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What is Moon Rock Weed and How do You Smoke it?

Cannabis culture has evolved past decorative bongs and weed brownie recipes to an artisanal approach to getting high. Budtenders at dispensaries have become like smoking sommeliers and edible experts. With that, moon rock weed might just be cannabis caviar.

Moon rock weed, also known as moon rocks, is an innovation in marijuana technology that offers a more intense high, a fun novelty, and the chance to cram as much THC as possible into your smoking session.

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What is Moon Rock Weed/Moonrocks?

Moon rocks can best be described as the Turducken of weed. Remember, the Turducken: a chicken stuffed into a duck stuffed into a turkey. A moon rock is a high-THC marijuana flower dipped in hash oil or concentrate and then covered in kief.

If you’re following along at home, that’s three high-THC products all, literally, rolled into one.

What is Used in Moon Rock Weed/Moonrocks?

The appeal of moonrocks is the ability to get a lot of THC from one source. It’s the cannabis equivalent of an ice cream sundae, bringing together three things you love in one treat.

If you’re curious about making your own, let’s get into the details!

How to Make Moon Rock Weed: Ingredients

A few words on the ingredients of moon rocks:

  • You start with a high-THC flower, any cannabis bud or nugget with a high concentration of THC. This is about 20-30% THC.
  • The second ingredient is something to act as a binding agent. Again, cannabis concentrate and/or hash oil are used so that they can be dusted in kief and trichomes. Both concentrates and kief can often be between 50-70% THC.

What is a Cannabis Concentrate?

A cannabis concentrate is an extraction from cannabis with an extensive amount of THC and other cannabinoids. Various processes are used to cultivate the cannabinoids and terpenes in one singular compound.

The texture of concentrates can vary, and it can be like a thick sappy texture, waxy, or even saucy. Hash oil is essentially also a concentrate, but it is an oleoresin.

Concentrates can be used in vape cartridges or edibles when someone’s looking for the highest amount of cannabinoids. They are often smoked in a process called dabbing.

Is a Concentrate the Same Thing as a Dab?

A concentrate is all the concentrated cannabinoids and terpenes collected from cannabis, and you’ll often use them in dabs. There are multiple types of concentrates, but only some are used in dabbing.

Dabbing is the act of smoking concentrates; you put a dab of concentrate into a pipe or dab rig and smoke it for a more concentrated hit. So you will dab with a concentrate, but not all concentrates are necessarily a dab or used for dabbing.

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What is Kief?

Kief is the pollen-like dust that gathers at the bottom of most grinders. Grinders are built with compartments to catch the valuable crystals that form on cannabis flowers called trichomes. During the grinding process, these crystals, along with fine pieces of cannabis, can gather in this part of your grinder.

Trichomes have the highest concentration of cannabinoids. This makes them valuable. Kief is one of the key ingredients of hashish, and their high THC levels make hash so potent.

How to Make Moon Rocks: Step-by-Step Guide

If you’re looking for a fun project or trying to save a few bucks on these high-ticket items, you can make your own moon rocks at home. Simply select your favorite strain of cannabis flower, concentrate, hash oil, and kief.

    1. Select a nugget of flower. Try to select one that’s large enough to be able to contain all of the ingredients. You break moon rocks into smaller pieces, so selecting a large nugget can help ensure it’s evenly coated. It will also ensure that your moon rock can last for a few smoking sessions.
    2. Use an eye dropper or brush to apply the concentrate to your flower. For waxier or thicker, more resinous concentrates, you may want to use a butter knife or popsicle stick. Smear it evenly so that you’ll be able to coat the nugget entirely.
    3. Pour your kief into a container. You’ll want to put your kief into a container with enough space to roll your flower around to ensure it’s covered on all sides. Try to avoid a flat surface as kief is very light and likely to create a lot of fallout. One sneeze, and it can all fly away.
    4. Roll your flower in the kief. Like breading chicken, you’ll want to be sure to get it fully covered on all sides.
    5. Allow drying. 
    6. Smoke responsibly. 

How to Smoke Moon Rocks?

With moon rocks, a little goes a long way. They have an obscenely high THC level.

Given their texture, they can often have trouble staying lit on their own; you’ll want to use a bong or pipe to ensure you can control the flame. You can also use a vaporizer.

The texture also makes grinding them problematic. You’ll want to use scissors or a knife to cut off a small piece.

The Moon Rock Weed Experience: Smoking It for the Best Effects

Start by packing ground flowers into your pipe, bong, or other smoking apparatus. You’ll then want to place a small piece of moon rock on top. Placing the moon rock piece on a lit flower helps ensure it burns evenly and you can smoke it effectively.

Technically, you can use a moon rock in a joint. However, many pre-rolls on the market are rolled, dipped in resin, concentrates, or hash oil, and then covered in kief. They would offer essentially the same experience in a way that can more effectively stay lit.

Be sure to pace yourself. There can be a bit of a delay in feeling the full effects of smoking moon rock weed, which has a large amount of THC and other cannabinoids. The combination of these cannabinoids can affect how they interact with your system and the speed with which you feel their full effects.

Is Moon Rock Weed Dangerous?

Like with any substance, including edibles, you want to start slow and check in on how you feel. Moon rocks are about 50% THC which is about double the amount of your average strain. If you make your own moon rocks, they may even have a higher percentage.

A little goes a long way, as we said. However, the high of moon rocks can have the potential to even last until the next day, so even experienced smokers will want to go slowly at first.

Moon rocks can help people who need medical marijuana get more bang for their buck, as smoking can be potentially problematic. In addition, the high THC and other cannabinoid levels can ensure you get more THC all at once.

If you’re seeking medical treatment, you may not want to smoke too often, so the high amounts of THC can ensure that you get the bulk of your medicine with less smoking.

This high THC does put you at the risk of having an overdose. Unlike drugs, an overdose may not be fatal, but consuming too much cannabis can have side effects.

The potential side effects of moon rocks are the same as any excessive amount of cannabis. Some possible reactions to moon rocks include:

  • anxiety
  • dry, red eyes
  • cough or other respiratory issues
  • dizziness
  • dry mouth
  • excessive hunger
  • increased heart rate
  • paranoia
  • sleepiness
  • headaches
  • impaired memory

Pacing yourself ensures you don’t risk having an intense high that leads to panic attacks or hallucinations.

Can You Eat Moon Rocks?

To get the most THC from flower and kief, you’ll need to ensure decarboxylation, the scientific process that turns THC-A into THC.

The ingredients in moon rock weed can end up heating up at different temperatures, which means the potential for burning or a severely negative effect on the taste. Not to mention, there’s no telling how this unique blend might taste in your edible.

Since moon rocks are made of various components, they would most effectively be used separately rather than together in edibles.

For example, you could use some concentrate blended with oil to grease a pan, brown butter with kief to make a frosting or glaze, and use the cannabis flower to make canna oil in the cake batter. Boom! You have moon cake.

Is Moon Rock Weed The Strongest Weed Strain?

Technically, moon rocks or moon rock weed is not a strain. That being said, it is one of the strongest products, as in highest in THC, on the market. Given it’s a blend of three of the sources of THC: high THC cannabis, concentrate, and kief or trichomes, it has a collectively high THC amount.

Are Moon Rocks (Weed) Legal?

Moon rocks (weed) are completely legal and often sold at dispensaries.

A quick warning: Moon rock is a fun nickname for this special cannabis product. Still, it’s also the street name for a crystallized form of methylenedioxy-methamphetamine (MDMA), otherwise known as molly.

The form of molly known as moon rocks is definitely illegal. It can often make for a confusing conversation at a party. Be sure to clarify you’re talking about cannabis.

Who Invented Moon Rocks?

Hip-hop star Kurupt is credited in cannabis history with inventing moon rocks with fellow rapper Dr. Zodiak. He even partnered with the cannabis company 1933 Industries to create a mass market version of moon rocks.

Funny story, according to Kurupt, rapper and avid cannabis enthusiast Snoop Dogg has described moon rocks as “too strong.” He should know, as the poster child for cannabis use; Snoop has even smoked with his frequent collaborator Martha Stewart.

Buy Moon Rocks at Your Local MMJ Dispensary!

Moon rocks (weed) or moon rocks are a popular novelty in the cannabis industry. This blend of some of the three higher sources of THC: flower, concentrate/hash oil, and kief is a way to get you the highest high.

If your state has legal medical marijuana and you meet any of the qualifying conditions, give us a call today! Many MMJ dispensaries carry legitimate moon rocks and you can purchase them legally with a medical marijuana card. Apply for a medical marijuana card online now!


Dr. Anand DugarThis article is reviewed by Dr. Anand Dugar, an anesthesiologist and pain medicine physician.  He is also the founder of Green Health Docs.  Graduating from medical school in 2004 and residency in 2008, Dr. Dugar has been a licensed physician for almost 20 years and has been leading the push for medical cannabis nationwide.