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One of the many stigmas that modern cannabis reform has helped to destroy the idea that cannabis consumers are lazy. There is no denying that some strains are not meant to be paired with unbreakable schemes, but the truth is that cannabis is also used by athletes, performers, performers and others as a means of instilling creativity and focus.

Some, such as author and speaker Steven Kotler, even believe that cannabis can be used to get into the so-called “flow state” faster – essentially an optimal mental state also known as a “runner’s high” and so on, depending on the situation.

This is all to say that the advent of a cannabis grinder with “automatic” functions is potentially a device that turns to the past. The concept of an auto-grinder – a device that takes the trouble to grind your cannabis – is nothing new, but until now the only real draw has been the relief it provided your wrists.

Depending on how often you roll, this may never be an issue, but the Tectonic9 isn’t actually designed to address that aspect. Instead, this impressive piece of technology combines the joys of manual grinding with the convenience of automatically dispensed cannabis. But let’s not get ahead of ourselves.

First of all: is it easy to grind flowers in the Tectonic9? Absolute. The device has 28 diamond-shaped sharpening teeth that made the work of several types easy, including IC Collective’s particularly hard-to-sharpen (but oh-so-delicious) Ziablo. The resistance is minimal and leaves virtually no residue. Then it’s time for the fun part.

The revelation of the Tectonic9 is that you can dose ground cannabis through a small stainless steel spout. That means you can have your grinder deliver your ground flour directly into a rolling paper, pipe or bong without the cuticle getting sticky. Just push a button and the device comes to life, making a noticeable but harmless vibration as it gets you going.

This makes rolling a joint a breeze, especially in environments where handling small amounts of cannabis can be undesirable or downright reckless. The Tectonic9 also has a viewing window (complete with LED light), so you can see how much ground flour you have left to work with. While there are a few standard elements missing from the design — a kief-catcher, for example — the Tectonic9 makes a strong case for justifying the $59.99 price tag.

In terms of portability, this unit will never compete with the most discreet or lightweight alternatives on the market. That said, the weight (nine ounces) is hardly a deal breaker. The Tectonic9’s aluminum body and textured grip also allow it to hold its own in more rugged environments.

All in all, the Tectonic9 is a unicorn: a reason to buy a new grinder. You won’t find much of it, but kudos to the team at Cloudious9 for delivering an irresistible call to upgrade.

potential: The power of the Tectonic9 is actually quite powerful. The device uses a 320 mAh rechargeable lithium-ion battery. It takes an hour to charge (average), but can be used 60 to 120 times before needing a charge (fantastic).

Appearance: Diameter/Height: 2.5” x 2.5”. Weight: 9 ounces. Space-grade anodized aluminum housing, textured sharpening handle with a sleek matte finish.

Medical Application:: Potentially significant. For those with arthritis or weakness in the hands and wrists, the Tectonic9 can provide a smoother, less strenuous grinding experience. Certainly for anyone who suffers from shaking or otherwise struggles with the precision required when transferring cannabis from a grinder to the source of consumption, the automatic dosing component should be a welcome relief.


Cloudious9’s Tectonic9 Auto Dispensing Grinder is expected to be released in October. For the latest news, visit cloudious9.com/tectonic9.

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