What is moonrocks

What is moonrocks

Nugs of cannabis flower dipped in extracts and rolled in kief. Moon rocks are typically high in THC, averaging more than 50%, and valued foremost for their potency. Moon Rocks are also frequently referred to as “cannabis caviar,” although this title is technically reserved for nugs dipped in extracts, without the added layer of kief. 

What are moon rocks?

Moon rocks are aptly named products in today’s cannabis marketplace, as their name is an accurate representation of their effects. Thanks to their signature combination of flower, extracts, and kief for a final dusting of THC-laden trichomes, moon rocks tend to give users to a decidedly “lunar” experience. 

Moon rocks are aptly named products in today’s cannabis marketplace, as their name is an accurate representation of their effects.Photo by: Gina Coleman/Weedmaps

Moon rocks are often called “cannabis caviar.” The two terms, though frequently interchangeable, did originally designate two distinct products. “Cannabis caviar” may refer to moon rocks, or it may just refer to nugs covered in cannabis oil. In other words, cannabis caviar must be covered in kief to be considered moon rocks. So if you’re looking to buy moon rocks at a dispensary and you hear your budtender talking about “caviar,” it’s always best to double-check and make sure you’re getting kief-covered moon rocks. 

Though moon rocks are a relatively new cannabis product, a wealth of variations are already out in the market. Canna-brands continue to engineer their own variations of the moon rocks concept with myriad combinations of cultivars and concentrates.

Origin of moon rocks

Moon rocks materialized out of the longstanding, intimate relationship between cannabis culture and hip-hop — or, to be more precise, out of a mixtape project between former Death Row Records executive vice president-turned-marijuana mogul Kurupt (Ricardo E. Brown) and music artist Dr. Zodiak (Daniel Laughlin). 

Kurupt and Dr. Zodiak met in 2013, and quickly went from collaborating on a mixtape to launching the first line of branded marijuana moon rocks. Since the advent of Kurupt and Dr. Zodiak’s Moonrocks, other brands and dispensaries have breached the stratosphere and launched their own lunar concoctions.  

Just how potent are moon rocks?

You might expect moon rock weed to hold a large percentage of marijuana’s most desirable compound, THC. You’d be right. Most moon rocks contain more than 50% THC. Due to its high potency, you probably won’t want to offer a bowl of moon rock weed to a first-time smoker.

How much can I expect to pay for moon rocks?

As you may have guessed, moon rocks are usually a little higher priced per gram or per eighth, or 3.5 grams, than your normal top-tier flower. A gram of moon rock weed averages between $25 and $35, and an eighth averages between $90 and $100.  

What are the effects?

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:

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

Caviar vs moon rocks

The terms caviar and moon rocks are sometimes used interchangeably. However, one technical difference exists between the two. Moon rocks are always a cannabis flower that’s been soaked in concentrate and then coated in kief, while caviar may or may not include the kief. Essentially, all moon rocks could also be considered caviar, but caviar without kief is not considered a proper moon rock.

Safety tips

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.

How to smoke moon rocks

Smoking moon rocks isn’t necessarily complicated, but it does require some extra care and attention to detail. Here are some key dos and don’ts to keep in mind when smoking moon rock weed. 


  • Use scissors to break them up in small pieces.
  • Use glass — lightly pack a bowl of moon rocks into a pipe or a water piece to ensure you lose as little kief as possible.
  • Use hemp wick to light your moon rocks. The consistency and dense layering of moon rocks makes it necessary to hold a flame to your bowl for longer than you would with dry flower. Using hemp wick will save you from potentially tasting all of that butane from a lighter. 


  • Don’t try to roll it up into a moon rock joint or a moon rock blunt. Moon rocks are simply too sticky to be rollable. 
  • Don’t throw moon rocks in your grinder. It will completely gunk up your grinder and likely remove most of the moon rock’s kief coating.
  • Don’t pack a bowl of moon rock weed too tightly. You’ll waste more kief and the bowl will be very difficult to light.

How to make Moon Rocks at home

Should you decide to try your hand at making moon rocks at home, you’ll need the following items:

  • A nug of flower
  • Extract
  • Kief, either store-bought or from your grinder
  • Tongs or tweezers to separate sticky ingredients
  • A liquid dropper (optional)

Once you have all the necessary tools and ingredients, follow this Step-by-Step Guide to Making Homemade Moon Rocks:

1. Take the flower and apply your extract to the whole nug.

  • You may be able to roll your buds over the cannabis oil depending on the consistency. Some extracts may require that you apply heat to achieve a more liquid consistency that will better adhere to your flower.
  • If your extract is liquid enough, you may be able to use a dropper to help place it on your nug.

2. Add two to three more layers of extracts.

  • Let each layer permeate through the nug before each application.
  • Some users inject warm oil into the center of the buds.
  • This step isn’t exactly a necessity, but moon rocks are usually coated with more than one layer of concentrate.

3. Roll the extract-covered flower in your kief. Use tweezers if necessary.

  • The kief should stick to the oil-covered nug easily.

4. Take your kief- and concentrate-covered nug and set it aside to dry in a cool place, away from direct light or sunlight.

Vegan Edible Brownies

Vegan Edible Brownies

Vegan cannabis brownies are extremely easy and satisfying to make. They don’t need too much prep time, and they have a spectacular flavor and some really awesome mental effects, as well as being completely vegan.

Consuming cannabis in an edible form affects your body differently due a series of different processes. When you smoke, THC goes straight to your lungs and into your blood, making for an almost instant high. However if eaten the process is somewhat slower. THC has to go through your digestive system, and after a certain amount of time (45min to 1.30h) it gets transformed into 11-Hydroxy-THC. This substance is the most active part of THC, meaning that it has a much more potent effect than if you were to have smoked it.

We recommend not eating more than one portion and having some patience until the effects kick in, because if you decide to eat more to speed up the effect we can guarantee that you won’t have a good time at all.

Special Colorado Catnip Vegan Edible Brownies


  • 1 cup vegetable oil or olive oil
  • 1/8 oz. marijuana(Wedding Crashe Starin for ex.), finely chopped or ground
  • 1 cup maple syrup
  • 1/2 cup soy milk
  • 1 Tbsp. vanilla extract
  • 1 cup whole-wheat pastry flour
  • 1 cup unbleached all-purpose flour
  • 1 cup unsweetened cocoa powder
  • 1 1/4 cups granulated sugar
  • 2 Tbsp. baking powder
  • 1 1/2 tsp. salt
  • 1 cup semisweet chocolate chips
  • 1 cup chopped walnuts (optional)


  • Preheat the oven to 350ºF.
  • Lightly grease a 12-inch-by-17 1/2-inch jelly-roll pan and set aside.
  • Heat the oil in large pan on low heat for 1 to 2 minutes. Add the marijuana and cook, stirring frequently, for 30 to 35 minutes, or until brown. Remove from the heat and let cool.
  • In a medium bowl, whisk together the maple syrup, soy milk, and vanilla.
  • In a separate bowl, sift together the flours, cocoa powder, sugar, baking powder, and salt.
  • Strain the marijuana oil through a strainer or colander and add to the dry mixture, making sure that the marijuana remains in the strainer or colander.
  • Mix in the other wet ingredients, followed by the chocolate chips and nuts, if desired.
  • Pour the batter into the pan and smooth out the top with a moistened spatula.
  • Bake for 30 to 35 minutes, or until surface cracks appear.
  • Transfer the pan to a cooling rack. The brownies will set as they cool. When completely cool, cut into squares.

Note: This recipe is for humans only. Also note: This recipe is for legally obtained marijuana. PETA does not condone the purchase or sale of illegal drugs.

Simple Vegan Edible Brownies


  • 1 Cup of Cannabis-Infused Vegetable Oil
  • 1 Teaspoon of Vanilla Extract
  • 1 Cup of Water
  • 1 Teaspoon of Salt
  • 1 Teaspoon of Baking Powder
  • ¾ Cup of Unsweetened Cocoa Powder
  • 2 Cups of White Sugar
  • 2 Cups of Unbleached All-Purpose Flour


  • Big mixing bowl
  • Baking pan 9” x 13”
  • Oven
  • Baking pan
  • Knife


  1. To get going on this recipe for vegan-friendly weed brownies, you’re going to want to preheat your oven to 350°.
  2. Next, you’ll need to grab a fairly big mixing bowl. In that big mixing bowl, you’ll need to stir together your salt, baking powder, cocoa powder, sugar, and flour.
  3. Once those ingredients are completely mixed in with one another, you can pour in your vanilla extract, water, and cannabis-infused vegetable oil.
  4. When all of those ingredients are fully blended, you can spread this newly-made batter into a baking pan. Try to use one that’s 9” x 13” in dimension.
  5. Then, when your oven reaches that desired temperature level, toss that baking pan in to bake for 25-30 minutes.
  6. When you notice that the top of the baking pan is no longer sporting that shiny, glossy exterior, you can remove it from the oven
  7. Place the brownies on the counter to cool for roughly 10 minutes.
  8. After those 10 minutes, you can grab a knife, and proceed to cut these brownies into 16 evenly-sized squares, and that’s it, you’re done.

Vegan Edible Brownies with banana

Ingredients: (approximately 9 rations)

  • 100g of dark chocolate
  • 80g of coconut oil
  • 30g of powdered cocoa, no sugar
  • 50ml almond milk
  • 45g ground almonds
  • 2 bananas
  • 1 spoonful of vanilla extract
  • 10g of buds or 20g of resinous leaves


  1. To start making your delicious brownie, first you’ll have to preheat the oven to 180°.
  2. The next step is to place the chocolate, coconut oil and the completely ground up cannabis on a pan at low heat, stirring very slowly.
  3. Once the chocolate is completely melted and the mixture has been made, take it off of the heat and add the cocoa powder, stirring slowly for about 10 minutes.
  4. Add the almond milk, ground almonds, bananas and the vanilla extract and mix well (you can use a mixer) until the mixture is even.
  5. Cover your baking tin in baking paper, put your brownie mixture into the tin and stick it in the oven for 30 minutes (this may depend on the type of oven you are using, check your brownies periodically)
  6. After taking it out of the oven, let it cool for a good amount of time; if consumed hot, it might not sit well with your stomach.

Vegan Edible Brownies with walnut


  • Food Processor
  • Baking sheet, lined
  • ¾ cup rolled oats
  • ¾ cup walnuts
  • 1 cup dates
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 2 teaspoons cocoa powder
  • 4 tablespoons Coconut Cannabis Oil
  • pinch of salt
  • 1 tablespoon almond butter
  • 1 tablespoon maple syrup
  • 1 tablespoon cocoa powder


  1. Use the food processor to pulse rolled oats and walnuts into a powder.
  2. Add dates, vanilla extract, cocoa powder, Coconut Cannabis Oil and salt; process until everything is mixed together.
  3. Transfer raw canna-brownie mix to lined baking sheet. Press batter down to flatten and shape. Rest brownies in fridge for a few hour to set.
  4. Mix almond butter, maple syrup and cocoa powder together. Spread glaze on top of chilled brownies before serving.


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