Black Mamba Kief
What is Kief
The cannabis plant is covered in resinous glands called trichomes, which contain THC, CBD, terpenes, and other compounds. Trichomes look like crystals. When these trichomes dry and break off of the plant, they become kief.
Kief is usually darker than trichomes, ranging from gold to brown. It’s a powdery substance that is somewhat sticky, though less so than trichomes on a bud. Another name for kief is “pollen.”
The powder is commonly collected in grinders. These are used to break down cannabis into small, even pieces for rolling or to pack bowls. Grinders usually have a separate chamber at the bottom called a kief catcher for this purpose.
Kief can be added to bowls or joints for an added kick. It can also be pressed into hash.
When buying kief at a dispensary or retail store, keep in mind that purer kief will have a lighter colour. Kief that looks dark or green still has a bit of plant matter mixed in, whereas kief that has been cleaned well tends to be more of an off-white colour.