With all the high-potency concentrates out there, it’s sometimes easy to forget about our old friend keif over there. But keif hasn’t forgotten about you. Keif’s an extract that’s really easy, legal (if you’re in the right state and have the right card and blah blah blah), and safe to make.
How do you make keif? Good question. I thought you’d never ask…
Kief is a powder made from the glands of a plant, called trichomes. Trichomes are a common feature in plants that sometimes secrete poison, or in marijuana’s case, psychoactive ingredients that help fend off predators. If pests attempt to eat the marijuana plant, it will find itself disoriented and unable to function, thereby saving it from destruction.
Extracting kief from the buds just involves rubbing them on a silkscreen, like the ones used for screen printing, or steel mesh. The kief-making process can be further expedited with a special box, called the pollinator, which can process large quantities of kief with a rotating drum that tumbles the leaves and buds like a dryer, sifting the gland powder automatically.
The end-product of kief is a mixture of the gland powder and chopped hash, sometimes laced with tobacco as well. Kief in North America, however, will usually refer to the cheaper form of compressed hash and gland powder or a loose mixture that can be vaporized or smoked by itself.
While the quality of good kief can be hard to find sometimes, the concentration of THC is very high and the overall smoothness of the smoke or vapor is ideal. The strain will ultimately determine your quality of kief, but the care put into screening it will also play an important part.
And that’s about all you need to know. So go see your old friend Kief and tell him we sent you.