Long before three-chambered grinders and pollen boxes made it easy to collect kief, stoners were scraping these dense trichomes out of weed baggies and jars. Weed is so versatile, and each part of the plant is useful. The dense stalks can become plastics, paper, and textiles. The buds themselves are a medicinal remedy for many aches and ailments. And the precious trichomes that glisten and shine on top of the buds are where the magic happens.
What Is Kief?
Inside the trichomes are the plant’s terpenes and cannabinoids that give each strain its unique effects. When these trichomes fall off of the dried buds, we call it kief. This form of hash is quite potent, and it’s also rather sticky. Fortunately, there are specially designed stoner tools and accessories to help make collecting, scraping, and scooping kief easier.
How to Use Kief
Whether you collect your kief in a grinder or with a pollen box, you’ll need to save it up a little before you can use it. Here are a handful of ways to enjoy this powerful cannabis concentrate.
1. Top a Bowl
The simplest way to use your kief is by adding it to the top of a bowl in a pipe or bong. Then, use your kief scraper tool to sprinkle it evenly across the top and spark it up!
2. Add to a Joint
Amplify your joint power by adding a sprinkle of kief across the top of the bud before you roll it up. It burns evenly and adds flavor and potency to your doobie.
3. Dab It
Yes, you can even dab kief. Use a dab tool to scoop the kief onto the nail and inhale some of the freshest flavors you can experience.
4. Make Rosin
Turn your kief into rosin if you want to elevate your dabbing experience. Place your kief (save up a fair amount!) inside a piece of parchment paper and fold it in half. Use a hair straightener or an iron to press the parchment firmly until a gooey brownish-gold liquid pours out. Let it cool and use it in a dab rig or dab pen.
5. Infuse Edibles
Kief is easy to decarboxylate. Spread evenly across a baking sheet or oven-safe dish, and bake at 250 degrees Fahrenheit for 20 minutes. That’s it! Your kief is now activated and ready to be added to baked goods, beverages, or topped on any meal.
Kief is a very clean form of cannabis. It is highly concentrated and requires no heat, pressure, or solvents to produce. All you need is some good weed, a grinder, and a little patience. Get creative with your kief, and soon you’ll be making topicals, e-juice, or moon rocks with your supply.