Kief is a concentration of the trichomes or resin from the marijuana plant. (1) Kief comes from the most potent part of the plant. Kief is created when the marijuana plant dries out. It’s consumed by itself or to supplement a hit of flower, providing an added kick. Kief, as with dry flower, is used to medicate consumers. (2)
How to Use Kief:
Enthusiasts use kief in several ways. You can sprinkle kief on top of marijuana flower (packed in a bowl or bong, for example). People also use kief in marijuana recipes, such as tea or brownies. (3)
Alternatively, kief can be used externally, such as sprinkled on the outside of a joint. This adds potency to the joint just as if the kief was put inside along with the dry flower.
Forms of Kief:
Kief can take on a number of different forms. For example, pressed together, it can make hash or hashish. Hash is a more potent form of kief, since it’s made from pressing (concentrating) kief together. (4)
Rosin is another form of marijuana concentrate, made without solvents. Basically, a press is used to squeeze rosin out of batches of kief to create potent pieces of rosin.
Sometimes called, “moon rocks,” a combination of kief, honey oil, and dry flower creates a potent combination. Some mock the process by taking a piece of flower or “bud” and coating it in honey oil. Then, rolling it onto a layer of kief.
Kief Effects and Storage:
Kief is a conveniently potent form of dry marijuana flower. An average batch of kief may contain as much as 70% THC. (5)
Store kief in an airtight container away from heat and light sources. This will help it keep its potency.
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