8 Ways to Grind Weed Without a Grinder

Before you roll a joint or even take hits from a bong or vape, it’s best to grind your weed. The best way to end up with finely cut weed is to use a weed grinder- a small device designed specifically for grinding marijuana. However, there are some situations where you may need to grind weed without a grinder and, fortunately, there are plenty of alternative methods.

These options aren’t suitable replacements for using a grinder, but they can come in clutch when you need to chop up your weed and don’t have a grinder with you. Most of them require nothing more than some basic pieces of kitchen equipment, and if all else fails, you can always use your hands. Here are 8 ways to grind weed without a grinder.

1. Scissors and a Shot Glass

If you don’t have a grinder and need a way to cut up your weed, then a pair of scissors can do the job. It’ll take more effort on your part and it’ll be hard to chop your weed up as well as a grinder can, but it can come in handy in some situations.

The best way to do this is to hold your weed over a shot glass or other container and cut it into small pieces. The container will collect your weed and even give you some kief at the bottom. If you want to cut your weed smaller, just pick up the pieces and keep cutting until you’re happy. 

It’s best to use a thin pair of scissors for the best results. While it can be tedious, most people have a pair of scissors lying around which makes this a convenient and practical option.

Knife and Chopping Board

2. Knife and Chopping Board

Another way to cut up your weed is to use a knife and chopping board. Just like you’d cut up other spices or even small vegetables, you can chop your weed into small, suitable pieces just using these basic pieces of kitchen equipment.

Place your weed on the chopping board and hold the edge while you chop it as finely as you want it. You might need to go over it a couple of times to get the best quality of weed. 

While it can be effective, this method also has a few drawbacks. It takes much more effort and, if you’re not careful, you might cut your fingers. There are also much better options even when you don’t have a grinder handy.

3. Mortar & Pestle

If you have a Mortar & Pestle in your kitchen, you might want to use it to grind your weed. After all, it’s designed to grind up herbs and can work just as well for marijuana as it would for anything else.

Put your weed in the mortar and use your pestle to grind it. Go over it as many times as you want until you’re satisfied with the results.

The benefit of using a Mortar & Pestle is it’s much quicker and simpler than using a knife or scissors, plus you won’t have to worry about your fingers. However, this method can also break down trichomes and may impact the quality of your weed.

4. Coffee Grinder

Another common option for grinding your weed without a grinder is to use a Coffee Grinder. Although it’s designed to grind coffee beans, it can also be used as a solid tool for grinding weed.

Put your weed where you’d normally put coffee beans and turn the handle to grind it. You’ll be left with some finely ground weed that’s ready to collect and use.

The good thing about using a coffee grinder is it’ll grind your weed extremely well and only takes a small amount of effort. However, it can be hard to clean leftover weed from your coffee grinder. It’s best to clean it before and after to avoid your weed tasting like coffee or your coffee tasting like weed.

Coffee Grinder

5. Pill Bottle and Coin

A nifty trick to grind your weed without a grinder is to use a small coin and a pill bottle or any other small container with a lid. Just close the lid, shake the bottle well, and open it up and you’ll be left with some decent ground weed. The edges of the coin cut the weed up, but you may need to shake a few times for the best results.

It’s a handy method that only requires some basic pieces of equipment you probably have lying around the house. However, using a leftover bottle and coin can be unhygienic, so you might want to wash them before using this trick.

6. Blender

If you have a blender for blending food and drinks, you can also use it to grind your weed. Put your weed inside the blender and turn it on and you’ll be left with finely ground weed in a matter of seconds.

It’s an extra fast and efficient way to grind weed, although using a blender might be a little too powerful. You might want to use your blender on a low setting or even just pulse it to avoid damaging the weed too much.

7. Cheese Grater

You can even use a Cheese Grater to grind weed. Just press your weed up against the blades and swipe up, just like you would with cheese or any other ingredient you need to grate. It’ll take a little bit of graft but you’ll end up with some nicely cut up weed. With that said, it’s not the best method, especially as a grater is better used for larger ingredients and it can be tough to clean.

Cheese Grater

8. Use Your Fingers

If you don’t have anything to use to grind your weed, then you still have another option- just use your fingers. It might not be the best way to grind weed, but it can help out when you have no other options.

Just hold your weed in your hands and break off small pieces with your fingers to put into a joint, bowl or back into a bag or container. You might need to break your buds up a few times, but you can end up with some decent weed to use.


Realistically, every weed lover should have a grinder. They only cost a few dollars and can come in use over and over again. But for those times you don’t have on with you, these ways to grind weed without a grinder can be useful. 

Of course, you can always buy other marijuana products such as Edibles or Tinctures which don’t require any grinding at all. For all the weed and marijuana products you need, head over Canada Cannabis Dispensary.

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