How To Decarboxylate Kief

by Ray Shikinami 3 years ago in cooking / how to

Once you learn to decarboxylate kief, you open up a new vista to the world of cannabis and getting high.

How To Decarboxylate Kief

There remain words in the stoner vocabulary that may be intimidating toward the inexperienced, such as decarboxylate and kief. Naturally, to the experienced marijuana smoker, these words bring to mind images of sitting back and being high--a pleasant time.

But to the newcomer, hearing about these terms may be mystifying. Even a little intimidating. Worry not, however, for it is time to demystify the enigma before you. Once you learn to decarboxylate kief, you open up a new vista to the world of cannabis and getting high.

What is Kief?

Simply put, kief is the name given to those little sparkly crystalized structures that cling to the surface of pure cannabis. The sticky stuff.

But, to the uninformed, they may seem a bit peculiar. What is it? What does it do?

The answer is quite simple. Kief is essentially marijuana pollen. It functions as a defense mechanism to ward off predators. Should an animal consume the kief, they will experience a sensory experience that should ward them off from the plant.

In short, animals that might prey on the marijuana plant would get high thanks to kief.

While in the wild, this functions as a defense mechanism, to the stoner, this is a desired effect.

Benefits of Kief Over Weed

While kief is a part of the marijuana plant, there are benefits to separating kief and using that purely to get high. The most obvious benefit is that you don't have to inhale smoke or burned up material into your lungs.

So, yes, kief is a core ingredient to creating edibles.

Of course, you may be aware of that. And, if you are aware of that, you may already know that you need to divide the kief from the marijuana plant. To do this, simply grind the marijuana up into flakes. Then, using a sifter, sift the kief away from the ground up plant parts. Eventually, you can separate the kief from the plant.

Decarboxylation Time!

Of course, just separating the kief is not enough. You need to decarboxylate it. This process will release THC from the kief.

The name is complex and intimidating, but the process is really quite simple. Preheat your oven to 300 degrees Fahrenheit. Place the kief in the oven. Let it bake for nine to ten minutes. Take it out, and let it settle with a cover over your baking container.

And now the kief is decarboxylated. You can use it as an ingredient in baked goods or any other number of things. Congratulations!

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Ray Shikinami
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