Nugg Club Team
Kief, known for potency when puffed, refers to the resin trichomes found after sifting cannabis flower with a screen or sieve. Because they are so concentrated, they provide potent effects, and due to their granular or "crystalized" nature, they can be enjoyed anywhere from a joint to a delectable infused meal.
Typically when grinding your bud, you'll note that the trichomes will fall into the bottom chamber. These bits are worth salvaging. That's where kief boxes come in, as they ensure you can amass a nice collection while keeping your trichomes well-protected.
A kief box is a box with a mesh screen in it. The mesh screen sifts the trichomes from your flower and collects them in the bottom section of the box. The function of a kief box is two-fold:
1) Kief boxes passively collect the kief that naturally falls off of your buds.
2) You can also make a quick batch of kief by shaking your buds over the screen.
This is called mechanical hash extraction. It may seem counterintuitive to knock the trichomes off your nuggs before you smoke them, but there's still a lot of THC in your buds--even after the kief falls off. Additionally, the trichomes that would otherwise be caked into your weed grinder now have a home in the bottom of your kief box so you can use them when you want.
Kief is a concentrated source of cannabinoids, meaning its potency is unmatched due to the purity of the product. It's especially known as a favorite for medical users who need more potent concentrations of terpenes and cannabinoids.
Kief's also great for anyone who wants to minimize their smoke inhalation since you don't need to smoke as much to get a benefit and don't need to inhale burned plant matter. With just a sprinkle, you can increase the potency of flower in a bowl or joint.
If you like to be more experimental, you can use it to make hash, moon rocks, or rosin; or add it to your favorite baked treat or hot beverage. For the DIY-er, nothing can compete with the fact that you can make it yourself!
Note for beginners: Kief potency can range up to 80%, so take caution and care when enjoying.
Essentially, yes. As long as the box has a top compartment for flower and a bottom compartment to collect the kief, with both compartments divided by a screen, you're set.
Pollen sifter boxes capture the trichomes that would typically fall off your buds or get stuck in your grinder. You can then press them into tablets using a kief press, or you can sprinkle them back onto your bud to increase potency.
If you want high yield and don't mind lower potency, opt for larger micron screens. If you want high potency and don't mind low yield, opt for smaller micron screens. Kief screens generally range between 60 and 120 microns. The smaller the number, the smaller the screen holes; and the smaller the hole, the finer and more potent your kief.
With smaller holes, you'll also have smaller yields. People who opt for the 60 microns will yield higher potency kief and sacrifice yield while using up to 120 microns will provide less potent, lower quality, but higher yield. Ultimately, it's up to your preference and how you anticipate enjoying it that will determine your best kief box.
If you want to show off your care for your kief, look into the RYOT Glass Top Box. With a window specially made to make your kief visible while also well-protected, this option keeps your collection contained with its removable storage divider and magnetic closures while still aesthetically pleasing. The quality is not left solely to appearances, though; a monofilament screen and glass base tray are included to ensure expert pollen collection that will last. This box is sized at 4x7 inches and 1.625 inches deep and offered in both Walnut and Natural finishes. RYOT delivers on its $49 price tag.
Material: Wood with Glass Top
Dimensions: 4x7x1.625D inches
Screen type/materials: 100 Micron Monofilament screen
Other relevant information: Available in 2 finishes: Natural and Walnut. Magnetic Closure. Glass top for visibility and glass base tray for collection.
The homemade nature behind Oregon Rootz's entire Kief Box collection brings an artisanal touch to your stash. As a family-run woodworking company since 1998, they've expanded to have a diverse array of options to suit all kief collection needs. Sizes range from small (the Pocket Gold Miner is just 3 x 2 x 1.75H inches) to large (the largest Starbox is 12 x 12 x 3H inches). Their boxes may be simple or elaborate, and ready-made or custom.
What remains consistent across the board is the care given to the materials used. The hardwood is often locally sourced, and the glass is frequently recycled from replaced windows. The 83 L.P.I. 203 micron silk screen provides easy and clean separation and guarantees you're receiving a quality limited-edition item. And each box features an individually numbered handwritten wood label.
While you cannot order directly from their site currently, you can reach out via email and request it be sent to your local shop for free, where you can complete your purchase. Their extensive gallery, along with their customer service, provides enough detail about every option they carry to help you determine which Oregon Rootz Kief Box is best suited for you.
Price: Contact seller for details
Material: Original Gold Miner: Local hardwood and bamboo inlay; Baltic Gold Miner: Baltic Birch; Baysick: Baltic Birch and recycled glass (Glass option only); Cube: Baltic Birch and recycled glass (Glass option only); Starbox: Baltic Birch and recycled glass (Glass option only); Ultra Slim: Local hardwood and recycled glass (Glass option only)
Dimensions: Vary per style, with numerous options available for each
Screen type/materials: 83 L.P.I. 203 micron silkscreen
Other relevant information: Most options are available for various kief collections. Unable to order directly; must email to request at your local vendor. Custom options are available. Made in small batches and authenticated with serial number on the product.
This Black Leaf Wooden Pollen Sifter Kief Box makes the kief collection process as easy as possible! Featuring a fine nylon mesh screen, the pollen sifted will land onto a brown glass plate that can easily slide out for clean accessibility and visibility.
Black Leaf prides itself on its quality craft as well, noting the natural beech hardwood construction of the top and bottom layers mixed with pine wood in the center for a beautifully crafted storage and sifting system. Magnetic closures keep your collection conveniently contained. At 6 x 4 inches and with a storage compartment that's 1.5 inches deep, this small box will provide you with years of kief-making fun for just $39.99.
Material: Beech Hardwood and Pine Wood
Dimensions: 5.9 x 4.1 x 2.75 inches
Screen type/materials: Nylon Mesh Screen
Other relevant information: Magnetic closure and pull-out glass tray.
If you're looking for an option that's easier on the pocket without sacrificing quality pollen sifting potential, then the IAI Corp Wooden Pollen Sifter Kief Box will do you well. The box is a conveniently sized square option (4x4 inches) in a dark wood finish.
The magnetic closures are kept as a standard for comfortable protection and easy access, but the screen is very different. IAI Corp opted for a metal pollen screen instead of nylon. Metal screens allow kief to fall through the mesh more cleanly, with less clinging to the edges of the mesh holes. At just $10, this kief box serves as an excellent entry point for your collection.
Material: Dark Wood
Dimensions: 4x4 inches
Screen type/materials: Metal Screen
Other relevant information: Magnetic closure. Recessed surfaces for rolling and mixing.
It also challenges its competitors by offering the deepest pollen box size at 8" x 7" x 4" H, and the pollen sifter can hold 2-OZ; a 2-OZ screw-top tin is also included with purchase. The frameless tray helps fill your container quickly and ensures that no bit of pollen is lost or left behind. Best of all, custom engravings are available for an additional $12.99.
Material: 100% recycled Colorado Aspen, brass hinges, and latches
Dimensions: 8L X 7W X 4H inches
Screen type/materials: Medical Stainless Steel 100-Micron Sifter
Other relevant information: Latch closure. Frameless tray and 2OZ screw top tin for maximum collection results. Custom engraving available.
If you'd rather embrace the DIY nature behind kief and make a kief box that meets your personal needs and aesthetic, here's a simple guide:
If you choose a nice-looking cigar box, it will make an eye-catching kief box...at least on the outside. The inside look will depend on how pretty you choose to make your inner frame.
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