What Is Kief?

What Is Kief?

Kief, also written as Keef or Kif which is from Arabic (kayf) which means pleasure or intoxication. So, what is kief? Kief is a fine powder made of small crystals on the marijuana. Kief also has a higher concentration of THC (tetrahydrocannabinol). But what is THC?

What Is THC?

THC is responsible for marijuana’s effects which stimulates cells in the brain to release dopamine, creating euphoria. THC can cause hallucinations, delusions, and changes the way a person thinks. The effects can last for 2 hours and starts to kick in 10 to 30 minutes after ingestion.

How Is Kief Collected?

Kief is collected in multiple ways but it is usually extracted by using a Grinder. A grinder has four compartments, The Cap, Grinder Chamber, and the Top and Bottom Chamber. To collect kief, marijuana is placed inside the grinder in the Grinder Chamber and is then twisted to crush the marijuana and release kief. The kief then goes through the holes in the Grinder Chamber and falls to the Top Chamber. Meanwhile, the fine and smaller kief goes through the Top Chamber, and collects in the Bottom Chamber. After grinding, the Grinder is opened and the Kief is extracted using a scraping tool or a guitar pick. From here the Kief can be rolled into a joint or turned into Hash for storage.

Grinder With Kief

What Is Hash?

Now that you know the answer to “what is kief”, you should also learn the answer to “what is hash”? Hash is Kief that is pressurized and heated into small bricks and is used later for smoking. It contains the same ingredient as marijuana and other cannabinoids but has higher concentrations of THC from buds or leaves from marijuana. Applying heat and pressure to Kief changes its taste and color, the more heat and pressure, the darker and browner the Kief turns into.

What Is Hash?


There are many ways to make Hash. You can use an Iron in the lowest setting with no steam, take a paper and fold it in half then, put a small layer of Kief  (a quarter of an inch) inside the folded paper, then apply pressure and swipe 20 times to the iron for 4 seconds at a time and flip the paper each swipe.

What Else Can You Do With Kief?

You can use a Pollen Presser to measure and store. If you want to store Kief but don’t want to make Hash, you can use a Pollen Pressure to store your Kief. The Pollen Presser will turn your Kief into small cylinders, you can use as a quarter of a gram to a couple of grams of Kief.  To do this, you must put your Kief inside the Pollen Presser Container then screw the ends and finally unscrew it and remove the Kief, and now it is packed in a small cylinder.

Pollen Presser

Sprinkle Kief in your marijuana joint, bowl, flower, etc.. You can also add Kief in your coffee, tea, cigarettes, and food. The heat will activate the Kief’s chemicals lasting for 10 to 30 minutes.


So, if you ever wondered, “what is kief”?, now you know. Kief is for those who want to smoke as little as possible, still have the same effects as marijuana and minimize the health risks. Kief burns faster than marijuana, so most people mix it in their marijuana or cigarettes.




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I’m a pretty chill dude who likes to smoke God’s gift from time to time. I like to write about different topics about marijuana to educate, entertain, and inform others who also like to light up and blow some smoke. Enjoy...