Have you ever wondered what those sticky crystals covering the cannabis flower are called? That’s kief, also known as cannabis pollen, or dry sift. But even if you knew that already, the chances you have no idea how to use it are still pretty high.
This article is to help you find the best way to smoke kief, either on its own as hash or mixed with tobacco/weed, and roll it into a joint for a perfect smoking session.
What is Kief?
Kief actually refers to those resin glands containing the cannabinoids and terpenes of the cannabis plant, also known as trichomes: they are the ones excreting the thick and sticky resin where good old THC, CBD, and many other cannabinoids and terpenes are located. Of course, not all cannabinoids of the cannabis plant lie within those glands, but they are the parts that have the biggest concentration of the aforementioned substances.
So, isolating kief (essentially dry trichome dust) and smoking it on its own should have the strongest effect; therefore you must take its potency into account when determining the amount you’re going to use on your roll, whether you’re only doing kief or mixing some in your tobacco/marijuana joint.
How to roll a joint
Adding even a small pinch of kief to a joint can severely increase its potency and flavor, depending on the amount you use. You can add kief to some tobacco, mix it in with your preferred ground strain, or even make some kief hash and smoke it independently.
Kief and Tobacco
This is a less popular combination, as tobacco has a strong, sometimes overwhelming flavor and could ruin the aroma of the terpenes’ natural flavor and aroma in the kief. However, it’s a fact that a lot of cannabis smokers like the added nicotine boost and find that it brings their high to another level. If this applies to you, gather some kief with your dry herb loading tool, and sprinkle it in with some shredded tobacco, roll it and smoke it as you like to do.
Kief and Cannabis
Well, kief is cannabis, but you know what we mean. If you want to level up your pot game and overall enhance the experience, add the extra trichome dust that will stick to the ground leaves and buds, adding potency and flavor to your roll.
And if you’re in it for a more advanced kief session, you could try the popular procedure of dampening the outside of your joint with your preferred wax ―or simply, a lick― and roll around the top part of your joint in a layer of kief, coating it; this is called a “twaxed” joint.
Plus, if you’re feeling extra creative, you can try a moonrock: drench some nugs in some lightly heated oil of your choice, then coat them in kief. After they’ve dried, you can crack them up and roll them into a joint. Bear in mind that oil could affect the burning of kief, so add in moderation.
Kief hash, or dry sift hash naturally has a different consistency than the normal hash, as it’s more powdery. You can make it by compression, using an iron or a hair straightener. Of course, if you’re looking to make some hash, you have to be equipped with a good amount of kief.
Fill a small plastic bag, roll it up very tight, and tape shut. You will then have to wrap your bundle up in 3 layers of paper, preferably newspaper, and wet it once it’s wrapped. Apply pressure with your handy pressing machine, and keep pressing for a few seconds until your package is satisfyingly compressed. When you unwrap, you’ll see a clean block of kief hash.
Now you got your hash, you can roll it into a shape appropriate for a joint. Don’t put any weed inside your roll until the kief has hardened up a bit, as even small stems could ruin your hard work at this stage. Once it’s dry enough, pinch one end of your joint to close it, then load your finely ground weed through the other end. Finally, open the closed end with a little pressure from your fingertips, and you’re good to go.
We remind you that kief hash is crumblier than others, so be careful not to press too hard on your joint; plus, kief can burn pretty quickly, so don’t get distracted while it’s lit. Otherwise, you might waste a perfectly good joint.