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Article Last Updated on January 9, 2023

Consuming the cannabis plant can be done in a variety of ways, depending on the preference of the user. You can smoke weed as a dry herb by placing it in a joint or a vaporizer, consume dabs, place your nugs in a bong, and even make tea and cannabutter with the leftover plant matter.

But what about the leftover concentrated form of marijuana that’s left behind on your grinder? This cannabis product, called kief, can be consumed in a few ways, and this is the focus of today’s article. We’ll give you some ideas that can be of use next time you have kief caught in your grinder, so let’s get started.

What Is Kief?

Kief (often misspelled as “keef” or “keif”), also called pollen or dry sift, is another name for the resin glands found on the buds of the cannabis flower. It’s one of the most concentrated cannabis products since this is the place where most cannabinoids, including tetrahydrocannabinol (THC) and cannabidiol (CBD), are located. What gives kief its potency is the trichomes which contain the most cannabinoids and terpenes.

The natural color of kief is light green, however, kief with a darker green color contains even more cannabinoids. The extraction of kief is essential to making a lot of potent cannabis products which we’ll go into in this article.

How Can You Collect Kief?

To collect kief, you need to follow a few simple steps. First, you need to get your cannabis flowers and place them into your four-piece weed grinder (which is the best grinder for weed when you’re looking to collect kief). Next, you can place a coin in the middle to improve the efficiency of the kief catcher (make sure the coin is washed to prevent contamination and use ridge-less coins for improved surface contact). After you’ve ground up the weed, place the grinder in the freezer for 15 minutes, bang its sides after you get it out, and you have your kief.

How to Smoke Kief Without Weed?

As we’ve previously stated, kief is a versatile cannabis product that can be used on its own, or together with other cannabis products.  We’ll go over kief’s most common uses below.

Smoking Kief

The first method of kief consumption is smoking it. Smoking kief can be done by adding your kief and ground-up weed to your rolling paper and makе а joint. This method involves mixing your ground-up dried herb and topping it with kief to make your cannabis smoking session one of the most psychoactive experiences ever. Apart from adding it to a joint, you can use kief on its own in a few different ways.

Smoking Kief in Pipes

A very popular way of smoking kief is smoking it in a pipe. To do this, you only need to add a small amount of kief in your pipe, light it, and start toking. Keep in mind that kief is more potent than dry herb so you should add small amounts. Furthermore, you need to smoke faster than smoking a joint because once you light the pipe, the kief just keeps on burning until it burns itself away.

Smoking Kief in a Vape Pen

Buying kief for your vaporizer can be a great cannabis consumption method, even more so if you’re used to vaping. You can buy e-cig cartridges filled with kief, or you can make your e-cig juice and add your desired amount of kief into it.

Eating and Cooking With Kief

Cannabis aficionados enjoy kief in a lot of ways and cooking with it is one of their most preferred methods. Kief can be added to your morning coffee or tea, and if you put just enough kief in your drink, you’ll get the psychoactive experience in about half an hour.

Kief Butter

Kief can be made into kief butter, which can be used to make weed edibles such as weed brownies. Before making your weed brownies though, you need to decarb your kief to activate the cannabinoids so they release the psychoactive effects. After this step, you can infuse your butter with your kief similar to how you would make cannabutter with cannabis nugs. Dose your butter according to your preferences and remember that kief butter is more potent than cannabutter. Refrigerate your final product and use it up in 2 months.

Kief Oil

Similar to how you can make cannabis oil, you can make kief oil by infusing your favorite oil with kief. Heat your oil and infuse it with as much kief as you’d like and use the finished product in different savory and sweet recipes.

Kief Sprinkles

Kief can also be sprinkled on top of your favorite breakfast, lunch, or dinner in order to add that psychoactive zest to any meal. If you do use kief on top of your food, don’t forget to decarb it prior to adding, and top the food with a smaller amount of kief since it’s quite potent.

Make Hash

Another popular method of consuming kief is turning it into a high-quality hash. To do this, you’ll need a hair straightener or iron, parchment paper, and your kief.

  1. The first step is placing the parchment paper on the hair straightener.
  2. Next, you need to turn it on to the lowest settings.
  3. Place the kief between the two sides of the parchment paper and heat it so it turns into a waxy substance.
  4. Be careful not to use wax paper because it will stick to the kief and create a mess.

Make Moon Rock Weed

Kief is the essential component to making moon rocks weed, and moon rocks are the most popular way that cannabis users use kief. If you have enough kief and cannabis concentrate, you can make moonrock by following our guide on making this cannabis product. As moon rocks are very potent, they’re not recommended for newbie cannabis users.

Final Thoughts on Smoking Kief Without Weed

If you’ve been a marijuana user for a long time, and you’ve gone through almost every product you can find at the dispensary, you may want to give kief a try. This multifaceted cannabis product can be used on top of your joint, placed in a pipe, bong, or vape, and added to your favorite cooking oil or butter so it can be used in weed edibles. 

Remember to use kief in moderation since it’s one of the most potent cannabis products together with cannabis concentrates. And if you’re feeling especially experimental, try moon rocks which are a combination of cannabis buds, cannabis concentrates, and kief, and prepare yourself for an unforgettable cannabis experience.

A passionate advocate for the benefits of cannabis. Fraser Horton, who has a background in botany and a strong love of nature, has spent years researching how cannabis affects the body and mind. He established Leaf Nation in 2020, where he has devoted himself to educating people about the legalisation of marijuana and its safe and responsible use. Fraser is committed to highlighting cannabis’ potential for improving wellness and working to dispel the stigma associated with its use.


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