What Is Kief Weed
If you took one look at the title of this blog and thought, what is kief weed, you are not alone. Today’s new environment of legal weed means new cool stuff gets researched and made available for those of us who didn’t have the time or dedication to experiment with all of the features of cannabis in our basement. Kief, also spelled as “keef” or “kif,” is a term commonly used in the cannabis industry and refers to the fine, powdery substance that consists of the resinous trichomes found on the cannabis plant. Trichomes are small, hair-like structures that contain the majority of the plant’s cannabinoids, including THC (tetrahydrocannabinol) and CBD (cannabidiol), as well as various aromatic compounds known as terpenes. Keep reading to learn the answer to the question of what is kief weed and how to smoke kief. The experts at Releaf Medical have got you covered!
What Does Kief Weed Do
Because of the concentration of cannabinoids and terpenes, kief is highly potent. Many cannabis enthusiasts use kief to enhance the potency of their joints, blunts, or vaporizer sessions by sprinkling it on top of their cannabis flower. It can also be used to make edibles, concentrates, or tinctures, adding a potent and flavorful element to various cannabis products. What does that mean? Basically, if you want just a little more punch to your smoke session, all you need to do is add kief. It’s like throwing kerosene on a fire, and sometimes you’re out having a bonfire and throwing some kerosene is just a little added warmth, if you follow my metaphor. Of course, the marijuana you find at dispensaries in today’s legalized world of marijuana is about as potent as a natural plant can get. Kief is just the cherry on top, adding a bit of bang to your bud. If you try kief weed and get a little too high, don’t worry, it happens to the best of us. Releaf Medical has your back, read our article on how to sober up from weed.
How Do I Collect Kief Weed
So, if kief is a fine powdery substance, one might think collecting kief weed sounds like a tedious task at best, but more like somewhere near impossible. This would be underestimating the creative burst that a good sativa can bring about, so it’s easy to imagine a bunch of engineers sitting on the couch and passing the bong when the conversation began. Someone mentions in passing that they can see a “dust” falling off the buds as they grind up their weed in their hands, lamenting the fact those are valuable potent trichomes just lost in the ether. Someone else chimes in that they just wish there was a way to have your kief and smoke it too. The next thing you know everyone has drawn up or explained their version of a way to catch the kief weed. And, that folks, is how I met your mother. So, what are these contraptions known as?
The Weed Grinder
First up is the most common method, which is the kief catcher in a grinder. That’s right, many of the nicer grinders you’ll find will have a separate compartment included that sits below a mesh screen where your ground weed sits. It is a smaller compartment and could be difficult to handle with a scraper or small brush to collect, but if you like kief every once in a while and need a grinder for your cannabis ingestion anyway, you might as well splurge the few extra bucks to get the kief catcher in your grinder. Your ground up weed is still potent, so don’t worry.
The Pollen Box
The slightly more sophisticated and more dedicated to the kief weed collecting part of the process is what’s known as the Pollen Box, or a sifter. It’s simple and effective. There are only two parts to the most common pollen box. It’s a box, wooden or otherwise, with a mesh screen splitting the box into a top and bottom section. You simply grind your weed to break the weed into smaller bits, or shake. Next you place that shake inside the pollen box, where the weed lays on top of the mesh screen. Next, shake the box gently, maybe give it a few taps, and shake it again. After a sufficient amount of shaking and tapping, the trichomes, in the form of kief, fall through the mesh screen and accumulate in the bottom compartment of the pollen box. There you can more easily use your brush or scraper to collect your kief and store it in a more convenient container.
The Weed Tumbler
If you are thinking you’d like a more large-scale collection operation, the best option is a tumbler or an extraction machine. The tumbler is like it sounds. You load large amounts of cannabis plant material, just buds or whole plants, it doesn’t matter, into a drum, and the tumbler starts to rotate. It also has a mesh screen and as the drum rotates the trichomes are separated from the plant material and fall through the mesh screen. The kief can then be collected and stored in larger containers. This type of operation usually means the kief is then used in the production of concentrates, edibles, and other cannabis products.
Remember, all of these methods require handling kief weed carefully as it’s a fine and delicate powder. Use non-stick tools or materials when collecting kief to minimize waste. Additionally, store collected kief in an airtight container away from light, heat, and moisture to preserve its potency and flavor.
How To Smoke Kief
While the collection process sounds tedious and possibly more of a hassle than it’s worth, it is actually worth it when you get to enjoy that extra aromatic and flavorful, and not to mention potent, addition to your usual method of ingestion. Kief is a fine powder, so you really can’t just put a flame to it and suck, you will burn it up, but there are a few very easy ways to smoke or ingest kief.
One of the simplest ways to enjoy kief is by sprinkling it on top of a bowl of cannabis flower or adding it to a joint or blunt. Start by packing a bowl or rolling a joint as you normally would with ground cannabis flower. Then sprinkle a thin layer of kief on top of the cannabis. This method is known as “crowning” or “twaxing,” and that’s really all you need to do. Once you light up, the kief will burn along with the flower, easy peasy.
You can also vaporize your kief. This is an excellent way to experience its full flavor and potency without worrying about burning it up too quickly. Many vaporizers have settings for kief, too. Set it to the recommended temperature and enjoy.
A popular way to smoke kief weed is a moonrock or a sunrock. This is cannabis buds that have been dipped in cannabis oil and then coated in kief or another concentrate. Just like you would a regular bud, just break up the moonrock to smaller pieces, load it into your pipe or bong, and let it rip.
If you have a method on how to smoke kief Releaf Medical has not mentioned above, please let us know. We are always looking for new and creative ways to use our kief weed.
Is Kief Legal To Buy
If you are in a state that has legalized the purchase recreationally or medically, the answer is usually yes, but we definitely recommend reading your state laws on the matter. In Florida almost all licensed medical marijuana dispensaries sell kief, and it’s awesome! Most times the answer to the question is whether or not you see kief weed products at your licensed dispensaries or not. But usually the question is how many types of kief weed there is to choose from, depending on the dispensary it could be a lot.
Kief Weed In Summary
Kief, keef, kif is that aromatic, flavorful powder that falls off your flower, that stuff that naturally adds up in your nug jar. It can be collected in various ways and used to enhance your cannabis experience in equally variable methods. When ingesting kief, it’s essential to start with a small amount, especially if you are not experienced with high-potency concentrates. Additionally, always ensure that you are in a legal and safe environment when using kief or any other cannabis product and follow local laws and regulations. We hope you have enjoyed learning the answers to the questions of what is kief weed and how to smoke kief. As always, Releaf Medical values all our patients’ input, so if we missed something, let us know. Until next time, stay medicated my friends!