Kief (pronounced [keːf, ki(ː)f, kɪf]; from Arabic كيف (kayf), meaning ‘pleasure’), 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 infructescences with a mesh screen or sieve. Kief contains a much higher concentration of psychoactive cannabinoids, such as THC, than that of the cannabis infructescences from which it is derived. Due to the fact that it contains a higher level of THC many consumers may choose to add collected kief to their marijuana for a more intense high. However, this method may cause an undesirable level of intoxication if the consumer has never tried kief before. 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.
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