The sticky resin that falls to the bottom of your grinder is called kief, and it's the most potent part of the cannabis plant.
Kief is the trichome heads that have been broken off of the cannabis flower. Trichomes are the resin glands found on cannabis flowers and leaves, which, under a microscope, look like hairs with a bulbous head at their tips. Full of two of the plant’s compounds, terpenes and cannabinoids, you won’t want to discard your grinder’s leftover material due to its healing potential; terpenes give the cannabis strain its unique smell and taste, while cannabinoids (such as CBD and THC) interact with the body’s endocannabinoid system to help regulate physiological functions, such as appetite, memory, cognitive function, and even mood [*].
If you love the potency of cannabis concentrates but want a budget-friendly version, kief is a great option to consume in your vaporizer.
When choosing a strain, determine whether you want an indica, sativa, or hybrid strain. Be mindful of the strain’s CBD and THC content, as different percentages of these cannabinoids will produce different effects. To learn more about cannabis basics, read this post.
The easiest way to collect kief is to purchase a four-piece grinder that includes a sifting screen and a chamber that collects trichomes when grinding your dried flower. If your screen is starting to get clogged, you can tap your grinder against something to try to dislodge any remaining kief. You can also clean your grinder and screen to increase the amount of kief that filters through.
Using a dry herb vaporizer is one of the most efficient ways to consume your kief. Simply sprinkle it onto a packed chamber of your dried flower, or layer it for more even distribution. Start at the lowest temperature and work your way up to get a full range of the product’s terpenes and cannabinoids.