You don’t have to go far on our website to see pictures of a big, beautiful, crystal covered bud of cannabis. These crystals, known as “resin glands” and “trichomes”, contain a large part of a marijuana plant’s THC content and, while not as delicate as they may appear, will gladly fall off with a bit of agitation. Once separated from the main part of the cannabis bud the powder-like substance these trichomes form is known as “kief”, and kief…. is powerful stuff.
But just because you have kief doesn’t mean you know what to do with kief. After all, it isn’t like it’s easy to roll into a joint or pack into the average pipe/bowl, leaving some people to wonder if they should vaporize it (yes) or eat it raw (no) or exactly what should be done to get high from this THC-laden gold dust.
In today’s article we’ll be going over the many different stages of using kief, offer some brief notes on the best ways to collect it, and even talk about a few recipe ideas for those looking to give their culinary skills a try. Let’s dive right in.
How to Collect Kief
As mentioned above kief is the powdery substance made of trichomes and resin glands attached to – and removed from – the cannabis flower. There are a number of different ways to collect and make kief, from dry sifters to ice baths, many of which we discuss in detail in our article “How to Make Kief“. For this article, though, we’ll focus on the most common and possibly easiest way to collect kief – The multi-stage grinder.
Pretty much any grinder will gather kief inside as you’re grinding, though it may seem like more of a nuisance than a boon. As a grinder is used the kief scraped off your cannabis flower is compressed, mashed together until it begins to form solid, sticky lumps. On the one hand congratulations – You’ve just made a basic, simple version of hashish. On the other hand this resin-like substance will also gunk up your grinding equipment, making it hard to turn or even pull apart to get at your weed.
Multi-stage grinders can help with this. Grinders with multiple compartments can give your kief a place to go, and though it won’t prevent your grinder from never getting stuck it will help significantly, while giving you a bonus stash of kief to boot.
Most often found in the form of three-chamber grinders these consist of a top section where fresh cannabis buds are placed and ground, a middle chamber where the ground-up bud falls into, and a bottom chamber covered by a mesh screen.
As the buds rub against this screen their trichomes fall into the final chamber, waiting to be collected at a later date. Though this will make your weed slightly less potent it’s unlikely to be noticeable, and you’ll have a large amount of kief waiting at the bottom before you even know it.
Now that you have your kief what should you do with it? If you don’t want to use it straight away, let’s talk about do’s-and-don’ts when it comes to storage.