August 10, 2020
As you likely already know, using a dry herb grinder is an important part of having a great vaping experience. Grinding gives your herbs an even particle size, ensuring good oven contact and complete vaporization. When you grind your herbs, though, you’re probably going to run into two problems.
You can scrape your grinder with a metal pick. That helps to open the plugged holes. After a while, though, the collected resins become so thick that the grinder refuses to turn at all.
Is your grinder so difficult to turn that you need to wear gloves to prevent blisters from developing on your hands? We feel your pain, so we’re about to give you the solution. Our foolproof dry herb grinder cleaning method will make your grinder as good as new – without wasting any of the expensive resins you’ve collected!
Important Note: This grinder cleaning method involves heat. If you use our aircraft-grade aluminum dry herb grinder, you can safely clean it using this method. You can’t use heat to clean plastic grinders or grinders with non-stick coatings.
What You Need:
Before you clean your dry herb grinder, scrape out any usable material from the teeth and pollen catcher. Vape the herbs or store them in another container. This grinder cleaning method uses heat to decarboxylate the materials stuck to the grinder. The particles in the pollen catcher are so small, though, that the beneficial compounds might vaporize during decarboxylation. Scrape away those particles and use them separately.
Our dry herb grinder cleaning method will leave you with an herb tincture. You can consume the tincture in small amounts to experience the benefits of the compounds you’ve collected from your grinder. To do that, you must first decarboxylate the herbs with heat.
The alcohol left in your jar after cleaning your grinder is an herb tincture. You’ve activated the herbs with heat, and you’ve used the alcohol as a solvent to draw the beneficial compounds out of those herbs. You can enjoy those compounds simply by drinking the tincture. When you want to enjoy the tincture, place one eyedropper of the tincture under your tongue. Hold it there for 60 seconds before swallowing. If the tincture burns your mouth, you can simply swallow it – but it’ll take a bit longer to start working. If you find the tincture weak, you can leave your mason jar open for a time to allow some of the alcohol to evaporate.
When you consume your herbs orally, the effects come on much more slowly than they do when you vape. Consume no more than one dropper at a time. Wait for up to two hours to gauge the tincture’s effect on your body before deciding whether you’d like to use more.
We love our dry herb grinder cleaning method because it allows you to clean a dirty grinder with absolutely no waste. If you’re in a hurry, though, you might prefer a cleaning method that involves less waiting. If you don’t want to make a tincture, you can skip the decarboxylation step and clean your grinder by soaking it in rubbing alcohol instead. You won’t be able to consume the alcohol, but you will get a clean grinder with very little waiting. After soaking the grinder for an hour or two, rinse it in the sink and discard the alcohol.
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