A sugar leaf or leaves are the small leaves that hold the buds on the marijuana plant together. Because of their high concentration of trichomes that coat the leaves with what appears to look like sugar, they are referred to as sugar leaves. Sugar leaves are in most cases trimmed off of the plant after harvesting because of their high concentration of terpenes and cannabinoids. After that, they are used in the production of cannabis concentrates.
The sugar leaves sprout out of the colas and buds from the cannabis plant during the flowering stage of the growth cycle. During the first two weeks of flowering, colas form very slowly on the plant and from the next two weeks following that, bud development rapidly increases and the sugar leaves start to develop. Sugar leaves and colas are both high in trichomes, which are the little tiny hairs that coat the cannabis plant.
Trichomes are the main compounds that are responsible for producing terpenes and cannabinoids. If you touch a cannabis plant that is rich in trichomes, it will feel fairly sticky. Trichomes add a crystal-looking texture to the surface of the plants. Because sugar leaves contain a good amount of terpenes and cannabinoids, you can smoke them the same way that you would smoke cannabis bud.
Though they won’t have as many terpenes and cannabinoids as properly cured bud, you won’t game the same results. The easiest way for sugar leaves to dry is to just leave them on the colas of the cannabis plant. This will enable them to dry and cure at the same time and will save a step in the overall harvesting process.
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I tried smoking some sugar leaves the other day and while it got me a tiny bit high, it’s nothing compared to smoking pure cannabus bud.