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7 Ideas for When You Don’t Know What to Do With Kief

See all that fine powder at the bottom of your grinder? Well that my friends is Kief, and it is a THC goldmine! Also known as ‘dry sift’ or ‘pollen,’ this crystallized treasure is actually the most important, and potent, of the marijuana plant. So now that you know what it is, here are 7 ways to get the most out of this potent little treat.

  • Kief, Trichomes, and Cannabis
  • How to Collect Your Kief
  • What to Do With Kief
    • 1. Top off bowls and joints
    • 2. Press Your Own Hash
    • 3. Use a Pollen Presser For Easy Storage
    • 4. Vaporize it
    • 5. Have a Powerful Morning Drink
    • 6. Make E-Cig Juice
    • 7. Make Edibles
  • Your Favorite Way to Use Kief

If you’re a regular smoker, it’s safe to say that you’re used to using whatever you can and don’t waste anything. Stems will promptly be thrown into whatever you’re using for cannabutter, and seeds are made into oil for cooking and moisturizers.

Whenever you grind a new batch, you may notice that crystals slowly accumulate at the bottom. Aside from having it sit there, you don’t know what to do with kief. You don’t really know what it is or what can be done with it, so you don’t pay much attention to it.

If you don’t know what to do with kief, you’re missing out on a THC goldmine. Kief can do a lot more than make your grindings dustier, and once you learn about what it is and what you can do you’ll be eager to spread the word to your friends.

Kief, Trichomes, and Cannabis

Take a look at your grinder (or the bits and pieces of things at the bottom of where you store your weed). The fine powder you notice is probably a little sticky to touch, smells potent, and is what is known as “kief”.

Kief (also known as pollen or dry sift) is actually the most important part of the marijuana plants you smoke. Essentially kief is a concentrated part of the best thing about cannabis: the THC (not to be confused with CBD).

The term “kief” specifically refers to the resin glands that have the terpenes and cannabinoids that help you feel high. Kief is made up of trichomes. They’re those small hairs you see on buds that occasionally look crystallized.

The term “trichomes” isn’t unique to cannabis plants. Trichome can appear on plants, algae, lichen, and even protists. The crystals and “hairs” you see coating your weed are trichomes, and they contain a good amount of THC. The cannabis plant will always contain a concentration of THC, but the trichomes happen to contain much more of it.

We clearly know the benefits of trichomes on cannabis for humans, but you may be a little curious about what these small hairs and crystals can do for the plants. Marijuana plants aren’t using the trichomes the way we use them. In fact, they’re a way for the plants to defend themselves against pests and the environment.

The trichomes taste bitter and produce a strong aroma that makes them nearly unpalatable to animals. They also help shield some sensitive parts of the plant from the sun and can help protect it against harsh winds.

When you don't know what to do with kief, you can get pretty creative. Here are 7 of our best ideas for when you have a full kief catcher.