Picture this: you’ve just opened up the bottom of your grinder and find a huge mound of kief. The question is, what should you do with it?
Kief can be used in a variety of ways. As many smokers will tell you, it’s more potent than its flowery brother. Be careful not to waste any of it.
If it’s been a while since you’ve used your grinder, make sure the kief is still safe to consume. Then, use this list to elevate your high.
Kief is defined as “an accumulation of the trichomes, or resin glands, sifted from cannabis flowers.” This naturally makes kief more potent than flower, as it has a higher concentration of THCA. Concentrates like wax and shatter contain an even higher amount, so kief is a good middle ground between bud and concentrates.
Kief is collected by using a grinder. When using a grinder, the middle portion collects the flower to pack in bowls, joints, etc. The very bottom part collects all the finely ground cannabis or kief. The more you use your grinder, the more kief you’ll have.
The potency of the kief depends on the quality of the original flower. Buy higher quality weed à get higher quality kief.
Pothead engineers have come up with a diverse collection of ways to utilize kief. Because it’s more potent, less needs to be used to get a good high. Here are some ways to put that extra-potent kief to good use.
The simplest way to make use of kief is to use it as a bowl topping. Pack a bowl with regular flower, then sprinkle on your preferred amount of kief and light it up. You can also layer the sides of the bowl with kief to make it last longer. Adding kief to an average weed bowl spike the potency way up.
It’s possible to pack a bowl of straight-up kief, but because it’s like a fine powder, inhaling hits harder.
In the same vein as topping off a bowl, you can also add kief to your joints or blunts. Remember – kief is especially potent. Add what amount feels right to you and go from there.
Making cannabutter is a great way to use up your kief. If you enjoy cooking with cannabis, there are few better ingredients than a stash of kief.
Cannabutter is used in a variety of marijuana recipes. The process of making it is pretty simple too. Cannabutter can be made using just flower, but switching that out for kief has some interesting effects:
· Kief has a much more subtle taste, changing the flavor of your edibles.
· Kief is exceptionally more potent, changing the high of your edibles.
To make cannabutter, start by heating up the kief. This activates the THCA and turns it into THC, one of the chemicals that produces weed’s psychoactive effects. Then, combine the kief with melted butter, simmer for a couple of hours, and strain and freeze.
Voila! You just made some extremely potent cannabutter.
One of the most popular ways to use kief is by adding it to a cup of coffee. The heat from the brew activates the cannabinoids and creates a cannabis coffee that’s sure to brighten your morning.
You may be nervous about mixing caffeine and marijuana, but no negative effects have been found about the combination. In fact, a study conducted in 2014 found that caffeine may actually improve the high attained from marijuana.
Moonrocks are an especially potent form of marijuana made with kief. The process is simple: cover buds in hash oil and roll around in kief. This gives the bud a glossy, but the coarse texture (hence the name moonrocks).
Moonrocks have been accepted by the weed community as a form of homemade concentrates, as their potency is much higher than that of just the ingredients.
Typically, moonrocks are smoked with a pipe, but they can be rolled into joints as well.
Hash is essentially heated and pressed kief. Doing this to the kief creates a softball of super-concentrated cannabinoids.
The look and consistency all depend on how much pressure and heat are applied, but doing this process does change the look, taste, and feel of the original product.
Joints are awesome, many stoners favorite way to smoke weed. There is nothing wrong with smoking a flower-packed joint, but maybe you want to step your game up.
Caviar, essentially small moonrocks, is the main ingredient in these high-potency joints. Typically, a caviar joint will run up the bill at a dispensary, but being able to make your own is an invaluable pothead skill.
Your friends are going to love you if you’re the guy who always supplies the caviar.
So you’re not a coffee drinker. No worries, it’s not for everyone. You can achieve a similar effect by using hot tea. The concoction will give a relaxing body high that doesn’t mess with your gut like coffee sometimes does.
Rosin is a version of concentrates made using kief. It is an extremely strong form of marijuana that’s consumed by dabbing.
Making rosin can be somewhat complicated, but not impossible with a little effort.
You’ll need some parchment paper, a hair straightener (a rosin press is even better), and a significant amount of kief. Collect the kief on the paper, press between the straightener with a good amount of pressure, and wait for a sizzle. Don’t keep on too long, as it could burn.
Once it cools down, you’ve got a killer DIY rosin to dab.
This is the most scientifically involved way to use your kief, but it’s possible to make vape juice with kief to put in a vape pen. The science can be complicated, and you’ll need some extra ingredients.
If all goes well, you’ll have a homemade, highly-potent weed vape juice to brag about.
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