Herb Grinders for Those Suffering from Arthritis & Hand Injuries

avril 01, 2020 5 min read



If you suffer from arthritis, carpal tunnel syndrome, or any other condition that makes results in difficulty in performing tasks with your hands, herb grinding can seem like an unfriendly world.

After all, most hand grinders require two-handed operation AND can be difficult to turn. 



Challenging factors of manual herb grinding

Herb density and the friction between the plates themselves can make it particularly challenging, and many have smooth outsides that are difficult to grip. 

These manual grinders are not well-designed for those who have trouble with manual dexterity.

Herbs are supposed to help you relax and enjoy life, so it is only natural to be on the lookout for an herb grinder that doesn’t add unnecessary difficulty into the process. 

So, this post is going to focus on what sorts of grinders allow for full-function without requiring serious effort from the user.


Electric Herb Grinders: Best for Arthritis and Disabilities

If you’ve been reading our other blog posts, you’re probably aware that we are pro-electric herb grinder. 

There are enough advantages in these electric units to outweigh the disadvantages of hand grinders, and with new battery and charging technology, hand grinders no longer offer any advantage over electric.

But if you suffer from arthritis or have difficulty using both hands for an activity like grinding herbs, an electric grinder offers you a whole new ability to enjoy the same grind you may have enjoyed in the past. 


Let’s explain:
  • Electric grinders use a motor to provide the force for grinding: no more cumbersome hand grinder to wear out your wrists.

  • Electric grinders are faster, so even if you are able to use a manual hand grinder, switching to electric will save you time and have you enjoying your herbs like never before.

  • Many electric grinders offer one-handed operation, which takes their ease of use to a whole new level.


It’s worth noting here that the battery-powered electric Mamba grinder offers all of these benefits, and takes it further to provide you with a fun grinding experience.

The Mamba is perfectly balanced and fits beautifully in your hand: when using it, you’re using a high-quality precision tool that is the perfect companion for anyone who has difficulties using a hand grinder.

How to Use the Mamba Electric Grinder from Mamba Grinders on Vimeo.


Repetitive Strain Injuries

Another class of injuries worth discussing in an article championing one-handed electric grinders are repetitive strain injuries.  These are injuries that occur when continuous, repetitive work is done.  Overtime, these types of activities can lead to damage to the muscles, tendons, and ligaments involved in the motion.

Repetitive strains can be, for many, an injury for which treatment may not be searched out until it has progressed to become a nearly-disabling injury.  This is because many people obtain these injuries doing fairly light-duty tasks which seem too simple to result in injury.  A musician may develop pain from repeated practice; a lawyer from typing all day; a truck driver simply from shifting gears.  However, chronic pain is something no one wants to live with, so these are injuries which deserve careful attention like any other.

If you are someone who is suffering from a repetitive strain injury to your arms or hands, extra attention must be paid to any use of these body parts as you heal and manage your injury.  If you have chosen a herb like cannabis to assist in your recovery, you don’t want the grinding of the product to result in further aggravation.

Further aggravation is a real risk with hand grinders.  These types of grinders can be difficult to hold and grip, and the twisting action required to shred dense herbs isn’t simple or easy for someone with injuries to their arms and hands.  This source of pain and strain can be eliminated by choosing a grinder that allows for 1) powered grinding, like an electric grinder, and 2) one-handed operation.  All of this can be found in the Mamba V1 electric grinder, which is the ideal choice for anyone using cannabis for medicinal purposes.

This sort of convenience isn’t just for recreational users.  Not all grinders are created equally, and the Mamba V1 increases the accessibility of grinding to those experiencing pain.


Temporary Disabilities

A member of our team once suffered a severe hand injury. While at home, they were distracted and touched a hot stove top, and received serious burns to the palm and fingers of their right hand. Although they have since recovered, the burns prevented them from many of their regular activities.

Think about it: such an injury can happen to anyone.  If you can’t grip with a hand, how many activities would become impossible or extremely difficult?

We should all strive to be better prepared for catastrophes in our lives.  One such way to do this is investing in tools that make regular activities easier, and going with a high-quality electric grinder is a way to do this for your herbal activities.

Health today does not guarantee health tomorrow: go with an electric grinder to put some contingency planning into your herb grinding.



Marijuana Use for Pain Relief

Marijuana, CBD, cannabis, bud, weed: these terms have become somewhat synonymous with pain relief in many modern countries.  In some countries where the drug is illegal, medical use of the product is sometimes permitted with the prescription of a physician.  In fact, in some countries where cannabis is now legal, the medical use of the plant was permitted beforehand and was used as an argument in favor of broader legalization.

Perhaps this is why many cannabis users tout it as being a sort-of wonder drug for pain relief.  While we are not medical experts - and nor are we going to say that cannabis has been proven for this use over any other available treatments - it is fairly obvious that the pain-relieving properties of cannabis are widely accepted by many all around the world.

For anyone suffering from chronic pain, sustainable treatment should be sought.  Many people claim to have found this treatment in the form of cannabis use, and there are entire companies that market their marijuana-derived products for pain relief, not for recreational use.  If you are someone who uses cannabis for pain relief, then it goes without saying that the process of preparing your cannabis should be done in a way that minimizes any further suffering.  This is another reason to consider a one-handed electric grinder like a Mamba.



If you are suffering from arthritis or any other condition that takes traditional hand grinders out of the equation for you, then we hope this post convinces you to go with a one-handed electric herb grinder. 

Have hope! 

There are options for you that can take stress and strain out of enjoying your herbs.

Anyone can benefit from an herb grinder that is easier and faster to use.  Trust us, if you go with a Mamba electric grinder you won’t look back, no matter what your health status, but why wait until something happens that makes it impossible to use your hand grinder?

We DON'T know what the future will bring, but we DO know that a good electric grinder will bring relaxation back to the act of grinding your herbs!


If wrist pain is affecting your quality of life, consider doing some mobility and strength rehabilitation exercises like in the video below:

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