Growing cannabis is always a fun task. Although this process demands a lot of maintenance, you can definitely enjoy it.
While growing these plants, you have the scope to get creative. You can alter the plants into different shapes and sizes.
Nowadays, multicolored kief is the new hype.
So, how to make colored kief?
There are a few methods by which you can get colored kief. Firstly, you can change the pH level and temperature of cannabis plants to get colored buds. Secondly, pressing the kief will change its color. Finally, adding food color to the water of the plants can produce colored kief.
This is just a small picture/glimpse of the things you need to know. Read the article to find out more.
Let’s get started now!
3 Different Methods of Producing Colored Kief
In general, the color of kief has a lot of green on it. A creative mind can always try to achieve some other color than green.
Kief is generally found at the bottom part of grinders. They are the small trichomes of the flower. This is the purest form of THC you can smoke.
Different approaches and measures can be taken to add a little color to your kief. Below, I have mentioned 3 different methods of making colored kief. Check it out!
Method 1: Tweaking pH Level And Temperature
This method is for specific plants only. Tweaking the growing conditions of your cannabis plants can cause them to be colorful.
Changing the pH level from optimum pH level for cannabis can change its color. Anthocyanins are a molecule that acts as a pigment for plants. This pigment sets the appearance of plants, colorwise.
The low pH of the cannabis plant can provide them with a red tone. Note that low pH levels are usually acidic conditions. So, lowering the pH of your plant can have an effect on its taste.
You can lower the pH of soil by adding sulfuric acid, elemental sulfur, aluminum sulfate, etc.
On the other hand, the high pH of the cannabis plant gives them a bluish tone. High pH levels are also considered alkaline conditions; which can affect the taste.
Mix water with baking soda and pour the mixture on the soil to increase pH levels.
Additionally, a neutral pH can give the plants a purple tone. You may see the calyx turning purple if the soil is of neutral pH. Using a pH test strip, sample some soil. If it reads 7, the pH is neutral. Otherwise, adjust it by the processes mentioned above.
Lowering the environment temperature around your plants can give them a purple tone. You can use an air conditioner to easily control the temperature.
Remember, the pH and temperature tweaks won’t work on every plant. If you notice the buds not turning purple, that plant won’t change its color.
If the plant changes color, cure it. You can use air curing or water curing to cure the plant. After curing, shake it on a 120-micron bag and get the colored kief!
Method 2: Pressing Kief
For this method, you’ll compress, heat, and press the kief. Pressing kief changes the color to a darker variant. If you’ve got a green and yellow kief, it’ll turn the color into dark blonde.
Additionally, pressing kief turns it into rosin. Rosin has a hardened shape, and a different texture and the appearance is almost semi-transparent.
To press kief, you will need a kief press. For your convenience, here are some top-rated kief pressers out there-
By using these kief pressers, you won’t get anything but quality rosin! Also, these will decrease the wastage of your hard-earned dry sifts AKA kief.
Now, let’s see the steps to press kief-
- To start off, locate the low-temperature plates on your kief press. Bring them close and heat them up to 70-80 degrees celsius.
- Then, add the kief. You will need to double-bag the kief for maximum effect. Put the kief into a 25-micron bag, then put the bag inside a 160-micron bag.
Cut the excessive sections of the bag with a scissor. After cutting, the bag should look like a small pouch of kief.
- After that, cut some parchment paper that can hold the kief pouch. Remember to cut it in big size so that it can be folded.
- For the next step, place the kief pouch inside the press. Take 2 wax sheets and place them between the hot plates. Give it a few minutes, so that the bags can get heated. Start pressing it after that.
You can use substitutes for wax papers if you don’t have wax paper in your repository.
- Then, leave the press for 3 minutes. During this time, the press will reach full pressure. The pressure will grease the wax papers and the rosin extraction process will begin.
You may open the press and see how much rosin has been extracted. If you want more yield, let it run for a few more minutes.
- Finally, you can get the rosin. Take the kief pouch out. Be careful while working around the low-temperature plates of the press.
To store the rosin, grab an air-tight glass jar. Open the pouch, take out the rosin using a dabber, and put it inside the jar. By using a glass jar, you’ll be ensuring no chemical bonds form inside it.
After pressing it, you will see that the kief/rosin has achieved a darker tint. That’s how you can get a dark-colored kief!
Don’t forget to clean the press after using it. The manual of the press can guide you on how to clean kief press.
Method 3: Adding Food Color
A combination of food coloring bud has crossed the minds of cannabis growers. This method is quite straightforward and easy to follow! Have a look-
- Firstly, take a mug and fill it up with water.
- Secondly, add some food coloring to it. A few drops will be enough.
- Finally, water your plants.
Watering your plants with dyed water will result in colorful cannabis. Now, when you make kief from colorful cannabis, it’ll automatically be colorful!
After adding dye, you’ll notice leaves changing color during flower. It depends on which color dye you put in though. For instance, if you put purple dye, you can observe the leaves turning purple at end of flowering.
If you’re trying to avoid colored kief side effects, don’t add the dye directly to kief. Kief has its distinct properties and altering these properties is a bad idea. If you want to enjoy this concentrated cannabis form, try not to alter it directly.
Many people ask, why is kief stronger than bud? Well, kief mainly comes from the trichomes. Trichomes are the main source of THC, which gives cannabis its hit.
Also, the smell of cannabis comes from CBD. If there’s less CBD in cannabis, it may taste different; such as perfume or plastic. Although there are ways to get rid of perfume-tasting cannabis, you can still avoid it.
That’s why it is important not to let creativity be the villain here! Don’t alter the cannabis and kief so much that they lose THC and CBD levels.
Therefore, these are some of the methods you can follow to produce colored kief!
How do you maximize trichome production?
You can use many minerals (phosphorus, nitrogen, etc) to boost your trichome production to its fullest. Many people think that nutrients will boost production, but they’re wrong. Nutrients speed up the process of the plants, which lowers the effectiveness and flavor of buds. Minerals work better.
Should I harvest top buds first?
No, you should not harvest top buds first. The priority should be to harvest those buds which are ready and mature. Usually, when exposed to light, buds ripen quickly. Now, if your light source is only on the top, you can harvest top buds. In general, buds should be harvested from outside to inside.
Can I harvest half a plant?
Yes, you can harvest half a plant. In fact, you can harvest 3/4th or the whole plant if you wish. It is entirely up to you. But, you should keep track of the ripeness of the buds. If you harvest half the plant, the other half will get more light. If the other half is already ripe, the buds may go bad.
The Final Words
This is the finish line for this article. Hopefully, now you know exactly how to make colored kief.
Try to avoid chemicals to bring color to your kief. Inhaling chemical compounds can be fatal to your health!
Get creative with the kief!