What to Know About Smoking Kief
Many grinders come equipped with a kief catcher. Kief can add up rather quickly, especially if you are a daily smoker. Essentially, the more weed you grind, the more kief you collect.
Now, before you go pouring your whole kief collection into a blunt wrap, take it easy. A little kief goes a long way.
Kief is made of trichomes. Trichomes are the tiny hairs on buds.
These minuscule hairs contain an extremely high concentration of phytocannabinoids, namely THC. It doesn’t take a lot of kief to get a good high going.
Best Methods for Smoking Kief
Just a little sprinkle of kief can transform any smoking experience. It costs nothing to collect and is very versatile. So, once you’ve got a nice nest egg going, here’s how to smoke kief:
1. Crown A Bowl
The most common way to smoke kief is to add it to the top of your flower that’s packed in a bowl. Smokers call this crowning.
When the kief ignites, it activates the THC. So, your first inhale will be the most potent.
You can also grind your bud and then mix in the kief. That will allow for an even kief burn. This method can make for a less intense first hit and more extended overall high.
2. Vape It
Trichomes also house terpenes, the essential oils of cannabis. These molecules give marijuana its distinct aroma and flavor.
When we light up cannabis, lighters have a very high temperature. This flame can scorch trichomes and make the weed taste like butane.
Vaporizing marijuana helps preserve the flavor of your bud, especially when it has multiple temperature settings.
Mix your cannabis with some kief. Place your combo into an herbal vaporizer. The lower the voltage setting, the more flavors you will taste.
3. Make Moon Rocks
Moon rocks pack a serious punch as they combine kief, hash oil/concentrate, and marijuana. These nugs are very potent.
It’s much like taking a dab, but in flower form. So, moon rocks should be used by experienced cannabis smokers.
To make moon rocks, take a small nugget of weed and put it in a dish. You’ll come back to it in a sec.
Then, heat up the concentrate in a pan on the stove until it starts to form a liquid texture. Use a dropper to draw up some of the concentrates.
Drop some hot liquid on your bud. You don’t want to submerge the weed in oil that’s in the pan because it can scorch the trichomes and burn off THC.
Also, don’t drown your bud with hot oil. It will take longer for your weed to dry.
Next, pour some kief onto a clean surface. Roll your moon rock in the kief and allow it to dry completely before smoking.
Moon rocks are way stickier than your average bud. Don’t break it up in a grinder or roll it in a joint.
Your best bet is to break off pieces of the moon rock inside a dab container. Smoke whatever you’re going to use out of a bong or bowl.
4. Roll A Kief Joint
A joint is an excellent way to evenly distribute your kief and prolong the potency of your smoke session. Blend some cannabis with kief the next time you roll up.
Otherwise, you can roll your joint like normal. Then, roll the joint in some hash oil, followed by a bed of kief.
Allow the joint to dry entirely before smoking. Otherwise, your joint might canoe.
Also, be careful when lighting it up. The kief dust and hash oil are both highly flammable. So, they might combust quickly in front of your eyes!
Other Ways to Consume Kief
Beyond smoking it, there are a few other practical methods for consuming your hard-earned kief.
Let’s take a look at them now!
1. Bake Edibles
Don’t want to smoke your kief? Eat it! High-potency kief is an excellent addition to any cannabis edible.
Anytime you bake with cannabis, you must activate the phytocannabinoids. Kief is no different!
Activation requires a process known as decarboxylation. We promise it’s not as intimidating as it sounds!
Simply spread the kief out onto a baking sheet. Then place it in an oven between 240 and 300 degrees Fahrenheit.
Keep checking to make sure you don’t burn the buds. They should be done within 45-60 minutes.
Next, melt butter on the stove. Add in the decarboxylated kief. Do a 1 cup to 1 cup ratio, depending on your tolerance.
Now, you can use this infused butter in any baking recipe. Substitute any fruit oil for a vegan-friendly version.
2. Create A Tincture
Cannabis drops are one of the fastest ways to feel the effects of marijuana. It gets absorbed in your mouth and immediately enters the bloodstream.
Once you decarboxylate kief, you can make a tincture. Just add the kief to vodka, gin, or other edible alcohol. Shake up the concoction and put it in a cold, dark place for three weeks.
When ready, strain the mixture through a cheesecloth. Store the tincture away from light in an airtight container.
3. Press Into Hash
Hash is strong cannabis that will get long-time smokers high in one hit. It’s relatively easy to make. You just need a pollen press.
A pollen press consolidates kief into a tight puck of THC by applying pressure and low temperature. You can then use this hash to smoke or make bubble hash.
Pressing kief also preserves the potency of THC longer. So, if you have a lot of kief, a pollen press might be worth the investment!