You must have at one point or the other noticed the tiny little crystals that cover the cannabis plant and you probably did not know that it is called kief. On its own, kief is more potent than the traditional cannabis flower but less potent than most extracted cannabis concentrates such as budder, shatter, wax, and oil. Most stoners that collect their kief using one method or another tend not to know the many ways this form of cannabis can be used other than smoking it. In this article, we will look at 6 awesome ways you can use kief.
What is Keif?
Kief is a very potent and concentrated form of cannabis that is created by removing trichomes or resin glands from the cannabis bud. Trichomes are the fuzzy or crystal coating of the flowers that fall off very easily when you are rolling your cannabis. Resin glands contain the largest portion of cannabinoids and the concentration of the chemicals can be greater in keif than in-ground buds if these glands are removed from the plant material. Kief can be extracted using dry ice or collected from grinders containers.
6 Awesome Ways to Use Kief
Bottled Inside a Joint
Probably the easiest way to enjoy keif is to smoke it, it can be smoked like cannabis flowers but it can be a little messy and tricky to deal with. Using a joint to smoke it with flowers is really convenient. It can be beneficial when rolling it in a joint to put some flowers in first then add the keif and top the kief with some more flowers. This will put the kief in the center of the joint and help it burn more evenly when you smoke it. Now you can light and smoke your joint just like any other but you will have a more potent payload of pot.
On Top of a Bowl
The hands-down easiest way to smoke your keif is just to drop it on top of a bowl with some bud underneath it to keep it from falling into the air hole, then you smoke it just as you do your marijuana flowers alone. You may notice with keif though that it will stay lit and can burn away between hits especially if there is a little draft or a breeze, so keep that bowl puffing or pass it.
Heat and Press Hash
Keif is often made into the hash as well, this is done with heat and pressure and there is a lot of ways you can do it. Now here is a really simple method that is a quick and easy way to illustrate how it is made but it is certainly not the most refined way to make quality hash. If you have a hair straightener and some parchment paper, you can quickly press some keif into hash. Simply scoop some hash into a folded piece of parchment paper, put the straightener on high or whichever setting you find best with your preferences through trial and error. Now be careful not to burn yourself and press the keif in between the hot plates flattening and compressing the resin glands together and also heating and bursting them so they melt and form a similar rigid but brittle wafer of activated hash. Now, this can be used to make tea or edibles or you can simply pack it into a bowl and smoke it. You do not need to put flowers underneath the hash as it will hold its shape when you smoke it and it won’t suck through the air hole as the uncompressed keif does.
A pollen press is a simple and inexpensive tool readily available online that makes it very easy to press keif into pellet shape cakes that are easy to quantify and store. This device is a barrel-shaped piece of a cylinder with caps that screw together on each end and the weights that go on the inside will compress the keif as the ends are screwed together. You could put as little as a quarter gram and up to a couple of grams into most pollen press tubes. You could also add heat and repeat the heat and pressure to further process these types of pellets into a hard dark smokeable hash.
Another really cool way you can use keif is to make your own ecig juice that can be used discretely with any fillable vaporizer tank made for liquids or ecig juice. For this method you can use vegetable glycol and propylene glycol both of which you can get online for pretty cheap. You also need some large syringes and a double boiler for this method. You can also add some non-nicotine ecig flavored juice if you want to add flavors like lemon or berry to your end product. You can experiment with the ratios but I like a 50/50 mix of the vegetable glycol which is very thick and propylene glycol which is much thinner. This ratio I think provides a nice viscosity, a good infusion, and excellent puffs. You could dump the keif directly into the mixture over the double boiler and let it infuse over the heat until it has melted into the glycol. The mixture is then filtered through a coffee filter to remove the remaining plant material. The filter is squeezed while being careful not to burst it open because you don’t want any of the plant material in your e-juice. Now the juice is added into the tank of your vaporizer pan and you could puff away with a nice flavor and effects but with a very discreet look and smell.
Keif is also excellent for cooking infused recipes; you can make cannabutter with kief or replace the cannabis and most recipes with a smaller amount even one half to a third less than the dried cannabis flowers. You can also add keif into a recipe along with cannabis flowers to increase the potency. Keif when used in cooking has a milder flavor than flowers as much as the terpenes, chlorophyll, and other flavors are reduced drastically.