Kief: What It Is And How To Make It
WHAT IS KIEF?
To put it plainly, kief is the accumulation of trichomes. What are trichomes? They are those frosty crystals that cover the bud, and contain the cannabis plant's resin, which is full of cannabinoids and terpenes.
As it is these trichomes that are mainly responsible for the high you feel when you use cannabis, collecting them in the form of kief can be an excellent way to cut right to the heart of the cannabis experience. Kief is especially suited to those who love concentrates but don’t want to break the bank purchasing the required equipment you need to make complicated concentrates, like BHO.
HOW TO COLLECT KIEF
There are two simple and practical ways to collect kief, both offering different levels of utility.
The Grinder Method:
The first, which will likely suit most people, is to collect it in your grinder. Grinding you bud is an excellent way to break it up ready for use. While most of the trichomes remain intact and attached to your bud during the process, some are knocked off, causing them to cling to your grinder. Over time, this can allow you to build up a stock of kief as you scrape up more and more. It is a nice little bonus for those not expecting it, and ensures you get the most out of your weed.
There are grinders out there that are specially designed to make kief collection a breeze. These often contain 3-4 chambers in total, with a screen under the main grinding chamber to sift and collect kief, while filtering out larger plant material - making scraping it all up and accumulating it all the easier.
The only drawback to the grinder method is that it can take a while to build up a worthwhile amount. If you never set out to harvest kief and are happy to allow it to accumulate over time as a bonus to your smoke, then this is unlikely to be a problem. However, if you have set out to specifically gather kief, you will need to employ a different method of collection. This brings us onto our next method: using a sifter box.
The Sifter Box Method:
The sifter box is a simple yet effective method of collecting kief, specifically designed for the job. It is a three-part box that contains a fine metal screen and a removable dark glass base. The process of putting cannabis in the top section of the box and gently shaking it all removes trichomes from the plant matter and allows them to fall through the screen onto the glass, which can then be removed for easy scraping. It is a process that can also be done using a silk screen over a dark, clean surface. What you want to achieve is a sieving mechanism, which allows trichomes to be removed from the cannabis and fall through to your clean surface.
If you consider yourself a concentrate connoisseur, then you can take things to a whole new level with Bubble Hash. Bubble Hash is the result of collecting kief using a rather involved technique, but the kief collected is considered of the best quality possible, and when compacted and heated into proper hash, there are few concentrates that can rival it.
HOW TO USE KIEF
Once you have some kief collected, there is no limit to what you can do with it. Kief can be used for pretty much anything, and you are only limited by your own imagination. Just remember that heat is required to activate the THC and other cannabinoids within, so eating it straight up is unlikely to achieve anything. Most people will use kief as an added kick in their joints, sprinkling it onto their bud and tobacco. It can also be used as an addition to cannabis cooking, or for making other concentrates, such as hash. Many people press their kief into pellets, for easier storage and use.
KIEF VS HASH
Kief is the raw form of hash. Hash is made by taking a large amount of kief, and subjecting it to both pressure and heat to form a soft compact ball. The heat and pressure cause the trichomes to break up and meld, changing their appearance, flavour and effect slightly - offering users a different, more refined experience.