America’s authorized weed trade has facilitated the analysis and improvement of hashish merchandise at a tempo that may make Silicon Valley blush. From the near-ubiquity of excessive efficiency flower dripping in white trichomes, to a gamut of recently-honed extraction strategies that supply new bouquets of taste and results, the hashish out there right this moment is extra intense than ever earlier than. However for each new discovery or improvement, there are simply as many merchandise that don’t make the reduce for the trade’s new excessive requirements. And in relation to inexperienced rush misses, moon rocks are on the prime of my shit record.
Moon rocks, often known as caviar buds, are marijuana’s reply to the Lengthy Island iced tea; they’re all about extra. A bud that’s been lined in sappy concentrates and rolled in kief, moon rocks are a multi-layered miniature boulder of densely-packed pot. Made each by professionals and green-thumbs at house, moon rocks are sometimes comprised of a wide range of strains, waxes, oils, and concentrates. Relying on the standard of elements, their THC content material can spike properly above 50 %.
However at their core, moon rocks are just about a advertising rip-off used to promote low-quality hashish at excessive markups to unsuspecting consumers. Shoppers are drawn in by the attract of their supposed exclusivity and astronomical THC percentages, however moon rocks don’t reside as much as how they’re hyped. In actuality, they clog bowls, create unnecessarily sticky messes, and dissipate faster than you possibly can pull.
First popularized by California rapper Kurupt and producer Dr. Zodiak in 2014, moon rocks have since gained hype throughout the authorized and black market as a luxurious merchandise, costing anyplace from $40–$65 per gram in cities like Los Angeles. On the black market, these costs can leap even larger. And like another perceived premium product, it didn’t take lengthy for moon rocks to show right into a full-blown hashish shopper fad.
From California to Michigan — and notably in states with adult-use hashish legal guidelines like Colorado and Washington — moon rocks are identified to fly off dispensary cabinets. And in states with out authorized weed, thirsty stoners scavenge the black marketplace for “caviar,” paying exorbitant costs to get their fingers on the kief-dusted delicacies. Greg Shoenfeld, the Vice President of Operations at Colorado-based hashish monitoring agency BDS Analytics, instructed MERRY JANE that in 2017, pot retailers in California, Colorado, Washington, and Arizona every bought greater than $100,000 in moon rocks and caviar each month.
Pushing the hype even additional, mere pictures of moon rocks rack up hundreds of ‘likes’ on social media, and rappers from Juicy J to Kodak Black, Younger Dolph, and Younger Thug have all title dropped the product of their lyrics. (To make clear, rappers are additionally identified to name-drop “moon rocks” in reference to MDMA, however the songs linked right here all discuss with hashish moon rocks.)
On digicam, moon rocks look mesmerizing. They are often pulled aside like taffy, and the kief bunches and flakes because the wax stretches, ultimately revealing a inexperienced bud within the heart like a hashish Kinder Egg. On Instagram, the high-octane product kind has discovered stardom. To wit, the hashtag #moonrock has been tagged greater than 499,000 instances on numerous accounts identified for his or her weed porn sensibilities.
Beneath the smoke and mirrors, although, the layered and lined hashish flower additionally acts as a spruced-up disguise for poor-quality product. For the reason that flower is roofed in oil, and the oil is roofed in a advantageous dusting of inexperienced or gold kief, customers moon rocks in a dispensary haven’t a clue what sort of flower or focus they’re getting. Even black market sellers allow you to take a look at and odor the weed before you purchase anythinig. With moon rocks, that high quality assurance preview is shrouded in kief and thriller.
Understandably, I couldn’t discover a licensed hashish firm that admits to utilizing mid-quality flower and concentrates to make moon rocks. However a fast seek for person critiques on websites like Reddit means that I’m not the one one skeptical of the space-age buds.
“You by no means know the standard of fabric in purchased moon rocks,” Reddit person Daylonjade posted in a moon rocks dialogue. “In all probability backside shelf oil, weed, and a few mid to high-grade kief.”
“[They’re] normally crap nugs lined in worse oil, hidden in some kief,” person PWWMC added in the identical thread.
In relation to consuming moon rocks, the method isn’t any higher than the product itself. Kief virtually all the time will get caught on fingers, scissors, and each different floor it is available in contact with, and the oil utilized in moon rocks is both too sticky or too brittle to be correctly dealt with. And don’t even take into consideration placing moon rocks in a grinder, otherwise you’ll be on the best way to the smoke store for a brand new one earlier than you even get an opportunity to smoke.
As soon as you determine the right way to break up the additional sticky, kief-covered bud and get it right into a glass pipe, the smoking expertise leaves lots to be desired. First off — as anybody who’s ever topped a bowl with the kief from the third chamber of their grinder is aware of — kief burns shortly. Mixed with the gradual burn of the oil and coated flower, your pipe will keep lit as quickly as you begin puffing, with smoke billowing from the bowl till you’re taking one other hit or tamp it out. And when you end smoking, there’s all the time gratuitous globs of disagreeable black resin left behind in a moon rock’s wake. There’s a motive we eat hashish concentrates in dab rigs: roasting extracts in a typical glass pipe with a Bic lighter is nasty and simply plain wasteful.
In the end, the common inexperienced rush shopper’s obsession with all issues THC is misguided altogether. Apart from the truth that the hashish plant is made up of an enormous array of cannabinoids and terpenes that have an effect on intoxication, THC percentages are wholly relative to consumption. Normally, a gram of 20 % flower rolled right into a joint will prevent a couple of bucks and do the trick simply in addition to zero.three grams of a moon rock packed right into a bowl.
So the subsequent time you’re in line at your native dispensary and are considering an intergalactic addition to your regular order of flower, carts, and concentrates, save your money and tack on one other eighth to your order as an alternative — you’ll thank us later.
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