You may even want to use something called a pollen press to make bricks of hash
A pollen sifter is also known as a Kief Sifter, Shaker Box, Kief Box, or Chicken Pox
So think of this stuff as your bonus for shaking up your herb. After a few shaking sessions you’ll accumulate enough pollen to sprinkle over your next bowl or joint, or bone,.
Cannabis has little crystals called “trichomes” that sit on the plant surface.
the Green Goddess pine sifter box has a holder in the underside of the lid for holding rolling papers and a rolling jig to help you roll easier. It’s got a 100 micron screen and a bottom catch chamber for collecting the pollen. the bottom chamber is lined in tempered glass to make it easy to scrape up the kiefy goodness!
Our mini and mid-sized boxes come in hardwood (walnut) and bamboo. The larger one is made out of pine.
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Green Goddess has 3 different sizes – a mini for up to 1/4 ounce of herb; a medium sized one for 2-3 times as much; and then our larger pine sifter box – not actually sure how much it holds, but quite a bit more than an ounce.
Those trichomes have all the chemicals such as THC, CBD, and the terpenes that give it its flavor and scent. At room temperature they crystallize and can fall off. So shaking weed across the screen will cause trichomes to get knocked off and fall into the bottom chamber where they can be collected. This is super potent!
A pollen sifter is also known as a Kief Sifter, Shaker Box, Kief Box, or Chicken Pox These are boxes that you toss your weed into and they contain a screen t…
Many utilize the “coin trick” to get better efficiency out of their grinders’ kief catchers. Putting a coin in the middle chamber helps to knock trichomes off of the flower as well as push them through the screen to the collection chamber below. It’s important to wash the coin well before putting it in with your flower to avoid contaminants and ridge-less coins tend to work best (better surface contact).
This method is ideal for medium-sized batches of plant matter. One downside to using silk screens is that they can tear easily from stems. It’s best to be gentle and work slowly, picking out any jagged pieces that might tear. Metal screens are available in this size as well, but can be harder to come by.
Ask your budtender to help select well-sugared strains in order to maximize yield. Also, wearing gloves, or using an object to manipulate the plant matter is ideal to minimize oil residue from your hands (which will also make the kief clump up). Happy kief collecting!
H ere at PotGuide, we recently covered some of the ways to put your kief collection to good use, and we figured that it might be a good time to go over some of the ways to collect that kief in the first place. In general, there are three ways of collecting kief without the use of solvents: shake it off, freeze it off, or force through a screen to be caught in some form of reservoir. The best collection methods combine these methods to capture as many trichomes as possible. Take a look below to learn more and start collecting that precious kief!
Do you have any experience collecting kief? Let us know some of your favorite methods in the comments below!
This is essentially the freezing method with a screen and collector attached to it and is ideal for collecting some of the highest quality kief, as the process can be repeated with finer and finer screens bags to get only the head of the trichome (ensuring the least possible amount of plant matter). It works well for large batches, a it’s possible to get quality hash out of things like trim and clippings this way as well.
Small pollen boxes, can be slightly time consuming for getting large yields, but are easy and tidy for small personal batches. Simply put some buds in the top and shake. The biggest benefit of pollen boxes are that they keep everything nicely contained, so you don’t have to worry about a gust of wind or clumsy roommate coming by and scattering your work to the wind. However for larger yields, you’ll want to scale up.
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For the ultimate kief collection method, we start introducing a little science. THC is not water soluble, meaning it won’t dissolve in water, and colder trichomes become more brittle and fall off with greater ease. This means that any method of freezing won’t disturb the THC, while making the kief easier to agitate and collect. Dry ice alone, or (or even your trusty freezer) can be used to cool the buds to a point where the kief can be shaken off in a jar or container. Freezing prior to using the coin and grinder trick will also improve yields.
In general, there are three ways of collecting kief without the use of solvents: shake it off, freeze it off, or force through a screen to be caught in some form of reservoir. Take a look below to learn more and start collecting that precious kief!