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Milling Miracles – The Flower Mill

This unique product, which mills dry Cannabis instead of grinding it, has forever changed the joint rolling process.

The Flower Mill has just single-handedly brought my Cannabis consumption full circle.

Let me explain.

My consumption has been an evolution of experimentation and a process of leveling up both my palate and tolerance. 

I first started using Cannabis in its raw form, smoking from a glass pipe before I knew how to roll a joint or blunt. Then, one day, a buddy brought his ROOR Glass bong over and I got a glimpse into what the next level looked like, both in terms of how high you could get and in terms of how good weed can taste.

This was long before BHO came around, so if you wanted to get higher than you could by smoking weed, the next level was edibles. I experimented a bit, but considering I was using the plant recreationally at the time, it just didn’t have the same appeal as smoking.

Years later, I took my first dab of home-blasted BHO from a red-hot stainless steel nail and was almost immediately as high as I’d ever been. This began a long-running love affair with Cannabis concentrates that has evolved alongside their availability and quality.

For the last five or so years, my preferred consumption method has been to dab live resin or live rosin off quartz out of function-forward, heady glass rigs.

I can say without reservation that the Flower Mill has just ended that streak.  

There’s always been something about the process of rolling up a joint that has been so cathartic and deeply satisfying – from the cracking of the jar or bag to the selection of the nugs and careful removal of any stems – it’s always been something I’ve had a love for.

The Flower Mill has revamped a huge step in the rolling process and made the end product significantly better as a result.  

It’s not easy to do something new in today’s Cannabis landscape, but Founder and CEO Brent Stevens and his team have done just that with the complete ground-up re-imagination of how we prepare our herb for its inevitable incineration.

The Flower Mill is not a grinder. Neigh, it achieves its function by utilizing an entirely different mechanism – milling. By definition, to grind is to reduce something to small particles by crushing it. On the other hand, to mill is to cut or shape with a rotating tool.

These fundamental differences play a massive role in the quality and consistency of the processed flower. 

The tactile feel alone when comparing a grinder and a Flower Mill is enough to realize that you’re effectively facing the classic “apples to oranges” comparison dilemma. Because the basic function of the hardware is different, it turns out it’s not exactly easy to compare and contrast a traditional grinder and a Flower Mill.

The bottom line is your flower is going to be in exponentially better condition after being milled versus being ground. 

The visual difference is quite apparent too. Ground flower appears to have a fine consistency that sits squarely in the bottom collection tray of the unit in a mat-like form. Milled flower appears as a fluffy, airy pile that has a slightly coarser consistency. Coffee comes to mind as an apt comparison, and I would equate ground flower to an espresso consistency and milled flower to more of a pour-over consistency.

Of course, this means there is a difference in the way the two consistencies smoke.

I took the same volume of the same flower and processed one with a Flower Mill and one with a traditional grinder. I then prepared two joints with the same type of paper and smoked them back to back for comparison’s sake.

The joint filled with ground flower burned smooth and fast, tasting excellent almost all the way through.  Quality smoke, no complaints.

Then, I sparked up the joint with the milled flower, which took a tiny bit more coaxing to get going compared to the doobie filled with ground flower. However, once it was lit the difference was indeed noticeable. This joint burned slower than the ground flower joint and tasted excellent all the way through to the very end. Elite smoke, 10/10.

There is no doubt that the Flower Mill provides a superior smoking experience compared to a traditional grinder, and I’m pretty sure you’ll agree after trying one for yourself.

About Nate Williams

Nate is a Bay Area born and raised Cannabis enthusiast and journalist working in the field since 2015. He worked as the Oregon Leaf Director until relocating to Sacramento at the beginning of 2020 to help launch California Leaf, where he currently serves as the magazine’s Sales Director. He enjoys organic sun-grown derived hash rosin, photography, and road cycling.

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