Kief is a type of solventless concentrate comprised of the resinous trichome glands that appear primarily on cannabis flower buds, but some trichomes can be found on leaves and stems. This resin powder contains the plant’s therapeutic cannabinoids, terpenes, flavonoids, and other beneficial cannabis compounds.
What is Kief?
A collection of trichomes constitutes kief, so what exactly are trichomes? Trichomes are the microscopic glands that resemble white or amber hairs. In nature, trichomes help ward off predators, while attracting pollinators with its unique mix of terpenes. Terpenes are the aromatic compounds that are found across plants, herbs, and fruits that emit a range of earthy, musky, spicy, and fruity.
Kief can contain up to 50 percent THC or CBD, and in rare cases, higher counts depending on the strain. Compare that to cannabis buds that barely reach a 30 percent cannabinoid content. While 30 percent provides a respectable potency, 50 percent provides stronger relief. Additionally, kief removes the solvent-based extraction process from the supply chain providing a pure and natural product for cannabis consumers.
How to Get Kief
These sticky kief granules can be collected in a variety of ways. One of the easiest ways to collect kief is to use a three-chamber grinder that collects the kief at the bottom compartment after grinding buds. To collect larger batches of kief, individuals may use layers of mesh screen in varying sizes to sift the trichomes from the harsh-tasting plant material. Many dispensaries also carry pre-sifted kief in gram containers.
How to Use Kief
Kief can be used in a variety of ways. Add it to the top of a packed pipe or bong bowl or sprinkle it across a joint or blunt. You can even mix in some kief with your flower buds when vaporizing or cover a DIY moon rock. Kief can also be decarboxylated through various heating methods and infused into oil, butter, or ghee for cooking and baking. Finally, kief can be compressed into round or square shapes to form dabbable hash.
Like most cannabis smokeable or inhalable products, dosing can be difficult. The potency of kief depends on the strain, growing practices, environment, storing practices, and a person’s genetics and metabolism. It may take a bit of experimentation to dose kief without feeling adverse effects. First-time users should use a pinch of kief at a time and increase dosage accordingly to reach the desired effects.
Kief has a deep mustard color that draws the eye. Keep in mind, trichome colors vary based on quality. A bright green pile of kief likely has a lot of plant matter, while a light yellow or blonde shade has a strong aroma and potency. Kief is the final topping used to enhance a high and your overall smoking or vaporizing experience.