As more states legalize recreational cannabis and medical programs expand, so does consumer demand for new and innovative concentrates and similar products. Among such products are moon rocks. Although moon rocks are often used interchangeably with caviar, technically the two are different. Cannabis caviar technically originated to mean the buds of cannabis flower that are covered in oil.
What Are Moon Rocks?
Moon rocks are a potent combination of three tetrahydrocannabinol (THC)-rich cannabis materials. Moon rocks combine buds from high-THC cultivars like Gorilla Glue or Girl Scout Cookies that are then dipped in wax or hash oil, and finally sprinkled with an outer layer of kief. The flower of the average dried and cured cannabis cultivar is between 15-20% THC, with the highest varieties sometimes reaching 30% THC. Moon rocks can be up to 50% THC, earning their nickname for “sending consumers into lunar orbit.”
Moon Rocks: A Hip Hop Origin Story
Although the origin story of moon rocks is debated, it’s typically agreed that the reason the product became popular is because of the marketing abilities of rapper and cannabis businessman Kurupt (Ricardo E. Brown). Moon rocks (Moonrock™ in this case) are a collaboration between Kurupt and fellow music artist Dr. Zodiak (Daniel Laughlin).
Kurupt is the former Executive Vice President of Death Row Records. Along with Suge Knight, Kurupt helped turn the late great rapper Tupac as well as Snoop Dogg and Dr. Dre into household names. Moon rocks are relatively easy to make at home, but they originally gained popularity in 2014 as West Coast dispensaries sold the high-THC products as ‘Kurupt’s Moonrock.’
Moon rocks aren’t as popular now as they were from 2014 until around 2018, but their exceptionally high potency makes them a product that consumers still seek. In 2016 and 2017, moonrocks got a lot of attention from prohibition-minded people who mistakenly believed they were synthetic cannabis. The substances K2 and spice are dangerous attempts to synthesize cannabinoids. These dangerous synthetics were made illegal in 2012 by President Barack Obama.