Valentine’s Day, Elevated

Valentine’s Day, the romance-centric holiday that comes with February every year, is just around the corner.

Wine, flowers, jewelry, and heart-shaped boxes of candy are standard fare for the occasion, but in 2021, there are new and exciting options, thanks to legal cannabis.

Cannabis legalization has opened the door to a whole new world of cannabinoid-infused products, many of them perfect for a romantic holiday such as Valentine’s Day.

So consider taking a break from See’s candy this year because I have a few suggestions that are bound to help elevate Valentine’s Day for you and your special someone.

Sweets for the Sweet

It’s hard to deny the gentle euphoric feeling you can get when you eat chocolate, so the confection naturally goes hand-in-hand with romance.

When the chocolate also has THC in it, the candy instantly achieves a higher plane of existence.

Perfect for Valentine’s Day, Papa & Barkley’s recently sent a pair of non-GMO chocolate bars that are as potent as they are tasty.

Papa & Barkley Cannabis Infused Chocolates

Chocolate is always better with THC

Papa & Barkley’s Releaf 66% Dark Chocolate with Sea Salt

Dark chocolate is the more-decadent cousin of milk chocolate, with a higher cacao content and richer flavor.

Papa & Barkley has a 66% dark chocolate bar that I found to be pleasing to the taste buds and soothing to the body and mind.

The 100-milligram bar balances the right amount of sweetness with a full and robust cacao flavor without being too bitter or overpowering.

As you savor the rich dark chocolate, tiny crystals of sea salt mixed will burst through the mix and hit your taste buds like crunchy little shooting stars of flavor.

Papa & Barkley’s Releaf Milk Chocolate

On any given day, I prefer dark chocolate over milk chocolate, but I do enjoy both.

Both types of chocolate are even better when there’s cannabis inside.

Papa & Barkley chocolates infused with THC showing the internal packaging of the brand.

Share the love on Valentine’s Day

Papa & Barkley has a tasty full-flavored milk chocolate bar that’s packed with 100 milligrams of solventless rosin.

The texture and the flavor of the milk chocolate are smooth, with a near-perfect sweetness that blends the chocolate and cannabis flavors nicely.

Soy lecithin is a common emulsifier in mass-produced chocolates.

As a result, finding chocolate that is soy-free in the modern world of confections can be difficult.

Emulsification is a necessary step in modern chocolate manufacturing, but soy, which tends to be GMO, is not an essential ingredient.

two full cannabis infused Dark & Milk chocolate bars sit on a red heart chocolate box with romantic lighting and gifts

Dark and milk chocolate, something for everyone

Rather than using soy in their chocolates, Papa & Barkley uses cocoa butter and sunflower lecithin.

Papa & Barkley also uses Fair Trade-certified ingredients and triple-tests its products.

With a focus on quality ingredients, Papa & Barkley uses sun-grown cannabis produced through regenerative and organic growing practices.

For simplified dosing, each 100-milligram bar comes divided into twenty five-milligram triangles that snap off easily.

The high that comes with Papa & Barkley’s chocolate is a relaxing one, with notes of happiness and giddiness for the duration.

Papa & Barkley uses fresh-pressed solventless rosin in their chocolate bars, which brings the benefits of whole plant full spectrum cannabis oil, including terpenes and minor cannabinoids.

France, Romance, Cookies

a box of three sweets infused with Cannabis only the golden wrapper showing.

You meringue?

Hervé Macarons

If expensive gold jewelry isn’t part of your Valentine’s Day plan this year, there is another gilded option that will surely bring delight.

Macarons are a traditional French meringue-based confection made with egg whites, sugar, and almond flour.

The typical French macaron has a layer of ganache, buttercream, or jam sandwiched between two almond cookies.

In the age of legal cannabis, the macaron has gotten a THC upgrade.

Nevada-based Hervé has some infused macarons that are as fancy as they are delicious.

two golden covered macaroons infused with Cannabis sit with romantic valentines day back drop scene with candles lit.

These macarons are golden

Hervé recently sent me a box of raspberry buttercream macarons and a box of salted caramel buttercream macarons to sample.

The first one that I tried was the seafoam-colored Salted Caramel Buttercream macaron.

Between the two lightly sweetened almond cookies is a delightful layer of sweeter buttercream filling that oozes out delightfully with each bite.

A sweet spot of caramel sits in the center of the buttercream layer.

The salted caramel buttercream filling flavor balances very well with the almond cookies and is not overly sweet.

I tried the maroon-hued raspberry buttercream macaron next.

five large cannabis infused macaroons sit on top of a red heart package for Valentine's day.

Elevated macarons

The raspberry buttercream flavor was slightly bolder than the salted caramel, with a pronounced sweetness and silky-smooth texture.

Gluten is a food-borne villain that, in 2021, prevents many people from enjoying many of the foods they love.

But gluten-free people may rejoice, for Hervé’s macarons contain no gluten.

And besides being gluten-free, Hervé’s macarons have another distinguishing feature that instantly sets them apart from the others.

Each macaron sports a swath of 23-karat gold on both the top and bottom cookies.

But even with the gold, these macarons won’t break the bank as a 30-milligram 3-pack only runs about $20.

Lemon is Sexy

Plus Strains Lemon Jack

Plus sent a 100mg tin of Lemon Jack gummies, filled with 20 lemon-flavored, full-spectrum, THC-infused cubes.

Cannabis infused Lemon Jack candy tin sits among romantic décor for Valentine's day.

Sweet and delicous

The gummies are part of Plus’ innovative Strains line, which pairs cannabis strains with appropriate fruit flavors.

Made with real fruit and rolled in sparkling sugar, these dazzling little gummies are some of the best-tasting lemon candies I’ve ever had.

But they don’t just taste good, they also look sexy, and the Jack Herer-Lemon Kush blend uplifts.

With a full flavor and pleasant high, I can easily recommend these candies for Valentine’s Day.

The combination of natural Meyer and Eureka lemon flavors blend near-perfectly with the full-spectrum cannabis oil.

The candies are soft, sweet, lightly tangy, and full of real lemon flavor.

Tasty Terpenes

Each flavorful piece contains five milligrams of THC, as well as a healthy dose of terpenes, Terpinolene, B-Caroplyllene, and Limonene.

Opened tin of Lemon Jack cannabis infused candies among Valentine's day scene with romantic candles.

Sexy, sparkly edibles

Also found in cloves, hops, and rosemary, B-caryophyllene, is associated with pain and inflammation relief.

The fragrant and somewhat elusive terpene terpinolene, present in lilacs, nutmeg, and cumin, may have antibacterial properties and may help inhibit cancer cell growth.

There are therapeutic effects associated with the fruity, citrusy terpene Limonene, including elevated mood, stress relief, and improved absorption of other terpenes.

An elevated mood and reduced stress are two key elements of a good Valentine’s Day.

Select brand cannabis infused "nano" package sits among Valentines Day backdrop scene.

Peaches and strawberries are a beautiful match

Select Peach Strawberry Nano Gummies

Much like chocolate, strawberries are notable natural aphrodisiacs.

Peaches come with their own sexual connotations as well.

Putting the two together seems natural, especially when there’s a dose of THC involved.

I recently received a package of Select’s Fresh Treat strawberry-peach nano gummies.

Pile of Cannabis Infused Select brand candies.

Sweet, tart, and tangy

Upon opening the package, the aroma of strawberry and peach candies rushed out to greet me.

The granule-coated candies taste a bit tart, a bit sweet, and are fast-acting.

While the strawberry flavor is apparent, I found the peach flavor to be the more dominant of the two.

Each tart and tangy gummy square is infused with terpenes and five milligrams of THC, which get an absorption boost through colloid nanotechnology.

Faster absorption translates to a quicker onset of THC’s psychoactive effects, and that’s probably about the only thing you’ll want to happen quickly on Valentine’s Day.

Candy Grows Up

Herve Cannabis brand products sit among Valentine's Day decorations.

When PEZ comes of age

Hervé Le Mirage

Superman’s head isn’t on top of this dispenser, but the candy inside is better than what you ate as a kid.

Welcome to the adult version of PEZ.

In addition to their classy macarons, Hervé also has a new THC-infused candy that comes with a handy refillable dispenser that is child-resistant.

The lipstick tube-sized dispenser also comes with a pouch for discrete storage.

Herve Cannabis brand candies sit next to Romantic candles and Valentine's decorations.

This candy’s not for kids

The dispenser refill packs are child-resistant, with plastic tabs on the trays to prevent them from coming out of the package.

The sublingual hard candies are 100 percent vegan, gluten-free, have no added sugar, and are only two calories per serving.

I received two refill packages from Hervé in peppermint and sour peach flavors.

The candy also comes in sour green apple and sour cherry flavors.

The sour peach flavor was delicious, one that I feel would go well at the beginning of a Valentine’s Day evening and periodically throughout.

The peppermint flavor is clean and minty, so you can freshen your breath after your Valentine’s Day dinner and get high at the same time.

Cannabis candy dispenser sits loaded with cannabis infused treats.

Fill ‘er up

Better than a Tic Tac.

Each refill package contains two 25-milligram candy strips, segmented into five-milligram doses.

To load the dispenser, dial the carriage down to the bottom position and slide in the strip of candy.

Dispensing is as simple as rotating the dispenser a quarter-turn to raise the candy and pushing the plastic tab at the top to break off a dose.

Special Punch Bar "Valentine's Dark Chocolate Strawberry" with Cannabis infused

Have some punch, you’ll be glad you did

Dark Chocolate Strawberry Punch Bar

If you’ve tried any of Punch Edibles’ products, you will be familiar with the consistency, potency, and quality of their flavors.

Hopefully, you got a chance to try their delicious gingerbread bar during the holidays.

If not, Christmas is only about ten months away.

PunchBar cannabis infused chocolate sits exposed to see the Tic-Tac-Toe Valentine's game.

You can play edible tic-tac-toe with this bar

Just for this month’s romantic occasion, Punch has released a Valentine’s Dark Chocolate Strawberry Punch Bar.

The strawberries, chocolate, and potent THC come together in this edible like an aphrodisiac Voltron.

The bar is infused with 90 milligrams of cannabis oil and blended with real strawberries pieces.

Punch Edibles are available in licensed cannabis shops across California.

Time to get a little saucy

Kiva Love Sauce

Remember the turkey gravy that Kiva released for Thanksgiving?

Kiva has a new limited edition sauce for this month’s occasion, but you won’t want to put it on mashed potatoes.

There are more creative uses for this sauce.

Just in time for Valentine’s Day, Kiva is unveiling its cannabis-infused Love Sauce, a lickable combination of dark chocolate and 10 milligrams of THC.

With Kiva’s new cannabis-infused dark chocolate body budder, you can turn an on the body experience into an out-of-body experience.

Let’s Get Physical

If massages are part of your romantic evening, it’s safe to assume that oils might be part of the rubdown.

Papa & Barkley "1:3" ratio relief body oil package sits surrounded by Valentine's Day decorations.

Sweet releaf

Papa & Barkley Releaf Body Oil

Along with the chocolate bars, Papa & Barkley sent a bottle of Releaf Body Oil.

Infused with cannabis oil and essential oils, I thought it would make a perfect Valentine’s Day massage oil.

The directions say to apply it liberally and massage it over the body from head to toe.

Papa & Barkley product sits next to a very cannabis infused Valentine's Day gift lineup.

Rub it on, massage it in

What you do with the oil between the head and toes, I will leave to your imagination and personal tastes.

Along with a rich THC dose at a 1:3 ratio, the body oil contains jojoba oil, vitamin E oil, and a blend of essential oils, including tea tree and lavender.

The fragrant, silky-smooth oil spreads smoothly across the skin and absorbs without leaving a greasy feeling.

With beneficial ingredients, the oil is useful for topical relief and soothing aching muscles.

Safe is Sexy

As you prepare for your Valentine’s Day celebration with your significant other, remember to exercise caution with THC-infused products.

Especially the ones that you eat.

Edibles take longer to work their way through your system than inhaled products.

Know your tolerance and your limits, because you can always have more, but you can’t very well have less.

Have a safe and sexy cannabis-filled Valentine’s Day.

Updated 2/13