Whilst you can’t go wrong with a clichéd but trusty heart-shaped box of praline-filled truffles on Valentine’s Day, Californians can this year add a touch of something slightly more unusual to their declaration of love through chocolate.
Adult use of cannabis is now legal in California, and brands are making the most of this by creating weed-infused chocolates.
These aren’t budget chocs shoddily made in someone’s garage either, but high end, luxurious chocolates in beautiful packaging.
For the sophisticated weed-lover in your life.
There’s Défoncé Chocolatier, the Oakland-based chocolate company who merge “exquisite ingredients and veteran craft” to make their cannabis-infused chocolate bars.
Choose from the likes of vanilla white chocolate and hazelnut dark chocolate bars, all infused with cannabis.
Another brand is Satori Chocolates, which uses high-potency cannabis oil to make treats such as cannabis-infused strawberries dipped in milk chocolate and milk chocolate covered raisins, as well as cannabis-infused bars.
And there’s also Lord Jones, which makes its chocolates from “single origin Ecuadorian dark chocolate, imported natural European fruit essences and pure California-grown cannabis extract.”
The chocolates are combined with tetrahydrocannabinol (THC), which is the chemical compound in marijuana that gives you a high, LA Times reports.
It’s worth pointing out, however, that the high you’ll get from eating the chocolate is different to the one you may be familiar with if you regularly smoke weed.
When you eat THC, it metabolises as a different chemical compound, and it is likely to affect everyone differently.
What’s more, it can take any time between 30 minutes and two hours for the high to kick in, which means consumers need to be careful not accidentally to eat more than they should.
Another caveat is that under Californian law, foods containing cannabis for recreational use must be scored or divided into pieces each containing no more than 10 milligrams of the drug.
And the total product is not allowed to contain more than 100 milligrams of THC.
So if you live in California and fancy treating your beloved to some sweet stuff with an extra kick this year, be sure to visit a state-licensed dispensary.