Kief; All You Could Want to Know [And More]

Your complete and definitive guide to Kief
Nicole Richter Nicole Richter / Updated on April 4, 2017

What is Kief

If you are even somewhat familiar with the world of cannabis, then you’ve probably heard a lot of talk about THC, but do you know what part of the cannabis plant is actually responsible for the THC itself? Did you know that this can be separated from the rest of the plant and exists primarily in the fallout of the plant known as Kief/pollen/and many of nicknames?

Many individuals have one question, what is Kief? Kief is an inexpensive and naturally occurring component of the marijuana plant that comes from what’s known as bud resin. It is highly medicinal and can benefit many cannabis consuming patients around the world, but plenty of misconceptions about its use and existence do happen. Here at MarijuanaBreak, we hope to clarify any Kief (a.k.a. “pollen”) misconceptions that might exist, and hopefully answer some of your burning questions along the way.

Discover what you always wanted to know about this high-inducing pollen with our informative and definitive guide, Kief; Everything You Need to Know (2017):

What is Cannabis Kief?

What is Kief
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As briefly mentioned in the introduction, Kief is actually the part of the cannabis plant that contains THC. Kief is a part of a cannabis plant’s trichomes, which are the small white hairs that often appear to be glowing with crystals, or resin. Believe it or not, without these dusted crystals, weed itself would contain cannabinoids still, but no THC. This means, the cannabis would still be medicinal, but wouldn’t cause the heady or body effecting high effects that cannaisseurs so often enjoy.

Are you wondering what the best way to recognize Kief is? It’s simple- when you touch your cannabis bud with your fingers, do you feel that sticky and powder-like substance that rubs off on your skin? Those are the trichomes, and therefore the Kief, which ultimately means the THC. Unless your grinder or trim tray contains a special additional device, known as a “sifter” or “kief collector”, your potent and powerful Kief will end up going to waste. Keep reading on to find out exactly how to “make” your own Kief and get the most medicine out of your reefer!

How to Make Your Very Own Kief from the Cannabis Plant

As we mentioned above, you need a specialized grinder, trim tray or sifting system in order to catch your Kief for future consumption. A three-chamber (or more) herb grinder is the perfect device to get your THC-packed dust sifted and collected, otherwise it will just stick to the walls of the grinding chamber and become unusable. A trimming bin with a Kief screen is the best method of making sure your pollen is separated from the actual bud when trimming and preparing for packing. These special trays ensure that the natural fallout gets caught somewhere where it can be scooped up and collected to be used later on.

There are many products specifically designed for Kief catching, whether it be for everyday consumers, trimmers or both. A simple google search with the term “kief screen” or “kief catcher” attached, can ensure you find the product that will best satisfy your needs. Best of all, these pollen capturing specific designs do not cost much more than their Kief wasting counterparts. If you are on a budget, just purchase 2 or 3 very fine opening sifting screens and stack them together, creating a kief chamber. This option is often less costly, but you need to be careful when choosing your screen size. Kief naturally measures between 75-125 microns, so be sure to choose screens that measure 100 to 270 lines per inch (LPI).

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All of these options serve as perfect Kief catchers, so you can begin collecting this medicinal pollen for consumption.

How to Consume Kief

Smoke a Joint

Now that all this Kief of yours is separated from your cannabis bud and easily available, it’s up to you to decide what you want to do with it. There are quite a few options to choose from when deciding what the best method of consumption will be: smoke it, add it into edibles and cannabis loaded dishes, make moonrocks, make hash; the possibilities are practically endless. Keep reading below to discover each method…

If You Want to Smoke Kief

There are two popular ways in which stoners and cannaisseurs typically go about smoking Kief; both are fairly low maintenance and easy to accomplish methods, especially for the patients that want to reap the benefits of medical cannabis:

“Crowning Your Bowl” (a.k.a. topping your ganja off with a little THC packed powder): During this method, pack your bowl as usual into your pipe, chillum, bong or other smoking device. Grab a pinch of your fresh Kief and sprinkle it over the packed bowl. This greatly increases the potency of each hit, and if you pace the burns of each hit correctly, you’re bound to get the greatest high out of your packed cannabis.

Roll, roll, roll your joint, with a little Kief…: Similar to the “Crowning Your Bowl” method, rolling a cannabis joint up with some pollen is a fairly simple task to accomplish. Just place a normal quantity of ground cannabis onto your rolling tray, add in a pinch of sticky Kief, mix the two together well, and place this “gonna get you really high” concoction into your paper. Roll the edges up, lick off the end, light and let be. The added in Kief will give your ground bud extra stickiness, and therefore help to keep the form of the ganja, creating that perfect burn every time you go to hit your joint. Enjoy getting super high by yourself, or with friends.

Best of all, adding in this extra kick of Kief to your cannabis consumption routine is amazing for patients who consume medical marijuana, because this extra THC percentage also means even greater medicinal benefits from your herb.

If You Want to Cook With Kief

Cooking with Kief is more complex for many than simply adding pollen to your bowl or joint and calling it a day. First and foremost, you need to decide how you want to add your Kief into whatever you are cooking. Do you desire making a super potent batch of CannaButter? Would you rather just add this extra potency into a single batch for in-the – moment consumption?

Probably the simplest method of cooking down Kief into your food, is by mixing it into hot oil in a saucepan on the stovetop on low to medium heat. This method is ideal when making THC packed sauces. Simply add in the desired amount of powder directly to a batch of your prefered oil. Use a spoon to slowly stir the Kief in as the oil becomes hotter and hotter. Once the Kief has soaked in the hot oil for 20-40 minutes, add in your final sauce ingredients and continue cooking. Pour the sauce over whatever dish you are enjoying (this is an amazing when making cannabis Kief pasta!).

Additionally, you can use Kief as the base for a batch of CannaButter. Just add your butter into a crock pot or similar cooker, and pour your Kief into the melted butter once it’s ready. Remember to stir the mixture every 10 to 15 minutes, keeping the Kief soaking inside of the butter for at least 4-5 hours, (this ensures the proper potency will be reached and the components of the pollen will bind with the animal fat in the butter). Modify any of your Cannabis Oil, CannaButter and Canna Milk preparation recipes with Kief instead of fresh flower or a blend of the two. This will provide you with a similar, if not greater level of medicinal benefits and high-heady feelings. You can find methods of preparing these bases for all types of edibles on our MarijuanaBreak website…

If You Want to Make Moonrocks from Cannabis

Moonrocks are fairly self-explanatory once you learn what they consist of. A moonrock is classified as a high quality/top shelf nugget of herb (cannabis), which is then dipped in oil and coated in a layer of powdery Kief, similar to a vanilla ice cream popsicle dipped in chocolate and coated with a topping of your choosing. The purpose of going through this DIY process, is to create a super potent, highly medicinal bud that can be broken up with your fingers and thrown into a bowl for smoking. Try not to use a grinder on your moonrock; this is counterintuitive and destroys the extra potency you worked so hard to achieve.

Best of all, make these moonrocks from the comfort of your very own home and create what the 420 world is calling, “a quick DIY concentrate”. Just follow these simple steps:

  1. Select your favorite cannabis bud from the batch of ganja you have available.
  2. In a small saucepan on low heat, heat up an oil of your choosing (using Cannabis Oil or CannaButter adds for an extra potent layer of ganja, but sunflower, coconut or canola oil work just fine too).
  3. Hold your bud by a corner and dip it into the hot oil, liberally coating the nugget in this sticky substance.
  4. While the oil has not cooled yet, sprinkle Kief over your bud and watch as it attaches itself effortlessly to the nug. An additional possibility if you have a bountiful amount of pollen on hand, is to roll your oily buds in a dusty bath of Kief powder, getting each tiny section of nug coated in this therapeutic and healing substance. Allow the coating to cool and harden.
  5. Break up the (now) moonrock using your fingers, throw it into your favorite bowl, light up and enjoy!

With these 5 simple steps, you can really get the most out of your delicious, green herb.

How to Store Kief

Although opinions vary about the best way to properly store Kief so that you lose as little as possible and also keep the freshness, it seems that the overall general consensus is that pollen is best stored in an airtight glass container of some sort. These containers can be purchased in a variety of sizes and styles, but just focus on choosing an option that best suits your needs, (think about these two factors: Howmuch Kief will you be storing? For how long?).

Placing a small metal, wooden or plastic spatula into the jar to extract the Kief with, will help to scrape any excess powder left on the walls of the jar and keep the contents within fresh and clean. If it appears that a large quantity of Kief is sticking to the walls, throw your glass storage jar into the freezer for a few hours. This should help to loosen up the Kief from the walls of the jar, allowing you to reach in with your small spatula and access any of the powder you previously thought would go to waste.

The Medical Benefits of Kief

Medical Marijuana Card

Just as many strains of fresh trimmed cannabis bud contain numerous benefits to patients using medical cannabis to treat chronic pain, mental illness, chronic nausea and so many other conditions, Kief is just as medicinally beneficial and can often create a greater potency method of consumption for those who truly need the extra healing power.

The medical benefits of Kief are highly dependent upon the cannabis strain it is being collected from, but with all of the various strains of cannabis available on the market, it shouldn’t be difficult to discover a type that is tailored specifically to your needs. Simply select the cannabis strain that you believe can benefit you the most based off of your symptoms, and collect Kief from this strain using a pollen catcher or 3 chambered herb grinder.

Here is a list of some possible medical conditions/symptoms, plus a few cannabis strains for each symptom condition, (of the many possibilities), that are tailored to helping heal, so you can make the most educated decision regarding which cannabis strain to try first based off your own personal needs:

Cannabis Strains for Chronic Pain

El-Na (Hybrid), Night Nurse (Indica), White Siberian (Hybrid), Shaman (Sativa), 5th Element (Indica), Lemon G (Sativa), Kali Mist (Sativa), Jane Doe (Hybrid), Alchemy (Hybrid).

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Cannabis Strains for Nausea

Lavender (Indica), Thin Mint Girl Scout Cookies (Hybrid), Jack the Ripper (Sativa), Black Widow (Hybrid), Three Kings (Hybrid), Chemo (Indica), Allen Wrench (Sativa), Trinity (Sativa).

Cannabis Strains for Depression/Anxiety/Stress

Blue Dream (Hybrid), Green Crack (Sativa), AK-47 (Hybrid), Strawberry Cough (Sativa), Cheese (Hybrid), God’s Gift (Indica), LA Confidential (Indica), Mango Kush (Hybrid), Lamb’s Bread (Sativa), Flo (Hybrid), Casey Jones (Sativa), 9 Pound Hammer (Indica).

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Cannabis Strains for Migraines/Headaches

Northern Lights (Indica), Super Lemon Haze (Sativa), Blackberry Kush (Indica), Chocolope (Sativa), LSD (Hybrid), Cinderella 99 (Hybrid), Dutch Treat (Hybrid), Animal Cookies (Hybrid), Amnesia (Sativa), Blackwater (Indica).

Cannabis Strains for Lack of Appetite/Eating Disorders

Sweet Tooth (Indica), Hash Plant (Indica), Marionberry Kush (Hybrid), Cornbread (Indica), Asian Fantasy (Sativa), Iced Widow (Indica), Full Moon (Sativa), Appalachia (Hybrid).

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Top Cannabis Strains to Collect Kief From (Highest THC Potencies)

The ultimate cannabis strains for collecting Kief are the ones with the highest potency of THC and resin. The higher the THC, the more potent the trichomes are, therefore the more potent the Kief is; and trust us, every stoner wants potent Kief. Thankfully, with so many new advances in the world of cannabis plant genetics, there are now many cannabis strains available on the market with an extremely high (no pun intended) percentage of THC.

Here are just a few of these highly potent, THC packed cannabis strains; a.k.a. The Perfect Strains for Collecting Kief From:

Girl Scout Cookies:

A classic in the huge world of reefer, Girl Scout Cookies is a fan favorite hybrid that features a relaxing Indica dominance and an extremely reputable THC content, topping out at around 28% THC content in lab conducted tests. Since this cannabis strain is so popular, it won’t be difficult to find at your local dispensary, nor will it be as expensive as some of the other top-shelf, rare or specialty strains. A perfect strain for medical patients who are fighting mental illnesses (depression, anxiety and stress), as well as those suffering from migraine headaches.

White Fire OG

White Fire OG is an uplifting Sativa dominant hybrid, produced by combining the genetics of The White and Fire OG strains. With THC levels ranging from 22-30%, there’s no doubt that White Fire OG will produce a strong batch of Kief from its pollen fallout. This hefty strain encourages creativity and happiness in the individuals who choose to consume it, lifting their moods up into the clouds where they can sing, dance, paint and create; whatever they want to do.

Gorilla Glue #4

Another 420-lovers’ favorite, Gorilla Glue #4 has been a classic and popular strain for decades, becoming easily accessible in your local medical dispensary or recreational pot shop. This cannabis strain is named after a super strong adhesive glue for a reason; its resinous buds are sticky as ever, meaning a whole lotta THC, especially in its fallen off Kief. This hybrid features a hefty 25-28% THC content, winning multiple Cannabis Cup awards for its pleasant aroma and powerful medical benefits.

King Tut

King Tut, although not an incredibly popular or well-known cannabis strain, has to be one of the most THC potent strains on the market. Although it is technically a hybrid, its genetic composition is Sativa dominant, boasting an 80 percent Sativa/20 percent Indica ratio. Due to its predominantly Sativa composition, its spirit is uplifting and energetic in nature with a cerebral high that brings you pep and creativity. Known to have almost a 30% THC content, there is no doubt that simply smoking this herb will be so medicinal and powerful, you may never want to try a different strain again. An ideal strain for medical marijuana patients dealing with chronic pain, inflammation and nausea, as well as those dealing with depression and stress disorders. This strain’s aroma features top notes of floral fruitiness, with dark and earthy underlying base notes; a combination that is, quite simply, a match made in heaven.

The Differences Between Kief and Hash:

The differences between Kief and Hash are honestly not many; primarily, hash is a compressed form of Kief- a large amount of powdery pollen under a high level of pressure is required to generate a batch of hash. Due to hash being treated and Kief being in its pure, unprocessed form, Kief is a lower maintenance alternative to hash, but it won’t get you as high when consuming equal amounts. Hash is densely packed together, and therefore a tiny pinch of hash is going to get you much more high than a tiny pinch of Kief. Fear not, some individuals prefer hash over pollen, and vice versa. No choice is a correct or wrong one, it is simply about preference and what you desire to consume for your own medical and recreational benefit.

Coffee and Tea From Kief:

wake and bake espresso and coffee cupsProducing tea and coffee drinks that include the powerful morning or afternoon punch of THC potent Kief is a simple task, requiring very little additional efforts with plenty of added medicinal and recreational benefits.

When desiring a little extra something in your morning cup o’ Joe, simply add in a pinch of this pollen into your cup and stir thoroughly using a teaspoon or stirring stick. Yes, it really is this simple, primarily because the heat from your coffee will activate the components of Kief that get you high, allowing you to enjoy the benefits quickly, with very little work to be done by you. A pinch is plenty for a single cup of coffee, or one cappuccino/latte.

Brewing tea with Kief is not so complex either. If you are steeping a loose leaf tea, simply add a pinch of pollen into your sifter or disposable tea bag. 1 pinch is the perfect amount for a 6-8 fluid ounce cup of tea, but be sure to increase the amount if you plan on brewing an entire pot. Another method, which is even more simple, just throw the pinch directly into your cup of already steeped tea, stir thoroughly, sip and enjoy. Just as with the coffee, the hot water of the tea activates the components (THC, etc.) within the Kief.

Final Thoughts About Kief:

So there you have it, the uses of highly-medicinal Kief seem to be endless, especially when it isn’t a difficult substance to collect yourself at home and requires very little effort or going out of your way. We hope that is definitive guide has provided you with some answers to any lingering questions or concerns you may have had regarding Kief (a.k.a. pollen, resin, etc.). Most of all, we hope you enjoyed reading this content and that you found it to be both informative and entertaining. It is important to remember that the consumption of cannabis is the sole responsibility of the consumer and discretion should be taken.

  1. John Chun
    Kief in edibles

    Collect a lot of Kief and add it your edible recipe. You will definitely get a great high which you were looking for. Kief is my choice of substance to be added to shakes and cakes and teas.

  2. Amy Hills
    Grow Goilla glue for Kief

    If you want a lot of Kief, grow gorilla glue in your backyard . It will give lots and lots of Kief and is pretty easy to grow. not much smell as well.

  3. Mike
    Kief and pollen are different

    Nice article. I just have one question: Why do you use the term “pollen” interchangeably with kief? Pollen is the product of the male flowers that fertilizes the female flowers to produce seed.

  4. John Thee
    hash for shipping

    hash for shipping

  5. Bob

    If you extract the keif don’t that make your flower less potent

  6. Earlean Ortiz

    Made moonrocks, it is amazing

  7. Debra White

    Rolling now, good information

  8. June Edwards

    Kief is a wonderful product that is essential to know about. It really can help so many people in need.

  9. Harbormaster123

    I’ve only tried sprinkling kief onto my weed twice, but both times I woke up later that night with panic attacks and severe bloating/gas with stomach pains. Has this happened to anyone else? Is this a thing or maybe just coincidence?

    1. KannaTv
      Panic attacks and stomach pains after kief consumption

      When THC is degraded by oxigen over time it transform in to CBN, a cannabinoid often related with the synctoms that you described. Maybe your kief is a little old or something like that.

  10. James

    Hi there, excelent article, very informative, specially liked the tea or coffe part!

    Got a question,

    How long kief can last?

    here more context, got my grinder with kief collector and have storage it there for around 3 years, you may imagine is packed now but some of the older kief in there has become a little brownish not so greenish like the new one so basically wanted to know if it is safe to consume in any way,

    I asume it is just wanted to check

    Greetings from Mexico!

  11. Martha Brown

    Nice post even though I am not a fan

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