What is Cannabis Kief?
Kief is the term for the crystal-like formations on the bulbous tip of the resinous trichomes which give a cannabis plant its frosted appearance. The tip of the trichome is where the highest concentration of the psychoactive phytocannabinoid tetrahydrocannabinol (THC) is stored.
How Potent is Kief?
Put it this way; if you are primarily seeking a potent high, you’ll wish the entire plant was kief! Known as the ‘original THC concentrate,’ kief is substantially stronger than regular weed. While the most potent strains on Earth may touch 30% THC, they are no match for turbocharged kief.
Typically, kief tests at a whopping 50-70%% THC! However, it is possible to come across 8+0% THC kief. The most coveted form of this substance is known as 99% sift because it contains almost 99% pure trichome heads.
Why is it so strong? Remember, kief is made from the marijuana plant’s trichomes, which feature by far the highest concentration of cannabinoids. Once these trichomes are isolated, you end up with a stronger form of cannabis. Due to its massive potency, kief is becoming popular amongst those looking for fast-acting medication. Do you have chronic pain and need sleep? If the answer is ‘yes,’ a nice dose of kief is just what you need.
How to Use Kief?
There are quite a few options to choose from when deciding what the best method of consumption will be: Smoke it, add it into edibles and cannabis loaded dishes, make moonrocks, make hash; the possibilities are practically endless. Keep reading below to discover each method.
One thing that’s certain is that kief is versatile. Likely due to its long history and potent nature, kief has a multitude of uses, just some of which we will take a closer look at here:
Bowl Crown – Starting off simple here, crowning your bowl means to sprinkle some kief on top of your flower-packed bowl for an extra kick.
Joint Sprinkle – Similar to a Bowl Crown, sprinkle a bit of the ol’ Kief Richards in your joint next time you need to get Jumpin’ Jack Flash’d.
Twaxed Joint – This next-level invention involves rolling a joint, as per usual, but also adding cannabis oil to the outside of the joint and then rolling it in kief. Twaxed Joints are not for the uninitiated.
Hash – Probably the most common usage, especially traditionally for kief, this method involves compressing, or heating and compressing the kief into dense bricks which are then smoked.
Moonrocks – Another from the ‘Not for Beginners’ collection, Moonrocks are whole buds that have been covered in cannabis oil, and then rolled in kief until covered. These super flavorful & super potent nugs can then be broken up and used like regular dried flower, but with the effects dialed up to 11!
Butter – Kief can easily be added to butter or oils, which can then be stored and used to create all sorts of dishes and baked goods. Yum!
Honey – Numerous recipes exist for this tasty treat which has a long shelf life, allowing you to sneak a quick spoonful every now and then. Just be sure to decarb your kief first to ensure maximum potency.
Coffee and Tea From Kief:
Producing tea and coffee drinks that include the powerful morning or afternoon punch of THC-potent kief is a simple task, requiring very little additional effort with plenty of added medicinal and recreational benefits.
When desiring a little extra something in your morning cup o’ Joe, simply add a pinch of this pollen into your cup and stir thoroughly using a teaspoon or stirring stick. Yes, it really is this simple, primarily because the heat from your coffee will activate the components of kief that get you high, allowing you to enjoy the benefits quickly, with very little work to be done by you. A pinch is plenty for a single cup of coffee or one cappuccino/latte.
Brewing tea with kief is not too difficult either. If you are steeping a loose-leaf tea, simply add a pinch of kief into your sifter or disposable tea bag. 1 pinch is the perfect amount for a 6-8 fluid ounce cup of tea, but be sure to increase the amount if you plan on brewing an entire pot.
Another method, which is even more simple – just throw the pinch directly into your cup of already steeped tea, stir thoroughly, sip and enjoy. Just as with the coffee, the hot water of the tea activates the components (THC, etc.) within the Kief.