What is Kief Weed? How to Use Kief ?

What is Kief Weed? How to Use Kief ?

What do you call the little, adhesive particles that cover cannabis flowers? They’re called kief (dry sift or pollen) and are a common term among cannabis users.

Kief is the sticky, resinous material found in cannabis that gives it its characteristic taste and smell. The resin glands that develop on cannabis flower buds contain the most cannabinoids.

Kief and trichomes: Built-in protection for cannabis plants

Kief, in its most basic definition, is the bulbous crystal formation that occurs on the tip of a gland. The substance itself is only one component of a trichome, or “hair,” which refers to any hair-like structure on a plant or algae. External trichomes are used by various plants and algae for different evolutionary reasons. Some carnivorous plants rely on adhesive trichomes to capture their prey. Cannabis employs them as an anti-herbivore defense mechanism.

Trichomes on the cannabis plant discourage hungry herbivores by producing a potent psychoactive effect that, according to some reports, may disorient and prevent them from consuming the rest of the plant. The strong, distinctive odor of resin also attracts pollinating insects and predators, which may help to keep herbivore populations under control.

What is a Kief Catcher?

The bottom chamber of the grinder that has a screen to catch trichomes as you grind cannabis flower is included on most grinders, whether they’re made of aluminum or stainless steel. Trichomes will sift through the screen and accumulate kief in the collector as you crush your material. Remove it using a scraper after you’ve accumulated a decent amount.

If you’re looking to process large quantities 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 chamber.  

What is Dry Sift?

Dry sift is the process of separating out the majority of the goodness from cannabis using a vibratory sifter combined with various screens. Dry sift, in its most basic form, refers to collecting large quantities of kief. While collecting dry sift for commercial gain is generally a business task, there are several methods for producing dry sift at home, including utilizing a set of sifting screens or a tumbler – an opaque cylinder or drum that rotates and separates kief into a catch surface or container.

Making Dry Sift or Kief with Sifting Screens

To separate and capture trichome heads from the rest of the plant, hash makers use three screens with various micron sizes to most efficiently sift dry cannabis. The openings in a filter screen are measured in microns. At the bottom, start with 140 microns, then 100, and 70 microns.

Dry ice is also utilized to make purer kief by placing sift boxes inside of each other. Prior to a sift, dry ice (frozen carbon dioxide) pellets may be dropped onto a sorting screen to make cleaner kief. The trichome glands on the marijuana plant become more brittle as a result of exposure to dry ice, allowing them to break off faster and more easily. Sifting will require less agitation as a consequence, lowering the amount of marijuana plant material that goes into the sieve.

WHAT TO DO WITH ALL THIS KIEF?

Once you’ve amassed a sufficient quantity of kief, it’s time to figure out how to utilize it. This trichome powder may be used in a variety of ways to give you an intense psychoactive experience.

1. LOAD IT INTO A JOINT

When it comes to rolling joints, kief can be used as a THC supplement. Sprinkle a few pinches of kief in the joint before rolling if you and your smoking buddies feel like blasting off. This will give the joint some serious oomph, and it’ll come in particularly handy if the flower you’re smoking isn’t as potent as you’d hoped. Alternatively, creative joint engineers may wish to coat the outside of the joint with kief for an added aesthetic appeal. Waxy or simply lick and roll the outside of the joint on a plate full of kief around.

2. GET CREATIVE IN THE KITCHEN

Kief can be used to infuse cannabutter, which may then be used in any recipe to create an edible high. Cannabutter made with kief can be used in a variety of dishes, including cakes, brownies, sauces, dressings, and other things. Remember the golden rule of cooking with cannabis: decarboxylation. Whatever you’re making sure it’s cooked at a temperature of 110°C for 30–45 minutes before adding it to convert THCA into psychoactive THC.

3. MAKE SOME E-LIQUID AND VAPE IT

Kief may be cultivated and used to make some DIY e-liquid for a vape pen, which can be used at home or discretely while on the move. To make e-liquid, you’ll need a coffee filter, a metal or glass bowl, a cooking pot, and some syringes.

Fill your pot halfway with water and set your bowl on top of it to make a DIY double boiler. Then put a 1:1 ratio of vegetable glycerine to propylene glycol into the boiler, then add in your kief. Bring the heat up to a boil and let the mix melt and thicken into a thick and smooth consistency. Pour the mixture through a coffee filter into a container, then allow it to cool. You’re ready to fill up your vape syringes now that you’ve completed this step.

4. TURN IT INTO ROSIN

Kief can be used to create your own hash supply if you’ve stockpiled a significant amount of trichomes. To make this, you’ll need some parchment paper and an iron (hair straighteners can also be used). Place your kief in the middle of the parchment paper and fold it over. Apply strong pressure with a heating device for a short time ontop of the folded paper, and watch a brown goo ooze across the paper. This resinous stuff is ideal for loading into a bong bowl or using on a dab rig.

5. MAKE A SIFT-HASH STASH

Dry-sift hash is the Hash made from kief. This stuff has a distinct texture to it than normal hash, and it’s fluffier and crumblier. Compressive force is important for producing hash. A pressing machine or hard work can both be used to apply this force. You’ll need a significant quantity of kief to get started on this endeavor, but once you have enough it’s really simple to produce. Fill a tiny plastic bag with your kief and roll it up tight. Then wrap the package three times in newspaper before moistening the paper. Apply heat using a hair straightener and apply pressure to the bundle for a few seconds at a time until it is completely compressed. After unwrapping the bundle, you’ll see a compact, clean block of kief hash that has been properly compressed.

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