A picture of a moonrock bud. A cannabis bud is covered by a coating of kief.


If you’re a cannabis consumer, you have probably heard about one of the latest trends in the industry: cannabis moonrocks. If you haven’t heard of these, just imagine the best cream-filled, iced and sprinkled donut you can dream up. Then imagine that in the world of marijuana. They are highly potent, expensive, and well… out of this world! Not intended for the faint of heart, even the most experienced tokers have met their match with this beast of a creation. Of course, this gives it a massive amount of appeal, because what self-respecting weed connoisseur would not want to try this at least once? Interested? Come with me to the moon… if you dare. 

What Are Moonrocks?

When I first heard the term, I thought the same thing: what in blazes is a moon rock? Well, I’m not talking about actual rocks from outer space, and I’m definitely not talking about the term used for MDMA crystals. No, my friend, I am talking about marijuana. The stuff your grandpa used to smoke in the sixties, but not. A moonrock is not actually a strain of cannabis. Then what are moon rocks made of weed, you ask? Before I tell you what they are, you might want to sit down. Are you ready? Ok… they are nuggets of weed, covered in hash oil, covered in kief. Let that marinate in your brain for a minute. 

This marijuana cocktail became famous in 2015 when rappers Kurupt and Dr. Zodiak claimed to have invented it and launched Kurupt’s Moonrock on the commercial market. The original version was made using the popular cannabis strain called Girl Scout Cookies as a base. From day one, Kurupt’s Moonrock boasted a 51% THC content, as opposed to the 15-30% THC content found in your average dispensary strain. Since then, they have created even more potent products, and rap royalty Snoop Dogg has openly smoked and endorsed Kurupt’s Moonrock. 

Let’s talk about the ingredients for a moment. First, you have the weed nugget. As you probably know, these can be found in any cannabis dispensary, and they come in a variety of strains, each with a unique set of effects. The effects are determined by the chemical makeup of each individual strain. Simply put, the type of strain you get determines the type of high you get. It also determines which medical benefits you could receive from your smoking sessions. Those who are simply looking to fly as high as possible will more than likely be paying the most attention to the THC content since that’s what will help send you over the moon. 

The next layer of a moonrock is hash oil. It’s made by extracting the chemicals of the plant, which can be done in several ways. Think of it as the essential oil of the weed world. Hash, also called honey oil, is a lot more potent than marijuana in plant form because it is the very essence of the plant in the form of goo. 

Finally, there’s the layer of kief. When cannabis grows, it creates little crystal-like dust pieces  that contain many more cannabinoids than the plant itself – in other words, they get you higher. This marijuana dust is called kief. If weed is a donut, this is the frosting on top. 

Combine all three of these things, and you can get the highest high you are likely to experience in the world of cannabis. Not only will you mush together three forms of high-quality marijuana, but the synergy between them will create a reaction that gives your hit an extra boost. If you’re anything like me, your mouth is watering by now. Luckily for us, there are a few ways to get moonrocks, and some are easier than others. You could grow and make the ingredients yourself, but that takes a lot of time and effort. And let’s face it, that’s another article for another day. I suggest that you either buy your moonrocks pre-made or buy the ingredients and make your own! Don’t worry, I can teach you how to do both, and I’ll tell you how to smoke it. What do you say? Are you ready to go to the moon? Then read on!

Buying Moonrocks 

The first thing you’re going to need to buy moonrocks is lots of cash; it’s super expensive, sometimes running around four times the price of a regular weed strain! It’s not uncommon for a gram to sell for $25-30, and an ounce to sell for over $1,000. But, hey, if you have the money, and you want your weed, I say go for it!

Now, if you’re actually going to spend that much money on your moonrocks, you need to know that you’re getting good quality merchandise. Unfortunately, some people will rip you off by selling you their bottom-end products in the form of “moon rocks” just to get rid of below-average stuff. Don’t fall for that! Real moonrocks are high-end, pun intended. When you look at them, they should have a super thick coat of kief on them, like the gods of weed sent a kief blizzard to invade your stash. The smell should be bold and intense from all the terpenes involved – if it smells shy, don’t buy it! When you take them home and break them apart, there will be a gooey layer of hash that will probably remind you a little of southern barbeque sauce. 

The nickname “caviar” is sometimes used to refer to moonrocks because they’re such a delicacy. It does seem like an appropriate name, but be careful – this term can also be used in reference to a similar concoction that doesn’t have the kief layer on it. There is no such thing as a moonrock with no kief. 

You might try asking your budtender about making your own custom moonrocks. They can help you pick the perfect combination of strains for your wants and needs, and they might even make the moonrocks for you! It could be fun to mix and match, and see what different highs you can create!

How to Make Moonrocks 

Welcome to your favourite class ever: how to make moonrocks out of weed! If you’re like me and don’t have $1,000 floating around just to blow on moonrocks, this might be a better option for you. It’s not hard, and you don’t need a lot of fancy equipment to do it – just some household items and some cannabis goods. 

What you’ll need: 

  • A flat surface (you can cover it with saran wrap or a plastic mat for easier clean-up) 
  • A dropper or small food brush 
  • Sticks with which to hold the bud (you can use tongs, tweezers, or even chopsticks!) 
  • Your favourite strain of weed 
  • Yummy hash oil 
  • Dusty kief goodness 
  • Optional items: a sifter, syringe, and a small bowl made of glass or stainless steel

First, if you’ve opted for saran wrap or a plastic mat so you can easily collect spilled weed and kief, go ahead and cover your flat surface with that. Place your items where you want them on your surface. Now, pick your first weed bud. A compact bud works best because it’s easier to maneuver. 

Using the dropper or food brush, cover the outside of the bud with a layer of hash oil. You can place the bud in a small bowl to do this if it makes you feel better. How much hash you use is up for debate. Most sources say to cover it completely, but not saturate it till it’s dripping. However, I did see a couple of guys decide to inject their moon rocks with hash using a syringe! I’ll leave it up to you to decide what to do. 

Next is the kief. Some say you can use a sifter to gently remove the kief from the weed if you don’t already have a lot of it. I haven’t tried that, so I don’t know how well it works. Once you’ve got your kief, sprinkle it onto your hash-covered bud. Then, use your pointy-grabbing sticks to roll the weed around in the kief like a happy pig in mud. Your bud should have so much kief on it that it is no longer sticky with hash. 

Congratulations, you’ve made your first moonrock! Now, set it aside to dry, and make some more! The drying time is also up for debate. Some say just to leave it until the whole thing is dry, some say two weeks. My advice: experiment! Half the fun of making your own moonrocks is finding new strain combos, and figuring out which methods work best for you! 

How to Smoke Moon Rocks

Finally, the moment we’ve all been waiting for! Smoking time! The main thing you need to know is that you should NEVER GRIND A MOONROCK. This will make all of the kief and wonderful goodness fall off of it, not to mention it could turn your grinder into a hot mess. You can break it apart with your fingers, or (carefully) use a sharp object like a knife, razor or manicure scissors. If you want to see something truly beautiful, try breaking one in half and pulling it apart slowly. You can see all of the gooey glory, and then you can look at all the layers inside like a geode! 

The best way to smoke a moonrock is with a bong, pipe, bubbler, or hash bowl. Pack it loosely and tilted away from the mouthpiece, because there is a lot of hash oil that will drip into your piece, and you don’t want to get everything clogged up. If you want, you can use a dugout or an ice pinch to minimize the amount of lost oil. Of course, if you’re a brave soul, you can always roll your moonrocks into a joint or a blunt, too. There aren’t really any rules. 

However you choose to smoke your moonrocks, please remember to do it carefully. These are over twice as potent as the weed you normally get, so TAKE ONE PUFF AT A TIME and see how you feel between each one. Snoop Dogg, who is well-known for smoking high amounts of cannabis, commented on the power of moon rocks. If you know anything about Snoop, you know that this man can hold his smoke. However, even he said that they are “too much” by themselves, and recommends sprinkling them on a bowl of regular marijuana, instead of hitting a full bowl of nothing but moonrocks. 

“You can’t just do it by itself, it can’t just be moonrock solo.” – Snoop Dogg 

The Next Level 

Now, if you’re crazy enough not to heed the words of the almighty Snoop, and you want to go even higher with your weed game, there are ways of getting even more THC content out of your smoking sessions. If your ambitions are high enough to try this, buckle up, baby – you’re about to go for a wild ride! 

One way you can fly higher is to up the THC content of your moonrocks by adding another layer. After you have let your original moonrocks dry, you can add another layer of hash, and then more kief on top of that. You can also roll your moonrocks into a joint or blunt, roll that in the hash, and then roll it in kief. You can keep adding layers to your joint/blunt to your heart’s content, or until physics has defied you. Tips: cigar papers burn slower, and using a glass mouthpiece could help prevent sticky situations. 

If by some miracle, none of this satisfies you, you can try a more recent invention called sun rocks. For a while, these were like the stronger big brother of moonrocks. They’re normally made with all OG strains, and covered in high-grade, very pure cannabis concentrates. They can have a THC content of up to 80%. 

Now, this last option is only for the bravest, most insane, weed-obsessed stoners that live in our galaxy. Notice that I said sun rocks were stronger than moonrocks. If you have decided that you no longer want to travel to the moon, but you want to live there for a while, I have found your ticket home. Ladies and gentlemen, I present to you Dr. Zodiak’s Moonrock Ice, with mind-blowing 99% THC-A content! To me, this sounds like Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas waiting to happen. 

Well, look at you! You’ve become a moonrock expert in a matter of minutes! You’ve learned how to be a discerning customer, how to properly smoke a moonrock, and how to make them just like your grandma’s cookies! Now, if you do fly a little too high and you get scared, remember that it’s only a trip. It will end. In fact, despite some of our best efforts, you can’t stop it from ending! So chill out, drink plenty of water, have some good food, and ride it out until you’re back on your home planet. Be safe, enjoy yourself, and happy toking! Three… two… one… blastoff! 



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