By now, you’ve probably heard of Moon Rocks—those badass little bundles of concentrated cannabis joy even Snoop Dogg seems to be wary of. They’ve long been considered the strongest thing a stoner can light up, even in our modern age of legal concentrates and super strains—but humans have a way of pushing limits. In case you didn’t already know, Moon Rocks are old news now. Sun Rocks are all the rage, and they apparently make Moon Rocks seem tame.
So what’s all the buzz about? Are Sun Rocks worth the hype or not?
From small steps to giant leaps
Kurupt’s Moon Rocks were among the first to hit the open market and can perhaps be considered standard-bearers. They’re made by dipping Girl Scout Cookies in hash oil before rolling them in kief. The THC concentration levels in these little monsters can reportedly reach 51%, which was simply unheard of before their introduction.
Since Kurupt’s version, several others have appeared. They often have slightly different names to reflect their spins on the original formula, but the term “Moon Rock” has come over time to basically mean “any combination of bud, concentrate and kief.”
This has made Moon Rock quality a bit of a moving target. Sure, combining a flower with THC oil and trichomes is always going to result in something stronger than any of the three independently, but the true potency of your final product is ultimately going to depend on the quality of each of its ingredients. Kurupt’s brand and a few other giants aside (or maybe your own?), it can be difficult to ensure that the Moon Rock you’re buying is made using quality buds, oil or kief—especially since you pretty much have to break these things open to know what they’re really made of.
Enter Sun Rocks—the upgrade to Moon Rocks. They don’t necessarily look the same, and neither should they. These things perform at a completely different level, and this is because of the meticulous way in which their ingredients are selected and combined. The methods of the two most visible producers—Big Tray Deee’s Sun Rocks and Apollo Sun Rocks—differ slightly from each other, but both clearly reflect a focus on maximizing quality and consistency.
For starters, both producers only use top-shelf OG flowers. This alone significantly raises potency levels. Big Tray Deee’s King Lui OG Sun Rocks have reportedly tested at 80% THC concentration. Apollo Sun Rocks haven’t quite reached that insane level of potency, but they’ve consistently hovered around the 60% mark—just above the upper echelons of Moon Rock society. As should perhaps be expected, bud choice makes a pretty big difference.
But careful flower selection is just one aspect of Sun Rock superiority. Enhancement is what essentially defines products like Moon Rocks and Sun Rocks—and Sun Rock producers approach it in a variety of interesting ways. This is where the true beauty of the Sun Rock concept is seen. Rather than simply following a formula with interchangeable materials, each brand offers a unique product designed to meet its own personal standards.
Big Tray Deee’s process seems centered around potency—and perhaps transparency. Their buds receive a heavy coating of nug run concentrate for max power—and then just a very light dusting of kief (as opposed to the thick layer usually associated with Moon Rocks). What results is a product whose superior quality is immediately evident—right down to the premium nug at its center.
Apollo’s process, on the other hand, appears to promote purity. Their Sun Rocks more closely resemble Moon Rocks than Big Tray’s, but they’re made using solventless concentrate and purely organic kief. Apollo doesn’t quite achieve the concentration levels Big Tray does in the lab, but the incredible taste and smoking quality of their products clearly demonstrate the benefits of using strictly organic ingredients.
As different as night and day?
Ok, so each producer’s Sun Rock is special and conforms to strict quality standards. But is that really so new? It’s not as though the various spins on the original Moon Rock aren’t deliberate—their producers are simply tweaking a general formula. We know there are Moon Rock brands delivering consistent quality. We’ve outlined, what—two trusted Sun Rock producers? The world of Moon Rocks has that. So what really sets Sun Rocks apart?
Potency level. It really is as simple as that.
The activities behind the creation of something called a Sun Rock directly contributed to a massive and deliberate jump in the THC concentration level achievable through a blend of flower, concentrate and kief. Before Sun Rocks came about, there wasn’t a tested Moon Rock that breached 51%. Thanks to the existence of Sun Rocks, our base is 60% and our ceiling’s now at 80%.
Strict flower choice has clearly had an impact, but in the end the massive leap from Moon Rock to Sun Rock potency levels seems to have largely been caused by the fact that Sun Rock producers select and apply their enhancements more carefully and creatively.
It’s entirely possible, in attempting to make Moon Rocks, to combine the right ingredients and achieve Sun Rock potency.
At that point, however…you’re just creating Sun Rocks.