The past year has presented all of us with few, if any, reasons to wax, get dressed up, or just change out of our pajamas at all. But Valentine’s Day never takes a year off, and really, has there ever been a better year to just have a romantic night in with some romantic edibles?
But what if we thought outside the box of chocolates? Or what if we just filled the box with cannabis edibles and stayed in for the night? This year, surprise the one you love by whipping up a batch of romantic weed edibles that will make this a Valentine’s Day you’ll never forget, if you could only remember it.
First, though. You’re going to need cannabis oil. You can make a big batch and keep it in a jar or bottle until it’s time to bake.
Cannabis oil recipe
Drizzled over some tuna tartar, tossed in a greek salad, or just baked into some salted caramel brownies, cannabis oil can be the key to making all types of edibles with ease. And done right, it can be a potent, delicious infusion that arguably qualifies as a form of couples counseling in and of itself.
Even better, cannabis oil is quite easy to make. Your best bet is to use either coconut oil or olive oil, both of which are healthy and versatile. And because coconut oil solidifies at room temperature, it can be a great base for making topical solutions.
Next, get some weed together, but no need to use your best herb. With infusions, the process will create a potent blend of cannabinoids, terpenes, and flavonoids even if you use a strain that you wouldn’t write home about.
- Around 7-14 grams of cannabis
- A cup of olive oil or coconut oil
- Double-boiler, saucepan, or crockpot
- Storage container
One step that you won’t want to forget with oil infusion is decarboxylation. This step “activates” the THC in the cannabis - or in other words, makes it possible for you to get high by eating the weed in question.
Take your weed and bake it for about 30 minutes at 220-245°F (105-120°C), while keeping a close eye on it to make sure it doesn’t burn.
There are three main ways to infuse oil with decarboxylated cannabis - saucepan, double boiler, or slow cooker.
In a saucepan, you can heat the oil and cannabis together at around 130-150°F (55-65°C) for about an hour, stirring frequently. For the double boiler method, put water in the bottom pan, oil up top, stir in the cannabis and heat at 130-150°F (55-65°C) for about an hour. In a slow cooker, combine the oil and weed and cook at 130-150°F (55-65°C) for about an hour.
Once you’ve finished infusing, let the oil cool, and then place your cheesecloth over the container of your choosing (an airtight glass jar works great) and strain the oil into it. After it drains, make sure to give the cheesecloth a few good squeezes to make sure you get all the oil before you discard the herb.
1. Cannabis red velvet cupcakes recipe
Red velvet cupcakes are the perfect Valentine’s Day-themed romantic dessert, especially considering that a ton of people don’t realize it’s just chocolate cake with food coloring. And with infused cannabis oil there’s even more to love. Here’s a recipe from Christal Chatterly on CannabisWiki that uses infused cannabis oil instead of butter.
- 1 egg
- 1 cup flour
- ¾ cup granulated sugar
- ⅔ cup cannabis infused oil
- ½ cup buttermilk
- 2 tbsp cocoa (unsweetened)
- 2 tbsp red food coloring
- 1 tsp vanilla extract
- ¾ tsp white vinegar
- ½ tsp salt
- ½ tsp baking soda
- 3 ¾ cups icing sugar
- 8 ounces softened cream cheese
- 3 tbsp softened butter
- 2 tsp vanilla extract
- Preheat the oven to 350F, and line an 8 piece cupcake tray with liners.
- Mix the cannabis oil, sugar, and egg in one bowl with an electric mixer on low, and add in the food coloring and vanilla. Pour in the buttermilk and mix on medium until everything is incorporated.
- In a separate bowl, mix together the cocoa, flour, and salt, and gradually add the mixture into the wet ingredients bowl. Take the baking soda and whisk together with the vinegar until it dissolves and add to the mix.
- Fill up your cupcakes in the tin about ¾ of the way and bake for about 24 minutes or until a toothpick inserted to the cupcakes comes out clean.
- For the icing, combine the butter, vanilla, and cream cheese in a stand mixer on high, add the icing sugar and after a minute or two of mixing you should be good to go.
2. Cannabis-infused lollipops recipe
Cannabis-infused lollipops are easy to make, low in calories, and can be the perfect digestif to get you really high after dinner, or just to let linger in your mouth while you sip champagne.
All you need is a cannabis tincture of your choosing, a lollipops mold, light corn sugar, and the rest you should just have around the house. With cannabis lollipops you also have a lot of leeway to experiment with potency and flavor.
Here’s an easy recipe from the CannaSchool:
- 1 cup sugar
- ½ cup light corn sugar
- ¼ cup filtered water
- 1 tbsp flavoring of your choice
- 2-3 tbsp tincture
Heat the sugar, corn syrup, and water in a saucepan on medium heat until the sugar dissolves. Bring the liquid to a boil and, using a candy thermometer, remove the pan from the heat when it reaches 300 Fahrenheit. Once it gets down to 250 F, add the cannabis tincture and flavoring, mixs well, and pour into the lollipop molds.
Not only have you made a unique edible, you’ve also shown your partner that you are a talented confectionaire, in case you're looking for a Plan B career-wise.
3. Cannabis hard candy recipe
Keeping on the theme of sugary sweets that pack a punch (of THC, not just sugar), why not make some cannabis hard candy?
Like lollipops, you can make them using a cannabis tincture, a candy thermometer, and a mold. This recipe from Cannadish is a surefire winner and only requires four ingredients - cannabis tincture, sugar, corn syrup, water (and a sweet tooth).
- 2-3 tbsp cannabis tincture
- 2 cups sugar
- ⅔ cup corn syrup
- ¼ cup water
- (½ tsp flavored extract and food colorings are optional)
- Mix the sugar, syrup, and water in a sauce pan and boil, stirring slowly. Once it reaches 250F, stop stirring and let the temperature reach 305F.
- Remove from heat, add the cannabis tincture and any flavoring or food coloring you’d like.
- Pour into a candy mold or onto a baking sheet and let it dry. A heart-shaped candy mold would be best for Valentine’s Day, but really it’ll all taste just as sweet.
4. Weed blueberry muffins recipe
A perfectly-baked batch of muffins can make any meal a great breakfast. And if you add cannabis in the mix, then you can take the wake and bake to a whole new level (in case Valentine’s is a two-day holiday in your house)
This recipe from Cannabis Cheri calls for a ¼ cup of the cannabis oil of your choosing, and bakes up 12 delectable blueberry muffins.
- 1 ½ cups flour
- ¾ cup granulated sugar
- 2 tsp baking powder
- ½ tsp nutmeg (optional)
- ¼ tsp salt
- ¼ cup cannabis infused oil
- ¼ cup coconut oil
- 1 large egg
- ⅓ cup milk
- 1 ½ tsp vanilla extract
- 1 cup fresh or frozen blueberries (do not thaw if frozen)
- Preheat your oven to 300F and place liners in a 12 cup muffin pan.
- Mix the flour, sugar, baking powder, and salt in a small bowl and set aside (add nutmeg if using). In a separate bowl, mix oil, egg, milk, and vanilla.
- Combine the two bowls together, being careful not to overmix. Fold in the blueberries and divide evenly in the 12 muffin cups.
- Sprinkle sugar on top of the muffins and bake for around 17 minutes or until a toothpick inserted in the muffins comes out clean.
Edibles can be a fun way for a couple to spend a night in (or out) together and Valentine’s Day is the perfect excuse to make it happen. Just remember, with bite-size edibles, it’s easy to get carried away and eat way more than you need - especially if you have a sweet tooth.
As the old saying goes - and maybe this works for relationships too - with edibles you want to start low, go slow, and see how you feel.