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Using Natural Sugars in Cannabis Cultivation Can Have Major Benefits

Ashley Priest

by Ashley Priest

May 26, 2021 03:30 pm ET Estimated Read Time: 5 Minutes
Using Natural Sugars in Cannabis Cultivation Can Have Major Benefits

Cannabis and sugar go hand in hand. I’m not talking about cannabis and junk food like candy bars and ice cream. What I mean by cannabis and sugar go hand in hand is that they complement each other. Sugars such as molasses or honey are used in the cultivation of cannabis. They play a very pivotal role in the final product. Many people are unaware that sugars such as honey or molasses are utilized in cannabis cultivation.

When they learn of this knowledge, they typically think that honey or molasses is used to make the bud taste better. In essence, this is true, but it does not contribute to making the buds themselves sweet. Sugars such as honey or molasses help add essential building blocks to the soil, one of the main life sources for cannabis plants.

Sugar Your Seedlings in Honey

Honey can be utilized as a rooting stimulant in cannabis cultivation. You don’t just use that honey that comes out of the little plastic bear bottle, though. You want to make sure it’s 100% pure and doesn’t have corn syrup. When plants are young, they crave sugar, and honey is an excellent source of sugar for these rooting seedlings or clones. Many growers are in the opinion that enzymes found in honey encourage growth.

Molasses Helps You Grow that Sticky Icky

Molasses is a very popular substance added to many cannabis grower’s routines as well. It’s also used to create some alcoholic beverages like rum, and it’s even used for rust removal. It can be added to livestock feed and is also utilized in the production of yeast and ethanol. Molasses is a byproduct created from refining sugar cane, sugar beets, sorghum pomegranates, mulberries, grapes, and other materials. Some molasses is even made from wood extractions. This sticky substance isn’t new. It’s been around and has documented use dating back as early as around 500 B.C.E.

Molasses is utilized in cannabis cultivation in order to increase beneficial microorganisms and encourage hardy growth for cannabis plants. The molasses that many growers use, like blackstrap molasses, is rich in potassium, calcium, magnesium, and iron. Beyond these essential nutrients, molasses is known to contain loads of other micronutrients and beneficial levels of sulfur.

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Adding molasses as a fertilizer to soil provides fast fuel or a quick energy source for cannabis plants. It’s kind of like the human body and how it likes to burn sugars for quick energy. For humans, this can be unhealthy as we have a much longer lifespan than cannabis plants. The average cannabis plant only lives about three months. This means giving them sugars they can turn into quick energy is beneficial and helps in producing accelerated growth results.

Why Choose Molasses and/or Honey

Molasses and honey are excellent sources of micronutrients and essential minerals needed for healthy plant growth. They are also a very cost-effective and non-toxic way to improve your plant’s overall vigor. When it comes to the molasses you choose for cannabis cultivation, you will want to make sure it is unsalted.

Sulfured molasses is typically sold on store shelves and utilized to keep the sugar cane fresh up until the time for it to be processed. The downside of this is that molasses that is sulfured can kill beneficial microorganisms found in soil. Molasses has four basic variances: light molasses, medium to dark molasses, blackstrap molasses, and treacle. The most commonly utilized molasses for cannabis cultivation is blackstrap molasses.

You can create compost teas using molasses as an additive, or there are products you can purchase on the market you can add to plant feedings. The benefits of adding a sweet substance such as molasses or honey to your cannabis grow can make a difference that is night and day. The more you know, the better you grow.

Just Another Tool in Your Growing Shed

Many growers experience all types of issues when growing. Some of the more common issues are overwatering, underwatering, and typical pests such as spider mites. Adding substances such as molasses and honey to your cannabis plant feedings can help to increase the growth of your plants as well as deter some pests from attacking your ladies. It is quite common for growers who use the beneficial attributes of honey and molasses to have healthy plants. If you’re growing cannabis plants and are seeing red in your stems or have weak tiny stems, you may want to consider sweetening up your plant’s feedings.

There are many different products on the market for cannabis cultivation that utilize the benefits of molasses or honey. You will find a plethora of information online regarding the technique and process involved in adding honey or molasses to your cannabis grow regimen. Now that you’re equipped with this sweet knowledge be sure to pass it along to a bud; they’ll thank you for it.

Post Your Comments

TIM says:

May 5, 2022 at 5:19 am

thank you for that info as a beekeeper/grower it was just the assurance I was looking for cheers 🍻

Lon says:

June 17, 2022 at 7:15 pm

What about other inexpensive sugars?
For example I have a 2 L bottle of Coca-Cola in my fridge that’s gone flat. Rather than dump it down the toilet can I mix it with water and use it on my plants?

Alex says:

September 16, 2022 at 7:41 pm

No… There is so much preservatives and other crap in soda.. I use cola to remove rust and that’s it!

Try real maple syrup, corn syrup (even tho blogger said not to, I’ve been using it for 8 years. It’s straight carbs that turn into sugars just like molasses.)

Molasses, corn syrup,real honey , real maple syrup. You won’t find anything better than molasses and it’s cheap as hell anyway

Glenn Goodman says:

December 2, 2022 at 9:07 pm

Sweet stuff, thank you


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