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Kief (pronounced [keːf, ki(ː)f, kɪf]; from Arabic كيف (kayf), meaning ‘ pleasure, intoxication’), sometimes transliterated as keef or kif, also known as cannabis crystals among other names, refers to the resinous trichomes of cannabis that may accumulate in containers or be sifted from loose, dry cannabis flower with a mesh screen or sieve. Kief contains a much higher concentration of psychoactive cannabinoids, such as THC, than that of the cannabis flowers from which it is derived. Due to the fact that it contains a higher level of THC many consumers choose to add collected kief to their marijuana for a more intense high. However, this method may cause an undesirable level of intoxication. Traditionally, kief has been pressed into cakes of hashish for convenience in storage, but can be vaporized or smoked in either form. After the kief is collected it is heated and pressurized, which turns it into hashish.
In Morocco, kif also refers to a traditional mix of finely-chopped marijuana and indigenous tobacco which is distinctly different from trichome powder and usually smoked in a long pipe called a sebsi. In other countries such as the US and those of Western Europe, kief is used to make products via infusions. Some examples are baked cookies or brownies or other edibles. Due to its potency, however, there is a tendency to only use a small quantity of kief in order to minimize the effects of it.
Approximately one gram of screen-sifted cannabis trichomes, commonly referred to as kief
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