Cannabis Moon Rocks and Sun Rocks
Thanks to the rise of resin extractions – largely due to cannabis legalization, in many US states – cannabis users can choose among a growing number of different products, from the classic dry sieved hash – also known as dry sift or kief – to the purest cannabinoid distillates. Today, we would like to talk about one of these products, which in fact is a combination of several types of extractions and the actual plant matter; that is, the bud itself.
Known as Sun Rocks and Moon Rocks, it’s a product marketed in the United States since 2014, which due to its striking looks and high potency, it hasn’t stopped gaining supporters. Let us explain next what cannabis Moon Rocks are and how to make them.
Moon Rocks easily contain around 50% of THC
What are Kurupt’s Moon Rocks?
Back in 2010, the online cannabis community, in particular the American, discovered a new product called “Caviar”, which basically was a bud of the highest quality dipped in a cannabis oil like BHO, and left to dry. Needless to say, the effects of these buds had nothing to do with those from the traditional flowers, and the same went for their flavour and aroma, given that everything was enhanced by the oil.
However, it wasn’t until 2014 that the term Moon Rocks became popular, thanks to one of the first cannabis ads seen on American television made by rappers Kurupt and Dr. Zodiak. It is said that, following the idea of infusing a bud with BHO (which until then was known as “Caviar”), a dispensary called Starbudz760 was the first to have the brilliant idea of coating one of these flowers with kief or dry sift hash, achieving a result that was as powerful as eye-catching.
The product soon became popular thanks to the version presented by Kurupt and Dr. Zodiak and the television advertising campaigns. Kurupt’s Moon Rocks were born, an item that soon would be on the entire cannabis community’s lips. Eventually, other producers have joined this adventure and are offering an improved version with raw material of better quality called Sun Rocks, which can contain up to 80% of THC.
On opening a Moon Rock you can see the bud
From then on, more and more dispensaries are offering this product, greatly expanding the number of cannabis strains available in this format. As is always the case, the quality of these products depends on the quality of the plants involved in their preparation, as well as on finding the right formula in terms of strain mixture, so the experience is great. In fact, you can combine flowers from a particular strain with BHO from another and kief from a third, expanding the range of possibilities with regards to the taste and effects obtained.
How to make Moon Rocks and Sun Rocks
Before we go any further, we should make an important distinction, because when Kurupt’s Moon Rocks were launched there was already a concentrate called Moonrock or Crumble, which was a variant of BHO obtained by slightly modifying the purging parameters.
The texture of this concentrate is similar to cookies, with small holes or craters that, admittedly, resemble a piece of lunar soil. However, in this case, the resin has been extracted with butane gas (BHO), while the one before us today is a mixture of bud, BHO and kief, achieved by dry sifting. Traditionally, the buds used were Girl Scout Cookies or OG Kush, although we obviously can use any strain with compact buds.
It must be said that when the first Kurupt’s Moon Rocks were created, nobody knew about Rosin Hash, so they are typically made using BHO. However, they can also be made by replacing BHO with Rosin, and even with some CO2 extractions; the only thing we must seek when preparing the chosen concentrate, is a texture as liquid as possible, which would greatly facilitate the process of infusing the bud with oil.
This BHO is acquiring a texture similar to crumble
Cannabis Moon Rocks recipe:
1. Choose a particularly compact bud, so it won’t crumble nor break into small pieces later on.
2. With the help of a dabbing tool, scatter the oil over the bud. If necessary, you can warm up a little the extract to facilitate the task
3. Once the bud is covered in oil, place it on a plate or bowl containing the dry resin and coat it completely with it.
4. If you think it’s appropriate, repeat steps 2 and 3 until you achieve the desired results
5. Let it rest and dry for a few hours and you’re ready to go!
How to smoke Moon Rocks
Although at first sight you could ask yourself “How do I smoke this?“, the truth is it can be done with almost any method. One of the most popular is the bong, by putting a small portion into the bowl. And the same goes for cannabis vaporizers and water pipes or bubblers. Due to the large amount of resin in this product, glass pipes and bubblers are recommended, as they are much easier to clean after each session.
Some people roll joints with Moon Rocks as if they were standard bud, letting them dry completely so the rolling is less cumbersome. Nevertheless, if you try this method, the cigarette will go out constantly, something that’s rather annoying. Whichever method you choose, the effects will be huge and very powerful!
As a final recommendation, we advise you not to use a grinder, as it will end up totally impregnated with resin. To break the Moon Rocks down into pieces, use a sharp knife. And, above all. try them once you have done all your daily tasks!
Can you buy cannabis Moon Rocks and Sun Rocks?
Currently, and after 5 years in the market, this product continues to be sold under the brand Dr. Zodiak’s Moonrocks, and can be purchased in a large number of dispensaries scattered throughout the USA states where marijuana is legal. This brand also offers other products and has focused part of its activity in processing CBD rich plants, creating a range of goods that are suitable to treat many conditions and symptoms.
They also offer a new type of rocks, Moon Rocks Ice (with a content of up to 99-100% of THCA. ), and cartridges for vaporizers, with THC distillates of 90% purity and infused with terpenes in order to improve the taste (quite bland in this type of concentrates). To this, we can also add blunts, pre-rolls, edibles with CBD or THC. and even CBD water!
Other producers like Big Tray Dee and Apollo Sun Rocks also offer high quality Sun Rocks. The first ones contain 80% of THC, with oil and kief of great purity and potency. Apollos’ Sun Rocks, by contrast, are made with a solventless concentrate, and have a higher amount of kief and up to 60% of THC. Just like the Moon Rocks, they can be found in cannabis dispensaries in certain US states.
Quality of Moon Rocks
Much has been written – and even more said – on the quality of this product. While it’s usually good, due to a careful preparation and the highest-quality raw materials, it is also true that in some cases they are real blunders made by people with no awareness or moral principles; buds of bad quality which previously have been stripped of a lot of their trichomes through dry sieving, covered with BHO made from low quality or poorly purged plant material, and coated with resin or kief of dubious purity. All of this, naturally, spoils the experience.
The aim, therefore, is to find a reliable source to provide us with a good product, free of solvents, heavy metals, pesticides, and a long list of substances that do nothing but diminish the quality of the final product and at the same time harm the user’s health. As so often happens, and this case is no exception. there’s nothing like a homemade product made with love!
In recent years, everyone within the international cannabis community has been talking about a new product called Moon Rocks which has taken many plac
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.
Healthline does not endorse the use of any illegal substances, and we recognize abstaining from them is always the safest approach.
However, we believe in providing accessible and accurate information to reduce the harm that can occur when using. If you or someone you know might be struggling with substance use , we recommend learning more and consulting a professional to get additional support.
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.