When you’re looking for the perfect high, there are many things that you’ll try to do. You may change your smoking set up or look for different strains that amp up the potency. Some users even change from using flowers to concentrates since they tend to be so much stronger. But that’s not for everyone, of course.
If you’re inclined to continue using flower over concentrates, you may be happier using kief. Kief will occur naturally when you’re grinding your weed, so it’s perfect for people who don’t want to use oils, shatter, or other forms of dabs.
In this article, we’re going to cover everything you need to know about kief! We’ll explain why so many people like to use it to get a more potent high, as well as how you can collect, smoke, and store kief. Of course, we’ll tell you the best ways to use it, too. Let’s get started!
What is Kief?
Cannabis plants are covered in large, resinous glands called trichomes. Trichomes are what make buds sticky, and they’re also what gives you the desired effect when you smoke them. These glands are filled with THC, CBD, and other compounds called terpenes.
After harvesting, these parts of the plant dry up and break off. This is when they become kief. When you look at kief, you’ll find that it’s darker in color than trichomes, and that it ranges from being a deep gold to a dark brown. In comparison to the trichomes on a bud, kief is less sticky, and more powder-like. How do you collect kief, though?
Well, most people collect kief in their weed grinders. Many 4-piece grinders allow users to collect kief without much of an issue. Because kief is powdered, it can easily be separated from the bud that’s been broken up in your grinder. Just make sure that your grinder has a kief catcher, otherwise it will be next to impossible to collect it effectively. We’ll cover more on that later, though.
It’s also important to keep in mind that kief can be purchased in stores, as well. You need to make sure that you’re getting good quality kief when you do this, though. The purer the kief, the lighter the color. This is because it’s been cleaned, and there’s no plant matter with it. If the kief is dark, it means that it hasn’t been well-cleaned, and it’s not going to be as pure.
What’s the Difference Between Kief and Hash?
Some enthusiasts tend to mix up kief and hash. In reality, they’re very different from one another, but they are similar. In fact, hash is made from kief! Hash is considerably stronger than kief, though, with THC levels reaching up to 80%.
Kief is made by collecting the dried trichomes from your bud – we’ve covered that. Hash is just the next step. Hash is made by heating kief and putting it under pressure. This turns it into a wax that can be used as is, or it can be extracted as a liquid.
Many people think that hash is easier to use, though it’s not nearly as easy to make. Kief can be made at home using a grinder – that’s all it takes! Hash requires a bit more labor, but it can be pressed by hand, or by using a hot water bottle. It just takes time and practice.
Is Kief Stronger Than Bud?
We’ve touched on the fact that hash is much stronger than kief, but is kief stronger than bud? The answer is yes, kief is stronger than bud. To put it into perspective, some of the most potent weed strains reach THC levels of 30%. That’s enough to knock you out, depending on your tolerance levels. Kief is much stronger, and it sits somewhere between bud and hash.
On average, kief is anywhere from 50% to 60% pure THC. This means that it’s twice the strength of even the strongest flower available! However, it doesn’t stop there. That’s just the average. People who are experts at sifting kief can get it to about 80%. This consists of almost pure dried trichomes, with just a little bit of weed left, so it makes sense that it’s so strong.
How Do You Collect Kief?
There are a number of different ways that you can collect kief. Of those methods, though, using a weed grinder is definitely the best. Most 3-piece and 4-piece weed grinders come with a built-in kief catcher or kief collector. This is a small chamber that sits behind a fine screen. The screen lets the broken down kief pass through, but not pieces of cannabis. All you have to do is open the collector and your kief is there and waiting!
While using a grinder is the easiest way to collect kief, it isn’t the most effective. People who specialize in kief collection use multiple screens. These screens are layered on one another. Weed is then dry sifted down, through the screens. As it passes through the screens, kief is “purified” and the strongest kief ends up collected at the bottom. While this is effective, a grinder is easier, by far.
How Do You Store Kief?
When it comes to storing cannabis products in general, there are a number of ways to do so. The best way is something that people like to argue. However, if you’re trying to store your kief properly, it’s pretty much agreed that it should be stored in an airtight glass container. This can be something as simple as a mason jar, or as complicated as a dedicated kief-keeper.
The reason that kief should be stored in an airtight glass container is to preserve its freshness. Just like bud, pollen can become stale, making it a lot less enjoyable to use. Glass is used because kief sticks less to the material, but it does still stick. It can easily be scraped off, though, especially after sitting in the freezer for a few hours.
Different Ways to Use Kief
So, you’ve managed to collect all of your kief. Now what? Well, there are a few different ways that kief can be used. Check out a few of the most popular below!
While many people believe that kief can’t be vaped, they’d only be partially right. Sure, kief can’t be vaped on its own, but that doesn’t mean that it can’t be vaped. If you’re trying to vape kief, you have two options. First, you can press kief in between two pieces of bud in your vaporizer chamber. Then, just make sure it’s vaped at a high temperature, like you would flower.
Additionally, you can turn your kief into an infused liquid to vape it. This process is a bit more convoluted, but there are plenty of guides online that can teach you how to make it happen!
Make a Kief Joint
Many enthusiasts use kief to enhance their typical weed-smoking experience. Because kief is THC crystals in powdered form, it can be easily added to a joint. Simply make a joint the way that you normally would, then sprinkle kief on top of the broken up bud. The amount of kief you add will determine how strong your joint is, so make sure that you use an amount that you can handle.
Make Kief Edibles
There are a couple of different ways to make edibles with kief. The two most popular are making kief infused sauces or making cannabutter enhanced with kief.
Sauces are arguably the easiest way to turn your kief into a delicious edible. All you need to do is take your collected kief and add it to hot oil in a saucepan that’s over low to medium heat. The kief will melt into the oil, infusing it with THC. Then, you can use the oil to make the sauces that you normally would. This takes some time, normally anywhere between 20 and 40 minutes. Then, add in your other sauce ingredients and continue to cook.
Cannabutter can be made with kief, as well. The only thing you have to do is add kief to the bud that you’re making butter from. It’s as simple as that. Obviously making THC butter is more difficult than making a sauce. Still, this is a great way to give your baked goods a real kick.
Rosin is becoming more popular in the cannabis community. It’s easy to make, and it’s a great way to make the most of your kief. Simply put your kief into a parchment paper, then press it with heat. This will make a concentrate that’s potent, and help you use your kief in a different way. The way you apply heat and pressure doesn’t have to be complicated – many people just use a hair straightener.
If you find yourself becoming a kief connoisseur, there are industrial heat presses that can be purchased, too. They’re only a few hundred dollars, and they make making rosin an easy process, especially if you want to do it in bulk.