Sugar High Bakery Celebrates a Successful First Year in Business

One of the things we love most at Greater Fergus Falls is helping entrepreneurs bring new and innovative ideas to the area. That includes the way our businesses serve their customers. Over the last year, we’ve seen an influx of pop-up shops and events, which have proven to be a winning business model. Pop-ups have been especially successful for local bakers, including Emily McCune, who launched Sugar High Bakery as a pop-up last September.

With Sugar High Bakery’s first anniversary right around the corner, we wanted to take a look back at McCune’s business journey and all that she’s achieved. Keep reading to learn more about Sugar High Bakery and McCune’s first year in business!

Sweet Treats With a Twist

Sugar High Bakery doesn’t just serve healthier desserts made with natural, local ingredients. The bakery’s best-selling products, which range from cookies and brownies to gummies and caramels, are infused with cannabis. The cannabis confections are made with hemp flower and other hemp-derived extracts such as Cannabigerol (CBG), cannabinol (CBN), and Delta 8.

People often link cannabis edibles to marijuana, and while hemp and marijuana plants are both members of the cannabis genus, there’s a key difference between the two. Both contain tetrahydrocannabinol (THC) and cannabidiol (CBD), which are naturally occurring compounds in cannabis plants. However, the ratios each plant contains set them apart.

Marijuana contains high levels of THC, which causes psychoactive effects that make users feel high. Hemp, on the other hand, contains higher levels of CBD and other hemp-derived extracts. Users who consume cannabis edibles made with hemp extracts can enjoy various health benefits without the high, including easing anxiety and reducing chronic pain.

McCune’s idea to sell cannabis edibles was born out of her own experience with THC-infused edibles. After being diagnosed with PTSD in 2017, McCune enrolled as a medical marijuana patient on the recommendation of her primary care doctor. She began infusing her medicine into baked goods, which is when she discovered the benefits of ingesting cannabis versus inhaling it.

From Concept to Reality