If you enjoy smoking bud but are looking for a more potent experience than what typical flower provides, moon rocks might be for you.

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Drizzled with hash oil and then sprinkled with kief, they’re kind of like cupcakes, except they’re 100%, smokeable weed. The layer on layer on layer of THC provides consumers with almost twice as much potency as they would get from regular cannabis flower.

Marijuana moon rocks, not to be confused with sun rocks, offer smokers a high that eclipses the usual experience without leaving them too far out of orbit.


You can thank early ‘90s Death Row Records rapper Kurupt (Ricardo Emmanuel Brown) and his partner Dr. Zodiak for the introduction of moon rocks to the regulated cannabis market back in 2014. In partnership with 1933 Industries, Kurupt has continued popularizing moon rocks through the 2019 launch of his premium cannabis line, Gotti’s Gold. Gold Nuggets are concentrate infused cannabis flower covered in kief.

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Moon rocks are popular among cannabis consumers for a lot of reasons. Most cannabis users prefer to smoke flower over other consumption methods. Moon rocks provide this experience with the added punch of concentrates. This boost of potency is ideal for recreational users with a higher THC tolerance or medicinal users looking for immediate, stronger, and longer lasting pain relief.

What They’re Made Of

Moon Rocks are made with three simple ingredients: cannabis flower, hash oil, and kief. That third ingredient is what distinguishes them from “cannabis caviar”, flower coated with concentrate.  However, some people use the terms interchangeably, so make sure you ask what’s in your cannabis caviar or moon rock before purchasing or consuming it.

Moon Rocks are typically made with Girl Scout Cookies (GSC) flower and concentrate. The Indica-leaning hybrid averages around 27% THC, making it one of the more potent strains of flower out there. But the use of GSC is not essential, since they can be made with any cannabis strain. The more THC, the more potent the high.

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Given their increased potency and processing requirements, expect to pay a bit more than you would for top-shelf cannabis flower. While prices vary by location, you can plan to pay roughly $30 per gram or $95 per eighth for moon rocks.

Tips for Smoking

Smoking moon rocks may seem self-explanatory, but the sticky outer coating of concentrate and kief makes handling this powerful nug a little more complex.

Go Low and Slow

Most flower has roughly high 20% THC, but moon rocks can contain THC levels up to 50%. If you’re new to cannabis, it’s especially important that you pace yourself to avoid greening out.

Many are taken off guard by their sheer strength, whether they are new to smoking cannabis or not. No matter what kind of tolerance you think you have, start low and go slow when it comes to dosing out your first Moon Rock.

That being said, they aren’t dangerous in the sense that they will hurt you, but you might get too high (which is never fun).

Eat Before You Smoke and Keep Water on Hand

Consuming large amounts of THC on an empty stomach can amplify the psychoactive effects. THC also causes cottonmouth, so keep lots of water nearby.

Choose Your Environment Wisely

As with any high-THC product, you’re likely to experience powerful effects that leave you numb, super relaxed, and possibly lethargic. Smoke your them in a place where you can relax and safely lay down.

Don’t Plan on Multitasking

You may be used to getting things accomplished after smoking regular flower. That’ll probably be more difficult after smoking a moon rock. If you’ve got business, chores, or exercise to get done, consider accomplishing those things before smoking. In fact, it might be a good idea to smoke your moon rocks before bed when you know you won’t need to be “on.”

No Grinders Allowed

Moon Rocks are thick and greasy in texture and will easily destroy your favorite grinder. Fingers are the recommended tool to break up the tough buds before smoking, but a set of tweezers could work as well.

Use Glassware

To keep the mess to a minimum, try using a bong, glass pipe, or other glassware.

Rolling whole moon rocks isn’t very practical. They won’t stay lit as well as a normal flower would. Glass pipes (bongs, bowls) are the ideal paraphernalia for smoking them.