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What’s a ‘Grinder Coin’, and How Does It Affect Your Kief Collection?

As an avid cannabis consumer, I’m always looking for opportunities to get more out of my buds. One of the easiest, low-cost ways to extend the life of your cannabis and the tasty trichomes covering it is to get a quality two-chamber grinder. These grinders are usually denoted by their four-piece construction: lid (top grinder), grinder tray (bottom grinder), bud receptacle, and kief catcher. While many cannabis consumers prefer to break up their bud with their hands, I choose to grind my herb because it improves airflow (in a bowl or in a joint) while saving broken trichomes for later use.

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The addition of a kief catcher allows for the passive harvest of potent, delicious trichomes that can be pressed into hash, added to cannabutter or cannabis-infused coconut oil, or simply sprinkled into a joint or on top of a bowl. In an attempt to gather as much of this unrefined cannabis concentrate as possible, I added one additional (albeit optional) piece to my grinder set-up: a clean coin.

(Leafly)

A “grinder coin” can improve the amount of kief you gather from your ground cannabis without reducing the overall potency of your cannabis-consuming experience too much. People who already utilize a grinder coin go at harvesting their kief in a few different ways. The newest method to me is placing your grinder (containing your freshly ground herb) into the freezer for 5 – 10 minutes before shaking vigorously. I understand the motivation to freeze the trichomes (possibly making them more brittle), but I believe the grinding motion alone should be enough agitation to gather kief without postponing your access to your freshly ground cannabis.

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You might be wondering, “Is there a special type of coin I should use in my grinder?” No, but I would note that the size of the coin should be relative to the size of your grinder. If you have a small micro-grinder, a sterilized dime or nickel could work well. Conversely, if you grind a bit more than the Average Joe and have a grinder of considerable size, I would recommend a clean quarter, Loonie, pound, or, for those with a penchant for Feng Shui and lucky numbers, the eight-sided Singapore $1 coin.

These are just a few example, but there are tons of options out there. One that has gotten some recognition in the r/trees subreddit is the 1969 Bahama Islands pineapple five-cent piece. The pineapple, or “highnapple,” is one of the newer symbols in cannabis culture, and this piece of history synthesizes the old world with the new. Check out this Etsy page for the pineapple coin and more cool old coins to add to your grinder.

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Obviously, before you drop a piece of loose change you found in your pocket or couch cushions into your grinder, wash and sterile it. This will just take a few moments with some hot water, soap, a sponge, and elbow grease to remove any particulates or patina from the coin. Afterwards, give it a quick shine with 70%+ isopropyl alcohol, pat and air dry, then deposit.

A grinder coin is one more layer of personalization cannabis consumers can add to their setup, and without too much effort. But whether or not you add some change to your cannabis, keep your kief, make something special, and stay on your grind.


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Tips for Growing Critical Kush Cannabis

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Strain Overview: Produced by Barney’s Farm, Critical Kush was bred by crossing Critical Mass with OG Kush. Known for its spicy, earthy flavor and overwhelming yield, this strain remains popular among growers and consumers alike.

Grow Techniques: Provide plenty of space for these plants when you grow them. Prune aggressively and trellis the branches so that the buds have room to fill in. Maintain low humidity while flowering and keep airflow up to prevent bud rot. Grow either hydroponically or in soil and keep the buds out of the rain if growing outside. Critical Kush is a great option for growing in greenhouses if you’re looking for a large harvest.

Flowering Time: 8 weeks 

Yield: High

Grow Difficulty: Moderate

Climate: Prefers a temperate to hot climate between 70 and 80 degrees Fahrenheit.

Indoor/Outdoor: Suitable for either indoor or outdoor gardens. Works well in greenhouses where humidity can be managed effectively.

Feeding: Feed heavily while flowering to keep the buds swelling. If using liquid nutrients, also top dress the soil to allow the plants to take in a diversity of flowering nutrients at their desired rate.


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How to Roll a Better Crutch for Your Joint or Spliff

A crutch—also called a filter or a tip—is one of the easiest improvements to make to the standard joint. It’s effectively a mouthpiece, and it serves a number of purposes: It keeps the end of your joint open (even when sharing with your wet-lipped friends), blocks bits of plant matter from getting in your mouth, and ensures you don’t burn your kisser as you puff your way down to the roach.

Some people, including a few of my best friends, insist on rolling joints without crutches. I think those people are silly. Others include a crutch but treat it as an afterthought. While I respect that everyone has their own methods, I thought I’d share my preferred way of building a crutch. It’s quick, easy, and has earned the seal of approval from co-workers here at Leafly.

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What to Use

Unless you opt for a reusable glass tip, the best material for a crutch is stiff paper. You’re looking for something thicker than printer paper (which is too flimsy) but thinner than a cereal box (too bulky). Some of my favorite options include:

  • An index card
  • A manila file folder
  • The back flap of a checkbook
  • A magazine subscription card
  • Some business cards (not the thick ones)

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There is also a bunch of pre-cut crutches on the market these days. My favorites are RAW’s standard tips, which use long-fiber paper made on a special mill. They’re designed specifically to roll up smoothly and have enough rigidity to hold their shape in your mouth. (I initially thought these were dubious marketing claims, but after two years of using ‘em, I’m convinced.)

I’m partial to use these RAW tips, which is what I’ll be using to demonstrate. (Julia Sumpter/Leafly)

The Easy (but Flawed) Way

Most people I’ve smoked with tend to roll a crutch by literally rolling it into a cylinder. When viewed head-on, it looks like a spiral.

One of the most common methods to make a crutch or filter tip is to roll it into a cylinder. (Julia Sumpter/Leafly)

This is an easy technique, but it has some drawbacks. The main weakness is that the opening in the center of the crutch is big enough to let through small pieces of plant matter, which can end up getting in your mouth. Another problem is that it’s not particularly sturdy and can sometimes pinch closed. Does it work? Sure. But there’s a better way.

The Better Way

You can make a much better crutch simply by adding a few accordion-style folds before rolling it up. It takes a tiny bit of practice to master, but the end product will keep those pesky flecks of cannabis out of your mouth and ensure a smooth draw.

To start, make a few folds at the end of your crutch material. Make the folds about as wide as you want the final crutch to be. Be sure not to crease the paper when you’re folding it; otherwise the final crutch will be too tight.

Start by putting a few accordion-style folds in your crutch material. Keep in mind, the space between your folds will determine the crutch’s width. Don’t crease! (Julia Sumpter/Leafly)

How many folds to use is up to you. Some people talk about making an M shape inside the crutch, while others opt for a simple V. I tend to toss in a few more. Experiment to find out what you like best.

Once you’ve made those first few folds, roll the remaining crutch material around the folded part. Make sure you have enough unfolded paper to wrap completely around the crutch—you want the final product to roll easily between your fingers.

After a few folds, start to wind the remaining paper around the folded part. Make sure to leave enough left over to wrap all the way around the crutch. (Julia Sumpter/Leafly)

Wrap up all the excess paper—you can rip some off if you have too much—and roll the finished crutch between your fingers. You might find that it wants to unroll or expand on its own. That’s OK. Once you roll the crutch into your joint, that springiness will help keep the crutch from falling out of the end of your joint.

Your finished crutch should look something like this. Just keep winding that excess paper. (Julia Sumpter/Leafly)

Put the crutch at the end of your rolling paper and roll it into your joint. I like to leave a little of the crutch exposed, then push it flush with the edge of the rolling paper once I’m finished rolling.

Here’s what it looks like when I’m done:

The accordion-style crutch helps keep bits of plant material out of your mouth while still allowing for a smooth draw. (Julia Sumpter/Leafly)

The More Expensive Way

Can’t be bothered to practice tiny origami? That’s fine. Either buy a reusable tip, skip the crutch altogether, or opt for a pre-rolled crutch. There are all sorts of pre-rolled options these days, including choices by RAW, Elements, and a handful of others.

The tips work just fine, but they’ll cost you a bit more. RAW’s standard tips, which I used above, cost around $0.75 for 50. The company’s pre-rolled tips go for about $1.75 for 20—or more than twice as much.

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What are your tips and tricks for rolling the perfect joint? Share them in the comments below or give me a shout on Twitter.


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Tips for Growing Sensi Star Cannabis

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Strain Overview: A classic indica bred by Paradise Seeds, Sensi Star has been around for decades and continues to hold its own amongst today’s many popular strains. Sensi Star is known for its powerful high as well as also being a heavy yielder that consistently produces buds blanketed in resin.

Grow Techniques: Paradise Seeds celebrates this strain’s ability to be grown indoors or outdoors successfully. They also note that growing hydroponically or in soil works well. Indoors, you can maximize the yield by using SOG (sea of green) or SCROG (screen of green) methods. Promote bushy growth by topping the plants while they are in vegetative growth. The buds produced are very dense, so keep them away from excess moisture to prevent mold.

Flowering Time: 8 to 9 weeks

Yield: High

Grow Difficulty: Moderate

Climate: Sensi Star likes a controlled, drier climate with temperatures between 68 and 80 degrees Fahrenheit.

Indoor/Outdoor: Grows well indoors or outdoors.

Feeding: Feed this strain with a normal feeding regimen to achieve quality results.


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Tips for Growing Pineapple Kush Cannabis

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Strain Overview: Pineapple Kush was first produced by crossing Pineapple with Master Kush. Kush strains are generally known for their pungent, piney aroma, and this cross sweetens the flavor with tropical notes. This popular Kush variety offers a quality cerebral high with uplifting effects that allow the consumer to stay active and engaged.

Grow Techniques: Overall, Pineapple Kush is an easy strain for novice growers. Keep it indoors to provide an ideal climate, and try growing in soil or hydroponically. Consider using the SOG (sea of green) method while keeping the plants tightly pruned to direct growth to the top colas. To keep plants from falling over, trellis for support as the buds put on density.

Flowering Time: 8 weeks

Yield: Moderate to high

Grow Difficulty: Easy to moderate

Climate: Unlike some Kush strains, Pineapple Kush can handle higher humidity levels without having issues with mold. It prefers a temperature between 68 and 80 degrees Fahrenheit.

Indoor/Outdoor: Pineapple Kush does best indoors in a controlled climate.

Feeding: Like all OG varieties, feed on the heavier side. Go heavy on the CalMag and top dress the soils with phosphorus-rich nutrients when going into flowering.


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Tips for Growing Sweet Tooth Cannabis

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Strain Overview: Sweet Tooth is an indica-dominant strain that was created by crossing three landrace strains in the early 2000s. Stemming from Afghani, Nepalese, and Hawaiian genetics, this award-winning strain has a sweet and fruity flavor, and its effects are deeply relaxing and euphoric.

Grow Techniques: Sweet Tooth is as enjoyable to grow as it is to consume. It offers heavy yields while also being a low-maintenance plant. It is generally pest-resistant and has a strong immune system. Grow this strain indoors or outdoors, and prune the dense indica foliage to promote airflow around the buds.

Flowering Time: 8 to 9 weeks

Yield: High

Grow Difficulty: Easy

Climate: Sweet Tooth likes a cooler climate than most strains. Ideally, keep this strain between 68 and 75 degrees Fahrenheit.

Indoor/Outdoor: This strain grows well either indoors or outdoors. 

Feeding: Feed heavily during the vegetative stage to encourage a quality growth structure and to help the plant develop before its flowering cycle. Use silica to help keep the branches strong as Sweet Tooth’s buds gain weight.


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Tips for Growing Cinex Cannabis

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Strain Overview: Cinex is a popular sativa that was bred by crossing parent strains Cinderella 99 and Vortex. It is known to be a clear-headed strain that alleviates pain while promoting focus and energy. Fruity citrus and earthy aromas make Cinex a perfect option for those looking for something light and pleasant in both high and flavor.

Grow Techniques: Grow Cinex in a greenhouse or indoors hydroponically to maximize your yield. Using clones and the SOG (sea of green) method will ensure a beautiful canopy. This strain is relatively easy to prune and trim, making it popular for large productions.

Flowering Time: 7-9 weeks

Yield: Moderate to high

Grow Difficulty: Easy

Climate: This Washington state-bred strain does well at handling slightly colder temperatures, but will ideally be kept between 65 and 80 degrees Fahrenheit.

Indoor/Outdoor: Thrives both outdoors and indoors.

Feeding: Feed moderately. In the few first weeks of vegging, feed with increased amounts of nitrogen to get the plants healthy and strong before switching to flowering.


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Tips for Growing Cinderella 99 Cannabis

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Strain Overview: Bred by Mr. Soul of Brothers Grimm, Cinderella 99 is the powerhouse cross between Shiva Skunk and Jack Herer. Also known as “Cindy 99,” this hybrid strain offers an uplifting cerebral high paired with a fruity flavor.

Grow Techniques: Cinderella 99 is a great option for growing indoors because of its size and stature. It’s popular for either hydroponic or soil-based growing, but the strong aromas and flavors are best realized in soil. The strain needs to be topped and trained if you want a bushy, even canopy.

Flowering Time: 8 weeks 

Yield: High 

Grow Difficulty: Easy to moderate

Climate: A consistent climate will help this strain hold onto its flavor. Try to keep it between 68 and 80 degrees Fahrenheit.

Indoor/Outdoor: Though popularly grown indoors where conditions are better controlled, Cindy 99 can also be cultivated outdoors. 

Feeding: Feed with organic nutrients through compost teas and top dressing. If Cindy 99 is planted into a quality soil, this plant will do well without much help.


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Tips for Growing Purple Haze Cannabis

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Strain Overview: Purple Haze is a classic sativa strain made popular by the late Jimi Hendrix. Thought to be a cross of Purple Thai and Haze, this strain offers a stimulating and euphoric high. Its flavor is fruity, sweet, and earthy.

Grow Techniques: Known to be a hardy, resilient strain, Purple Haze is a good choice for novice growers. Grow outside with healthy soil, or grow hydroponically. Prune and top the plant to keep a uniform and bushy shape while making sure to support the colas as they develop. The strain does not always produce purple buds, but you can lower the temperature of your grow room or grow outside to coerce purple hues.

Flowering Time: 8-9 weeks

Yield: High

Grow Difficulty: Easy

Climate: Purple Haze does fine in northerly climates with colder nights, but prefers temperatures between 65 and 80 degrees Fahrenheit.

Indoor/Outdoor: Outdoor gardens tend to produce bigger yields, but Purple Haze does well indoors as well.

Feeding: Feed moderately during flowering, then bump up the phosphorus to maximize the yield.


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Tips for Growing Berry White Cannabis

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Strain Overview: Berry White is a cross between the well-known strains White Widow and Blueberry. Combining these famous strains produced a flavorful, resinous, well-balanced hybrid with effects that pull from both sides of the indica-sativa spectrum, leaving the consumer feeling relaxed while still engaged by conversation and activity.

Grow Techniques: A relatively easy strain to manage, Berry White has a good plant structure, which means less need for pruning. Hydroponic growing helps promote resin production, while soil lends to the flavor profile. Train the plant and remove lower foliage to increase the yield.

Flowering Time: 7-8 weeks

Yield: High

Grow Difficulty: Easy

Climate: Berry White likes a warmer climate at night to reach its full potential. The plant handles mold well, making it a good candidate for variable humidity. Ideal temperature for Berry White ranges between 70 and 80 degrees Fahrenheit.

Indoor/Outdoor: Berry White will produce well indoors or out. Growing in soils outdoors can help develop a stronger blueberry aroma.

Feeding: Moderate feeding should keep this hybrid strain happy.


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