Cannabis-infused lubes, flowers with benefits and fancy vaporizers: These are all wonderful products the industry wants us to buy for our loves, pals and “galentines” this Valentine’s Day.
I hate to burst your bubble — and potentially your gifting plans. But buying your partner or crush weed is neither a grand gesture nor a luxurious indulgence they have always wanted. Honestly? It’s not even a good idea.
Let me explain.
Think about it. “My partner likes cannabis and so I will procure them cannabis” is just about the laziest thought process you could go through when thinking of a gift for someone. It’s like picking up a bag of chips for someone on the way home, or putting on their favourite show. It is not completely thoughtless, but it’s not exactly a gift, is it?
Cannabis gifts can often feel like they’re actually about the purchase and not the thoughtfulness that’s supposed to be behind gift-buying.
That doesn’t mean a weed gift can’t also be thoughtful. Say your partner loves a certain strain that’s hard to find, so you spend days searching for it. Or what if you buy some great cannabis and roll it all into individual pre-rolls with beautiful papers? Or maybe you can make their favourite sweet treat, infused with some cannabis you bought.
That’s completely different! Now, that’s thoughtful! But simply scooping someone some bud, like you would grab a bottle of wine when going to a dinner party? That is anything but romantic.
The least romantic gifts are useful gifts.
For me, romance is partially about impracticality, about going out of your way for someone else. It’s about taking extra time and energy to make something aesthetically beautiful or emotionally poignant or extra-indulgent.
It is specifically not part of an everyday routine, which for many people, cannabis is all about. For me using cannabis is like brushing my teeth. It is something I do every day to help me get through the day, sometimes it can be luxurious and spontaneous and fun – but mostly it’s a boring part of my routine. In my mind, buying me cannabis for Valentine’s Day is the equivalent of buying me some Scope.
It’s a marketing gimmick
Now I can only speak for myself, but in my more than 10 years of smoking and using cannabis, I have never had a particular strain that makes me feel more romantic, or more turned on, or more sexy feeling. That’s not to say that it doesn’t happen for people, but to promote a cultivar as arousing to all, or even most of the people who use it, is just misleading.
Sellers of strains like ‘Purple Panty Dropper (gross) may purport to have consistent outcomes when it comes to making people ‘randy.’ But that’s a fantasy in itself. Besides the fact that strain chemistry and quality usually vary from location to location, grower to grower and even from plant to plant, both cannabis and sexuality are such individual experiences with so many variables.
To claim a certain cultivar is “the one” for cutting through all the subtext and individualized needs is a complete farce. I mean cannabis can do some magical things, and I believe it can help couples become more intimate, but a specific magic strain for Valentine’s Day? That’s now how it works.
If your love likes weed, chances are they already have weed. And they certainly know where to get it. They already know what they like, and know what they want — and when they want it.
When someone really loves something, chances are they know more about it than you. If you don’t know a ton about cannabis and it is something your partner/date/person does, then chances are the gift won’t be a hit. So do yourself a favour and let them handle the weed stuff.
It’s a pigeonhole present
There’s nothing wrong with being a stoner (I myself am a very proud one), but is that all you see when you think of your loved one?
Stoners are so much more than their cannabis use. I am a dynamic individual with a multi-faceted personality, but sometimes people only see me as “that weed girl.”
I know I’m not the only one who reps for cannabis who feels this way sometimes, and that’s probably not what you’re aiming for this V-Day. Yes, I like cannabis, but is that all you know about me? Am I just a stoner to you? Even if this is far from the truth, it can sometimes feel that way.
So do us all a favour. Skip the Valentine’s Day weed gifts.
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Written by Sarah Hanlon, POT CULTURE