Kief (also called Keef) is a name used to describe sticky, powdery crystals found on cannabis flower. These crystals contain a higher level of cannabinoid and are sifted from the marijuana bud or flower through a sieve or mesh screen. The crystals are then collected as lightly colored powder with high cannabinoid concentration, used as a way to consume marijuana. Kief weed or powder is an accumulation of trichomes or resin glands.
Trichomes are tiny hairs on the surface of cannabis flower that produce the plant’s cannabinoids and terpenes. These trichomes appear on the buds at the late stages of their growth and can be removed to form Kief. Trichomes also have a protective effect on cannabis plants. Much like many different plants with external trichomes, cannabis trichomes help keep herbivores from the plant by exerting a psychoactive effect on the animal.
The word “Kief” is of Arabic origin; it means intoxication or pleasure. It is mostly known as pollen or dry sift that looks like powder-like crystals with a very high concentration of cannabinoids and terpenes. It offers a more explosive high than the traditional cannabis flower. This highly potent form of cannabis has been collected for thousands of years and used as optional ways to enjoy the plant. If you are looking for exciting ways to increase your cannabinoid intake, kief weed is not a bad way to start.
How to Collect Kief
Separating Kief crystals from cannabis is a great way to consume your herbs since it contains a higher concentration of cannabinoids than the bud itself. Extracting Kief can be done easily on your own; all you need is a three-chamber grinder. Three chamber grinders are basically stainless steel grinders that have a separate bottom chamber to collect Kief. The second chamber collects the ground herbs while the tiny trichomes slip through the screen to the bottom of the grinder, which is the third chamber. Two-chamber grinders don’t have a smaller compartment to collect Kief; they often stick to the grinder, making it harder to collect.
To extract larger quantities of Kief, you need a silkscreen; this is called the screening method. These look a lot like those used to print T-shirts and can be found at art supply stores. Silkscreens are usually rated by lines per inch (LFI); you’ll need a screen ranging between 80 and 270 LPI to sift Kief from cannabis flower. You could also purchase a kief box which is designed to collect high amounts of quality kief with reduced loss. You can find a kief box at various cannabis accessory shops. Most people also create their makeshift sifters using layered kief screens. You may need to stack up to four layers of fine mesh to get enough Kief.
To get a good amount of Kief using the screening method, you need to put the finely ground herbs on the top of the screen and lightly push it around using a card; it could be a gift card or credit card. Sift the herbs with light force over a container to collect the Kief.
How to Use Kief
There are many different ways to consume Kief. Keep in mind that the cannabinoid properties of Kief can only be activated on exposure to heat. Here are some popular ways to use Kief
Smoke the Kief by itself
Kief can be smoked directly out of a glass pipe or most smoking hardware. Its fine, powdery texture may make it a bit unenjoyable because it falls into your bowl when you inhale. Kief, however, tends to hold flame. This means it will most likely stay lit once you light it.
Sprinkle Kief into joints or blunts
A popular way to enjoy Kief is by sprinkling it into your joint or blunt before rolling it up. Simply sprinkle and mix your Kief with the ground herb and roll it into a joint or blunt. The Kief will stick to the ground flower, increasing the potency of the joint.
For a creative or advanced experience, you could also coat the outside of the blunt or joint with Kief. This is called often called a “twaxed” joint or “tarantula” joint. You can do this by lightly wetting the exterior of the joint with cannabis oil, then roll the joint in the Kief to create a fuzzy effect.
Use Kief to Make Hash
Another way to utilize Kief is to make homemade hash. Hash is made by compressing powdery Kief into a more solid block. This can be done by applying pressure and heat to the powder in order to fuse and harden it. To do this at home, you need a piece of parchment paper. Pile the Kief in the folded parchment paper and press it with a clothes iron or hair flat iron. The hash is usually darker and stickier than Kief, mainly because of the oil-filled gland that burst in the process.
Kief is an interesting way to enjoy your marijuana herbs. If you don’t want to go through the process of making your own Kief, you could purchase it from various legal marijuana dispensaries.