Moon Rock Weed: What It Is And How To Make It
If you’ve been asking yourself, “What will marijuana-product producers think of next?”, the answer is moon rock weed. But as popular as this product is becoming, there is still some confusion as to exactly what a moon rock is and how to make one.
We’re here to clear up all the misinformation. This article will show you what moon rock weed is and how to make it.
What Moon Rock Weed Is Not
Moon rock weed—often just referred to as moon rock—is regularly confused with 3,4-methylenedioxymethamphetamine (MDMA). Yeah, I know. I can’t pronounce that word either. Thankfully, MDMA is more commonly known as ecstasy, so we’ll just call it that from now on.
Though ecstasy produces psychoactive effects like marijuana, the two are vastly different. Ecstasy is a methamphetamine that acts through the serotonin, dopamine, and norepinephrine receptors in the brain. And because ecstasy is a stimulant in the amphetamine class, it can be addictive.
Marijuana, on the other hand, acts through the cannabinoid receptors in the brain and is, for all intents and purposes, non-addictive. It’s often good to say, “moon rock weed” or “moon rock marijuana” in conversation just so everyone knows exactly what you’re talking about. Wouldn’t want anyone getting the wrong idea.
What Moon Rock Weed Is
Another misconception about moon rock weed is that it is a special strain of marijuana bred for its THC concentration. This is false. Moon rock weed is the triple combination of the following cannabis products:
- Raw, whole bud
- Honey oil (a.k.a. hash oil)
Essentially, moon rock weed, or cannabis caviar, is a small pinch of your favorite bud covered in honey oil with a generous dusting of kief on top. The finished product looks very much like a nugget of green candy or, for those more healthfully-inclined, a Brussels sprout.
Because moon rock weed is made using three distinct forms of cannabis, each with their own degrees of potency, many are calling moon rock the strongest cannabis in the world and categorize it as the best high on Earth. But is moon rock weed really as potent as all that?
How Potent Is Moon Rock Weed?
We’re not going to kid you, moon rock weed is pretty potent…or at least it can be if you choose the right ingredients. It starts, of course, with the type of bud you use. You can choose a high-THC strain like Bruce Banner (29% THC) or you can choose a low-THC strain like Maui Wowi (13% THC). That will have a significant effect on the potency of your moon rock weed.
In addition, the potency of the honey oil you use along with the potency of the kief you use will have a profound effect on the THC percentage of the finished moon rock. On average, a typical moon rock offers 50% THC, but that already-high percentage can be pushed to almost triple digits with the right combination of ingredients.
But potency is not the end-all, be-all of moon rock weed’s appeal. Sure, it’s a big part, but the wide variety of effects this form of cannabis offers is more often the major draw. Moon rock weed can have varying effects, and varying degrees of effect, depending on a number of factors.
Chief amongst those factors is the strain used. But almost equally important is the terpene and cannabinoid concentrations present in the bud, honey oil, and kief.
Another major factor is the nigh-unmeasurable synergy between the three ingredients. Synergy is the interaction between the bud, honey oil, and kief that produces effects beyond what you could get if you took the products separately. It can be very difficult, even with a degree in chemistry, to figure out the synergistic effects you might get when you mix bud, honey oil, and kief so you’re best bet is just to try different combinations.
The effects can be further tweaked by including CBD products (bud, oil, or kief) in the mix instead of just THC products. So rather than just flying as high as possible (with high-THC moon rocks), you can achieve medicinal effects including reduced nausea, anti-anxiety, suppressed seizures, and many more. All that is possible with just a bit of CBD.
Let’s investigate the effects of moon rock weed in a bit more detail in the next section.
What Can You Expect From Your Moon Rock Weed?
As we mentioned in the section above, this all depends on the ingredients used to make the moon rock. Because there are three different variables (bud, oil, and kief) and because each of these can vary amongst themselves, there’s really no way to describe every single option.
Instead, we’ve reduced it all down to two main categories: THC and CBD. These cannabinoids offer different effects and benefits. So once you understand what they do, you can begin to tweak the mixture of your moon rock weed to get it exactly the way you want it. We’ll start with THC.
THC, or delta-9-tetrahydrocannabinol if you want to be precise, is the stuff of legend that will get you seriously messed up (high) in no time flat. That’s THC’s main claim to fame. So if you don’t want to trip the light fantastic, don’t include THC (bud, oil, or kief) in your moon rock weed.
That said, THC does offer some unique medicinal effects that you shouldn’t overlook. The medical benefits of THC include:
- Pain relief
- Eased nausea and vomiting
- PTSD treatment
- Insomnia prevention
- Increased appetite
- Enhanced senses
- Destruction of free radicals (antioxidant)
- Reduced inflammation
- Relaxed muscles
- Stopped convulsions
That’s a lot of medicinal benefits from a cannabinoid that most people think of as a recreational tool.
CBD (full name cannabidiol) is the true medicinal powerhouse of the bunch. On top of that, it won’t cause any psychoactive side-effects. So you can take CBD products without worrying that you’ll get high and lose half your day.
CBD has a long list of medicinal benefits, including:
- Bone growth
- Inhibited growth in cancer cells
- Slowed bacterial growth
- Reduced risk of artery blockage
- Psoriasis treatment
- Prevention of nervous system degeneration
- Reduced blood sugar levels
- Better sleep
- Reduced seizures and convulsions
- Suppressed muscle spasms
- Anxiety relief
- Lessened severity of psychosis
- Reduced nausea and vomiting
- Appetite stimulation
- Reduced inflammation
- Decreased pain
And that’s just for starters! Scientists continue to discover new ways to use CBD to treat both common and uncommon diseases.
If it’s your goal to make your own moon rock weed (which we’ll discuss in the next section), you can mix and match how much THC and CBD you include in the final product.
If you want straight-up “take me to another dimension,” opt for high-THC moon rock weed. If you want the medicinal effects without losing your grip on reality, make your moon rock weed with CBD bud, oil, and kief.
Should You Make Your Own Moon Rock Weed Or Buy Already-Made?
We’ll show you how to make your own moon rock weed from start to finish below, but keep in mind that it requires three distinct ingredients. When deciding whether to make your own moon rock weed, you basically have four choices:
- Produce all the ingredients at home (assuming you can grow your own bud).
- Purchase whole bud and then make your own honey oil and kief.
- Purchase whole bud, honey oil, and kief from your local dispensary.
- Buy already-made moon rock weed from a trusted source.
It really depends on how much work you want to put into it and how much time you have to dedicate to the process. To help you answer the make-or-buy question, let’s break down the moon rock creation process from start to finish.
Grow Your Own Bud
Growing your own bud is a labor-intensive, time-consuming process. It requires a great deal of knowledge, experience, and specialized equipment to get the final product just right. Most people don’t have the time or the money necessary to really make a go of growing their own bud. We’re not saying it can’t be done, but it’s often better just to purchase your cannabis from someone who does it full time.
Make Your Own Honey Oil
Honey oil, or hash oil, is typically made through a process known as solvent extraction. In solvent extraction, a chemical solvent like alcohol, carbon dioxide, or butane is forced through the cannabis material. In the process, trichomes and other chemicals are stripped away from the plant. The solvent is then removed by evaporation or straining, leaving the THC, CBD, terpenes, flavonoids, and other goodies behind.
Butane is by far the most popular solvent used to make honey oil. It’s so popular that we often refer to the finished product as butane hash oil (BHO) to distinguish it from other extraction methods (like ice water extraction).
The problem with making your own honey oil is that the process can be dangerous. Butane is highly flammable and misusing it can result in serious injury or death. Overall, it’s just a better idea to let those with plenty of experience make the honey oil for you.
Make Your Own Kief
Kief, also called crystal or pollen, is a fine powder made from the trichomes (dried resin glands) found on the leaves of the cannabis plant. Kief is fairly easy to produce. It’s certainly easier than growing your own bud or making your own honey oil. All you need to collect your own kief is a grinder with a kief catcher at the bottom.
Simply place your buds in the topmost chamber and begin to grind. The chopped bud falls into the next screen down. The loose kief continues to fall through this screen to the next compartment where it can be stored. Some even put a small coin in the herb collection chamber where it can be used as an agitator to further separate the kief from the ground bud.
After you’ve finished grinding, be sure to tap the grinder against a flat surface (like the table) to force the last of the loose kief through the screen into the final compartment.
As you can see, producing the three components that go into making moon rock weed can be a bit labor intensive. Your best bet is to purchase the already-made product at your local dispensary and just enjoy the effects.
If you want a bit more control over what you consume, we suggest buying the three components from a trusted source and then cooking up your own batch of moon rock weed.
How To Make Moon Rock Weed
The process for making moon rock weed is really quite simple. Here’s what you’ll need to get started:
- Your favorite whole bud
- Honey oil
- Eyedropper or small brush
First, break off a small piece of bud from the larger whole. Holding this piece and manipulating it with the tweezers makes the whole process easier. Next, cover the piece of bud with honey oil using the eyedropper or small brush. Make sure you cover the whole piece of bud but don’t saturate it. Finally, roll the oil-covered bud in kief until it’s completely coated.
Repeat this process with all your bud, honey oil, and kief. Let the nuggets dry thoroughly before using. That’s it. Just three simple steps to making a completely new cannabis experience. And when you think about it, the combinations you can create are literally endless.
But how do you use moon rock weed once the nuggets are all dry? We’ll answer that question in the next section.
Discover the truth about moon rock weed, learn what goes into making it, and find out if producing your own moon rock weed is a good choice.
What are Moon Rocks and how do you smoke them?
Have you ever been so high that you couldn’t feel your eyebrows, even when you physically touch them? If not, try smoking Moon Rocks and I guarantee you’ll get there. I recently smoked them for the first time ever, and two months later, I’m still unable to locate my facial features. (Worth it, by the way.)
What are Moon Rocks?
The origins of Moon Rocks are a bit fuzzy, but rumors abound that the dispensary Starbudz760 first concocted them, with legendary West Coast rapper Kurupt popularizing the product and trademarking his own version called Kurupt Moonrock.
Moon Rocks are a THC megazord—they’re essentially cannabis buds (historically GSC, but any strain suffices) dipped in or sprayed with hash oil, then rolled in kief.
How strong are Moon Rocks?
Though the potency of each batch of Moon Rocks varies and depends on how it’s made/who produces it, the general consensus is that they hover around 50% THC (most flower by itself averages around 20% THC).
Hitting Moon Rocks produces an extremely pleasant, terpene-rich taste of kief that makes you say, “Woooo, that’s delicious.” The smoke clouds produced are super big and full, so each hit is damn near its own experience.
And the high? Oh buddy, oh pal, don’t even get me started on the high. Starting in the head, and eventually spreading throughout the entire body down to your toes, a Moon Rocks high is one of those slow burns that you definitely feel at first, but 30 minutes later, you realize that you have reached a mountaintop that you may not have been ready to climb.
I smoked my gram of Moon Rocks at around 5 p.m., and when I woke up the next morning at 7 a.m., I was still on Mars waiting for the train back to Earth.
Pros and cons of smoking Moon Rocks
- They will get you super duper high.
- Cost effective—just like dabs, a little bit goes a long way.
- Great for medical patients or other folks who want a high dose of THC.
- They’re a fun novelty and good conversation-starter.
- They will get you super duper high (not always a good thing for everyone).
- They’re messy—most put them in glass; you can roll them in a joint or blunt, but don’t put them in a grinder.
- Keep them in a cool, dry place; you don’t want them getting all melty on you.
How to make your own Moon Rocks
Though Moon Rocks are commonly made with GSC flower and/or GSC concentrate, you can really make your own Moon Rocks however you’d like. All you need is the following:
- Your favorite strain/flower
- Your favorite concentrate/hash oil
- A big ol’ bowl of kief from the bottom of your grinder
- Some tongs (or any grabbing/pinching apparatus)
- A liquid dropper
Grab a nug or two of your favorite choice of bud/flower. I suggest using one of the denser nugs as it’ll hold the final cannabis cocktail together better.
Grab your favorite concentrate. If it’s super thick and tough to manipulate, heat it up until it’s a little liquidy, then use a dropper that will allow you to completely cover your bud without having to actually dip it into the concentrate. (The oversaturation of your bud could lead to both longer drying times and difficulty lighting it.)
Use your tongs to grab the bud and roll it in kief until the entire nug is covered in crystal goodness.
Let your Moon Rock dry until it’s ready for action, then smoke it up.
Tips for how to smoke Moon Rocks
Moon Rocks are recommended for advanced cannabis consumers as they pack a powerful punch. Here’s some advice on how to prepare for your Moon Rocks experience.
Whether it’s a bong or pipe, use some glassware for Moon Rocks because it’s not your typical flower. It’s thick and greasy and will have to be ripped apart piece by piece like you’re trying to split a Nerd’s Rope with someone.
If you plan to roll it up by itself, think again; not only will you not have enough Moon Rocks to do so (unless you buy, like, 18 grams of it), you won’t be able to keep it lit how a normal blunt/joint would stay lit.
Buy a weed pipe
Throw it on top of some flower
The greasy texture of Moon Rocks makes them a little hard to light or keep a cherry, but if you throw them on top of some flower, you’ll be good to go. You’ll also be doubly high, but honestly, at this point, you can’t even be concerned about what level of highness you’ll end up at. (The answer is the top.)
If you break up some Moon Rocks and sprinkle them on top of ground bud, you can roll up a blunt/joint and make it work for you.
Finish all of your daily tasks before smoking
We all like to get high and go do things, but Moon Rocks aren’t a Blue Dream-type feel where you’re going to be high and ready for action, Jackson. If you have a workout to do or some tasks to finish for the day, do so before smoking or else you’ll pass right out, then wake up stressed about all the time you wasted.
Don’t make my mistake—I smoked Moon Rocks thinking I was about to punch out 1,500 words of literary fire, only to find out that my fingers don’t even work once that level of high gets ahold of my soul.
Safety tips when smoking Moon Rocks
Eat before smoking
The key word is before. If the Moon Rock is too potent, having something in your stomach will help prevent you from getting nauseous. It’ll also help keep the munchies down.
Don’t forget to stay hydrated
You’re going to be so damn dehydrated that you’ll look like Spongebob when Sandy had him in the air dome for the first time ever. The cottonmouth is real. Go ahead and grab a gallon of water and sit it directly next to you while smoking Moon Rocks, because once that high hits, you will not want to move a single muscle to get up and grab of glass of high-quality H2O.
The same goes for the snacks you plan on ingesting once the high grabs your stomach and makes it do backflips. (I suggest some chocolate-covered almonds. They’re delicious.)
Choose the right environment
If you’re going to hit some Moon Rocks, do so in a comfortable and vibe-encouraging environment where everything around you gives your soul life. You’re going to be on stuck mode and all you’ll want to do is sit and chill within yourself, so go ahead and get your couch game right.
Start low, go slow
As with edibles, start out with a little bit and gradually increase—take a small hit and space out your hits. Trust me, you’ll get to Mars quick enough.
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This post was originally published on December 12, 2017. It was most recently updated on April 3, 2020.
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