take pride in focusing on top of the line convection heated vaporizers that don’t come cheap.

The smaller cousin to the Mighty, the Crafty Vaporizer has many great features in its own right.

As with some other high-end vaporizers, the Crafty comes with an app that can be used to set preferences and check battery power.

But the app is just the beginning when it comes to the Crafty Vape.  More importantly this vaporizer performs with the best of them and there are several reasons why.

The main reason being that the Crafty simply performs better than practically any other dry herb portable vaporizer.  Not many can stand up to desktop units, but the Crafty can not only stand up to them, but can surpass them in performance and quality.

What We Like About This Dry Herb Vaporizer

  • Smart design
  • Convection heating element that includes a boost mode
  • Comes with an app to help you set preferences for your vaporizer
  • Well made and constructed using quality components

What Would Make This Dry Herb Vaporizer Better

    • For the price, we would expect the Crafty to have a longer battery life

Firefly 2 Vaporizer

BestGrinder.net Rating: 4.3 Stars (4.3 / 5)

Our last entry into our list is the Friefly 2 Vaporizer.  It is a high-end vaporizer that is compatible with both dry herbs and oils.

Where the Firefly 2 excels is in the vapor quality.  This vape truly produces very cool and refreshing vapors that are easy on your throat thanks to its convection heating and borosilicate glass vapor path.

The battery of the Firefly 2 has some distinct advantages too in that it is lithium-ion, which makes it rechargeable.  But the battery for the Firefly 2 is also replaceable, giving you the ability to extend the life of your dry herb vaporizer.

As far as negatives, the biggest drawback of the Firefly 2 Vaporizer is price.  At the time of writing this article, the Firefly 2 was priced around $330.  For many this price will be outside of their budget.

What We Like About This Dry Herb Vaporizer

  • One of the best tasting portable dry herb vaporizers available due to convection heating and borosilicate glass vapor path
  • Rechargeable battery can be replaced extending the life of the Firefly 2
  • Comes with an app to adjust settings and preferences

What Would Make This Dry Herb Vaporizer Better

  • Price is high, which will deter some buyers
  • Some stirring of herb may be required mid-session to get better taste and performance

How To Clean an Herb Grinder

Probably the most important factor to consider once you’ve got the perfect herb grinder is to figure out how to make it last as long as possible.  The key to keeping an herb grinder in tip top shape really comes down to regular cleanings.

If you use your grinder on a regular basis like we do, then you know that over time kief and residue can gunk up your grinder in its teeth and grooves.  Getting this material off your grinder will get it back to running like new.

Once You Get Your Grinder, Clean It

When you get your metal herb grinder the first thing you are going to want to do is clean it.  This is because the grinder can have some dirt and metal pieces left over from the manufacturing process and you do not want to smoke this stuff!

To initially clean your grinder unscrew each piece and set each piece out over a paper towel.  Shake out each piece of the grinder to get any loose metal shavings out.  After shaking, use rubbing alcohol (Isopropyl alcohol) and a Q-tip to get in between the teeth and screw grooves.

After cleaning with the Q-tip and rubbing alcohol rinse in warm water and allow the grinder to air dry.

Cleaning the Grinder After Use

Over time your grinder will collect residue and gunk from herb, which will cause your grinder to get stuck, squeak, and ultimately not work as well as it did when you first got it.  At this point it is time to give your herb grinder a quality cleaning so you can bring it back to grinding like new.

Step 1:

Take apart your grinder and place each piece into a freezer safe container, place the bag into the freezer, and wait for an hour.

Step 2:

Take out the bag with your grinder inside out of the freezer and place each piece over a cookie sheet.  Tap each grinder piece to knock loose the frozen residue and kief onto the cookie sheet.

Step 3:

Use a toothbrush to brush out the residue on to the cookie sheet so that you can save the sweet kief for your next joint.

Step 4:

You have a couple options with step 4.  You can either wash the grinder under warm water with soap, or you can soak the grinder in rubbing alcohol for 30 minutes to an hour depending on how thorough of a clean you want.

Summary

There you have it.  Following our simple four step directions you can get your grinder clean any time.  This will go a long way to preserving your grinder and keeping it in working order for years to come.  Please remember that while cleaning your grinder is important, it is just as important to make sure to buy a quality grinder with top of line materials to begin with.  Cleaning a subpar grinder might help, but it will not solve the main issue of having a crappy grinder.  Hope this guide helps, if you have questions let us know in the comments!

Anti-Cannabis Propaganda: Marijuana Stomach Illness

Over the last week or so there’s been an influx of news outlets “reporting” on a mysterious stomach illness related to heavy marijuana use that is supposedly rising in states that have legal cannabis.  Cannabinoid Hyperemesis Syndrome has been linked to long-term heavy use of cannabis and results in “non-stop nausea and stomach pain that can sometimes last up to a month.”  Treatment for this condition includes hot showers and baths.

Based on the reports seen on countless local news stations and even CBS National News, emergency room visits for this condition have risen from about 40 per year to almost 90 at the University of Colorado Hospital.  So, it went from about one person per week to just under two.

Before we break this down, I want to make one thing clear.  We are not dimensioning the pain and suffering from those who have had this condition.  We recognize and respect that a minority of heavy cannabis smokers could develop Cannabinoid Hyperemesis Syndrome.

At the same time there is a responsibility of the media and others with a voice to put this condition in it’s proper perspective, rather than exposing us to a anti-cannabis agenda that is being bought and paid for by big pharma.

Out of all the outcomes that result from using cannabis on a daily basis, it would seem that Cannabinoid Hyperemesis Syndrome would be one of the worst.  On the other hand, let’s take a look at the worst outcome from the overuse of opioids: death.  In fact, 33,091 people died from opioid overdoses in 2016 alone.  Over the previous millennia there continues to be exactly zero deaths caused by cannabis.

We are comparing these two substances because of their use in the treatment of similar conditions, especially chronic pain.

Now if you put statistics like these side-by-side without the name of each substance and asked which one should be legal, there is no doubt that any reasonable human being would vote in favor of cannabis recognizing the deadly alternative of opioids.

It seems to me that all our efforts should be focused on solving the very real opioid epidemic, and less time writing hit pieces on what could very well be the savior substance for those who fall prey to opioid addiction.

We have already shown visitors of bestgrinder.net about all the conditions that cannabis is able to treat safely and with minimal side effects.

A message to the media: stop being the mouthpiece for the pharmaceutical industry and do your job with dignity.

Review of the Platinum Grinder

With the rise of Amazon and online shopping, new grinder brand have arisen that sell exclusively online.  Platinum Grinders is one of these brands that you won’t find in stores, but are available for sale on Amazon.

Due to cutting out the retail middle man, grinders are now cheaper than ever as the brands can sell directly to consumers.

Platinum Grinders takes full advantage of this by being one of the most affordable grinder brands on the market today.  And overall their grinders are of decent quality.  You won’t be getting any extras with a Platinum Grinder and they do come up a bit short compared to higher priced Black Tie and Space Case Grinders, but that doesn’t mean they are a bad option for those who are short on cash.

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Price

The price point and quality balance make the Platinum Grinder very appealing to many folks looking for a quality grinder on the cheap.  At the time of this writing you can pick up a 2.5″ Platinum Grinder for only $17.

Most similarly sized grinder will cost you at least $20 a pop.  If you want a USA made 2.5″ grinder then you should expect to pay over $50.  With that in mind it shouldn’t be a surprise that Platinum Grinder is the best selling good quality grinder brand on Amazon.

Design

There is nothing all that exciting about the design of the Platinum Grinder.  It has the standard four piece design and the outside is made from anodized aluminum.  The inside is made of another piece of silver aluminum material, which is of lower quality compared to higher priced grinders that are made from a single piece of aluminum.

As with other four piece aluminum grinders, the Platinum Grinder has two pieces with diamond shaped teeth, a second compartment for the ground herb to reside, and then a filtering screen and pollen catcher compartment for kief.

Variety

Platinum Grinders only come in one size and color.  If you are looking for a specific color or size of a grinder without spending a ton of money we recommend looking into Cali Crusher Grinders.

Performance

Platinum Grinders perform well considering there are two separate pieces of aluminum that make up the grinder.  The herb is ground up finely by this piece.

However, we are concern about the long-term durability of this grinder due to the two pieces of aluminum that are glued together.  Because of this we recommend spending $10 and getting a superior Black Tie Grinder that is made up of a single piece of aluminum.

Warranty

A strength of Platinum Grinders is that they come with a lifetime warranty.  So, if your Platinum Grinder breaks over time during normal use then you can replace it for a new one for free!

Extras

It should come as no surprise that as a value grinder the Platinum Grinder does not come with an extras.  You will not find any extra scrapper, custom design box, or carry pouch.  Platinum Grinders are best for those who simply want a decent grinder and are looking to save some money.

At the end of the day you have to decide whether you want a decent grinder at a great price, or want a top of the line grinder at a good price.  If you are in the former category then by all means get a Platinum Grinder as it is likely the best option for you.  However, if you are in the later group, check out some real grinders like the Space Case, Black Tie, and Phoenician.

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Compton Grinder Review

If you are a fan of the urban feel of the streets and gangsta rap, then Compton Grinders may just be the herb grinder brand for your taste.

These are premium made in the USA grinders that come in many colors and sizes.

Compton grinders also come in many size and piece options from 2-piece grinder all the way up to the standard 4-piece three chamber grinders.  They also have features that are exclusive to Compton Grinders that help set them apart from other grinder companies.  Let’s take a look at what makes Compton Grinders unique.

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Material

As with almost all premium herb grinder brands, Compton Grinders are made from anodized aluminum that helps to prevent scratches and chipping.  Anodizing is different from painting so you don’t have to worry about paint chips finding their way into your herb.

The metal screens that are on the Compton Grinder are made of steel mesh and do a nice job of filtering the best pieces of kief into the kief chamber.

Most of the Compton Grinders come in a small or medium size.  The small version of the Compton Grinders have a diameter of 2 inches.  A grinder this size is best used for light smokers and for smaller amounts of bud.  Medium size Compton Grinders have a diameter of 2.5 inches, which is a more standard size found with many other grinders.

Overall, the materials used on Compton Grinders are high quality and potential customers should feel confident in what they are buying.

Design

Compton Grinders have really three features that help them stand out from other herb grinders.  The first is that Compton Grinders have a nice ergonomic design that allow users to easily grip the grinder without worrying about slippage.

The second cool feature is the removable screen.  Compton Grinders have a small tool that comes with the grinder that allows you to loosen and take out the screen for either cleaning or replacement.  We like the design of this as it allows you to tighten the screen so that it is not at risk of falling out.

Lastly, Compton Grinders has a “loading dock” where there are no teeth on a section of the second piece so that you can place your bud without having to break it down to fit between the teeth.  This is a unique feature to Compton Grinders and something we feel is a very functional improvement from other grinders out there.

Variety

As we mentioned at the top of this article, Compton Grinders come in two main sizes, small and medium.  However, that is only the tip of the iceberg when it comes to the variety you can find with Compton Grinders.  Compton Grinders come in many different colors.  Basically, every color of the rainbow is available for purchase.

Performance

With a name like Compton Grinders, you can be sure these grinders have edge, but they also back it up with quality performance as well.  The removable screen is a nice touch.  The actual grinding action on these grinders is smooth and precise, leaving a quality filtered product left for you to smoke.

Bad Points

Weak Warranty

According to the Compton Grinder website, they have a fairly weak warranty and return policy.  When you compare this warranty to those found from Golden Gate and Black Tie, it just doesn’t hold water.  For Compton Grinders you have 30 days to return the product.  However, they do not accept returns from a defective item if it has been used, which would make up the majority of return claims.

We don’t feel that this means that Compton has a bad product that they don’t feel confident in, it just seems a bit too restrictive.

Price

Compton Grinders come with a hefty price tag.  Usually, there medium sized grinder costs somewhere between $60 and $75.  Most of this extra cost is from the Made in the USA factor.  If this is something you value highly then by all means Compton is a great grinder.  But if you don’t mind your grinder being made overseas there are other great grinders that are more reasonably priced.

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Kannastor Herb Grinder Review

kannastorWith so many grinder brands out there it can be hard to know which is right for your herb.  At BestGrinder.net we help you see through the haze to find that perfect grinder at the perfect price.  Today, we take a closer look at Kannastor Grinders.

Kannastor sells a large number of different grinders that vary in shape, size,  and number of chambers.  This means that if you decide to buy a Kannastor you’ll have your pick when it comes to the options to you desire in a grinder.

Kannastor has been making their multi-chamber grinders since 2003, so they’ve had time to work out any bugs in the manufacturing process. This experience is priceless when it comes to proper machining techniques and design improvements.

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Material

As with most of the brand name grinders Kannastor Grinders are made from anodized aluminum that is aerospace grade.  Basically, this thing is tough, but not any tougher than other quality aluminum grinders out there.

The screens again are similar to other grinders out there in that they are made from stainless steel, which protects the screen from rusting.  Gaps in the screen are properly sized so that only the perfect ultra filtered kief makes it to the bottom.

Their main grinder is a 2.5″ four-piece, similar to the standard aluminum grinders out there.  However, they also have the GR8TR grinder line that is a full eight-piece grinder that has interchangeable screens and grinder plates.

In regard to materials, Kannastor is in line with other high quality aluminum grinder brands.

Design

GR8TR Grinders from Kannastor have eight distinct pieces.
GR8TR Grinders from Kannastor have eight distinct pieces.

Kannastor takes their grinder designs very seriously, which shines through in their GR8TR line of herb grinders.  As we mentioned previously, these grinders have eight distinct pieces.  Not only are the screens removable on these grinders, but also the grinder plates can be changed out to give you the grinder you desire.  There is a screw in mechanism that allows you to flip from a finer grinder to a more course grind.  This is the only grinder we’ve seen that has this capability.

All of the multi-chamber Kannastor have easy to remove screens, which can be purchased on the Kannastor website.  This helps your grinder last longer without needing to purchase a whole new unit.

Variety

Kannastor sells a wide variety of grinders including their GR8TR grinder line, four-piece grinders, and single chamber two-piece grinders.  Overall, we are really impressed with the variety of grinders they offer.

Performance

Kannastor grinders perform very well overall.  They grind up your herb in a optimal consistency that is fine but not so fine that it burns out your herb too quickly.  However, other name brand aluminum grinders also offer a grind that is as quality as the Kannastor.  So, in this way Kannastor is not alone.  However, we must say that the two grind settings on the GR8TR grinder is certainly a useful and innovate feature that had to take some serious R&D to develop.

Lifetime Warranty

Kannastor offers a limited lifetime warranty on all their grinders.  This even includes malfunction that results from normal use.  If you have a warranty claim be prepared to show photographic proof and an order number to confirm your purchase and the issue at hand.

Bad Points

Too Complex

Many of the Kannastor grinder are pretty standard designed and easy to operate with the removable screen being the most unique feature.

However, when you start looking closer at the GR8TR grinder, it becomes evident that this is a complex piece of equipment.  We feel that for most people just wanting a grinder to grind your herb with proper consistency, the GR8TR grinder might be a bit of overkill.

If you find yourself in the “I’m just looking for a grinder to get the job done well” camp, we would opt for a standard four-piece grinder from Kannastor and pass on the GR8TR.

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The NFL Has a Lot in Common With Reagan on Weed

Image Source: Reason.tv via Youtube
Image Source: Reason.tv via Youtube

An article came today by Rolling Stone about the outdated and arbitrary rules that the National Football League continues to implement in regard to marijuana.  According to this source the league is falling behind the times as it does not even allow for cannabidiol (CBD), used to treat chronic pain, and doesn’t even have significant levels of THC.

This is a pretty hypocritical notion by the NFL as they seem to have absolutely zero issue with pumping their players full of pharmaceutical pain killers that are often abused and dangerous. Considering how many of their current and former players are suffering symptoms related to CTE, you would think that they would be a bit more accepting of any treatments that would give players relief.  Especially when you consider these players are big part of what makes the league successful in the first place.

There are a few reasons why the NFL would take this stand against marijuana, according to the article.  First, with marijuana still classified as a Schedule 1 drug by the federal government, the NFL does not want to get in the crosshairs of any laws that could impact their operations.  While not in the article, but my opinion is that the NFL also does not want these alternative treatments available to players as it is just one more way in which they have to accept and admit that football has long-term consequences for many of its players.

Hopefully, in the future the NFL and NFLPA will come to the bargaining table and get with the times by allowing their players to use cannabis at least for medical reasons.  There is little doubt that marijuana has positive health benefits and these NFL players, current and former, are some of the people who would likely benefit the most from having access to it.

Afternoon Delight Grinder Review

Frequently new herb grinders come on to the scene and attempt to make a big splash in the weed grinder market.  One such product is the Afternoon Delight Herb Grinder.

This is a unique grinder in that it has a removable filter and offers a lifetime warranty so you can buy with confidence knowing that if there is an issue, Afternoon Delight will take care of it free of charge.  You will only find these grinder available for sale on Amazon.com currently, and it appears that they first began selling their products in April of 2015.

New grinder companies often bring a fresh take on the grinder market and have a tendency to shake up the game.  Let’s take a closer look at the Afternoon Delight and see how it stacks up against some of the more established competition.

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Material

Afternoon Delight Grinders come with five pieces, with the fifth piece being a removable filter screen.  The benefit of having a removable screen is that it makes cleaning the screen easier, and you can potentially replace the screen, although we don’t believe that Afternoon Delight is selling screens separately as of the time of this review.

These herb grinders are made from aircraft grade aluminum similar to other high end grinders.  It also comes with a magnetized lid that makes spilling any herb more difficult.  In regard to the lid, some users have mentioned that magnet has a tendency to pop out rendering it useless.  However, the majority of users have not stated that this is an issue.

This grinder is 2.2 inches wide, making it a bit smaller than the standard 2.5 inch grinders that we often see.  It features 30 diamond teeth, which is a decent number, but again not as many as we see from top of the line grinders that offer a finer grind.

The Afternoon Delight Grinder comes with a removable screen.
The Afternoon Delight Grinder comes with a removable screen.

Design

We feel that the design of the Afternoon Delight is it’s strongest pro.  We really see how they are adding value by having a removable screen, and it does make cleaning the screen easier, which in turn should make the grinder last longer overall.

Variety

The Afternoon Delight Grinder comes in two sizes, 2.2 inch diameter (most popular) and the 2.7 inch diameter (less popular).  There is also a gold version of the Afternoon Delight grinder as well for those looking for a more individualized style.

Performance

The performance of the Afternoon Delight is above average, but there are some things that can be improved on as well.

As far as twisting the grinder to grinder up the herb some have mentioned that it is not as smooth as they would prefer.  However, again this a minority with most saying that it is just fine.  Others have also said that they’d like the magnet to be a bit stronger.

Lifetime Warranty

Afternoon Delight does come through with a lifetime warranty, which we obviously love.  Even if something does go wrong you are protected, and from what we know Afternoon Delight’s customer service is commendable.

Bad Points

Price

We consider the Afternoon Delight to be a bit expensive for what it is.  Yes, it does have the removable screen, but we don’t feel like that justifies a price point of $30 for a 2.2 diameter grinder.

Too Many Pieces?

While the removable screen is certainly a cool feature, we do wonder if having more pieces than four is a good thing at the end of the day.

More pieces mean that more things can go wrong.  And honestly, the goal isn’t to have the most futuristic grinder, but a grinder that does its main purpose well: grinding.

Yet, if you find that you have had grinders with screens that have clogged up and are a daily herb user, then the Afternoon Delight might be what you’ve been wishing for in a herb grinder.

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8 Fun Things to Do When Stoned

Okay, your stoned, now what?  The truth is it’s easy to find yourself in this situation.  And making decisions once your stoned may not be the best idea.  So, check out this list and you’ll have plenty of things to try out the next time you smoke.

1. Have Sex

Oh, this is the best!  I don’t know how cannabis can make something that feels as good as sex feel better, but it does!  Fellas, you may also notice that you last longer and have more control when you are high too, which we’re guessing won’t be something your lady will complain about.

2. Watch A Movie

Watching a movie while stoned is a classic activity.  We suggest you pick a lighthearted comedy such as Jay And Silent Bob Strike Back or Ted.  Also, don’t shut the door on indie or documentary films as you can explore your mind and consciousness.  FYI, Darker movies can sometimes put you in a bad mood.

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Another cliche activity, but it is cliche for a reason, because it is awesome!  Make sure to find music that can put you in that deep space where only your mind and the universe exists.  Psychedelic, jam, and electronic music are three go to choices that will get you there.

4. Meditate

Meditation has been shown to have all kinds of positive effects on both the mind and body.  While meditation is something that every one should be doing regularly, it can become a bit stale.  However, when you add weed to the mix things get a whole lot more interesting.  Allowing your thoughts to just flow and be without judgement or preconceived notions is one of the most liberating experiences one can have.

5. Eat New Foods

It is no secret that marijuana enhances the senses.  It is also not a secret that marijuana will make you mega hungry for some food.

But let’s go beyond the typical Taco Bell and gummy bears and look for something more.  Something better.  Go out to eat and have ethnic food you’ve never had before, or pick up something from the grocery store that sounds interesting.  Get out of your comfort zone and enjoy!

6. Have a Great Conversation

Are you a conspiracy buff? Have you wondered about the existence of god or aliens?  The perfect time to talk about these topics is when you are high.  Seriously, find a like-minded individual and go nuts with these hypothetic and existential questions.  Prepare to have your mind blown!

7. Exercise

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Working out when high is one of the more underrated experiences.  This is probably because most people have the idea that people who like weed are lazy.  While some of us certainly fit this mold, that is not the cause for everyone.

Research has actually shown that cannabis improves pulmonary functioning, which means you might find you have more stamina and energy during your workout.

It’s simple, exercising with cannabis is awesome.

8. Go To The Mall

The mall is great for people watching, and people watching is fun with cannabis.  Just find a nice bench, take a seat, and let the magic happen!  You’ll find yourself observing those around you and also laughing at the craziness that is humanity.