When used topically, cannabis infused oils can soften sore muscles and relieve pain, which means they can feel pretty nice when applied by other people. Though there’s no major intoxication happening without ingestion, some notice a slight buzz, especially if you use a large amount over a wide area of skin. They give you a warm, relaxed, fuzzy kind of feeling which goes great with sex—a commonly recognized activity of Valentine’s Day.
Granting massage oil edible powers takes no extra effort, especially if you already fiddle around with cannabis. Truth be told, it’s excellent for more than just sex. Uterus-havers will rejoice in its cramp-relieving powers; fitness people can enjoy faster recovery; and chronic pain sufferers and those who endure sleepless nights will benefit from its soothing properties. The fact that it’s edible means you can apply a bit more innuendo to the whole scenario, and it also means you can get an even bigger buzz if you eat it.
To make this love potion, you need an edible and neutral-tasting oil that both you and your partner are not allergic to, a simple sous-vide setup, and a few drops of your favorite flavored oil. The cannabis portion can be raw flower (which should be as clean as possible and decarboxylated), a decarboxylated hash, kief, or concentrate.
In a sous vide bag, put one gram of finely ground flower per ounce of oil. If you’re using concentrates, a quarter of a gram should be good for four ounces of oil. I used coconut oil, which doesn’t get sticky or dry out if you’re rubbing it into your skin. Seal your bag well and heat for about one hour in a 200°F water bath for at least one hour.
Strain this mixture well and put it aside; you now have a concentration of cannabis and oil which you can use to make capsules, balms, and any other topical application you can dream up.
To use it as a topical, you’ll need to dilute it, at least slightly. As a general baseline, this four ounces of oil will have about 400 milligrams of cannabinoids if you used a medium potency herb. If you’re buying in a legal state, the cannabinoid percentage will be much easier to figure out due to clearly labeled packaging with lab analysis.
Dilute with three ounces of plain oil for a dose of 100 milligrams THC per four ounces of massage oil. You can make blends here. For instance, if you infused your herb in coconut oil, you may want to add some grapeseed for less of an “oil” flavor.
Add a few drops of candy flavoring. I like LorAnn oils’ Bavarian Cream, which has a cakey vanilla flavor that doesn’t taste like a supermarket synthetic, and it’s oil soluble if you’re only using a few drops. Coconut oil made with natural cannabis and a light glaze of vanilla-candy flavoring tastes like cake batter.
Store your concoction in a clean glass jar, and try to use within 30 days, or freeze for unlimited shelf life.
Feel free to use liberally on the topical side of things, but don’t guzzle it unless you want to ingest a large dose (for a novice user). If you do want to use topically, a quarter-sized amount at a time would give you a nice and safe three-milligram dose—much more the beginner speed, and dare I say, a microdose for most.
Play at your own risk, but as we’ve seen proven time and time again, there are usually limited risks with cannabis. Don’t use this as internal lube, especially with condoms and sex toys. Preparing lube for internal use requires quite more cleanliness and diligence than the average home cook can get down with. (If you must get it up in you, there are lots of products in legal shops that can achieve those needs.)