A mound of cannabis kief on top of a knife.

Weed Kief & You: A Love Story

The glorious bounty of delicious weed kief that a nice cannabis grinder bestows upon its owner is a good reason to start using one. It gets you high as fuck.

But let’s backtrack a little bit for my readers uninitiated to the world of kief. What exactly is kief? How do you go about getting your hands on it? And what’s the historical significance and context of this particular gift from the cannabis gods?

…Okay, I doubt anyone came across this article with that last question in mind – that’s just the history nerd in me poopin’ all over this party. Don’t mind me.

Anyway, to get the first question out of the way, weed kief is much more than just weed that has been pulverized into a fine powder. Kief is actually an accumulation of trichomes, otherwise known as the fine hairs and crystals found on healthy, quality cannabis buds. Most commonly a side effect of shredding buds in a grinder with a mesh sifter, there’s also a number of ways to extract kief from a batch of weed – a process I’ll cover in this post.

The beautiful picture below showcases what these trichomes look like during the growing process.

Closeup of the trichomes growing on a young cannabis plant
Photo by Luciano Roth Coelho // CC BY-SA 2.5

Of course, kief does not equal straight up weed hair; but a quality batch of kief nevertheless consists of a ridiculous percentage of THC compared to what you’re used to smoking.

A few points to consider:

  • Kief is often referred to as “pollen” by retailers, usually when selling grinders, to avoid potential legal consequences of selling drug paraphernalia.
  • Kief is not – in any way, shape, or form – the same thing as hashish. It is, however, used to make hashish.

How to get the most out of your grinder kief

A kief catcher from a grinder filled up with kief
Photo by James Kaliwae // CC BY-SA 4.0

For the most part, weed kief isn’t smoked by itself straight up. Obviously, due to how much weed it takes to accumulate a good amount of kief, it’s a premium commodity for most stoners. Even if you did have access to unlimited kief, smoking it by itself would be a little excessive, and over time you’d build up a mean tolerance to it anyway.

So what are some of the best ways to smoke that kief at the bottom of your grinder?

Quick and easy ways to smoke kief

There’s two easy methods for smoking kief. The first is to pack a bowl like normal, and to simply sprinkle some of the kief on top. Remember, a little kief goes a long way.

The other option is to add a bit to your blunt or J before rolling it up. This method will get you absolutely blitzed, so you should probably share with some friends.

Either way, not only does kief hugely enhance the normal high when added to a bowl pack or a blunt, it enhances the taste as well. The smoke produced is thick and milky, though it can be somewhat… I don’t want to say harsh, but your lungs will definitely notice the kief.

But what if you’re totally out of weed? The other benefit of using a grinder is that during a dry spell, the kief you’ve saved up can be your saving grace. It is, however, a little tricky to smoke kief all by itself. Here’s what the fine folks at the Grass City forums suggest in terms of smoking pure kief.

There’s one other awesome way to enjoy kief, but it requires a good amount. A lot of grinder manufacturers also make a tool called a “pollen press” which makes it easy to make little kief cakes. This is by far the best pollen press I’ve ever used.

Here’s a quick video demonstrating how easy these are to make: