What is Cannabis Kief?

Photo Credit: Whaxy

Photo Credit: Whaxy

The medical cannabis consumer has to look at many variables when it comes to taking his or her medication, such as how much to take and how often to take it, the cannabinoid composition, and the method of intake. Cannabis can also come in a variety of forms, like plant materials or concentrates and oils. One form of cannabis concentrate is kief, which is the collection of cannabis trichomes found on the flowers and leaves of cannabis. Trichomes are especially important for patients because they are responsible for producing the cannabinoids and terpenes responsible for symptom relief. In contrast to other high-heat extraction methods, kief is able to preserve most of the contents of trichomes, like terpenes that do not hold up well to heat or oxidation.

Medical marijuana patients may prefer the use of cannabis kief because of its potency. Patients who prefer inhaling their medication can do so in fewer tokes. The concentrate also allows patients who suffer from symptoms like nausea and pain to gain their desired relief quickly by inhaling larger volumes of cannabinoids than would be possible from smoking or vaping the whole flowers of marijuana. Because kief is a concentrate and more potent, starting slow and going slow is advised. However, similar to cannabis flowers, the rapid onset of relief makes titration, or dosing, easy to do. Another reason patients may prefer the use of kief is due to its versatility. Kief can be smoked or vaped, it doesn't require special equipment, and it can be used alone, sprinkled on cannabis buds, or infused into edibles.

However you choose to use your medication, be sure to keep track of it when you journal your dosing regimen on our app! This anonymous information can help us create the best aggregate of dosing data so that we can better understand the best methods for using medical marijuana to treat specific symptoms. This information about kief was provided by Whaxy and approved by our Chief Medical Officer.