If you’re new to the cannabis scene or just a decidedly curious person, you may be wondering what ‘kief’ is. It is cannabis pollen or dry sift, and a concentrated form of the cannabis plant. It is produced by separating trichomes from the cannabis flower. A quick lesson in botany–trichomes are the sticky crystal coating that forms on cannabis plants.

Now that we have the fundamentals down, let’s talk about why kief is special and how it’s extracted. As previously stated, it is a concentrated form of cannabis. Trichomes contain the highest levels of cannabinoids and terpenes, therefore kief is a very valuable piece of plant real estate. Most smokers can find a thin layer of it at the bottom of their grinder after a few smoke sessions. Other kief extraction methods include silk screen sifting or dry ice tumbling. We prefer the purchase at a dispensary and chill method–but to each their own. Pro tip: opt for the type that is lightest in color because it will be the purest.  

Now onto the best part of the article: how to use it. There are a few tried-and-true methods to enjoying kief, but here are our favorites:

1. Add it to your joint
Sprinkle some green powder onto your buds (methodically) and enjoy! Pro tip: layer your buds and kief so that the powdery kief residue doesn’t leak out (and kill your dreams).

2. Turn it into hash
Make your own hash brick by sandwiching kief inside of parchment paper, and then applying heat with an iron or hair straightener. The tricky part being finding the ideal amount of heat and pressure to compress it without burning the paper.

3. Bake with it
Turn your kief into cannabutter or add it into your favorite edible. It is better to cook with than buds because it has a more subtle flavor and you can use less plant material because it’s more concentrated. Make Martha Stewart proud!

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