An Introduction To Kief And Six Ways To Put It To Good Use
While admiring your cannabis, you’ve probably noticed those beautiful, tiny little crystals that cover it. But did you know that what you’re seeing is kief? In this blog, you will discover what kief is, how to collect it and its many uses.
Smoking cannabis flower is an age-old and highly effective way to experience the psychoactive effects of THC. However, some smokers like to step things up a notch and opt for concentrates, refined versions of the active constituents of cannabis that make for a fast-acting and hard-hitting high.
KIEF: Questions & Answers
WHAT IS KIEF?
One such concentrated form of cannabis is known as kief, which is essentially trichome dust. Trichomes are tiny glands that occupy the flowers and leaves of cannabis plants, excreting a thick and sticky resin that houses molecules we know and love, such as THC, CBD, and many other cannabinoids and terpenes. Trichomes aren’t just there to provide humans with a psychoactive experience; they play an important role in the survival of plants. These small glands produce secondary metabolites that help protect plants against potential threats such as insects and high temperatures.
Creating kief involves detaching these small chemical factories from cannabis flowers and saving them up until a large quantity has been collected. This pile of trichomes can then be used in a multitude of ways to provide a potent high. Because the trichomes contain cannabinoids, kief offers a much more intense high than smoking cannabis flowers, where the smoke would normally contain combusted plant material and other less desirable molecules.
HOW TO COLLECT KIEF
Kief is a simple cannabis concentrate and doesn’t involve much preparation or work at all. The easiest way to harvest kief is from bone dry buds that have been properly dried and cured. Wet and incorrectly dried flowers will not grind up as well, meaning the trichomes will be harder to remove.
The typical way to start building a collection of kief is to use a grinder with multiple chambers, with three layers being ideal. These grinders feature an upper chamber, where the cannabis flowers are placed between metal or plastic teeth and ground up to a powder. The ground up particles then fall through small holes into the second layer where they are collected on top of a metal mesh. This ground plant matter is too big to pass through the mesh, however, the miniscule trichomes easily fall through to a kief chamber that resides below.
Over time, this bottom chamber will fill up with trichomes. Before long, you’ll have a mountain of trichomes ready to be used in whatever ways you wish.
WHAT TO DO WITH ALL THIS KIEF?
Once you have built up a decent supply of kief, it’s time to decide how to use it. This trichome powder can be used in many different ways to provide a potent psychoactive high.
1. LOAD IT INTO A JOINT
Kief can be used as a THC supplement when it comes to rolling joints. If you and your smoking buddies feel like it’s time to blast off, then reach for the kief jar and sprinkle a few pinches inside the joint before rolling. This will add some serious kick, and will be of particular assistance when the flower you’re smoking isn’t as potent as you’d hoped. Alternatively, the more creative joint engineers out there may wish to coat the outside of the joint in kief for an extreme aesthetic appeal. Douse the outside of the joint in wax, or simply lick it and roll it around on a plate full of kief.
5. MAKE A SIFT-HASH STASH
Hash made from kief is also known as dry-sift hash. This substance has a different consistency than normal hash and is more powdery and crumbly. The key to making hash is compressive force. This force can be applied via the use of a pressing machine or with bare hands. You’ll need a fair amount kief to get started on this project, but once you have enough it’s very easy to make. Fill a small plastic bag with your kief, roll it up tight, and tape shut. Next, wrap the package up tightly in 3 layers of newspaper and wet the newspaper once it’s wrapped. Now, use a hair straightener and apply pressure to the package for a few seconds at a time until it’s properly compressed. Unwrap the package to unveil a compressed, clean block of kief hash.In case you've never heard, kief is a concentrated form of cannabis. As a result of removing the trichomes from the cannabis flower, you wind up with kief.
How to Use Kief
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Kief is a concentrated form of cannabis that is quite potent. It looks like powder, but is actually tiny pieces of sticky, crystallized resin. Kief collects in the bottom of jars and grinders and can be used in a variety of ways: you can smoke kief, or ingest it, or even use it to make hash. Keep in mind that the potency will depend on the strain of marijuana the kief comes from as well as your personal tolerance level. Remember to follow all rules and regulations concerning marijuana possession, use, and consumption for your specific region.
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To use kief, sprinkle a little on top of your bud in a bowl or joint. If you want a stronger hit, smoke the kief on its own in a bowl, joint, or spliff. Alternatively, mix ¼ gram in a cup of tea or coffee if you’d prefer not to smoke your kief. You can also sprinkle it on top of your favorite dish. Another popular way to use kief is to press it into hash. To do this, fold your kief in a piece of parchment paper and place it on an ironing board. Cover it with a t-shirt or thin towel to stop the kief and paper from burning. Then, heat your iron to the lowest setting and iron the material for 3 seconds about 20 times. Check the kief every fifth time until it’s compact and no longer sticky. For more tips, including how to make kief butter for recipes like cookies or brownies, read on!Kief is a concentrated form of cannabis that is quite potent. It looks like powder, but is actually tiny pieces of sticky, crystallized resin. Kief collects in the bottom of jars and grinders and can be used in a variety of ways: you can… ]]>