Cannabis Science

Does Kief Get You Higher Than Bud?

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If you want a better high, you may want to know what kind of weed product can get you there. The truth is there are many ways to get a stronger and longer high. Many people opt for edibles or eating certain foods to extend and intensify their high. However, if you asked around, you probably heard that kief is the way to go. Well, does kief get you higher than bud? Here’s what we know. 

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What is Kief?

Before we even get into whether or not kief will make you higher than bud, some of you are probably wondering what kief is. 

According to Save on Cannabis, kief is the sticky part of the trichome that gets stuck to your fingers when you touch weed. 

By the way, the trichome is an essential part of the defense mechanism for the marijuana plant and protects it against problems like predators and fungi. Trichomes are where cannabinoids and terpenes are stored.

If you look carefully at your weed, you should notice some tiny crystals, that’s kief. Kief, when ground up, looks like a very fine powder. It varies in color and may be brown, green, or yellow. 

Another characteristic of kief that stands out is its THC content. According to Save on Cannabis, kief can have up to 50% or more THC while your standard blunt wouldn’t have more than 20% THC. 

Kief can be added to a blunt, made into hash, sprinkled into edibles among other uses. 

Does Kief Get You Higher Than Bud?

It definitely can. Kief has more THC than bud. Since THC is responsible for the high then sprinkling some kief in your blunt can intensify your high.

According to Royal Queen Seeds, kief gives a more potent high than simply smoking the flowers. They said, “kief delivers more THC with every inhalation than it would if an equal weight of bud was used.”

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However, approach kief with caution if you’re a beginner. While THC can give you a pleasant high, higher levels of THC cause unpleasant effects such as anxiety. 

Where Can I Get Kief?

You can get kief from a dispensary or anywhere that sells cannabis products. Of course, it’s worth researching the source you get your cannabis products from for the sake of quality control and safety. 

If you don’t want to buy kief, you could totally make it at home. You can check out our Ganja Guide on how to make kief or our guide on how to make hash using kief. 

If you’re a visual learner and want to learn how to incorporate kief into food, you can check out this video.

What’s the Best Way to Store Kief?

You’ll want to keep your kief as fresh as possible to maintain potency. Royal Queen Seed says that oxygen, light, and heat are all factors that can degrade cannabinoids. 

The good news is, it’s possible to store it well to extend its shelf life. According to Royal Queen Seeds, “store your stash in an airtight glass container placed it in a cool, dark, and dry place.”

The containers don’t have to be anything fancy, you can just opt for a mason jar.

Can You Snort Kief?

It’s not a great idea. Even though kief is in powdered form doesn’t mean it should be snorted. According to Westword, snorting kief may cause you to end up with a nosebleed. 

In addition to that, you need to decarb the weed, that is heat it to activate it and feel the effects of the cannabinoids. 

There are no benefits to snorting kief, you won’t get high and you’ll be uncomfortable. 


Yes, kief gets you higher than bud. That’s because kief has more THC. The great news is, there are many ways to use kief such as adding it to a blunt or sprinkling it into edibles. However, remember that some people have negative effects with THC. Therefore, if you’re a newbie or not used to using a lot of THC, proceed with caution and take your time. 

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About Trevann

Trevann is Stoner Rotation’s Jamaica-based lead writer for the Science section of our cannabis blog. She graduated with honors receiving her Bachelor of Science degree in Molecular Biology from the University of West Indies, Mona. For the last three years, she has covered some of the biggest questions around cannabis and health underpinned with research from supporting studies, medical journals and scholarly articles. Got something on your mind? You can reach her at [email protected].

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