October 06, 2021 4 min read
When you’re choosing your bud at the dispensary, have you ever noticed pricey prerolls or nugs coated in a brown powder-like substance? The higher price tag is because these coated delights are extra potent thanks to a final dusting of kief. Kief is simple to collect (you probably already have a lot at the bottom of your grinder) and can be used in a variety of ways.
Often referred to as kief, keef, cannabis crystals, dust, pollen or dry sift, among other nicknames, this brownish “dust” is actually a collection of potent trichomes. If you’ve ever seen a fresh cannabis flower that looks like it’s dusted in sugar, you already have experience with trichomes. These are the resin glands that are naturally produced by the cannabis plant that gives off the iconic aroma that attracts pollinating insects and a bitter taste that keeps herbivores at bay. Many plants create trichomes for evolutionary reasons, however those from cannabis plants also carry a concentration of terpenes, flavonoids, essential oils, and hundreds of cannabinoids including THC and CBD. Kief is simply the word for a collection of these sticky trichomes.
Sought after cannabinoids like THC and CBD are found throughout the cannabis plant, however it’s the kief that’s the most potent. Dry herb from a high THC strain will have around 20 to 25% THC. Kief often tests at around 50% THC with some strains having up to an 80% THC level. If you want an extra strong product the next time you’re at a marijuana dispensary, pick something that is coated with kief.
Some cannabis strains produce more kief than others. If you really want to experiment using kief, try a kief heavy strain like White Widow or Chemdog. There are two main collection methods that pot smokers use at home and both are very simple. The most common is simply using a three or four-piece grinder that has a built-in kief screen. You can use these types of herb grinders for everyday use as well.
Now that you know the secret to collecting kief instead of letting it go to waste, it’s time to use it! Just like other cannabis products, there are quite a few ways to use kief. These are just a few suggestions, but you can get as creative as you want with your potent stash.
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