Once your marijuana plant is ready for harvest, trichomes form on the leaves and buds. If you have a magnifying glass, you can view them for yourself. They have a cloudy color and often resemble tiny mushrooms when your crop reaches maturity. These trichomes are flush with cannabinoids and terpenes, including the THC you are keenly anticipating.
When trichomes become dry, they form a resin known as kief, which is becoming a coveted substance due to its immense potency. On average, kief contains around 50% THC, but it can reach 70%+ on occasion. While it isn’t as powerful as concentrates, you can get it from marijuana, and since you only need a little to get the effects you seek, kief could save you a small fortune.
The quality of kief depends on the quality of the marijuana plant it is taken from. If kief is dark green, it is less potent because there is lots of plant matter included. If it is blonde or light tan in color and has a gorgeous aroma, you have premium-grade kief in your hands.
In this article, we provide you with seven great ways to enjoy kief but first, let’s provide you with a quick guide to collecting it from your herb.
Grinding & Collecting Your Kief
Although you will ‘get by’ with a two-chamber grinder, we recommend purchasing a three-chamber version if you’re serious about collecting kief. A three-chamber grinder not only finely grinds the marijuana, but it also ensures that the precious kief crystals fall through a screen and are safely collected in a compartment. If you only use a two-chamber version, crystals fall off and stick to the inside of the grinder.
You can also use a sifter box and two coins. Make sure your hands and the coins are clean first. It is also best if you handle the coins and weed as little as possible. Put two quarters on the tray along with the dry herb and shake the sifter box for up to 60 seconds. Once you are finished, open the box to see how much kief has been collected. If there isn’t enough, keep shaking until you are satisfied.
Kief normally measures between 75 and 125 microns, which means removing 100% of the resin from the plant materials is an exceedingly difficult process. If you’re intent on collecting premium-quality kief with as little plant matter as possible, use at least three layers of mesh screen (four is better) on top of one another. The finest mesh should be the bottom layer.
Once you have collected enough kief, store it in a cool, dark place in an airtight container. If you’re not using it right away, stir and mix it every two days to prevent it from sticking together.
7 Great Uses for Kief
1 – Make Moonrocks
If you’ve never tried moonrocks, you’re missing out! They are extremely potent and are a low-cost alternative to concentrates. Heat a marijuana oil and coat your buds with it, then sprinkle the kief over the buds while they are still warm. Alternatively, use a pair of tongs to roll your buds in the kief. After they harden, sprinkle them into a bowl and enjoy the high. Don’t use a grinder during the process because it grinds your moonrocks too finely.
2 – Vape it
Not many people even consider turning kief into an e-juice. You will need your kief, a vaporizer, vegetable glycerin, propylene glycol, a coffee filter, a few syringes, something you can use to double boil, and an e-juice flavor such as strawberry if you desire.
We recommend adding a 1:1 mixture of propylene glycol and vegetable glycerin to the double boiler and add your kief. Allow the mixture to heat until it has melted with a smooth consistency. If you want to add flavor, now is the time. Pour your mixture into a coffee filter. Place a container beneath to filter out the remaining plant matter. Wait until the mixture has cooled, fill up your syringe, and use it to add the liquid into your vaporizer.
3 – Cannabutter
Kief works great when cooking because it is more flavorful than buds, and preserves the original flavor of any recipe. Make sure you decarboxylate the kief before using it to cook. Place it in an ovenproof dish and bake for 20 minutes at approximately 220-240 degrees Fahrenheit. Add it to ground herb and mix it with butter to create cannabutter.
4 – Press rosin
Rosin is an extraction technique that doesn’t involve the use of solvents. It utilizes pressure and heat to squeeze the resin from your kief or hash. All you need is parchment paper, a hair straightener, and a collection tool. Only the most experienced users can distinguish rosin from sap or shatter. When you use kief, you benefit from an extremely potent concentrate.
5 – Create hash
One of the first steps in making hash involves extracting kief because it is essentially kief that has been subjected to intense heat and pressure to create a soft ball. When you apply pressure and heat to kief, its resin glands are damaged which results in a change in composition. In addition, kief subjected to pressure changes color and becomes darker when more pressure is added.
6 – Add it to a joint or bowl
When sprinkling kief into your joint, we recommend mixing it with your bud beforehand to ensure the kief doesn’t fall out. One handy tip is to sandwich the kief between the bud before wrapping it up in the rolling paper. You can also add some kief to the flower that’s already in your bowl. Best of all, you generally only need to light it once, and you can enjoy an entire session without interruption.
7 – Add it to coffee or brew tea
A lot of kief lovers sprinkle some into their coffee. It decarboxylates when added to boiling water, so there is no need to place it in the oven first (although you can do so if you wish). You can also add it to your tea. One gram is more than enough for every six ounces of liquid, although it’s up to you to decide how to enjoy it!
Final Thoughts on Kief
If you haven’t tried kief yet, you’re missing out! It is a low-cost way to feel similar effects to concentrates. All you have to do is grind the trichomes of your weed using a three-chamber grinder. Once it is in your possession, there are numerous ways to enjoy the potent psychoactive high it provides. Add it to your coffee, cannabutter, joint, bowl, or moonrocks, or turn it into an e-liquid. You’ll be glad you did!