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).

What is Kief and How do I Collect and Use it?

By Robert Bergman,

kiefYou have probably heard the term “kief” before, but maybe when you heard it you wondered, “what is kief?” If you have ever used a marijuana grinder to grind down marijuana before, you have probably seen the powder that sits at the bottom of the weed grinder. That, my friend, is kief.

The word (sometimes spelled keef) is connected to the Arabic word kayf, which fittingly refers to pleasure or well-being. Given its higher THC content, this makes perfect sense.

Weed kief and its uses

This powder is actually made up of tiny crystals that form the exterior of marijuana buds. It is surprisingly potent, and is therefore often used as a top sprinkling of sorts, dusted onto marijuana in bongs, blunts, joints, and bowls to amp up the THC content. You might be wondering why people don’t always use it then. The fact is, it can only be collected when you are using a grinder. So, if you never use a grinder, then you’ll never get kief.

How to collect kief

kief collector

Because some grinders have a bottom section where the kief is able to build up over time, it will collect nicely and come out more easily when you are ready to collect it. Often this part of the grinder (given the fact that it is a marijuana grinder and is therefore built specifically to collect kief as part of its essential functions) is removable. In fact, there are two storage sections of the grinder: the first one that collects the ground marijuana, and the second one that collects the resulting kief.

When you break up marijuana into little pieces just by using your hands, you won’t end up with this valuable kief. Any possible kief will be stuck to your finger and will be useless. The grinder allows for this to be collected and stored, and removed when you want it.

Kief also can be acquired from the marijuana plant itself. If you simply take the leaves and buds and rub them over a mesh screen of some sort, the kief will come right off, and you can use it. However, collecting kief from the bottom of a grinder is far easier than using a mesh screen every time you want some more.

How to use kief

kief joint

Some people, especially those who are concerned about the health effects of smoking, and therefore would like to minimize how much smoking they actually do, prefer to smoke kief instead of the “normal” marijuana product. This is because kief is essentially a concentrated marijuana product (at least in terms of THC), and therefore will go a long way compared to regular marijuana.

So, if you prefer to smoke your kief, you can smoke it in a joint mixed with buds (to make the consistency more smokable and less powdery). You can also smoke it in a pipe. The most important thing to remember here is how potent the kief is — don’t overdo it simply because you put way too much kief in it. Put way less kief in the bowl than you normally would with regular marijuana.

You can also make hash from kief. This is done through a pressing process. Although it will get the job done in making hash bricks, it won’t be the highest quality hash you’ll ever see. To make it, simply fold a piece of parchment paper, put the kief inside, and use a hair straightener to squish both sides of the paper with the hot metal parts. Otherwise use an iron to press down on one side. Don’t let the paper burn, but allow it to heat up a decent amount. The resulting hash has been decarboxylated and therefore can work well for weed tea, seasoning for pizza, or a variety of other edibles. Many people prefer to add it to their morning coffee (the heat of the coffee activates the THC in the kief), and you will be buzzed for a long time afterward.

Using your kief for cooking a more in-depth way is also an excellent use for it. Take any recipe for marijuana edibles(whether it uses marijuana butter or oil) and reduce the quantity of it in half or a third to substitute for regular marijuana.

If you have an e-cigarette or are interested in getting one, you can turn your kief into vape juice. You will just need to get vegetable glycerin and propylene glycol (at a 1:1 ratio, easy to find online). Put the vegetable glycerin and propylene glycol into a double boiler and then put in the kief until it is melted and consistent in texture. You can add some flavor and continue heating for a bit longer. Then pour the liquid through a coffee filter and into a cup or bowl in order to get any of the plant matter out. Now you have made yourself some vape juice!

Thanks for reading. Got any more tips for collecting or using kief, let us know in the comments below.