How to Grind Weed Without a Grinder

For the poor souls that are unable to find a normal weed grinder, there are a couple methods you can still use to break up your weed. I say “break up” rather than “grind” because you aren’t really grinding your weed, you’re smacking it against another object till it essentially falls apart. You wont’ be able to collect kief, and things may get a little weird, but it’ll work.

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Penny in a Bottle

Take a pill bottle, add a penny and some unground weed, and then go to town. grind weed without a weed grinderShake it like you mean it, shake what your mother gave you, and turn the bud into smaller nugs. This can be a decent solution because a pill bottle and penny are almost always available around the house.

Mortar and Pestle

Don’t be weird, this won’t work as your weed will just squish into the mortar. If your stuff is super dry then maybe it work, but there are better options. If you have a mortar and pestle lying around, you likely have some scissors which is a better choice.

Cheese Grater

The cheese grater is the most messy choice of this list, and the only reason you should consider using a cheese grater is if you need a really fine grind. You’ll have to grab your nug with your hands just like you would a block of cheese and firmly press it against the screen. I’m essentially explaining how to grade cheese, so instead I’ll just assume you’ve figured that one out on your own.


You have a shit ton of weed and you need a lot of ground weed for a project — that’s the only reason you should consider using a blender to grind your weed. Most grinders aren’t meant for grinding ounces at a time, so this is understandable.

Coffee Grinder

Another option if you have a lot of weed, or simply don’t want to do any of the work, is to use a coffee grinder. Coffee grinders produce a super fine grind usually too fine for most occasions. But if the need is dire, this could work. Learn more about using a coffee grinder for weed. 

Bare Fists

If you have sharp fists, simply place your nug against the wall, scream, and then start pounding the weed with your fists. Cannabis is resistant to jabs, but a right-hook can cleanly separate the trichomes from your weed.

Scissors in a Shot Glass

The scissors in the shot glass is probably the best alternative method to grind scissors in shot glass for weedyou weed. The shot glass proves a small bowl for the ends of the scissors to constantly cut your weed and it works surprisingly well. Not only that,  but it’s efficient, organized, and clean.


Grinding your weed without a grinder can be a pain in the ass, but sometimes you got to do what you go to do, and there are valid scenarios where a blender or coffee grinder might be the best choice. The scissor in the shot glass method is most likely your best alternative, but a penny in a bottle can be used if absolutely necessary. Or...just buy a ZAM grinder

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