Want to learn how to decarb kief? You’ve come to the right place.
It doesn’t matter if you’re new to the cannabis game or you’ve been doing it forever like we have, it’s essential that you know how to use every part of the pot plant — even the dust at the bottom of the grinder.
That’s where learning how to decarb kief comes in.
In this article, the experts at Honest Marijuana walk you through the decarboxylation process and discuss what to do with the ganja gold when you’re done.
What Is Kief?
In the cannabis world, kief has two definitions — one technical and one not so technical — both of which are correct.
From a biological standpoint, a kief (plural kief) is the bulbous formation on the tip of a trichome (the resin glands of the pot plant that contain THC, CBD, CBG, CBN, and other active cannabinoids).
From a cannaenthusiast standpoint, kief is the word we use to refer to the terpenes and cannabinoids of the cannabis plant (which, incidentally, are located in the trichomes).
However you look at it, kief is the stuff that gets you high or gives you the medicinal effects you’re looking for.
In regular weed (like the stuff you roll in your joint or pack in your bowl), the kief is mixed in with the dried herb, so it’s effectively “diluted.”
But, when you chop up your weed in a four-piece (or three-chamber) grinder, some of the kief is dislodged from the plant matter and falls through various screens to the bottom (or collection) chamber.
With repeated grinding, you’ll amass enough kief that you’ll be ready to put it to use.
First, though, you’ll have to decarboxylate it.
What Is Decarboxylation?
Any way you say it, decarboxylation is a mouthful.
If you want the skinny on how to pronounce it correctly (along with a whole bunch of other cool and useful information), check out this article from the HMJ blog: Marijuana Decarboxylation: Why And How To Decarb Your Weed.
In the meantime, here are the Cliffs Notes to get you started.
Technically speaking, decarboxylation is the process of applying high heat to raw cannabis products in order to transform THCA and CBDA into a form of the stuff that your body can use: THC and CBD.
If you don’t decarboxylation your kief (and all weed, for that matter), you’re basically just consuming ground-up plant matter like you would if you ate a big salad.
Decarboxylation is absolutely necessary if you want to experience the recreational and medicinal benefits that cannabis has to offer.
How To Decarb Kief
- Oven-safe baking dish with a lid
- Parchment paper
- Preheat the oven to 240 degrees Fahrenheit.
- Line the oven-safe baking dish with parchment paper.
- Spread the kief on the parchment paper, making sure there are no clumps or mounds.
- Cover the dish with the lid. (If you don’t have a lid, cover the dish with aluminum foil instead.)
- Place the covered dish in the oven and bake for the following amount of time:
- 30-35 minutes for THC-dominant strains
- 60-65 minutes for CBD-dominant strains
- As you bake it, the kief will get darker in color and some may melt a bit — that’s okay.
- After the recommended bake time, remove the dish from the oven, leave the lid or covering on, and allow everything to cool completely.
The decarbed kief is now ready for immediate use or storage
If you choose to store the kief, be sure you place it in an airtight container and store it in a cool, dark place.
What To Do After You Decarb Kief
After you learn how to decarb kief, you may wonder, “What the blazes am I supposed to do with this stuff?!”
How’s this for an answer? Anything you want!
There are so many ways to use kief that we’re sure you’ll find something fun to do with your pot powder. All it takes is a bit of imagination.
While you’re working on your own unique uses for the grinder goo, here are some simple options to get you started.
1) Mix It In Your Edibles
Edibles are one of the easiest and most discreet ways to consume decarboxylated kief. You can mix it into everything from butter and honey to wine and candy.
2) Rub It In Your Bong
After you’ve packed your bong, rub a bit of kief on top of the bud in the bowl to quickly and easily transform beasters into headies.
Using kief like this is a great way to upgrade low-quality weed (and the low-quality experience it produces) to the grade-A stuff you’ve been dreaming about.
3) Spike Your Coffee Or Tea
One of our favorite ways to consume kief is in coffee or tea.
It’s super easy! All you have to do is sprinkle a pinch into your mug and stir. You don’t even have to learn how to decarb kief first.
The heat from the liquid will dissolve the kief and activate the cannabinoids for you!
As with all edibles — of which coffee and tea are two — your body has to digest the cannabinoids before they make it to your bloodstream, so the onset of effects will take a while.
The good news is that those effects will be stronger and last longer. That’s just the way edibles work. And, honestly, we’re glad for it, because our kief coffee is what we rely on to get us out of bed in the morning and through to lunch.
For more on cannabis coffee and tea, check out these articles from the HMJ blog:
- CBD Coffee: 6 Benefits And How To Make Your Own
- Cannabis Stem Tea: What It Is And How To Make It
- How To Make Your Own CBD Tea
4) Shoot For The Moon
Looking for a truly creative way to use your kief? Build your own moon rock weed. Moon rock weed is the triple combination of raw, whole bud, honey oil, and kief.
Many call moon rock weed the strongest cannabis in the world. We don’t know about that, but we do know that it’s a heck of a good time.
5) Roll A Thai Stick
A Thai stick is buds of seedless marijuana skewered on a stem, rolled in cannabis oil, sprinkled with kief, and wrapped in a whole marijuana leaf to form a swag shishkabob. When all is dry, you smoke a Thai stick just like a boss cigar or mega blunt.
6) Hash It Out
Hash (short for hashish) is a cannabis concentrate made from fresh resin glands (trichomes) that have been separated from the plant matter of a marijuana flower.
Hash is basically kief that — through mechanical means, such as heat and pressure or by mixing it with water — you form into a brick, bar, block, or ball.
There are several easy ways to make your own hash from the kief you produce in the bottom of your grinder, including:
- Hand rolling (the most basic and traditional method of producing hash)
- Pressing with a hot iron
- Blending and straining
- Passing kief through several bubble bags
If making hash is something you’d like to try, you’ll find step-by-step instructions for the four methods mentioned above in this article from the HMJ blog: How To Make Hash: The Complete Guide.
7) Press Your Own Rosin
Did you know you can extract the essence of kief directly from the cannabis plant without grinding? It’s true.
With a simple process we’ll describe in a moment, you can transform the kief into a liquid (a rosin) and squeeze it “out of” the plant matter (it actually comes off the surface, but that’s just being pedantic).
To make your own rosin, you’ll need a number of supplies, including a hot iron and some parchment paper.
Pack the parchment paper with a bit of bud, insert it between the two sides of the hot iron, and then press together for a few seconds.
For a more in-depth breakdown of the rosin-making process, check out this article from the HMJ blog: What Is Rosin: The Ultimate Guide For Cannabis Enthusiasts.
Quality Kief Starts With Quality Bud
Knowing how to decarb kief — and what to do with it afterward — is an essential tool for all wanna-be and long-time cannaenthusiasts.
But there’s an even more fundamental piece of knowledge that all cannaenthusiasts must master: Quality kief starts with quality bud.
That’s why we always recommend starting with fresh, high-quality, organically-grown cannabis, like the ganja gold we grow at Honest Marijuana.
Sure, you could save some dough by buying regs or mids, but the kief they produce is going to deliver an unsatisfying experience that will ruin the moment.
Instead, whenever possible, always buy the best beasters — or better yet, headies if you can swing it — to start your kief experience off right.
Plus, with a high-quality, organic strain like those grown at Honest Marijuana, you’ll need less kief to achieve the effects you’re after. In a very real way, a little dash’ll do ya.
With Honest Marijuana, you’re guaranteed to get the freshest, tastiest, highest-quality strain possible. Pop that in your grinder, and you’ll wind up with the best kief you’ll ever experience.
For more information on all things cannabis and to check out our 100% all-natural marijuana products, visit HonestMarijuana.com today.