Kief, the white, powdery substance collected by agitating cannabis plant matter over a screen, is one of the oldest, cleanest extracts cannabis enthusiasts use to give their flower or edible an extra kick today. High-quality kief is loaded with cannabinoids, but it’s not like a traditional concentrate. You don’t have to use a solvent to collect kief because it's gathered through the use of motion rather than chemicals. Easy to extract, potent, and safe to consume, kief is a powerful concentrate you might already have at your disposal.
How to collect it
Cannabis is covered in sticky, crystal-like formations called trichomes. Cannabinoids and terpenes are packed in these trichomes, and they’re surprisingly easy to collect. If you use a grinder to break up your nugs, we’ve got great news for you: you’ve probably already got a stash ready to go. Whether you mean to or not, you collect kief in the bottom chamber of your grinder. As your grinder tears through dense buds, the cannabinoid-rich trichomes covering the flower fall through your grinder’s screen to the machine’s bottom.
- Put a coin in your grinder. Place a thoroughly cleaned and disinfected coin in your grinder’s middle chamber. This will help push even more kief through your grinder’s screen.
- Freeze your flower and grinder before grinding. When cannabis freezes, its trichomes become very brittle. This makes it even easier for them to snap off during the grinding process. Put your weed-loaded grinder in the freezer for 10 minutes, then grind as usual. You’ll be surprised by the increase in collected kief.
- Use a pollen box. These boxes are designed specifically for separating pollen from herbs and lots of brands make them with cannabis consumers in mind.
- Get a silk screen. Take a medium sized silk screen and place it over a container. Gently rub the cannabis plant matter across the screen and watch it gather in the container below.
How to consume
As with most concentrates, there are a few ways to use kief. Here are some of the most common consumption methods plus one tip that makes a huge difference in the quality kief exhibits.
For immediate results and maximized convenience, take a small amount of kief and add it to the top of your bowl, the inside of your joint, or mixed in with the bud you’ve placed in your herbal vaporizer’s flower chamber. You can also make moon rocks with kief for an especially medicated experience.
Decarboxylate your kief
If you have more creative ideas than smoking kief in mind, you’ll need to decarboxylate your kief if you want to feel any effects.
Once you’ve decarbed your kief, you can really add it to anything that sounds appetizing. And the good news is that you can expect those dishes to taste just as delicious as they sound. One of the reasons kief makes such a good edible ingredient is that, for a solvent-free extract, it has such a tiny amount of plant matter. When you use high-quality weed, you don’t have to worry about eating a medicated treat that tastes like freshly mowed grass.