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)
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.
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.
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 breakdown 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 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.
How To Use Moon Rock Weed
Put simply, moon rock weed is smoked just like most other cannabis products. You can smoke moon rock weed in a joint, hash bowl, pipe, bubbler, or bong. Just break the moon rock weed into small pieces and wrap them in your favorite rolling paper or put them in the bowl of your bong. Add fire (a.k.a. decarboxylation) and let the fun begin. It’s as simple as that. Have a great trip.