When burning herbs, we all want to increase the potency and strength of the product. Honestly, the more you can get out of a smaller amount, the longer your stash will last.
So how best to get the strongest experience possible out of your herbs?
That’s what we’re here to answer in this post, so read on for our tips and tricks on strengthening your herbs.
Start with a quality herb.
We might as well start with the obvious, if your herb is sub-par, there’s not a lot you can do about it. You can have the best grinders and vaporizers, but if you’re starting with a herb blend that is low-quality, you won’t be happy no matter what you do.
Now, you may not notice at first if you are new to the world of herbs, but with time your senses will learn to tell the difference between good herb and bad herb, and then there won’t be any fooling yourself.
Although what is good and bad in the world of herbs is somewhat subjective, here’s a simple test for yourself to try if you’re not sure about the quality of your herb: your gut.
Find yourself not feeling the effects as much as you used to?
Is the taste weak or not fresh?
If you answer yes to these sorts of questions, then it may be time to invest in better herbs. Don’t feel bad: people’s tastes change.
Proper Herb Grinding
Once you know that you have a good product, it is time to evaluate the way you prepare your herbs. If you’re not really doing much to prepare them, this is the next place you need to look: get a good grinder!
Our other posts have spoken at length about why you should grind your herbs and we encourage you to check them out, but we’ll do a quick recap here.
To get flavour out of herbs, their surface area needs to be increased to expose the flavour. This is what a grinder does, and it allows for herbs to release their flavour and aroma.
Pre-ground herbs will lose freshness over time and become stale because the little particles have more surface area to allow for this loss. Pre-ground herbs from the store were likely ground a long time ago, and much of their flavour and value has been lost to the time between grinding and final use.
To preserve the positive qualities of your herbs, it is best to keep them in dry, intact form until they are needed. Then, a grinder can be used to prepare them for your planned activity.
If you are using a vaporizer to enjoy the aroma of a plant or herb, you will need a particular consistency of grind. Achieving a consistent, fine grind is essential for the vaporizer to do its job, so in such a situation a grinder is a must-have item.
So now that you know you need to grind to get stronger, more pleasurable use out of your herbs, let’s talk about what type of grinder you should buy.
The Best Grinders for Full-Flavour and Super Strength
Grinding is an art, and thankfully there are one-handed electric grinders on the market that have made this task easy and reliable.
One such example is the Mamba electric grinder:
What makes the Mamba so good at helping you get the most out of your herbs is that it grinds to a predetermined size and consistency. There is no experimentation and guesswork here: just load your herbs, hit the switch, and you’ll be enjoying your herbs in no time at all.
If you’re using a grinder that does not grind the herbs enough or leaves large chunks, the flavour and burn will be uneven.
If you grind your herbs to the point where they become powder or paste, you’ll destroy the structure of the plant and the grind will be difficult to handle.
The trick here is to find that happy middle ground, which is a consistently-smooth grind with lots of small pieces to achieve a powerful flavour.
If you’re using scissors, your hands, or a coffee grinder, you’re almost certainly not getting the most pleasure out of your herbs, and compared to an electric grinder, you’re definitely wasting a lot of time in the process.
Grind Buds That Are Dense
It may not appear to make a significant difference whether you grind your buds or break them up with your hands, but the fact is that if you're working with whole dense nugs, it makes a huge difference.
When it comes to flavor, however, marijuana appears to get better when smoked or vaped in the form of ground bud (which looks like loose flakes or the "shake" that falls to the bottom of the bag).
For experienced smokers, it's estimated that grinding boosts the perceived strength of cannabis by 10%. Working with incredibly thick, dense or stickyy cannabis that is difficult to break up makes the most significant difference. For the smaller easier to break up buds, a difference may not be much noted.
Use A Grinder That Doesn't Waste the Kief
Kief is the fine powder produced from cannabis plant leaves containing trichomes (resin glands) that are dried. It has a high level of the psychoactive chemical, THC, which causes the high that can last for hours. Kief is also known as crystal or pollen.
Using a quality grinder with razor sharp machined teeth is a simple and extremely effective method to increase THC absorption. Cheaper grinders will pulverize your bud, which not only loses some of it but also doesn't create any kief.
A grinder that slices cleanly through your flower will preserve the integrity of your marijuana, resulting in plenty of kief and trichomes on your product. This results in a more potent cannabis end result for the most potent and flavorful hits.
So there you have it: a quick lesson on grinding for maximum strength and flavour.
If you are looking for ways to maximize the strength of your cannabis, try eating a mango! See why in the video below.