Kief is the term for the accumulated trichomes, or resin glands, sifted from cannabis flowers through a mesh screen or sieve. Trichomes secrete a sticky resin containing the terpenes and cannabinoids that give cannabis its unique qualities. As concentrated resin glands, kief is a potent form of cannabis. It can be sprinkled on top of joints and blunts, infused into food, or pressed into hash

How to collect kief

Many grinders, typically those made of aluminum or stainless steel, come with a kief catcher, which is the bottom chamber of the grinder below the screen. As you grind your bud, trichomes fall through the screen and collect in the catcher. Once you’ve accumulated a decent amount, use a scraper to remove the kief.

If you’re looking to process large quantities of kief at home, you can purchase a kief box, which typically has two chambers — one for sifting cannabis flower and the other for catching kief. Put your cannabis into the chamber, close the box and shake. As you shake the flower, the trichomes fall off, get sifted through the mesh screen, and end up in the kief side of the box.

How to use kief

Sprinkle it on top of a bowl, joint, blunt, or into a hookah

Sprinkling a generous dusting of this strain on the top of a packed bowl, joint, or blunt can dramatically increase the potency, making for a more intense and longer-lasting high. Adding kief will also cause the cannabis to burn slower, extending the time it takes to smoke — perfect if you enjoy long smoke sessions with friends. If you’re a fan of smoking shisha out of a hookah, you can sprinkle it on top of the tobacco before adding the hot coals.

Create cannabutter cream

You can use this strain to whip up a homemade batch of cannabutter and turn that into cakes, brownies, salad dressings, etc. When using this strain in your favorite edibles, remember that it’s not decarboxylated yet so make sure to expose it to enough heat long enough to activate the THC or you may be disappointed. That being said, this strain  is concentrated trichomes so a little will go a long way.

Make moon rocks cream

Kief can also be used to make what are known as moon rocks. To create moon rocks, high-quality cannabis flowers are covered in hot oil and sprinkled with this strain. Once the rocks harden, they can be broken up (don’t use a grinder) and smoked, delivering a very potent high. Moon rocks typically average more than 50% THC. Some people also use the term cannabis caviar but, technically, that’s nugs dipped in concentrate, minus the final dusting of kief.

Add it to tea or coffee rea

Heat activates cannabinoids, so if you add kief to hot beverages such as coffee or tea, it can produce similar effects as edibles. Expect the effects to kick in 30 minutes to two hours after you consume.

Kief vs hash vs dry sift

You may be wondering what’s the difference between this and hash or what’s dry sift. And you wouldn’t be alone. Sometimes the terms are used interchangeably but there are differences.