Because cannabis has been banned for so long, stoners have been compelled to get creative with their drug of choice. You can find all sorts of DIYs for creating cannabis paraphernalia like bongs and pipes, and you can definitely grow your own cannabis at home if you don’t want to brave a trip to a dispensary. There is no end to the ingenuity demonstrated by stoners looking for weird and fun ways to enhance their weed experience.
Perhaps the best example of stoner imagination is moon rocks. Nugs of dried cannabis flower coated in a fine layer of kief, moon rocks are like superpowered weed, with exceedingly high THC levels that are sure to give you an intense high. You can find moon rocks at a Missouri dispensary, if you have a medical marijuana card, but you can also make them at home. Here’s how.
Equipment and Ingredients
Your favorite flower. A cannabis nug is the foundation of the moon rock, so it makes sense to get a nug you know you will like. THC content shouldn’t be a big factor in which flower you choose; because you are going to smother the nug in other high-THC ingredients, you might actually want to start with a medium- or low-THC strain, so you are less likely to get totally overwhelmed with THC. Ideally, the flower you choose will have particularly dense nugs, which will be better at holding onto the other ingredients to create the final product.
Your favorite concentrate. The concentrate will help bind the kief to the nug, and it will add another major dose of THC to your moon rock. In truth, almost any concentrate will do, but starting with a liquid concentrate or hash oil makes the process easier. To use solid or intensely sticky concentrates, like shatter or sugar, you can apply some heat to make the concentrate runnier, which will make it easier to apply to your nug. Again, the strain of your concentrate doesn’t much matter; as long as you enjoy the high you get from the concentrate, it should be perfect for making moon rocks.
A huge bowl of kief. The bulk of cannabinoids and terpenes resides in trichomes, which are the glittering little hairs that cover cannabis buds. These hair-like structures are both sticky and delicate, meaning they break off the buds easily — which is why it is so important for you to be careful when handling your weed, and why so many stoners prefer to use chopsticks or other implements. During the grinding process, a good amount of trichomes fall through the mesh filter and don’t make it into your bowl or rolling papers. Those excess trichomes are called kief.
You can collect kief at home by using a three- or four-piece grinder, which has a chamber for collecting those useful trichomes. Some dispensaries sell kief, so if you don’t have a big enough stash for making moon rocks, you can supplement with store-bought kief.
Tongs or chopsticks. As mentioned above, trichomes are sticky, and you are going to be making your nug even stickier with concentrates and kief. Having a pinching apparatus like tongs or chopsticks will keep your fingers clean and minimize breakage.
Liquid dropper. A dropper makes it easier to slather your nug in concentrate, again keeping the mess to a minimum.
Step 1: After gently heating your concentrate, making it less viscous and more liquid, use the dropper to apply some concentrate to your nugs. Avoid oversaturation, which could impact your ability to light your moon rock in the future.
Step 2: Use the tongs to roll the concentrate-covered nug in a bowl of kief. The entire nug should be covered in a thick layer of kief.
Step 3: Let the nug dry. This could take several hours or even days, depending on the thickness of your concentrate and the humidity of your environment.
Step 4: Store your moon rocks in an airtight container to prevent the decay of THC before use.
What to Do Next
So you have your moon rocks — now what? Because moon rocks are thick and quite greasy, they are best smoked in glassware as opposed to rolling papers. If rollies are your preferred method of smoke, you can break up your moon rocks and sprinkle them on top of other flower, which will help keep the cherry lit. Regardless of how you opt to use your moon rocks, you should be aware that you won’t be able to do much else but enjoy your high; this is not a good tool for wake-and-bake. Additionally, you should prepare your munchie snacks and set a big glass of water nearby beforehand, to keep your body healthy as you navigate your high.