What Is Kief? | CBD and THC | A Guide To Full Spectrum Extracts

What is kief?

kief

If you're a cannabis lover, then you've probably heard of kief. But what is kief, exactly? Kief is a cannabis concentrate that is made from the resin glands of the cannabis plant. It is typically consumed by smoking it, but it can also be used in food and drinks. Kief contains high levels of THC and CBD, making it a popular choice for those who want to enjoy the benefits of both cannabinoids. In this guide, we will discuss everything you need to know about kief!

In This Article We Will Discuss:

  1. How to collect kief
  2. How to use kief
  3. Kief vs hash vs dry sift
  4. Frequently asked questions, like, What is Kief?
  5. What is hemp extract good for?
  6. What does hemp extract do for you?

How to collect kief

The bottom chamber of the many herb grinders, below the screen, is known as a kief catcher. This is typically included with grinders made of aluminum or stainless steel. When you grind your hemp or cannabis buds, trichomes fall through the screen and collect in the kief catcher. After you've amassed a good amount, use a scraper to remove the kief. At Dreamland Organics we use CBD kief we collect while trimming our buds, to add to our premium CBD flower joints.

A kief box is a type of container that may be used to sift and catch kief. Place the cannabis in the chamber, seal the box and give it a good shake. The trichomes fall off, are sifted through the mesh screen, and end up in the kief side of the box as you shake the flower. 

You can also make your own by filling an empty mason jar halfway with loose leaf cannabis or CBD trim, then covering the top with women nylons. Reattach the mason jar top to secure the nylon material to the jar. Shake the jar onto a parchment paper and collect the kief.

How to use kief: What is hemp extract good for?

Sprinkle it on top of a bong hit, flower joint, blunt, or even into a hookah

smoking kief

Sprinkling a little bit of kief on the top of a packed bowl, joint, or blunt can significantly enhance the effect and make for a more powerful and longer-lasting experience. Kief is pretty much as strong as other concentrates like dabs or hash.

The difference between kief and a dab however, is it that it is a solvent less extraction. The added benefit is, you get a concentrated about of terpenes, cannabinoids and of course you get the entourage effect. It's like putting your flower on steroids, but all natural of course.

Adding kief will slow the burning process, extending how long it takes to smoke - this is great if you enjoy lengthy smoke sessions with your smoke buddies. Sprinkle shisha on top of the tobacco before putting the hot coals in a hookah if you enjoy smoking shisha out of a hookah.

 

 Create cannabutter

You may make your own batch of cannabutter and transform it into cakes, brownies, salad dressings, and other foods by using kief. When utilizing kief in your favorite edibles, keep in mind that it hasn't been decarboxylated yet, so be sure to expose it to enough heat long enough to activate the THC or CBD. However, because kief is concentrated trichomes, a little bit goes a long way. Make sure to start small and add more as you gauge the potency.

CBD kief moon rocks

moon rocks

Kief can also be dusted on hemp buds to produce what are known as CBD moon rocks. High-quality hemp or cannabis flowers are covered in hot oil and sprinkled with kief to make moon rocks. When the nugs have hardened, they can be broken up (don't use a grinder) and smoked, giving you an extremely strong high. The average percentage of THC or CBD in moon rocks is greater than 50%, so lightweights beware. A slight variation is "cannabis caviar", which are nugs dipped in concentrate without any additional kief dusting.

 

Roll A Twax Flower Joint

twax joint

You can roll the outside of your joint in a sticky concentrate like shatter that has been heated, then roll said flower joint in kief. Be advised that this joint or blunt is double infused with two concentrates and will likely knock your socks off. Not advised for newbies. This is like extreme cannabis smoking for OG pros.

Add kief to tea or coffee

Because cannabinoids are activated by heat, adding kief to hot beverages such as coffee or tea can produce the same effects as edibles. Like CBD edibles or CBD oil, expect the results to take effect 30 minutes to two hours after you ingest them. The added benefit is you can see exactly how much concentrate you are adding to your beverage and better dose your canna tea.

Kief, Hash, Dry sift, What's The Difference?

You might be asking what the difference is between kief and CBD bubble hash, as well as dry sift.. You're not alone. The words are sometimes used interchangeably, but there are distinctions to be made. They are actually three unique and distinct cannabis concentrates.

CBD Or THC Kief

Kief, as we've previously said, is a potent kind of cannabis extract produced by trichomes, or resin glands, sifted from cannabis or CBD flowers with a mesh screen or sieve. It has a fluffy, powdery texture that some people refer to as trichome dust. It basically all of the active ingredients that would be in your hemp or cannabis flower, minus the green plant material, or at least most of it.

Hash

Kief, which is the most potent part of cannabis, is crushed and compressed into a tiny block. This form is known as hash. Hash can be produced at home by gathering enough kief, folding it between two pieces of wax paper, and pressing with your hands, a hair straightener, or an iron. There's even an internet tale about people wrapping small pieces of wax paper around their kief and inserting them into the heel inside of their shoes. According to legend, the heat and compression generated by walking for an hour or two transforms the kief into hash.

We choose to make CBD bubble hash with a cold water and ice extraction which freezes the trichomes and allows them to snap off and separate from the plant matter when agitated. We think thats more efficient then walking around with kief in the bottom of our Air Jordans.

 

 Dry sift

Kief is also known as dry sift. The dry trichomes of kief sift to the bottom of a grinder, making it sometimes known as dry sift can be another name for kief. However, in commercial cannabis operations, collecting huge amounts of kief is referred to more generally as wet sifting. These operations use rather large "kief sifters" as opposed to the smaller kief boxes utilized for personal use. At DLO, we actually have trim trays that have a micron screen attached, so all of our CBD kief drops to the bottom while we trim. Easy peasy!

Frequently asked questions

Is kief dangerous? What does hemp extract do for you?

Kief, by nature, has a high concentration of THC and can be harmful in the same way that cannabis concentrates, extracts, or edibles might be. The difference is you don't have to worry about blowing up your neighborhood while making it, as opposed to butane extractions used to make dabs.

Does CBD kief get you higher than hemp bud?

Yes, in terms of gram for gram, but it varies by strain and method of ingestion. Because kief is made up of concentrated trichomes, it is considerably stronger than flower of the same strain. That is one of the reasons why some flower smokers prefer to add a little amount of kief to their buds rather than just consuming kief alone.

Does kief smell?

Yes kief does smell, but not nearly at strongly as other cannabis products do because there's no plant material present like when you smoke hemp flower. Some kief smells stronger than others depending on the strain its derived from, but kief generally has a milder scent than hemp buds because it’s only concentrated resin glands. We will say that since our hemp buds have ample terpenes, our CBD kief does have quite a nose to it.

What Are The Benefits of kief?

Kief is one of the easiest concentrates to work with, making it especially ideal for beginners or people who don't have access to more potent forms like wax, shatter, and budder.

Kief collects automatically at the bottom of a cannabis grinder with a kief screen, so the extraction process could not be easier. If you already grind flower to vape or smoke, you've got kief on hand. And because it's concentrated trichomes, it's more potent than the flower it fell off of. It only makes sense to harness the sticky resin and use it somehow. 

Is kief full spectrum?

Yes, kief is full spectrum because it contains all of the cannabinoids present in the cannabis plant. This includes CBD, THC, and other minor cannabinoids. Kief retains all of the terpenes found in the original plant, so its flavor profile is also intact.

Final Words On Kief

CBD or THC kief is a great way to add an extra kick to your cannabis or hemp flowers. The process to extract it is simple and not dangerous and anyone can give it a try. Sprinkling some kief on your buds, or mixing some in your tea or edibles is a great way to increase full spectrum cannabinoid and terpene potency and experience the entourage effect.

Don't feel like making your own CBD kief? No problem, we have kief infused CBD pre rolls in stock and ready to ship to your door. It doesn't get any easier, grab a pack of flower joints and sit back and relax!

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