When a large amount of kief is collected (more than a few grams), it is important to keep the kief in a cool, dark and dry space. For maximum quality, you’ll want to continually stir & mix the kief every few days using a comb to keep the kief from bunching up / sticking together.
This is the easiest way to put your kief to use. Simply sprinkle a tiny bit of kief over the cannabis buds in your bowl, bong, one-hitter etc. Kief, when heated, tends to burn quickly and will continue to stay lit until it is all gone. To avoid wasting product while you catch your breath between each draw, it is recommended that you space the kief out by lining just the outside of a bowl (as opposed to covering the entire top layer).
Kief on its own is more potent than traditional flower, but less potent than most extracted concentrates like shatter, budder, wax, and oil. The quality of the kief you are collecting will depend directly on the quality of the plant it comes from. Kief fairly green in color usually indicates that there is a lot of plant matter mixed in, a clear indicator of low-quality kief that should be further refined. Kief that presents very light tan or blonde with an attractive aroma is usually more pure and of high-quality.
- Heat iron to lowest setting – no steam
- Take the parchment (adjust to amount to be pressed – typically about a foot), fold in half and place on an iron-ready surface (preferably an ironing board)
- Place a light layer of kief on the bottom half of the parchment paper (not too thick – about a ¼ inch) and fold the top half over, keeping the kief toward the fold
- Put the buffer over the parchment paper
- Apply pressure with the iron for no more than 3 or 4 seconds at a time, for about 20 swipes, flipping the paper’s side every few swipes
- Check your progress and adjust heat or force of swipes if too loose or sticky
- Don’t forget to turn off the iron
There are many methods of collecting kief, some of which can get sophisticated. The easiest way to collect kief is by using a 3-piece herb grinder. The chamber construction of the grinder allows the ground herb to be caught in the middle chamber as the trichomes continue to fall through a screen, collecting in the bottom of the grinder.
When a cannabis plant reaches maturity, trichomes holding a majority of the cannabinoids are formed on its leaves and buds. The accumulation of these trichomes (or resin glands) creates a fine, powdery substance referred to as kief (also written as keef or kif).
Much like you can put kief into your coffee, you can also add it to your favorite cup of hot tea. It only takes a pinch of kief (1 gram will be plenty for 4 6oz drinks) to create a powerful drink.
One of the most popular ways of consuming kief is by putting it in your morning cup of joe. The heat of the coffee or cappuccino will activate the kief’s cannabinoids, making them more available for consumption. Ingesting kief this way will produce a strong, long-lasting effect after just 15-30 minutes, much like eating an infused edible.
“On average, kief tends to measure between 75 and 125 microns…”
Kief is the accumulation of trichomes (or resin glands) from the cannabis plant that creates a fine, powdery substance when collected or extracted.
When sifting for kief, many will use a series of screens with consecutively smaller holes to further refine their kief with each screen. If you use a single screen, you will have less “green” material in your kief with a higher screen LPI.
Kief powder is the accumulation of the luminous resin trichomes that form on the leaves and buds of marijuana. Trichomes are tiny, bulbous glands that protrude from the surface of the buds and leaves of late-stage cannabis plants. These trichomes can be removed from the plant material, producing kief, a powerfully concentrated form of cannabis.
Kief is both easy to collect and convenient to use. It doesn’t require expensive extraction equipment like some other concentrates, so it’s easy to collect kief yourself at home.
To collect larger amounts of kief from your cannabis, all you need is a silk screen like those used in t-shirt printing. These can be found at most art supply stores. These screens are rated by LPI (lines per inch). To sift cannabis flower to collect its kief, you will want a screen between 80 and 270 LPI.
You can also get creative by adding your kief to the outside of your blunt or joint. Most people who do this first lightly wet the outside of their joint with cannabis oil. Then roll your joint in your kief. This will create a fuzzy effect that has earned them the name “tarantula” joints.
An Arabic word meaning “pleasure” or “intoxication”, kief contains a high concentration of cannabinoids and terpenes , offering a more potent option than traditional marijuana flower. However, kief is less powerful than extracted concentrates like marijuana shatter or wax.
Because kief packs a much bigger level of cannabinoids than cannabis flower, it’s an ideal option if you’re looking to increase your cannabinoid intake or just want a versatile cannabis product that you can use a few different ways.
While there are several methods you can use to collect kief, the easiest way to do it on your own is to use a three-chamber herb grinder when breaking down your marijuana. Three-chamber grinders typically feature fine stainless steel screens and a separate chamber specifically for catching any kief powder that breaks off your marijuana flower.
You can also use kief to make homemade hash. This is done by applying heat and pressure in order to fuse powdery kief into a more solid block. To make hash at home using kief, you will want to carefully place your kief in a folded piece of parchment paper. Try to get all your kief together in a pile so that it fuses together completely. Then press the parchment paper with a hair flat iron or clothes iron, being careful not to overheat the hash or parchment paper. Because the process to make kief hash bursts the oil-filled glands, hash is usually darker and stickier than kief. Whether you prefer to smoke kief vs hash will likely be a personal decision.
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