Weed Word of the Week: Kief

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Every time you grind your cannabis up in a chambered grinder, there’s a fine layer of residue that looks like dust that is often cached at the bottom of the grinder. This powdery substance is called kief; it’s produced by separating a collection of resinous glands called trichomes, which are found on dried cannabis buds. It’s full of cannabinoids and terpenes, and is more potent than dried cannabis alone. For this reason, it falls under the umbrella of cannabis concentrates.

You can tell the quality of kief from its colour. Pure kief will be a light sandy or off-white colour without any flecks of cannabis in it. Kief that looks slightly green is an indication that there still may be some plant residue in it and needs to be further refined.

It’s most common to sprinkle kief in a joint or on top of packed bowl, but it can also be consumed by using a screen in a bowl to keep it from falling through. It can also be used in cannabis-infused butter or oil when preparing edibles. Due to its potency, less kief can be used than if you’re just using dried cannabis; kief can also be used to make hash, rosin (a type of cannabis concentrate) or moonrocks, which are cannabis buds covered in hash oil and rolled in kief.

Story by K. Astre

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