Marijuana Moon Rocks: What to Know Before You Blast Off
Moon rocks have gained notoriety for the fact that they are ultra-potent. Here’s what you need to know before they send you to space.
by Dianna Benjamin – August 18, 2020
If you enjoy smoking bud but are looking for a more potent experience than what typical flower provides, moon rocks might be for you.
Cannabis moon rocks are nugs drizzled with hash oil and then sprinkled with kief. They’re kind of like cupcakes, except they’re 100%, smokeable weed. The layer on layer on layer of THC provides consumers with almost twice as much potency as they would get from regular cannabis flower.
Moon rocks, not to be confused with sun rocks, offer smokers a high that eclipses the usual experience without leaving them too far out of orbit.
Where Did Moon Rocks Come From?
You can thank early ‘90s Death Row Records rapper Kurupt (Ricardo Emmanuel Brown) and his partner Dr. Zodiak for the introduction of moon rocks to the regulated cannabis market back in 2014. In partnership with 1933 Industries, Kurupt has continued popularizing moon rocks through the 2019 launch of his premium cannabis line, Gotti’s Gold. Gold Nuggets, the brand’s new take on moon rocks, are concentrate infused cannabis flower covered in kief (moon rocks with a fancier name).
Moon rocks are popular among cannabis consumers for a lot of reasons. Most cannabis users prefer to smoke flower over other consumption methods. Moon rocks provide this experience with the added punch of concentrates. This boost of potency is ideal for recreational users with a higher THC tolerance or medicinal users looking for immediate, stronger, and longer lasting pain relief.
What is a Moon Rock Made Of?
Moon Rocks are made with three simple ingredients: cannabis flower, hash oil, and kief. That third ingredient is what distinguishes moon rocks from “cannabis caviar”, flower coated with concentrate. However, some people use the terms interchangeably, so make sure you ask what’s in your cannabis caviar or moon rock before purchasing or consuming it.
Moon Rocks are typically made with Girl Scout Cookies (GSC) flower and concentrates. The Indica leaning hybrid averages around 27% THC, making it one of more potent strains of flower out there. But the use of GSC is not essential. Moon Rocks can be made with any cannabis strain. The more THC, the more potent the high.
How Much Do Moon Rocks Cost?
Given their increased potency and processing requirements, expect to pay a bit more for moon rocks than you would for top shelf cannabis flower. While prices vary by location, you can plan to pay roughly $30 per gram or $95 per eighth for moon rocks. To get a more definitive idea, use the Wikileaf dispensary finder.
How to Make Moon Rocks
For such a potent cannabis treat, Moon Rocks are pretty easy to make yourself. Here’s what you need and how to do it.
What you’ll need
- A couple of your favorite cannabis flower. The denser the nugs, the better.
- Your favorite cannabis oil/concentrate. Live or flower resin are ideal. Just warm them up a bit to get a more fluid consistency.
- A liquid dropper to moisten the flower with concentrate.
- Kief to coat the concentrate-doused flower.
- Tongs to dip the flower in kief.
- Towel for clean up.
Prepare your kief. If you use a grinder, the dusty residue in the bottom chamber is called kief, and it’s a potent concentrate full of trichomes and terpenes. Dump the kief into a small tray or bowl.
Splash your flower with concentrate. Take the liquid dropper and fill it with concentrate. Then, drop concentrate all over the bud being careful not to soak the flower. Using the dropper rather than submerging the bud will allow the flower to dry more easily, which means it will be easier to light when you’re ready to smoke it.
Roll your flower in kief. Using the tongs, dip the wet nug in the kief until it’s coated all around.
Let it dry. Wait until the bud is dry to smoke it. If it’s too wet, it’ll be tough to light.
How to Smoke Moon Rocks
Smoking moon rocks may seem self-explanatory, but the sticky outer coating of concentrate and kief makes handling this powerful nug a little more complex.
Go low and slow
Moon rocks are a super potent flower product. Most flower has roughly high 20% THC, but moon rocks can contain THC levels up to 50%. If you’re new to cannabis, it’s especially important that you pace yourself to avoid greening out.
Many are taken off guard by the sheer strength of Moon Rocks, whether they are new to smoking cannabis or not. No matter what kind of tolerance you think you have, start low and go slow when it comes to dosing out your first Moon Rock.
That being said, they aren’t dangerous in the sense that they will hurt you, but you might get too high (which is never fun).
Eat before you smoke and keep water on hand
Consuming large amounts of THC on an empty stomach can amplify the psychoactive effects. THC also causes cottonmouth, so keep lots of water nearby.
Choose your environment wisely
As with any high-THC product, you’re likely to experience powerful effects that leave you numb, super relaxed, and possibly lethargic. Smoke your moon rocks in a place where you can relax and safely lay down.
Don’t plan on multitasking
You may be used to getting things accomplished after smoking regular flower. That’ll probably be more difficult after smoking a moon rock. If you’ve got business, chores, or exercise to get done, consider accomplishing those things before smoking. In fact, it might be a good idea to smoke your moon rocks before bed when you know you won’t need to be “on.”
No grinders allowed
Moon Rocks are thick and greasy in texture and will easily destroy your favorite grinder. Fingers are the recommended tool to break up the tough buds before smoking, but a set of tweezers could work as well.
To keep mess to a minimum, try using a bong, glass pipe, or other glassware to get the most out of smoking Moon Rocks.
Rolling whole moon rocks isn’t very practical. They won’t stay lit as well as normal flower would. Glass pipes (bongs, bowls) are the ideal paraphernalia for smoking moon rocks.
Keeping your Moon Rocks lit
If you’re having trouble keeping your moon rock lit, place it on a bed of regular, ground flower. The ground up flower will stay lit, capturing your moon rock with each toke. Another option is to use hemp wick to keep your moon rocks lit. The long wick keeps a constant flame to the cannabis without the smell and taste of butane you’d experience from the prolonged use of a lighter.
If you want to preserve the kief content and the life of your grinder, shred moon rocks up with scissors or by hand. Attempting to break the hardened bud in a grinder can make the equipment wet, sticky, and difficult to clean. You’ll also lose a lot of kief in the process.
Pros and Cons of Smoking Moon Rocks
Before diving straight into Moon Rock heaven, it is important to consider the pros and cons of adding them to your smoking regimen.
- They will get you very very high.
- Great for medical patients that need a high dosage of THC or seasoned users looking for their next challenge.
- Moon Rocks are cost-effective — a couple of small sprinkles added to your flower makes a big difference.
- Their unique sparkly rock-like appearance make them a fun novelty item and a great conversation starter.
- They will get you very very high, which can be unsettling for some.
- Whether you use your fingers or some other device to break them up (please no grinders), Moon Rocks are just plain messy. Something is bound to get sticky somewhere.
- They must be stored in a cool dry place, or they will start to get melty.
The Bottom Line
Whether you want to take your mind on an intergalactic adventure or are just looking for the next big thing in cannabis, Moon Rocks may be for you. Mix these super potent buds into your cannabis and flying high is the only possible outcome. With a little caution and preparedness, Moon Rocks will get you to the moon in no time.
If you enjoy smoking bud but are looking for a more potent experience than what typical flower provides, moon rocks might be for you.
What Are Marijuana Moon Rocks?
Marijuana moon rocks are basically the “champagne” of the pot world. Some people even call them cannabis caviar.
They’re made up of different pot products that are all rolled into one very potent nug and smoked.
They became a thing when West Coast rapper Kurupt brought it to people’s attention and eventually trademarked his own brand of moon rocks.
As for the name, they do look like moon rocks. But their ability to send even the most seasoned cannabis consumer flying extra high might have something to do with it, too.
Moon rocks are made by taking a nugget of marijuana and dipping it in or spraying it with concentrate, or hash oil.
They’re usually made with Girl Scout Cookies (the weed strain, not Thin Mints) flower and concentrate, but can be made with any strain.
The coated nugget is then rolled in kief. Kief, also called pollen or dry sift, is the sticky crystals that cover the cannabis flower. This crystal residue contains terpenes and cannabinoids.
It varies from batch to batch. The potency depends on how it’s made, who’s making it, and the ingredients used.
Moon rocks typically hover around 50 percent THC, according to Leafly. To help put that into perspective, popular strains found in dispensaries typically range from 17 to 28 percent THC.
You can smoke moon rocks like you would any other nug, by breaking it up into a joint, bowl, vape, or pipe. Keeping it lit isn’t easy, and it’s also super dense and greasy, so glassware like a bong or pipe is the preferred way.
Moon rocks are potent. People who’ve indulged describe big, full, fragrant smoke clouds and a rich and pleasant taste of kief.
THC is the primary psychoactive ingredient in cannabis and mainly responsible for producing the “high.” Given that moon rocks contain considerably higher levels of THC, the effects are more pronounced than what you experience from run-of-the-mill cannabis products.
The severity of the effects depend on a few things, including the strain used and your tolerance. Someone who’s not used to high THC cannabis tends to have more intense effects. Using large amounts also increases the intensity of the effects.
Here are some of the common effects of moon rocks:
- increased heart rate
- dry mouth
- impaired memory
- dry, red eyes
- cough or other respiratory issues
- extreme hunger, aka the munchies
They produce a slow burn with some immediate effects that really kick into high gear about 30 minutes in.
Based on people’s reviews, you can expect your buzz to linger for several hours or even into the next day if you’re new to moon rocks or high-THC strains.
Yes, there are mental and physical risks.
High THC risks
Researchers don’t yet know the full impact of high-THC marijuana on the body or brain. Higher THC levels increase your risk for a harmful reaction, especially if you’re new to marijuana.
Higher THC levels may also increase your risk for addiction when you regularly use high doses.
While the risks of high-THC marijuana are still being investigated, marijuana in any concentration has some risks.
General marijuana risks
Marijuana smoke — including secondhand smoke — contains most of the same toxins and carcinogens as tobacco smoke. It irritates the lungs and can cause a chronic cough with increased phlegm production.
Marijuana smoke also raises your risk for lung infections and may increase the risk of lung cancer.
Your lungs aren’t the only part of your body at risk. Marijuana raises your heart rate for up to 3 hours after you smoke it, which may increase your chance of a heart attack, according to the National Institute on Drug Abuse.
It also weakens your immune system, making it harder for your body to fight off germs.
If you’re pregnant, using marijuana may increase your risk for several birth complications.
Moon rocks are pretty strong, to say the least. If you’re going to give them a try, it’s important to consider some things.
These potent nuggets are sure to mess with your brain and energy levels, which can make getting things done impossible. It’s best to clear your schedule or do it when you’ve got a big chunk of free time.
Here are some general safety tips for using moon rocks:
- Eat. Eat first, not just to keep the eventual munchies in check, but to also lessen the effects of high-THC weed and prevent nausea.
- Hydrate. Have lots of water on hand and stay hydrated before, during, and after smoking, as dry mouth is pretty much a given.
- Consider your surroundings. Choose a safe place where you can just sit and chill without any responsibilities.
- Go slow. Start slow — like, really slow. This is especially important if you’re new to moon rocks or high-THC strains, as it can help minimize the intensity of the effects. Try to wait at least several minutes between each inhale.
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Cannabis isn’t legal everywhere, though many states have legalized it for medical use, recreational purposes, or both. It’s best not to take a chance and know the laws in your state.
If you live outside of the United States, you may be subject to different laws.
Marijuana moon rocks are particularly potent, even for a seasoned cannabis user. You’ll definitely want to proceed with caution, especially if you’re new to the whole cannabis thing.
If you live in a state that’s legalized cannabis, visit a dispensary and talk to a trained staff member. They can tell you more about the moon rocks they carry and how strong they are.
Last medically reviewed on October 21, 2019
Marijuana moon rocks are the latest trend in high-THC cannabis products. We'll break down how they're made, their effects, and things to keep in mind when using them.