What is Kief?

Bringing it back to the basics with some of the most frequent questions we’ve received.  The one in particular that caught my eye was “What is Kief, and why does everybody want so much of it?”.  By the end of this post you will know what this weirdly-super-beneficial stuff is, where it comes from, what to do with it, and how to acquire it.  Along with a few tips, tricks, and useful tools (Like the Hakuna Grinder!).


When looking at the Cannabis Flower you will see a few important things. 

1.       The Flower Itself. It’s important that you know if the flower is Male or Female. Male Plants have no buds and produce pollen. Female Plants grow buds which have Trichomes which is where the Kief is found, and different strains produce different amounts of Kief. Meaning specifically, some have more than others.  It’s an ongoing debate of whether Male Plants produce Kief or not. I’ll make it easy on you and we’ll pretend like they don’t, to simplify this one post. So, from here on out: When I talk about Cannabis Flowers, assume I’m talking about Female Plants.


2.       The Stems. The stem is the stalk of the plant. The center of everything. It’s where the plant grows from the roots, above ground, and where the buds sprout from.  The stems keep the leaves/buds in the light while providing them a place for the plant to store its flowers during their growth.  When they’re dried, and you find them in the center of your nugs; you’ll likely wonder what to do with them.  Luckily, we already covered that in another article, Don’t Smoke your Stems, Use Them! 


3.       The Kief (also spelled “kif” or “keef”)!  Kief is the term for trichomes that have been removed from the bud. Generally a specific tool called the Grinder is used to make this easier. The Kief is a fine powder made from the dried resin glands found on the buds/leaves of the cannabis plant.  These look like tiny little crystals which are usually shiny and sticky. Depending on the type of grinder you have: You’ll either find them stuck to the sides, or at the very base, in section 3 or 4 (called the Kief Catcher).  A Kief Catcher is for the smokers who like to save up their Kief stash. They save it because it contains a high concentration of the psychoactive chemical or THC which brings on the ‘high’ feelings.



Kief can be gathered with a few different techniques. The technique used is based off of the quantity you are working with. If smaller amounts are needed, you could invest in one of our Grinders, which all have Kief Catchers and little shovels (to help scrape it from the sides).  A Kief Catcher is a small compartment at the bottom of the grinder where all the Kief is sort of strained through a fine screen and falls to the very bottom.  If you break up the cannabis with your bare hands, you are more likely to lose the Kief, because it will stick to your hands only momentarily and then fall off.  Often times, smokers will place a coin in the ground section, before shaking it or tapping it on a table.  Their goal is to get as much Kief to fall to the bottom as possible.  Larger amounts are usually gathered by growers who either rub the leaves over stainless-steel mesh screens or shake the branches, and holding something out to catch the Keif as it falls.  There is a special machine for the larger amounts of plants. It works sort-of like a rock tumbler.  They put the leaves in and then tumble them against a rotating silk drum, and the glands gradually fall off.



A lot of people know that Kief exists and that it should be collected, but not many know what it is or what to do with it once they have it.  You took the time to figure it out, and I’ll give you these few tips as a sort of ‘Good Job to you!’  Most stoners use it almost as a spice and just sprinkle it right back onto the top of the bowl, or they’ll use it as an emergency bowl. I personally like to bake it into cookies and brownies, but it can also be used for hash, canna oil, cannabutter, moon rocks, and rosin.  Leafly has an awesome article about this here.

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Written by Author Torrey Thomas who works alongside Hakuna Supply as their Photographer and Creative Director.