you don`t have to use as MUCH dilithium?
Except about 15,000 per ship weapon when you can only refine 8,000 a day still equals a grind.
Is having to play the game to advance really a grind? I mean, by this logic unless you start out at the cap with the best weapons in the game on day one, it's a grind.
You're going to earn Dilithium while you quest. Don't spend it too fast, and you'll have enough when you need it.