4

Ask a Stoner: What Are Sugar Leaves?

Ask a Stoner: What Are Sugar Leaves?EXPAND
Westword
^
Keep Westword Free
I Support
  • Local
  • Community
  • Journalism
  • logo

Support the independent voice of Denver and help keep the future of Westword free.

Dear Stoner: What are sugar leaves? Are they for smoking or eating? I'm embarrassed to ask the budtender.
Meredith

Dear Meredith: I’m guessing you first came across the term on a dispensary menu or while talking with a pot-shop employee, so don’t feel bad about asking a budtender to explain. Potheads tend to get lost in their lingo, and the ganja jargon can get thick. Sugar leaves are the leaves on the marijuana plant close to the plant’s flowers, or buds. The flower is where the plant’s trichome production takes place, so that’s where all the cannabinoids — THC, CBD, CBN, etc. — are located.

Some leaves close to or wrapped around the buds also get some of those cannabinoids, and it’s easy to see their sugary presence, hence the name sugar leaves. In addition to processing the leaves into hash, dispensaries will sell them in cheap ounces or pre-rolled joints. Some of my friends will buy sugar leaves to cook with, often making cannabutter or cooking oil. Although you can use the leaves for smoking, all of that chlorophyll can create a harsh, bad-tasting smoke — so buyer beware. But if your wallet is thin, we won’t judge!

Have a question for our Stoner? E-mail marijuana@westword.com.

Keep Westword Free... Since we started Westword, it has been defined as the free, independent voice of Denver, and we would like to keep it that way. Offering our readers free access to incisive coverage of local news, food and culture. Producing stories on everything from political scandals to the hottest new bands, with gutsy reporting, stylish writing, and staffers who've won everything from the Society of Professional Journalists' Sigma Delta Chi feature-writing award to the Casey Medal for Meritorious Journalism. But with local journalism's existence under siege and advertising revenue setbacks having a larger impact, it is important now more than ever for us to rally support behind funding our local journalism. You can help by participating in our "I Support" membership program, allowing us to keep covering Denver with no paywalls.

We use cookies to collect and analyze information on site performance and usage, and to enhance and customize content and advertisements. By clicking 'X' or continuing to use the site, you agree to allow cookies to be placed. To find out more, visit our cookies policy and our privacy policy.

 

Join the Westword community and help support independent local journalism in Denver.

 

Join the Westword community and help support independent local journalism in Denver.