Also known as “pollen,” “dry sieve” or simply “sift,” kief generally refers to the unprocessed trichomes that fall off the marijuana plant. Many people collect these crystals and sprinkle the fluffy, concentrated particles to the top of their joints or pipes to dramatically enhance the potency and flavor of their inhaled cannabis. Others prefer to smoke their kief solo. Those who try this method should be aware that it can produce a far more intense high than is delivered in a typical joint or pipe.
While trichomes may be released naturally as marijuana dries, kief can be extracted more efficiently from the whole plant using a grinder. These ground trichomes can be used in a vaporizer or bong. If you choose to smoke your kief solo, be advised that the high THC content can produce a particularly potent high, so novices are advised to proceed with caution.