Marijuana Kiefs vs Marijuana Hash: What’s the Difference?

In the cannabis scene kief and hash are popular ways to enhance the power of a bowl, joint, blunt or edible. But what exactly are they, and how do they differ?

Marijuana kief and marijuana hash both serve a similar purpose, but are obtained/made in entirely different ways.


Marijuana kief:

Kief collected at the bottom of a grinder.

Kief is the resinous trichomes of cannabis. These trichomes, when bulked together, take on a light powdery consistency; this allows it to easily be added to bowls, joints, blunts and so forth.

The word kief derives from the Arabic word kayf, which fittingly means please or well-being.

When using a grinder with a screen, it will gradually collect at the bottom; eventually there will be enough that it can be collected for use. Cannabis buds can also be sifted to shake the kief off; this allows for large amounts to be collected, and is how cannabis outlets can sell it by the gram.

Click here for a guide on how to collect and use kief.


Marijuana hash:

hashHashish, or hash for short, is the concentrated resin collected from cannabis. Given it’s highly concentrated, it tends to high much higher levels of cannabinoids compared to standard cannabis. This adds an extra kick to bowls and joints; this kick has allowed it to maintain a prestige reputation for hundreds of years.

Click here for a few different methods of making hash.


Marijuana oil:

oilMarijuana oil, although a concentrated form of cannabis like hash, is a different thing altogether. It’s typically made using a much more complex extraction method that typically requires the use of butane or alcohol.

Although making cannabis oil can often be dangerous; meaning you should probably leave it to professionals; when done correctly it packs a massive punch that is unrivaled in the cannabis scene.

Click here for a guide on how to make butane hash cannabis oil (BHO).

How to Make Hash

howAs a rule, marijuana production has a lot of waste. Male plants do not produce the cannaboid rich bud that is used to produce the product that is smoked but it still has some resin glands.

Trimming, leaves and other plant parts also contain resin glands that are wasted in the traditional methods of harvest. These parts make up nearly 10 percent of the total THC in a given plant. Thankfully, hash, which can be created in a variety of ways, utilizes these wasted parts and concentrates them into a block of concentrated THC.

Hand Rolling
Hand rolling is considered the easiest, least expensive and yet highest quality method of creating hash. Unfortunately, it is also the most time consuming. First, dry the plant. Then, with clean hands, take the plant material and slowly roll it between the palms.
making hash with hand rolling
As rubbing continues, a black film forms on the hand. Continuing to rub will produce small balls of resin. This material can them be pressed into whatever form is desired.

Flat Screening
Flat screening takes less time than hand rolling and is still relatively inexpensive but it produces hash that sometimes contains particulates of the vegetable matter. It requires the purchase of a fine mesh screen. Other equipment needed includes a piece of glass or mirror to catch the trichomes as they pass through the screen, a credit card to push the plant parts around and the plant parts.

To make hash using this method, place the screen on top of the glass and then gently pull the plant parts across the screen using the card. This will create a fine powder of concentrated hash. The first layer will be the most potent. It is virtually impossible to create pure hash using this method but it is among the simplest and most affordable methods.

Blender Method
Another simple method that the home gardener can use is the blender method. This method utilizes the simple fact that while plant parts are lighter than water, the resin glands are not. Equipment needed includes a blender, ice cubes and water plus a silk screen, coffee filter and glass jar.

To create hash, place the plant parts in the blender along with the ice cubes and cold water. Then, blend for roughly one minute until it is green and frothy. Then, drain the liquid through the screen into the jar. Allow it to settle for 20 to 30 minutes.

Once resin glands have settled to the bottom of the jar, pour off roughly 2/3 of the water. Add more ice water and allow the resin to settle. Drain off as much water as possible without losing the trichome. Then, strain the liquid through the coffee filter and squeeze gently to drain.
how to make royal hash
The resulting cold, slightly damp mass will be a ball of easily manipulated, potent hash. This product can be pressed into a mold or divided into smaller portions. Leftover plant parts can be washed a second time to remove leftover resin.

There are several other methods that can be used to create hash. Some are easily done by the home gardener but others require specialized equipment. Regardless of the method chosen, making hash allows the gardener to minimize waste and make the most of the THC found in the cannabis plant.