Including Kief In Your Cannabis Experience
You may not know it, but if you’re a cannabis user, you’ve probably got everything you need to take your experience to the next level.
If you grind your buds, then you may have noticed a unique substance filling it. Grinders often contain a chamber that collects kief, though you may have some through another method, such as sift boxes or tumblers.
Many cannabis users will likely store kief for later use, but for new users it may not be so obvious how you’d use it.
So, what is kief?
Kief, sometimes referred to as “keef”, is the product of the trichomes that form on the leaves and buds of a cannabis plant. These trichomes are more potent than the cannabis flower and so can help elevate your experience.
Because it is more potent, much less kief is needed to achieve similar effects. The THC content can reach percentages of around 70%, so you’re in for a treat. However, keep in mind that the quality of the kief produced is highly dependent on the quality of the initial flower.
So, as always, the better the flower, the better your cannabis experience will be.
How to get or collect kief?
Collecting kief isn’t as difficult as you might think.
Kief can be collected from your cannabis flower using a three-piece grinder. Two-piece grinders are great for many purposes, but they’re ineffective when collecting kief as the crystals will fall off of the herb and stick to the grinder.
Use the grinder as you usually would, catching the herb in the middle chamber of the grinder – this will allow the trichomes to fall through to the bottom chamber.
Once the trichomes have built up in the bottom of the grinder, you’ll be able to scrape the powder away and there’s your kief. We recommend using a kief scraper for best results.
How should I smoke kief?
It’s only natural to wonder how you should approach your first kief experience. Luckily, there’s a few ways that you can utilise kief to work for you.
In a joint
Not much of a shock and probably the most common way to smoke kief is in a joint. It’s generally a lot messier than other methods, so we recommend that if you’re looking to smoke a joint with your kief, you should probably mix it with your cannabis buds as well.
Adding some kief to your joints can help add a new element to your usual method.
In a pipe
Another popular way to smoke kief is in a pipe. This can pack a punch, so it’s important to keep track of how much kief you’re using – especially if you’ve got a big bowl. Always be conservative with kief, as it’s much more potent than your cannabis buds.
Remember to keep an eye on kief while it’s in your pipe because it will keep burning until it’s burned all the way through.
Vape your kief
Kief is relatively easy to turn into juice for your electric vaporizer, if you know how. You’ll need two key ingredients, beyond your kief, to do this: vegetable glycerine and propylene glycol.
We recommend using a 1:1 ratio of vegetable glycerine and propylene glycol and double boiling your e-cig juice. After its boiled, you’ll add your kief and allow it to sit until fully melted and smooth.
At this step, you can choose to add some flavour to the mixture and give the juice an extra surprise.
Before filling the cartridge in your vaporizer, you’ll need to filter the juice. A coffee filter or something similar will be easy enough for this process. Once you’ve filtered the liquid – your kief is ready to vape!
Using kief to make edibles is another great way to make the most out of it. You can infuse your kief into your desired cooking oil or butter through the usual method or, if you don’t mind a more intense kief flavour, you can bypass the oil infusion!
This is probably one of the easiest ways to cook with cannabis and because kief is such a fine powder, you’ll barely notice it in the dish.
Using this method, you’ll need to decarboxylate the kief first to help activate the cannabinoids. Then, your kief is ready to utilise in baking.
Prepare the rest of the recipe and add your kief where appropriate – one teaspoon will be more than enough, but you can experiment if you want stronger results.
Press your kief into hash
Kief can also be used to create hash. Though it’s not the most advisable method of making hash, it does the job.
To create a hash brick, you’ll need an iron or hair straightener and some parchment paper. Put the kief onto the parchment paper and fold, then press the hot plates against the parchment-protected kief. Be careful not to burn it!
Once heated, the kief should create a make-shift hash brick that can be used to make tea, seasoning, or smoked in your preferred method.
Moonrocks are high-quality cannabis nugs covered in oil and rolled in kief. So, naturally, kief is an important component in their creation. They are relatively easy to make with the right equipment. You can follow our “What are Moonrocks” guide to make top quality rocks.
To best utilise your kief in the creation of moonrocks, you’ll need to coat the buds in heated oil. Then, sprinkle the kief liberally over the warm buds. Alternatively, you can dip the oil-soaked nugs in the kief using tongs.
Once they’ve hardened, you can enjoy a highly potent kief-covered moonrock!
Use a PAX 3 Complete concentrate insert
The PAX 3 Complete Kit is the most recent addition to the innovative PAX lineup of portable herb vaporizers.
The “complete” kit includes a Concentrate Insert, allowing you to expand your usage and switch between Loose Leaf material and Extract. You can use this insert for your kief!
The PAX 3 is true dual-use vaporizer for dry herb and extract. Available for purchase HERE