The enduring popularity of edibles that combine cannabis with chocolate goes beyond just great taste. Before learning how to use cannabis chocolate to create a delightful Valentine's dessert, let's learn a bit about why chocolate became associated with romance, and then how cannabis creates a wonderful synergy with cacao as well as generating loving feelings.
Historically associated with Valentine’s Day, giving a box of chocolate to your crush became a social trend back in the 1840s, when Richard Cadbury designed the first heart-shaped boxes. Adorned with cupids and flowers, the gift boxes were an instant hit with Victorian ladies, forming the basis for modern-day Valentine’s customs.
Even before Cadbury’s marketing breakthrough, the raw cacao beans that chocolate is made from were reputed to have aphrodisiac effects all the way back to the Aztecs, with emperor Montezuma extolling their benefits. Explained scientifically, cacao contains anandamide, the so-called “bliss chemical,” as well as tryptophan, which boosts serotonin, and phenylethylamine, a stimulant. Combined and eaten, these components of chocolate mimic the chemicals naturally released by your brain when you feel love towards someone.
Why does chocolate work so well with cannabis? Well, anandamide has been called the body’s “natural cannabis,” since it also binds to cannabinoid receptors and affects mood, appetite, pain relief and memory. It seems as if THC and CBD boost the activity of anandamide and help it impact the body more dramatically. There’s a chemical synergy that occurs when the two substances are eaten together, making cannabis and chocolate into besties that go everywhere together.
On a practical level, there’s many advantages for cannabis-infused chocolate as far as product design. It’s shelf-stable and freezes well, lasting a long time if it’s kept away from heat or direct sunlight that would cause it to melt. Easily molded into incremental 10-milligram doses of THC, chocolate makes proper dosing easy for new users of edibles. Also, chocolate is the easiest product to homogenize, blending consistent amounts of THC throughout the bar, so that you can rest assured that your edible is dosed according to the label.
Using cannabis chocolate as an ingredient for homemade desserts makes it easy to calculate the THC content. Check out the recipe below for instructions on how to melt cannabis chocolate into frosting for Double Chocolate Cannabis Cupcakes.
Increase your bliss with cannabis chocolate this Valentine’s Day, and enjoy aphrodisiac effects from both substances, as well as benefits for your mood and appetite! KindPeoples is pleased to stock amazing cannabis-infused chocolate from Satori, Kiva Confections, and Terra Bites. Start with just a 10-milligram square, or a few Terra Bites, and go low and slow while you’re learning how cannabis edibles make you feel.
Set a romantic mood with cannabis chocolate cupcakes plus some relaxing cannabis-infused topical massage oil and you’ll have a sensual, satisfying Valentine’s Day!
Double Chocolate Cannabis Cupcakes
Use one entire dark chocolate Kiva bar to melt into the frosting for these cupcakes. California Kiva bars contain 100 milligrams of THC, so divided among 20 cupcakes, that’s a dose of about 5 mg per cupcake, allowing most people to enjoy more than one! You’ll yield about 2 ½ cups of frosting, so each cupcake should get about two tablespoons of frosting on top. Be as precise as you can when frosting the cupcakes so that each one gets an equal amount of THC.
Yield: 20 cupcakes
You can use a box mix if desired, or bake from scratch with this simple recipe. The cupcakes aren't infused with cannabis, just the frosting!
- 1 ½ cups all-purpose flour
- ⅔ cup cocoa powder
- 1 tsp. baking soda
- ½ tsp salt
- 1 ½ cup granulated sugar
- ½ cup butter, softened
- 2 eggs
- 1 tsp vanilla extract
- 1 cup milk
Heat the oven to 350ºF. Line your muffin tin with cupcake liners.
First, combine the dry ingredients in a large bowl. Mix the flour, cocoa, baking powder, salt, and sugar thoroughly. In the bowl of an electric mixer, beat the butter and sugar together until fluffy, then add the eggs one at a time, mixing to combine with the vanilla. While the mixer is running on low speed, slowly add a little of the dry mixture, followed by a little bit of the milk. Alternate between the dry mix and the milk until the batter is completely combined. Measure ¼ cup of the batter into each muffin cup.
Bake cupcakes in oven on middle rack for 15 - 20 minutes. Check for doneness by inserting a toothpick into the center of a cake, it should come out clean when the cakes are done. Cool on a wire rack before frosting.
Cannabis Chocolate Buttercream Frosting
Yield: 2 1/2 cups
- 1 Kiva Dark Chocolate Bar (100 mg THC)
- 4 ounces semisweet chocolate chips
- 1 cup butter, softened
- 2 cups powdered sugar
- 1 tsp vanilla extract
Chop the Kiva Bar finely, and add it to the chocolate chips. Melt the chocolate together in a metal bowl fitted onto the top of a double boiler over low heat, stirring often, until the chocolate is smooth and shiny.
Use an electric mixer to beat the butter for 2 - 3 minutes, until it’s fluffy. Slowly add the powdered sugar to the mixer on low speed. When the sugar has been incorporated, add the vanilla. Slowly drizzle in the melted cannabis chocolate and mix for a few minutes until completely combined.
Use immediately or store the frosting in the fridge for 2 - 3 days. Allow to come to room temperature before using it to frost cupcakes.