Kief is the most concentrated source of cannabinoids in cannabis, with a high concentration of tetrahydrocannabinolic acid (THCA). It may be crushed and used in cooking or used to top off joints and blunts.
Kief is derived from the trichomes, which include cannabis plant’s cannabinoids and terpenes, of the marijuana flower. Because it is more concentrated than cannabis flower, less is required to experience the intended affects.
Weed kief and its uses
Kief is a type of hash obtained by carefully grinding marijuana buds to the point where they form tiny crystals on the surface. It has a surprisingly powerful flavor, and thus it’s frequently used as a topping sprinkle for bongs, blunts, joints, and bowls to boost the amount of THC in them. You may be wondering why people don’t always use knives. The answer is that you can only collect kief when utilizing a grinder. So if you never utilize a grinder, you’ll never have access to it.
What is a Kief Catcher?
Kief collectors are used in grinders, which are frequently constructed of aluminum or stainless steel. The bottom chamber of the grinder, called a kief catcher, uses a screen to capture trichomes as you crush your cannabis flower. The trichomes will sift through the screen and collect kief in the collector while you’re grinding your flower. After you’ve obtained enough, use a scraper to remove it.
If you want to process a lot of cannabis at home, there are devices such as the Kief Box available that have two chambers: one for sifting cannabis flower and the other for catching kief. Place your cannabis in the chamber, close the box, and shake it gently. The trichomes fall off, get filtered through the mesh screen, and end up in the chamber as you shake the flower.
Because some grinders feature a kief-catching area at the bottom where kief can accumulate over time, collecting it is much easier when you’re ready. This portion of the grinder (considering that it’s a marijuana grinder and designed specifically to collect kief as part of its essential jobs) is typically detachable. There are actually two storage compartments in the grinder: one for ground marijuana and one for the resulting kief.
You won’t get this precious kief when you break up marijuana into little pieces with your hands. Any potential kief will be trapped to your finger and will be useless. The grinder allows for the collection and storage of this kief, as well as its removal at any time.
Kief can also be extracted from the cannabis plant. If you simply rub the leaves and buds over a mesh screen, the kief will come off, leaving you with usable material. Collecting kief from the bottom of a grinder is significantly easier than filtering through a mesh screen each time you want some more.
What is Dry Sift?
Cannabis is sieved on a commercial scale through a vibratory sifter over a number of screens to produce dry sift. The phrase “dry sift” refers to kief, but it usually denotes the process of gathering substantial amounts of kief. Dry sift may be extracted from a set of sifting screens or a tumbler – an apparatus that consists of a mesh cylinder or drum that rotates and separates kief into the catch surface or container.
How to use kief
What should you do with your kief after you’ve learned what it is and how to get it? There are several methods for making effective use of your stash of unrefined cannabis concentrate, ranging from smoking kief to creating hash. Here are a few ideas to boost potency and improve consistency.
Sprinkle it onto your packed bowl of cannabis
Kief is used in several ways. The most basic and well-known usage of kief is known as “crowning a bowl.” Kief adds a lot of potency to your joint, especially if you dust it on top of it. Corner your hits for the best results from a kief-crowned bowl; corner your hits, which entails burning a section of the bowl at a time so that you can have many hits.
Sprinkle kief into a joint or roll a twax koint
Freshly ground cannabis is sticky enough to make rolling a joint simple. To enhance the potency of your joint, pepper it with a tiny amount of kief and thoroughly combine it. The extra trichomes should cling to the ground leaves, providing further strength to your smoke.
For those of you who want a more sophisticated experience, dampen the exterior of your joint with a lick or your preferred wax before rolling the top 1/3 of the joint in kief. A “twaxed” joint is one that has been kief-coated.
Make hash from kief
Cannabis Sativa Hash is a high-quality strain. The first step in making hash is to extract kief, which is simply heated and pressured to make a soft, green ball. When kief is subjected to heat and pressure, it changes its composition. When you apply extra pressure, the color of kief becomes darker; the more pressure you use
Sprinkle it on top of a Bowl, Joint, Blunt, or into a Hookah
Sprinkling a thick layer of kief on top of a packed bowl, joint, or blunt can significantly increase the strength and duration of your high. When smoking kief, it burns slowly and makes smoking for longer — great if you prefer lengthy smoke sessions with friends. You may sprinkle kief on top of the tobacco before adding the hot coals if you enjoy smoking shisha out of a hookah.
Kief, which is composed of resin glands from the marijuana plant’s leaves, can also be used to produce “moonrocks.” High-quality cannabis flowers are coated in hot oil and sprinkled with kief to make moonrocks. When the rocks have hardened, they may be broken up and smoked for a strong high. Moonrocks contain an average of more than 50% THC.
Add it to Tea or Coffee
When cannabis is heated, it releases cannabinoids, so adding kief to hot beverages such as coffee or tea might produce comparable effects to edibles. Expect the effects to begin 15 to 45 minutes after you consume if it’s added to your favorite hot morning beverage.
Are Hash and Kief the Same Thing?
Yes, you may press kief into hash and dab it. Hash is often smoked alone or blended with flower to make a dab rig. Hash is created by extracting trichome glands from a cannabis plant and compressing the resin into a solid, hard substance.
Kief may be readily utilized to produce hash. All it takes is heat and pressure. Place the kief in the center of a piece of parchment paper. Fold the paper tightly around the kief, then apply heat and pressure. nGenerally, your hand should be enough, but you can also use a hair straightener or a temperature-controlled press.
Add kief into your morning coffee or tea
The cannabinoids in kief are activated by the heat of your coffee or tea. Simply sprinkle kief powder into your cup and stir to make kief coffee or tea. Because the cannabinoids will be digested before being absorbed by your body, taking kief this way provides delayed, though more powerful, effects.
Blend kief into butter
Kief butter can be used in baking recipes to make highly-potent marijuana edibles, such as kief cupcakes, kief brownies, and more.
Here’s how to do it:
- Melt the butter into a crockpot set to medium heat
- Add kief
- Stir the melted kief butter mix every 15 minutes for 5 hours
- Transfer the kief butter into a bowl
- Let it cool fully
- Cover the bowl and place it into the refrigerator to harden
Once you have infused your kief into your butter, you can use this kief butter to create a wide range of edibles, or you can simply spread it on toast and enjoy.
The potency of your butter will depend on how much kief you add. To avoid an unpleasant experience, start small. You can always take more of an edible if necessary and adjust up with your next batch of kief butter for greater potency.
You can also make cannabutter using ground marijuana flower.
You may also make hash at home by combining kief with heat and pressure. To turn powdery kief into a more solid block, apply heat and pressure to it. To produce hash at home using kief, carefully stuff your kief in a folded piece of parchment paper. Get all of your kief together in one place so that it becomes fixed together completely. Place the parchment paper with a hair flat iron or clothes iron to seal it, being careful not to burn the hash or parchment paper. Hash is generally darker and stickier than kief since the technique for generating kief hash ruptures oil-filled glands. Whether you enjoy smoking kief over hash is likely a matter of personal preference.
How to Make Kief-Infused Edibles
Kief is best used to cook or bake with when you first make cannabutter or cannna-oil. You may use the cannabutter recipe and simply replace the dried flower with kief (for super-potent edibles) or add a little amount of kief to the dried flower (for edibles with a bit more potency). There are many different possibilities after that, depending on your preferences – just substitute regular butter in any recipe for your kief-infused version. Cannabis-infused cookies and brownies are two popular DIY meals.