Saturday, April 13, 2024

What Is Kief And How To Use It

Kief is the trichome-rich powder you’ll find at the bottom of your grinder. It’s loaded with THC, and is traditionally used as the basis of hashish.

Kief is term that refers to trichomes that have been separated from the cannabis plant. Cannabis kief contains significantly less plant matter than whole cannabis flower, and it is rich in cannabinoids, making it a highly potent cannabis product.

Commonly referred to as “keef,” “cannabis crystals,” “chief,” or simply “dust” due to its particulate nature. It can be harvested from marijuana leaves, flower, and plants by dry sifting cannabis with a kief box.

Another common way people extract it is by grinding marijuana with a 3-chamber grinder; the powdery substance beneath the mesh screen is kief.

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quick & easy primer on hash
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How to Smoke Kief

Kief is a powdery substance, so it is best to combine it with cannabis flower when smoking. A popular way to smoke is to roll a joint, which is where you mix your flower with kief and then roll a joint. If you want to smoke it without cannabis flower, you can use a pipe, bong, or dry herb vaporizer. Many kief aficionados prefer vaping.

How to Use Kief

There are plenty of ways to use, even if you don’t want to smoke it. Here are some ideas to inspire you:

  • Bake it into edibles

Kief makes it easy to infuse your kitchen creations with cannabis. Use it like cannabis flower, but be cautious as it is more potent than flower. Another good reason to make edibles it contains less plant material. As a result, the taste of cannabis won’t overpower the flavors of the main baking ingredients.

  • Add it to your tea

Whip decarbed kief with milk or cream, blend the mixture with your coffee or tea, and enjoy a delicious kief-y concoction.

  • Use it to make weed oil

Infuse olive oil or coconut oil with decarb kief to make cannabis oil. Read this if you don’t know how to decarb weed. Follow our recipe (replacing cannabis with kief) to make weed oil at home and store your infused oil away from direct sunlight for two to three weeks.

  • Press it into hash

Hash is often made with kief. Non-solvent hash is easy to make, and you can easily make it with a kief press and a heat source. Here are the steps to make a non-solvent hash:

  1. Scoop it into a mold with a kief scraper.
  2. Heat your mold using an indirect flame.
  3. Pour the heated kief into a kief press.
  4. Squeeze or apply pressure to the press. Sustain the pressure until it turns into bricks, blocks, or spheres.

Here’s how to make hash at home.

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What Is Kief And How Can Marijuana Patients Use It?
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Sam Anderson is the content Director at Jointly, a cannabis wellness company powered by a proprietary data platform to help people reach their full potential. The company was created on the premise that purposeful cannabis consumption is the key to unlocking a better you. 

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