Kief, keef or keif is a fine powder made from dried resin glands (trichomes) that are found on the leaves of the cannabis plant. It contains a high concentration of the psychoactive chemical or THC that causes euphoric feelings or opium-like high that can last for hours. Kief is also called crystal or pollen. The quality of keif depends on the quality of marijuana plant If you use a grinder, you know how frustrating it is to see a ton of kief stuck in the cracks, crevices, and the screen. And you really want to smoke that, right?
The first method would be to stick your grinder in the freezer. When trichomes get cold, they get brittle. By getting the grinder nice and cold, the trichomes will break off of the metal and gather in the kief chamber (if you have one). The longer that you leave the grinder in the freezer, the better chance you have of getting more trichomes. If the kief is still stuck in some hard to reach places, a small, brittle paintbrush will do the trick!
- Empty what already can be emptied. Find a coin that will fit easily inside the middle chamber, where your ground weed ends up. Depending on your grinder size, this could be anywhere from a dime to a silver dollar. Make sure it has room to move around.
- Place your grinder and put it in the refrigerator.
- Wait thirty minutes or more, depending on the size of your grinder and how cold your refrigerator is.
- Shake the bejeezus out of the grinder.
- The coin acts as a jackhammer, vibrating the kief off the walls with each impact. Open your grinder, remove the coin, and then see how much more kief you have in your collection chamber.
- After all’s said and done, the last trick is to tap your grinder flat against a table or your leg or palm. the blunt impact loses kief caught in the screen and collects your kief neatly in the tray. This also helps avoid forming grommets of sticky press-hash around the lip of your grinder over time, which make it harder to open and close.
- Clean your coin with a dot of dishsoap. Oils on the coin will bind with the kief and make it useless and more keif will stick to the coin itself.
Another way of getting it done is by taking the grinder apart before putting it within a jar of ISO alcohol. You need to swish its pieces around carefully within the jar before letting them sit in for a bit. You will remove your kief in the given grinder by this alcohol. After leaving it to sit for sometimes, you can always take this alcohol before pouring it into a new Pyrex dish.
You should also let this alcohol evaporate from the dish until all that is left within is the kief from this grinder. You need to scrape it up before you can again top your bowl off with it to smoke it straight. However, you need to ensure you let this alcohol evaporate completely before smoking!
Kief can be smoked straight rolled in a joint or from a bowl and just remember it will burn up quickly. Most people just sprinkle some kief over their marijuana and roll it or mix it with tobacco. Kief is used for making hash which means pressing kief into little bricks, baking them, pressing again and then let them cool and dry. Then use this for smoking. You can make THC infusions (i.e., butter or oil) and use it for baking cookies, brownies or any food that is cooked with butter or oil. Keif is very potent so you will only need a small amount to get high. The kief seems to smoke best when put on top or in between another medium.