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What Can You Do With Kief?

What Can You Do With Kief?

Posted by CANNASaver on Friday, 19 February 2021 in Canna Blog

Picture this: you’ve just opened up the bottom of your grinder and find a huge mound of kief. The question is, what should you do with it?

Kief can be used in a variety of ways. As many smokers will tell you, it’s more potent than its flowery brother. Be careful not to waste any of it.

If it’s been a while since you’ve used your grinder, make sure the kief is still safe to consume. Then, use this list to elevate your high.

What is Kief?

Kief is defined as “an accumulation of the trichomes, or resin glands, sifted from cannabis flowers.” This naturally makes kief more potent than flower, as it has a higher concentration of THCA. Concentrates like wax and shatter contain an even higher amount, so kief is a good middle ground between bud and concentrates.

 Kief is collected by using a grinder. When using a grinder, the middle portion collects the flower to pack in bowls, joints, etc. The very bottom part collects all the finely ground cannabis or kief. The more you use your grinder, the more kief you’ll have. 

The potency of the kief depends on the quality of the original flower. Buy higher quality weed à get higher quality kief.

What Can You Do With Kief?

Pothead engineers have come up with a diverse collection of ways to utilize kief. Because it’s more potent, less needs to be used to get a good high. Here are some ways to put that extra-potent kief to good use.

what is kief

Top Off a Bowl

The simplest way to make use of kief is to use it as a bowl topping. Pack a bowl with regular flower, then sprinkle on your preferred amount of kief and light it up.  You can also layer the sides of the bowl with kief to make it last longer. Adding kief to an average weed bowl spike the potency way up.

It’s possible to pack a bowl of straight-up kief, but because it’s like a fine powder, inhaling hits harder.

kief joints

Roll It

In the same vein as topping off a bowl, you can also add kief to your joints or blunts. Remember – kief is especially potent. Add what amount feels right to you and go from there.

things to do with kief

Turn It Into Butter

Making cannabutter is a great way to use up your kief. If you enjoy cooking with cannabis, there are few better ingredients than a stash of kief.

Cannabutter is used in a variety of marijuana recipes. The process of making it is pretty simple too. Cannabutter can be made using just flower, but switching that out for kief has some interesting effects:

·         Kief has a much more subtle taste, changing the flavor of your edibles.

·         Kief is exceptionally more potent, changing the high of your edibles.

To make cannabutter, start by heating up the kief. This activates the THCA and turns it into THC, one of the chemicals that produces weed’s psychoactive effects. Then, combine the kief with melted butter, simmer for a couple of hours, and strain and freeze.

Voila! You just made some extremely potent cannabutter.

kief coffee

Spike Your Coffee

One of the most popular ways to use kief is by adding it to a cup of coffee. The heat from the brew activates the cannabinoids and creates a cannabis coffee that’s sure to brighten your morning. 

You may be nervous about mixing caffeine and marijuana, but no negative effects have been found about the combination. In fact, a study conducted in 2014 found that caffeine may actually improve the high attained from marijuana. 

kief moonrocks

Make Moonrocks

Moonrocks are an especially potent form of marijuana made with kief. The process is simple: cover buds in hash oil and roll around in kief. This gives the bud a glossy, but the coarse texture (hence the name moonrocks).

Moonrocks have been accepted by the weed community as a form of homemade concentrates, as their potency is much higher than that of just the ingredients.

Typically, moonrocks are smoked with a pipe, but they can be rolled into joints as well.

kief hash

Try Your Hand At Hash

Hash is essentially heated and pressed kief. Doing this to the kief creates a softball of super-concentrated cannabinoids.

The look and consistency all depend on how much pressure and heat are applied, but doing this process does change the look, taste, and feel of the original product.

Roll a Caviar Joint

Joints are awesome, many stoners favorite way to smoke weed. There is nothing wrong with smoking a flower-packed joint, but maybe you want to step your game up.

Caviar, essentially small moonrocks, is the main ingredient in these high-potency joints. Typically, a caviar joint will run up the bill at a dispensary, but being able to make your own is an invaluable pothead skill. 

Your friends are going to love you if you’re the guy who always supplies the caviar.

weed tea

Make Some Tea

So you’re not a coffee drinker. No worries, it’s not for everyone. You can achieve a similar effect by using hot tea. The concoction will give a relaxing body high that doesn’t mess with your gut like coffee sometimes does.

Cook Up Some Rosin

Rosin is a version of concentrates made using kief. It is an extremely strong form of marijuana that’s consumed by dabbing.

Making rosin can be somewhat complicated, but not impossible with a little effort.

You’ll need some parchment paper, a hair straightener (a rosin press is even better), and a significant amount of kief. Collect the kief on the paper, press between the straightener with a good amount of pressure, and wait for a sizzle. Don’t keep on too long, as it could burn.

Once it cools down, you’ve got a killer DIY rosin to dab.

Make Vape Juice

This is the most scientifically involved way to use your kief, but it’s possible to make vape juice with kief to put in a vape pen. The science can be complicated, and you’ll need some extra ingredients.

 If all goes well, you’ll have a homemade, highly-potent weed vape juice to brag about. 

If you’re looking to do any of these things, but find yourself low on weed, check out Cannasaver for deals to get started on your next kief project.

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What to Do With Weed Stems

What to Do With Weed Stems

Posted by CANNASaver on Wednesday, 10 February 2021 in Canna Blog

Ew, weed stems...those small (or sometimes rather large) sticks at the end of the cannabis flower.

Sometimes when you buy cannabis flowers or buds from a dispensary or online at a cannabis provider like CannaSaver.com, there may be extensive stem—depending on the quality of the product. 

Weed stems contain little to no THC, the active ingredient in marijuana.

weed plant

Why Are Weed Stems Not Used? 

Because they contain little THC, weed stems have often been discarded as worthless. However, these parts of the cannabis plant can be used for several products.

Why Not Smoke Weed Stems?

Although it may be tempting to use every bit of the cannabis you’ve paid for or grown, avoid smoking weed stems.

Low in THC, weed stems will not get you high. 

There are also negative side effects. Healthline.com outlines some of them.

  • Smoke inhalation damages your lungs.

  • Toxins and carcinogens are released through smoking. These can cause cancer.

  • Breathing toxins can also increase the risk of heart disease.

  • Smoking stems can cause severe headaches.

  • Stem smoking may result in a sore throat.

  • Smoking stems may trigger uncontrollable and/or persistent coughing.

  • The smoke from stems is not pleasant. It tastes like charred wood chips.

  • Some stem smokers reported uncomfortable gas.

what to do with weed stems

Uses of Weed Stems

Even though smoking weed stems is not recommended, there are some products that can be made using the stems.

"CannaTea"

Thrillist.com (https://www.thrillist.com/eat/nation/how-to-make-cannabis-tea-recipe) provides a recipe for making weed stem tea.

Grind a gram of weed stems

Add:

  • A tablespoon of unsalted butter or coconut oil

  • Teabag in the flavor of your choice 

  • Four cups of water

  • Flavor ingredients like honey, lemon, mint, milk, sugar, or cinnamon

  • Cheesecloth, coffee filter, or a fine strainer

Boil water in a medium-sized pot. Add butter or coconut oil to boiling water. Allow to dissolve completely. 

Add ground cannabis. Turn the temperature to simmer.

Simmer for fifteen minutes. 

Use a cheesecloth or coffee filter to strain the mixture into an empty teapot. 

Add the teabag and extras. Steep for three minutes.

Remove the teabag. Stir well. Pour and enjoy.

Decarboxylation

Decarboxylation is the removal of the carboxyl group from cannabis stems. The process toasts the stems converting THC into a psychoactive form called Delta 9-THC. This increases the consistency and the potency of the weed. The heat acts as a catalyst. You can use your oven.

  • Pre-heat oven to 215° F.

  • Put weed stems on a cookie sheet.

  • Toast for 15 minutes.

  • Raise oven setting to 240° F.

  • Toast for 45 minutes more.

  • Remove from oven.

  • Cool.

  • Fine grind toasted stems.

  • Use immediately or store in a light-tight/air-tight container.

Kief

Break off weed stems. Place in Ziploc plastic bags. Put bags in the freezer. Let sit.  Add additional stems as they become available. Give the bag a thorough shake each time you add stems. A pile will build at the bottom of the bag. The frozen resin crystals will detach from the stems. Sift the stems out of the residue and discard them. What’s left at the bottom of the bag is kief. You can smoke this or you can cook with it.

Hash

Separating the trichomes from the cannabis plant produces hashish. Trichomes are hair-like structures on the surface of the buds. Hash can also be made from kief.

RoyalQueenSeeds.com provides a step-by-step guide to creating hash.

Using solvents like butane, propane, or CO₂ extract the cannabinoids and terpenes from the trichomes or kief.

Before using, it is vital to purge the solvent. Whip it into a wax form, over a hot plate, or use a vacuum desiccation chamber. Be careful. The substance is highly flammable!

The Shoe Method is much safer.

Start with five grams of kief. You will also need a small piece of tape, parchment paper, and a pin.

  • Wrap kief tightly in parchment paper. Tape closed.

  • With the pin, punch a small hole through the package. This lets trapped air out. 

  • Place package inside the heel of a hard-soled, closed-toed shoe. 

  • As you walk, your weight will press the hash into a slab. This takes between fifteen and sixty minutes.

make cannabutter with weed stems

Cannabutter

As the name suggests, cannabutter is a product created by infusing butter with cannabis.

HerbieHeadshop.com offers this cannabutter recipe using weed stems. Have a coffee maker? That can work, too!

Preheat oven to 200 F. Grind stems. Lay ground-up stems on a cookie sheet. Bake for 40 minutes.

Melt butter at medium temperature. Add ten ounces of water and simmer. Add ground, toasted stems. Soak for three or four hours stirring every fifteen minutes. Add a half cup of water every hour. 

Set cheesecloth or a coffee filter over a heatproof container. Secure with string or elastic. Pour liquid slowly through the strainer. Bundle the edges of the strainer and squeeze tightly to extract all the cannabutter.

Place the container in the fridge. Let set. Collect the butter. Store in an airtight container in the fridge or freezer.

There are many ways to use cannabutter in the kitchen. This is an easy recipe from Emily Kyle. You can use kief or weed stems to create cannabutter.

This cannabutter won’t be as potent as cannabutter made from bud or leaf. But, cannabutter made from stems is less likely to cause an overdose.

When it comes to making edibles with cannabutter, you are limited only by your imagination. 

Infused Liquor

Start with a bottle of strong clear vodka. For every ounce of liquid, grind one and a half grams of stems. Place the stems or kief in the bottle and leave it in a dark room for three weeks. Stir contents occasionally.

Strain the stems from the liquid. Serve the infused liquor as you would regular vodka. Blend with your favorite mix or fruit juice. This makes an awesome bloody mary, martini, or margarita.
 

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Kief vs Hash

Posted by CANNASaver on Thursday, 25 March 2021 in Canna Blog

Frazier vs Ali. Coke vs Pepsi. Red Sox vs Yankees. Kief vs Hash.

Fortunately, there is no rivalry between kief vs hash – just some key differences.

Both are great ways to get high, though there are changes in composition, production, and ingestion that make each unique.

By the end of this article, you’ll know everything there is to know about both hash and kief.

grinder full of kief

Definitions of Kief and Hash

·         Kief – an accumulation of trichomes sifted from cannabis flowers with a mesh screen.

If you’ve ever used a grinder, odds are you’ve already run into some kief on your own. Kief is the small, powder-like substance you’ll find in a kief catcher. Most grinders are equipped with one on the bottom third portion. When using the grinder to break down flower, the smaller cannabis particles fall down to the kief catcher. These are among the strongest parts of the cannabis plant – kief can get you really high. Kief contains the highest concentration of cannabinoids (THCA, CBD, etc.) in the entire plant.

·         Hash (hashish) – a concentrate created by pressing the resin glands of the cannabis plant together.

Hash is essentially pressed and heated kief. When pressed, the composition of the kief changes. Kief itself is like a powder – hash is more akin to soft brick. This hash can be ingested on its own or used to make other concentrates. All concentrates – wax, shatter, oils – are essentially made from hash. Hash can be many different colors but is typically brown, green, or tan.  

History of Kief and Hash

Kief: Comes from an Arabic word meaning “pleasure.” This makes only makes sense, as kief holds some of the highest amounts of cannabinoids of the entire marijuana plant. It’s hard to track down the first time kief was ever used – wherever someone was breaking down marijuana, kief was being made. Old civilizations had been known to sift marijuana plants in order to obtain kief. As cultivation of weed has been traced back to as early as 500 BCE, one can assume kief was being used as well.

Hash: Hashish is really the original concentrate. Yes, kief is technically a concentrate – but that’s just collected, vs pressing/heating. Hash requires a process to be made. It’s been used both recreationally and medically for thousands of years. A reference to hash can be found in the book 1001 Arabian Nights, which was first published in 1775 – but the contents are likely from much earlier, somewhere between the 8th and 14th Centuries. There are also stories that link the use of hash to Haydar, the founder of the Sufi order. Hashish was widely used among ancient civilizations in the Middle East, Asia, and Europe. The concentrate even began to be studied for medical purposes in the early 1900s.

closeup of hash

How Kief and Hash are Made

Kief: Kief isn’t as much of a making process as it is a collecting process. It’s really quite simple – use your grinder. The frequently you grind up flower, the more kief you will collect. Kief can also be collected using a sifter.

Hash: The process of making hash is slightly more labor-intensive. Kief is needed to get started on production. The higher the concentration of cannabinoids, terpenes, and trichomes, the stronger the hashish will end up.

The most common way of making hash at home uses a flat-iron or hair straightener, some parchment paper, and kief. Kief goes in the parchment paper, then it is pressed and heated with the iron or straightener. After a short amount of time, the kief will turn into an solid/liquid that can be dabbed or smoked.

Another common way to make hash is by just using the hands. Called charas, and popular in India, flowers are rolled in the hands until a paste-like solid is formed.

The production of hashish has a rich history and is different among many cultures. Still, the end result is the same – a strong concentrate rich with cannabinoids and terpenes.

How To Use Them

Kief: Kief can be used in a variety of ways. Since it’s so commonly collected among stoners, many people have found great ways to utilize all of the cannabinoids located within.

·         Top Off a Bowl or Joint: Kief is pretty strong by itself. It is possible to smoke it on its own, but its powdery texture often leads to incredibly strong hits and coughing fits. Kief really is strong enough that most people don’t need to smoke it by itself. Topping off a bowl or a joint is a great way to make your weed much more potent.

·         Make Cannabutter: Cannabutter is exactly what it sounds like. This product can be used to make stronger edibles than those made with just flower.

·         Spike Your Coffee: That’s right – a popular way to consume kief is by putting it in the morning cup of coffee. The heat of the coffee will activate the cannabinoids in the kief, leaving you with an ultra-relaxing cup of joe.

·         Make Concentrates: Kief can be used to make a variety of concentrates – hash, live resin, shatter, and others. A good way to use your kief is to make moon rocks. These are a combination of flower, hash oil, and kief and are an accepted form of homemade concentrates.

Hash: Hash can be used like most other concentrates – but also like flower as well.

·         Put It In a Joint: You can roll up hash in a joint like you would with kief. The hash will up the potency of your joint.

·         Smoke a Bowl: Hashish itself can be put into a bowl and smoked just like flower. Hash is typically very strong, so not as much will be needed as flower.

·         Dab: If made correctly hash can be dabbed like other concentrates. With enough heat, the hash will be melted into a liquid that can then be dabbed.

Kief vs. Hash

In the end, whichever you like better is really personal preference.

Though both kief and hash have distinct differences, the end result is the same – you’ll be high.

Check out our homepage to get great deals on kief, hash, and other marijuana products. 

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