We all love Kief and get very excited to find that beautiful powdery substance in the bottom of our Grinders. But what exactly is Kief, and how can we use it to its full potential.
Kief is the dry, powdered form of Cannabis collected from the trichomes on Cannabis leaves. It is a tightly-packed layer of trichomes coated with resin glands.
How Is Kief Different From Cannabis Flowers?
Kief is a precious byproduct of the Cannabis plant. It contains high amounts of THC and other cannabinoids like CBD (cannabidiol) and has heightened medical benefits as a Cannabis concentrate.
Kief, found in the trichomes of the Cannabis plant, is commercially created when the Cannabis flower is sifted through a fine mesh screen.
As a medical or recreational user, you will most likely find it in the bottom filter of your grinder. You can add this fine powder to your joint to give it an extra kick.
What’s The Difference Between Kief And Hash?
Kief results from the trichomes or resin glands found in a Cannabis plant. It is mainly used for smoking or vaporizing and has a high concentration of THC and other cannabinoids.
Kief has a dry, sometimes sticky, and powder-like consistency. When collecting Kief from your grinder, always wear gloves or a scraper as the particles will stick to your skin.
Hash, or hashish, is compressed Kief, making it a much stronger product.
The difference between Kief and Hash is that Kief is dry, while Hash is usually a stickier consistency. Both Kief and Hash require heat to extract their benefits.
How Strong Is Kief?
THC and other cannabinoids in Kief vary according to the plant variety, strain, and environmental factors.
The potency of batches can vary substantially due to temperature changes and increasing or decreasing humidity levels. You want to regulate these elements for the best quality Cannabis.
Weed’s drying and curing process are vital in producing a potent, high-grade product.
Kief is often referred to as the gold nugget of Cannabis because of its high concentrations of THC and CBD.
How To Collect Kief
Kief can be collected via dry sift, ice water, or vacuum filtration. The best way to collect Kief depends on what type of product you plan to make with it.
Dry sifting is a classic and very effective way of collecting Kief. The sieve consists of two screens arranged on top of each other. One screen has mesh holes, while the other has a screen-like material.
When Kief falls through the mesh holes and land on the lower screen, the Kief collects in a container beneath it. It is possible to dry-sift any plant material that you can easily break into tiny particles.
A sieve consists of a wire mesh or other material that you can fold into a box shape. It is an aid for collecting pollen from flowers, and you can also use it for filtering out sand or particles before they enter your lungs while swimming.
The dry ice method is effective for collecting Kief, but you can also collect pollen, herbaceous, or fungal matter.
When using dry ice, ensure you don’t burn yourself or the plants by holding your hand over the jar for too long. Ensure you wear gloves and protective eyewear to avoid contact with hot, dry ice particles and protect your eyes.
The process involves freezing Cannabis on dry ice sheets before scraping off the excess plant material using a sharp instrument, such as a credit card or straightened paperclip. The resultant frozen substance is then ground up into finer particles with a mortar and pestle before being filtered through several layers of cheesecloth to remove any large pieces of plant matter.
Vacuum filtration is a common technique used by dry herb consumers to separate the plant material from the oil. The vacuum sucks up all the material in a tube, leaving vaporized Kief behind.
Does Kief Go Bad?
Kief can go bad if it isn’t stored and used correctly. However, as long as it is properly stored and maintained, it will last a long time with minimal deterioration.
Storage Of Kief
The most common way to store Kief for long-term consumption is by freezing it in an airtight container. Other methods include keeping it in a vacuum-sealed bag or taping it in bags made of coffee filters.
What To Do With Kief? – 11 Essential Uses
Kief is popular in making Marijuana-infused products like joints, hashish, brownies, candies, and more. Some people even believe smoking Kief is more beneficial than smoking Marijuana flowers.
The most common application of Kief in Cannabis culture is when it is sprinkled on top of flowers to take advantage of its intense flavor and aroma. Achieve this by rolling your joint in hash oil and then in Kief. Alternatively, sprinkle some Kief into your joint before rolling if that sounds too much effort.
Make Hash With Kief
Collect Kief into parchment paper. Fold into a small square. Pour boiling water into a mason jar to heat. Roll the jar over the paper to warm, soften, and combine Kief into Hash using gloves or a cloth. Open the paper envelope and enjoy.
Make Hash Oils With Kief
Follow the same steps as making Has; only replace the mason jar with a hair straightening tong. Keeping this on the paper will melt the Kief into a sticky oil.
Make Butters With Kief
Making Cannabis-infused butter with Kief is easier than you might think.
The process is the same as that for making Cannabutter. You simply replace using Cannabis buds (flowers) with Kief.
Make Hash Brownies With Kief
Making hash brownies with Kief is a great way to transform Cannabis into an enjoyable and delicious treat.
Make Cannabis Tea With Kief
You may use Kief, Cannabis flowers, or a combination of the two to make a delicious tea.
Create Salves With Kief
The best way to create a salve from Kief is by using coconut oil or shea butter as the base.
You can cook it on the stove for 15-20 minutes and then strain out any plant materials. If you don’t want to cook and strain, you can use a mortar and pestle and grind up the Kief until it becomes a powder. You can then mix it with olive or almond oil and apply it to your skin for relief from pain or itching.
Make Tinctures With Kief
A tincture is a solution infused with an herb, usually expressed as an alcohol extract or glycerin infusion. It offers better absorption of the active substances than other extracts because they are in liquid form.
The first step is placing your flowers in a jar and covering them with vodka or Everclear. Be careful not to use too much alcohol because it will diminish the potency of THC. After about four weeks, strain out all the flowers and pour the liquid into a jar with a lid.
Make Rosin With Kief
Rosin, also known as “Weed Wax,” is the concentrate found on the leaves and buds of a Cannabis plant. To make rosin, you need to use a solvent like butane. Butane dissolves the trichomes (the resin glands of Cannabis), and then you can use Kief to make your rosin. The process takes about 3-5 hours, but it is well worth it!
Kief is relatively easy to make. You need some heat and pressure. If using a water bath or oven, cover your tray with aluminum foil or parchment paper so that nothing will burn or boil over while you wait for the rosin to form. You also want to use Kief, cured for at least two weeks before making your rosin.
Make Moonrocks With Kief
One of the most popular uses for Kief is making moonrock. Take small quantities of your favorite bud, roll them in Cannabis honey, and gently toss them in Kief.
Make External Antiseptic With Kief
Applying it topically with a Q-tip or cotton ball dipped in alcohol before bandaging over wounds with gauze or bandages will help stop the infection and reduce swelling.
How To Decarb Kief?
Decarboxylation is the process of heating Cannabis to the optimal temperature for a specific amount of time to remove the carboxyl functional group. The carboxyl group in THCA is removed, and the THC becomes psychoactive.
Although there are many ways to decarboxylate Kief, an oven is the most common method.
The process of decarbing Kief in a household oven is quite simple and only requires three steps.
- Break up your Kief into small pieces (or simply sprinkle if already in a loose form) and place it on a baking sheet lined with parchment paper.
- Preheat the oven to 240 degrees Fahrenheit for 20 minutes. (Shake after 10 Minutes)
- Put your baking sheet in the oven and let it cook for another 10 minutes before taking it out and letting it cool completely before using or storing the results.
Please ensure that you work in small batches, as Kief tends to decarb faster than flowers, and you wouldn’t want to burn any precious plant material.