Cannabis is known to relax the body, heighten the senses, and increase sex drive. It’s often considered a better accompaniment to intimacy than alcohol because it works on the brain’s CB1 receptors, which in turn increases the pleasurable sensations of touch. Now that legal weed is here, you may want to try some enhancement for whatever else is on the menu post-Valentine’s Day dinner.
After scouring the web, asking cannabis connoisseurs, and a bit of—ahem—road–testing, we’ve come up with a short list of recommendations for using cannabis to get in the V-Day groove with your love.
You know that cannabis edibles are big when Iron Chef Cat Cora jumps in with recipes of her own. While commercial edibles probably won’t be available in the Canadian legal market until later this year, you can DIY edibles with cannabis oil bought from a dispensary. Be sure to follow a recipe to get the dosing right.
Got bud, not oil? With a contraption like the Magical Butter Machine, you only need ground cannabis flower and a solvent, such as coconut oil or butter. Pour them both into the machine, press a button, and within a few hours you’ll have a THC-infused oil that’s ready for baking pot brownies, or cookies, or any other Valentine’s Day treat. Just remember that edibles are often more potent and longer lasting than smoked cannabis—but also take longer to hit. So, the best rule of thumb here is to eat a small amount, wait an hour or so to gauge the effects, and then add more if needed.
Yes, this is a real thing! And according to many women, it’s also awesome. A product called Foria, available in Canada, is meant to enhance women’s feelings of arousal and sexual response. Many women also report that it makes their orgasms easier to achieve and more frequent. Here’s how it works: apply the lube to your, or your partner’s, lady parts 15 minutes to an hour before sex (a perfect time, according to Foria, for foreplay or sensual massage), and then enjoy. Most women say that they don’t feel any psychoactive effects, i.e. they don’t get high from the lube. Of course, if you spray the lube directly in your mouth, it will likely have similar effects to a THC edible.
Get Down the Old-Fashioned Way (i.e. smoke a bowl or a joint together)
Want a calm, clear-headed experience with the added perk of pain relief? Try the strain known as Harlequin. With its high-CBD, low-THC content, it’s likely to relax you and relieve anxiety without being psychoactive—great for newbies who want to dip a toe into the world of cannabis-enhanced intimacy.
For a soulful, eye-gazing kind of evening check out an Indica strain called Bubblegum Kush. This strain is likely to provide a super mellow body high that makes touch even more enjoyable. But beware—if you’re worn out from your day at work, Bubblegum Kush may make you want to just fall asleep spooning.
If you’re looking for more excitement in bed, and you’ve got a little cannabis experience under your belt, consider Trainwreck or its cousin Ultimate Trainwreck. These two Sativa-dominant strains are often described as euphoric and arousing, plus their higher THC content will provide a distinct mental shift.
What if only one half of a couple is interested, or able, to experiment with cannabis this V-Day? It’s perfectly fine for one of you to smoke or consume while the other abstains—as long as that’s alright with both parties. Just like with alcohol, couples might have different preferences and that’s okay. You can still shift the mood and get creative when only one of you chooses to partake.
As with all things couples-related, good communication is key! Keep talking to your partner during your cannabis-enhanced evening, and touch base about it afterward, too. Some especially keen couples bring a science-y vibe to the whole thing by logging the info about their consumption and its effects.
Whatever you decide to try, remember that cannabis affects people differently. It’s always a good idea to start low and slow because—you’ll probably agree—being not quite high enough is preferable to being way too high. In its many forms, cannabis can add an extra layer of fun to your Valentine’s Day plans. Enjoy!