The decision to smoke sugar leaves will partially depend on the amount you have. If, after curing, you feel they aren’t that present on your buds, you might as well leave them. They won’t be worth the trouble of trimming further. But in case you’ve decided the cons of smoking sugar leaves outweigh the pros, here’s what you can do with them.
This quintessential cooking extract can be infused into just about any recipe imaginable, from cakes and cookies to salad dressings and pasta dishes. Here’s how to make it:
Although sugar leaves aren’t too strong on their own, they offer a potent high when their trichomes are extracted and condensed.
· 28g trimmed sugar leaves
· 250g salted butter
· 300ml tap water (add another 50ml for every hour the mixture is left simmering)
You might not know what they are by name, but you’ve certainly seen them on your cannabis plants! Some growers trim them completely from the buds, but others will just leave them on for reasons you’ll soon understand. Let’s get a better sense of what sugar leaves are, and what they’re used for.
Cultivators are always looking for ways to maximise the utility of every single part of the cannabis plant. This includes utilising trim for various purposes, which ultimately involves extracting cannabinoids for consumption. But there are parts of the cannabis plant that fall in a grey area of whether they should be considered trim or smokable. These are the sugar leaves.
Before you go on and roll a sugar leaf joint, there are a few things you should know! Let’s get into the best ways to use your sugar leaves.
On the other hand, sugar leaves will absolutely yield a harsher smoke. If you smoke them by themselves, the joint or bowl you pack will not taste good, nor will it be smooth on your throat. Although containing THC, sugar leaves are less concentrated than the flower and contain excess amounts of chlorophyll and other trace elements that contribute to a plant-like taste. Also, you’ll have to grind a larger weight than usual to feel the same high with sugar leaves. If you so choose to smoke them, you’re best leaving the leaves on the buds and grinding them with the flower as you go. This way, it will increase your volume of smoke without having too much of an unpleasant effect on the experience.
Sugar leaves are small leaves that grow out of your buds. They aren’t the large fan leaves you see protruding from branches on the plant. These can be easily distinguished. For starters, you’ll most likely be able to locate the stems of your fans leaves. Sugar leaves, however, are more hidden, with only their tips peaking through. The title “sugar leaves” comes from the white coating of delicious trichomes they have at the end of the flowering phase. While fan leaves also have trichomes, they are far less concentrated and therefore, less potent. However, fan leaves can still be used when making edibles.
Wondering if you should smoke your sugar leaves? We'll help you decide, and give you some other great uses for sugar leaves.
Get creative with extracts you are capable of making. With leftover cannabis leaves, there are a number of ways you can distill them to try and boost what impact you can. Weed oil can be prepared and even placed in capsule form. Tinctures are also increasingly popular among medical users. These can be made by soaking leaves in a strong alcohol like vodka for at least four weeks. When it’s ready, the cannabis will have dissolved in the alcohol. Airing out the jar can release some alcohol and concentrate your mixture further. Then pour it through a sieve and you’ve got tincture ready to use.
If you’re looking for something stronger, there is an out-there technique for getting the most potency out of your material. Hash oils are made in all sorts of ways. ‘Skuff’ is the term for when you are starting off with leftover leaves and trimmings. If you dry out the leaves, find the ones that still have the trichomes, indicating THC content. Then, not unlike the powder that deposits in some grinders, you can harvest these for the ‘skuff’ you can use use to make hash oil.
Another way to include fan leaves in your culinary adventures is to use them as a herb. As in, just sprinkle them finely onto whatever you’re eating. We recommend the sort of savoury delights that are tweaked significantly by the herbs you use. Pizza, pasta and salads could be livened up by a sprinkling of these herbs. Just grind them up really well and see how they impact the flavour of your meal. With some psychoactive residue, they may even cook into the oil of the food. Worth investigating at any rate.
After months of anticipation and careful cultivation, you have finally harvested a load of bud. Many nugs look ripe for use but your work is not yet over. You have all this organic material left from your plant. Resist the lazy impulse to just throw it out. It makes much more sense to maximise your use of resources from both an environmental and economic point-of-view. It is, in fact, possible not just to make use of the rest of the plant, but put it to extremely good use. There will be plenty of leaves left over.
The fan leaves won’t have much psychoactive THC in them. The “sugar” leaves are ones that still glisten with trichomes, suggesting a high-THC content. You can use them in your smoke but it won’t be as smooth. Better to group them with other leaf waste that you can then repurpose in a variety of helpful ways. Here are eight ways to get the most out of your grow.
Have you ever heard of absorbing cannabis through your skin? The cannabinoids enter your system directly through patches and creams. You can try making your very own topical cream from the leftover leaves of your cannabis plant. You won’t feel the psychoactive effects, but the health benefits of dozens of cannabinoids will be yours. Grinding up your leaves as fine as you can, they can be infused into a fat like coconut oil. Then the resulting balm can be applied to the skin.
Trim can also be used in the preparation of your edibles. Any leftovers, especially sugar leafs with THC, can go into the preparation of canna-butter. Infusing cannabis into a fat like butter or coconut oil allows you a lot of flexibility in the recipes you can include them in. The leaves themselves can also be simmered in milk for a few minutes to unleash their flavour and aroma. Then this “canna-milk” can have some medicinal and nutritional benefit as part of your warm tea.
Vaping is a healthier option than smoking – it’s gaining many converts. Electronic vapes for dry herbs are now available for a range of competitive prices. You can put your leftover herbs into these vapes as well. With less psychoactive content, it will not be a strong hit. What if you are looking to space out your bud or stretch the amount you can get from one harvest? You will be able to make your stash last longer, which is helpful on a tight budget.
What To Do With Leftover Fan Leaves And Trim After months of anticipation and careful cultivation, you have finally harvested a load of bud. Many nugs look ripe for use but your work is not