What Is Kief, How To Collect It And What To Do With It

The word `kif` is derived from Arabic `kayf`meaning well-being or pleasure. Kief, keef or keif is a fine powder made from dried resin glands (trichomes) that are found on the leaves of the cannabis plant. It contains a high concentration of the psychoactive chemical or THC that causes euphoric feelings or opium-like high that can last for hours. Kief is also called crystal or pollen. The quality of keif depends on the quality of marijuana plant. Read a detailed article on Kief on Cannabis Culture here.

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How To Collect It

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You’ll want to buy a 3 compartment grinder just for the kief that’ll build up over time: its like a surprise present when you’ve run out of herb.

Kief can be collected in several ways, if larger amounts are needed then it is collected by rubbing leaves over stainless steel mesh screens or by shaking the branches and holding something under the plant. There is a special machine designed for processing larger amounts of leaves where they tumble against a rotating silk drum and glands fall off. For less amounts of kief one can use a herb grinder with a special bottom compartment for collecting kief. This device is called a kief catcher and it is usually a screen. The kief catcher is a useful part of every type of grinder as without it kief is just wasted. If you break marijuana using your hands, then all the kief will stick to your hands and you will lose it.

You can also try shaking or banging the grinder while marijuana is in the grinded section. That way some extra kief will fall into the bottom compartment.

What To Do With Kief

Kief can be smoked straight rolled in a joint or from a bowl and just remember it will burn up quickly. Most people just sprinkle some kief over their marijuana and roll it or mix it with tobacco. Kief is used for making hash which means pressing kief into little bricks, baking them, pressing again and then let them cool and dry. Then use this for smoking. You can make THC infusions (i.e., butter or oil) and use it for baking cookies, brownies or any food that is cooked with butter or oil. Keif is very potent so you will only need a small amount to get high. The kief seems to smoke best when put on top or in between another medium.

8 responses on “What Is Kief, How To Collect It And What To Do With It

  1. High times

    I am a 61 year old man who has been smoking weed for 45 plus years and I just found out about Kief. I love it it works really good in my little one toke bat. I now live in Colorado were I can do this all day long on my patio. Kiev out to all of you kiefers

  2. Lilarose

    Newbie Question: I have the multi-section grinder where the kief goes to the bottom. How is it possible for just kief to go through that wire and not just finely ground up leaves? I ground some pieces in my coffee grinder and everything I put in came out finely ground. That is not all kief.

  3. Gord0nfREEmaN

    I use a nice shiny blue Genie brand four piece grinder w/guitar pick and it works fantastic, as for keif a guitar pick is recommended just for that. The keif is exceptionally aromatic and it will choke you in some cases. A friend of mine uses a coffee bean grinder, and the difference between them is not very far apart. With coffee bean grinders the velocity and force of the blades causes caking of trichome and glands (keif) around the edges, lid, blades, which can also be collected and pressed into tasty crystal.

  4. Jack Bongs

    Well god dam, I have been smoking weed for a good few years now and never ever heard of this method, Sounds like the kief is the same as putting Icing on on a cake. Its not a cake unless you have icing. I will be doing this method now and If you can do more articles like this that be so cool

  5. MJ Morehouse

    as i love my coffee bean grinder, i watch as the kief increases, its a nice golden color right now…

  6. Donald Torres

    One of the easiest ways to extract kief is to put a coin on the screen in a loaded grinder, then put it in the freezer for about 10-20 mins, or until it’s frosty..grind it up and shake..there should be a nice amount..

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