Kief is one of the most simple yet misunderstood forms of cannabis. It is comprised of a pile of the trichromes broken off of the marijuana most commonly through a grinder or over a very fine screen. Trichomes are THC nodules that grow on the flowers of the cannabis plant of which you can see in the photo to the right. The chemical composition of these nodules is nearly completely THC (tetrahydrocannabinol) and have extremely strong effects.
Originally Kief was the name given by the Moroccans for the powder that can be rubbed or sieved from a mature female cannabis plant. It consists of the loose and dry resin glands.
Kief Contains a very high concentration of THC and when smoked has a very smooth smoke. It works well as a topping to an ignited pipe or pressed and vaporized. It is not easy to come by kief as it is hard to make and a prized possession of those who take the time to collect it. There is a great variety in Kief as it collected from any grade of cannabis. The better the cannabis was that the kief was removed from the better the Kief will be.
Many people unwittingly smoke too much kief, a proper dose may be 1/10 of a gram. And just like all cannabis it can be used to cook with. It must be heated along with a substance containing lipids, or in other words something fatty. Milk, peanut butter, butter or the like is most preferable. Be careful however, Kief packs a punch with a % of THC between 40 and 80 percent this is equivilant to very strong hashish.