If you’re a cannabis connoisseur, you’ve probably heard of kief – the fine, powdery substance that’s often found at the bottom of your grinder. But what exactly is kief, and why is it so highly prized by cannabis enthusiasts?
In short, kief is essentially the trichomes – the tiny, hair-like structures that contain the plant’s cannabinoids and terpenes – that have been separated from the rest of the cannabis plant. These trichomes contain a high concentration of THC, CBD, and other compounds, making kief a potent and versatile form of cannabis.
But kief isn’t just for experienced smokers – it’s also an excellent introduction to the world of cannabis concentrates for beginners. Not only is it easy to collect and use, but it can also be added to a wide range of cannabis products, from edibles to topicals to pre-rolls.
In this article, we’ll take a deep dive into the world of kief, starting with how to collect and make it. We’ll then explore its potency compared to bud, and examine the various ways you can use it to enhance your high. And if you’re wondering whether you can dab kief, whether kief joints are worth the effort, or if kief can go bad – we’ve got you covered.
How to collect & make kief
If you’ve ever used a grinder to break up your cannabis, you’ve probably noticed that some of the sticky trichomes end up stuck to the bottom of the grinder. That’s kief! But if you want to maximize your kief collection, there are a few things you can do:
- Use a three-chamber grinder: A three-chamber grinder (like RYOT’s Kannastor) has an extra compartment at the bottom that collects kief as you grind your herb. This is the easiest and most efficient way to collect kief.
- Use a kief box: A kief box is a wooden box with a screen on the bottom that allows trichomes to fall through. You simply put your ground cannabis in the box and shake it, allowing the kief to sift through the screen and collect in the bottom compartment.
- Freeze your cannabis: Freezing your cannabis before grinding it can help loosen the trichomes and make them easier to collect.
Once you’ve collected your kief, you can use it as is, or you can press it into hash. To make hash, simply take your kief and press it between two pieces of parchment paper using a pollen press. Apply pressure for several minutes until it has compacted into a solid block. Voila – you’ve got hash!
Does kief get you higher than flower?
In short, yes – kief can get you higher than bud. Because it is made up of concentrated trichomes, it contains a higher concentration of THC and other cannabinoids than regular cannabis flower. This means that even a small amount of kief can pack a powerful punch.
To put it in perspective, the THC content of cannabis flower typically ranges from 10% to 30%, while the THC content of kief can be as high as 50% or more. This makes it an excellent choice for those looking for a more potent high, or for those who want to conserve their cannabis by using smaller amounts.
However, it’s worth noting that kief can also be more intense than regular cannabis flower, and it may not be suitable for everyone. If you’re new to cannabis, or if you have a low tolerance, it’s best to start with a small amount and gradually work your way up.
How to use kief
There are many ways to use kief, and the best method for you will depend on your preferences and needs. Here are a few popular ways:
- Sprinkle it on top of a bowl or joint: One of the easiest ways to use kief is to simply sprinkle it on top of your cannabis flower in a bowl or joint. This will enhance the potency and flavour of your smoke.
- Make kief butter: You can infuse kief into butter or oil to make edibles or other cannabis-infused treats. Cannabutter is easily made by melting your butter or oil on low heat, add your kief, and stir until the it has dissolved.
- Press it into hash: As mentioned earlier, you can press your kief into hash using a pollen press and parchment paper. This will create a more concentrated and potent form of cannabis that can be used in a variety of ways.
- Dab it: If you have a dab rig, you can also dab it for a more intense and immediate high. However, it’s important to note that dabbing kief can be very potent, and it’s not recommended for beginners.
Can you dab kief?
To dab kief, you will need a dab rig, a nail or banger, a carb cap, and a dabber. First, heat up your nail or banger with a torch until it’s hot. Then, use your dabber to scoop up a small amount of kief and place it on the hot nail or banger. Use your carb cap to cover the nail or banger and inhale the vapor as it forms.
It’s worth noting that dabbing kief can be very potent, so it’s not recommended for beginners or those with a low tolerance.
Are kief joints a waste?
Kief joints can be an excellent way to enjoy the potency and flavour of kief, and they are not necessarily a waste. In fact, they are a popular way to use this concentrate because it offer a more intense high and enhanced flavour profile compared to traditional cannabis flower.
However, since kief is a concentrated form of cannabis, it’s easy to overdo it and end up with a very potent joint. For this reason, it’s recommended that you start with a small amount of kief and work your way up slowly to avoid overdoing.
Another consideration when it comes to kief joints is that they can burn hotter and faster than regular joints, which can lead to a harsher smoke and potentially waste some of the kief. To get the most out of this product, it’s recommended that you use a slow-burning paper or wrap and take slow, steady puffs to ensure an even burn.
Can kief go bad?
Like all cannabis products, kief can go bad over time if it’s not stored properly. The primary enemies are light, heat, moisture, and air, which can all contribute to degradation of the product.
If kief is exposed to light, it can break down the cannabinoids and terpenes, leading to a loss of potency and flavour. Heat can also cause it to degrade, so you should store it in a cool, dark place away from sources of heat. Moisture is another factor to consider when it comes to storing. If kief is exposed to moisture, it can lead to mold growth or other forms of contamination, which can make it unsafe to consume.
Finally, exposure to air can also cause kief to degrade over time. This is because the cannabinoids and terpenes are volatile compounds that can evaporate or break down when exposed to oxygen.
To prevent kief from going bad, it’s important to store it in an airtight container in a cool, dark place away from sources of heat and moisture. A glass jar with a tight-fitting lid or a silicone container are both good options for storing.