What is kief, how to collect it and what you can do with it

If you take a closer look at your Marijuana bud, you’ll notice that there are a lot of crystalline hairs that are covering its surface. These are called trichomes and are the Marijuana plant’s resin glands. They serve a lot of purposes in the plant itself, like producing THC, CBD and other cannabinoids, terpenes, etc. In fact, kief is basically pile of trichomes, which is usually collected inside the kief catcher at the bottom of the grinder.

What makes kief so different from the rest of the plant material is that it has a higher THC content and is very potent. That’s why many add it to their plant material by sprinkling the fine kief powder on top of in order to get a better high. Note that kief is more potent than the rest of the flower, so start consuming it slow, especially if it’s your first time using it.

Now that you have a better idea of what kief is, let’s take a look at how it is collected as well as some of the most popular ways to use it.

Collecting kief from a Marijuana plant

One of the simplest ways to collect kief is inside your kief catcher in the bottom of your multilevel grinder. You can also use several dry shifting screens if you want your kief to be a bit more pure, and not mixed with other plant matter, or you can simply go to your local dispensary and buy kief, since it is sold separately as well.

To collect kief from your grinder, all you’ll need to have is a bowl and something to scoop the kief with. You can also place a coin inside your grinder and use it to push more of the kief through the screen by moving your grinder in a circular motion.

Once you’ve collected your kief, it’s time to decide how you’re going to use it.

Consuming kief

By adding kief to your flower, you can intensify your high and your overall experience which is why many combine it with their buds when they roll a joint, and some even roll the outside of the joint in kief as well.

You can also add it to a bowl with ground up herb and smoke it that way, or even smoke it separately.

Another popular way of using kief is by adding it to various drinks and edibles. Many cafés add kief in their hot drinks, like tea and coffee, while others use it in their home-made edibles and their favorite cannabutter recipes, to amplify the psychoactive effects.

Keep in mind that as with the rest of the plant material, kief needs to be decarboxylated before you can mix it with your food and drinks.

Whether you’re planning on smoking kief, adding it to your edibles and your drinks or using it to spice up your regular old joint, make sure you go slow and be careful not to overdo it, since kief is a lot more potent than your regular weed and can lead to a much more intense high.