Updated February 8, 2021
Want to celebrate Valentine’s Day with that special someone in your life, but wish to avoid crowded in-person dining for health, anxiety, or plain old “I didn’t snag a reservation for one of the busiest nights of the year” reasons? It’s no surprise that some couples opt to stay home and cook for each other rather than battling the legions of lovesick (and maybe just sicksick) couples.
If you’re culinarily inclined and in a cannabis-friendly partnership, stay home and make your sweetie a Valentine’s Day meal they’ll love (almost) as much as they love you.
As always with edibles, start low and go slow! Microdosing can be as satisfying as going all out, so don’t feel like you have to infuse all three courses in order to make it special. For example, you could only infuse the appetizer so that when it comes time for the entree and dessert, your taste buds will be on cloud nine. And if you find CBD-infused oil at a dispensary (or make your own from a high-CBD strain) you can just as easily enjoy this infused meal without any intoxicating effects.
To begin, you’ll need to be honest with yourself about your cooking prowess – for instance, if you tend to burn water, you may be better off choosing something pre-made. There’s absolutely no shame in that, and the bonus is that you know you’re getting precise doses (as opposed to trying to calculate the potency of your homemade version, which can be tricky).
One great and easy way to do this is with a box of infused chocolates. Options such as this sampler from California’s To Whom It May let you choose your own dosage ranging from 2.5 to 45 milligrams, thus customizing your experience.
For those who are confident in the kitchen, one of the simplest ways to add cannabis to a meal is with cannabis-infused cooking oil. Olive oil and coconut oil are the most commonly used and highly recommended, but canola oil is a good option if you’ll be cooking with higher heat.
The following appetizer and entrée recipes incorporate cannabis-infused cooking oil, while the dessert uses infused dark chocolate bars. (To make non-infused versions of any or all of them, simply switch out the infused ingredient for its non-infused counterpart.)
Cannabis infused appetizer: balsamic-mushroom bruschetta
Cannabis infused dinner: chicken parmesan and pasta
Cannabis infused dessert: raspberry chocolate cheesecake
Note: The amounts of cannabis cooking oil and chocolate specified in these recipes is a very loose suggestion; the actual amount you use should be modified based on the strength of your oil and the potency you desire. Dosing homemade edibles can be tricky (learn why), so the best way to test for potency is to start with one portion of a serving, wait one to two hours, then make an informed decision on whether to consume more. Always dose carefully and listen to your body, and never drive under the influence of cannabis.