Reader submitted photo: Kief

In this article, we will teach you how to make hash out of your kief. Keep reading to find out how.

But, first. Hello everyone, if you’re new here we’d like to welcome you into the MJMB community.Recently, we got a question from one of our loyal fans asking us what the best use of his kief (or keef, either way is correct) would be. For anyone who is not familiar with the term, let me explain a little about what it is.

What is Kief?

When a marijuana plant reaches maturity in its growth cycle trichomes are formed on the leaves and buds of the plant. These trichomes contain THC at a higher concentration than any other part of the plant. The buds and the leaves also contain THC, but trichomes which are the kief is the most potent part of the plant.

The word kief is derived from the Arabic word kayf, which means well-being or pleasure. I’m sure that we will get into this at a later date, but for now let me get into what to actually do with your kief.


What can you do with Kief?
Once you have a substantial amount collected there are several great things you can do with it. The first and most obvious is to just smoke it as it is; it can be smoked alone in a pipe or bong, mixed with marijuana in a joint, sprinkled on top of a bowl pack, or mixed with tobacco in a spliff. You can also purchase a kief press and turn it in to a little brick (this is hash, keep reading for more details), which will make it easier to smoke in a bowl and also helps it to burn longer.

You can use it to make THC infused butter or oil to use in brownies, cookies, or any recipes that call for the use of butter or oil; like pop corn, toast, garlic “herb” butter for steak, and anything else you could imagine. Check the Food Network for more ideas, haha.

But, what is the best use for kief? Based on our experience in Amsterdam and Christiania (an area of the city of Copenhagen, Denmark) where hash is prevalent, we have concluded that the best use for kief would be pressing it into hash. Essentially, when you press kief and make it into a little ball or a little brick you are making hash, very pure and potent hash. Hash can be produced through many methods, put pressing kief produces some of the best tasting and most potent hash that you can find. The easiest way to do this would be to use a kief press, but there are other ways. You can simply take a small amount and roll it into a ball in between your palms, this method is very cheap but can be very sticky and messy. If you have about as much as is in the picture above (3+ grams), you can use the following Marijuana Myth Busters approved method.

Step 1:

Take a piece of wax paper about 20 inches long.

Step 2:

Put your kief in the center, and fold it in half.

Step 3:

Get and iron, turn it on the lowest setting.

Step 4:

Put a tshirt or thin towel over the wax paper.

Step 5:

Apply pressure with the iron for about 30 seconds.

If you don’t have an iron you can do any combination of things to simply press all the kief together (i.e. put it in a book and step on it), but the method listed above is by far the best small scale method out there. The heat helps the trichomes bind together, but make sure you don’t burn anything because in that case you will be wasting THC. If anyone has any questions, feel free to post them and we will address them as they come in.