- Melt the butter into a crockpot set to medium heat
- Add kief
- Stir the melted kief butter mix every 15 minutes for 5 hours
- Transfer the kief butter into a bowl
- Let it cool fully
- Cover the bowl and place it into the refrigerator to harden
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.
Collected and used for thousands of years as a way to consume cannabis, kief or keef is a highly concentrated form of cannabis that collects the most potent part of the marijuana flower as a lightly colored, cannabinoid filled powder.
The best way to sift your cannabis using the screen method is to add finely ground to the top of your screen and then push it around the screen with light force using an old gift card, credit card, etc. Be sure to sift your marijuana flower over a container to catch your kief. After sifting your cannabis flower for kief, it will have diminished potency, since the trichomes in kief contain the plant’s cannabinoids.
The potency of your butter will depend on how much kief you add. To avoid an unpleasant experience, start small. You can always take more of an edible if necessary and adjust up with your next batch of kief butter for greater potency.
Once you’ve collected your cannabis kief, there are several ways that it can be consumed. The high concentrations of cannabinoids must be exposed to heat to become active and produce a mind-altering effect.
You can also purchase kief from many legal marijuana dispensaries. Preserve the potency and quality of your homemade or store-bought kief by keeping it in an airtight container placed in a cool, dark, and dry place. Stir the kief every few days with a comb to keep it from sticking together.
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.
You can invest a bit more and purchase a kief box or flat-screen sifter online. Ideally designed to capture the highest quality kief with minimal loss, these specialty products are available in a number of cannabis accessories shops and even from some big-box retailers.
What is Kief and the benefits and uses of kief? Click to read more about how to smoke kief, how to make kief edibles, how to collect kief, and more.
Ever wonder what to call all those tiny, sticky crystals that cover cannabis flower? They’re called kief, also known as dry sift or pollen.
Trichomes on the marijuana plant keep away hungry herbivores by producing an intense psychoactive experience, theoretically disorienting the animal and preventing it from eating the rest of the plant. The resin’s strong, distinct odor also attracts pollinating insects and predators, which might keep herbivore populations at bay.
Hash is one of the oldest forms of refined cannabis. One of the first steps of making hash is extracting kief, as hash is basically just kief that has been heated and pressurized to form a soft, green ball. Applying heat and pressure to kief changes its composition by rupturing the resin glands. Once the kief ruptured, the overall taste and effects of the product are slightly different. Pressurizing kief also darkens its color; the more pressure you apply, the darker the hash becomes.
While kief specifically refers to the bulbous, crystal formation on the tip of a gland, the substance itself is just one part of what is called a trichome, or a “hair.”
A cross between a Braziliansativalandrace and a resin-heavy South Indianindica, White Widow has blessed every Dutch coffee shop menu since its birth in the 1990s. Its buds are white with crystal resin, warning you of the potent effects to come. A powerful burst of euphoria and energy breaks through immediately, stimulating both conversation and creativity.
Also known as “crowning a bowl,” this is the first and most obvious use for kief. Overall potency can increase dramatically with a generous dusting of kief on top of your bowl. Corner your hits to get the most out of a kief-crowned bowl, corner your hits, which entails burning a quadrant of the bowl at a time so that you can enjoy multiple hits.
Many people create makeshift sifters using layered kief screens similar to the ones pictured above. Because kief tends to measure between 75 and 125 microns, it can be difficult to separate all of the resin from the plant materials. To make sure you’re collecting the cleanest kief without unwanted plant matter, stack three to four layers of fine mesh screen one on top of another.
Now that you know what kief is and how to collect it, what should you do with it? There are many ways to make good use of your stockpile of unrefined cannabis concentrate from smoking kief to making hash. Here are a few suggestions that can amplify potency and refine consistency.
For extracting larger quantities of kief, using simple silk screening materials will allow you to separate kief from plant matter with the ease of sifting flower.
Ever wonder what those tiny, sticky crystals that cover cannabis flowers are? It's called kief. Learn more about kief and how to use it.