Everything you need to know about kief

Rare, exclusive and expensive, kief is the caviar of the cannabis world. It is not simply Moroccan hashish, as many people think, but rather it is the name for the resinous crystals that protect the cannabis plant against pests. Insects do not like aromatic terpenes and cannabinoids. But we humans do!

If you handle cannabis, you will notice your hands are often sticky. A resinous, crystalline layer a bit like pollen sticks to your fingertips. Have you ever wondered what this is? This is kief, the most potent form of unprocessed cannabis.

In Morocco, the term is used for a sebsi pipe (a traditional pipe from the Maghreb region) filled with hashish and tobacco. That is why kief is often used as a synonym for Moroccan hashish, which is actually incorrect. Kief is just one stage on the way to hashish.

You can do a lot of things with it, but mixing kief with tobacco is not really a good idea. But let’s start at the beginning.

What is kief?

If you look closely at cannabis, you will notice tiny crystals. That is kief. To be more precise, these are mushroom-shaped resin glands, also referred to as trichomes.

Trichomes are hair-like structures…

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