Please do not buy me weed for Valentine’s Day: Sarah Hanlon

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Actually, my personality has more to offer than cannabis

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Sarah Hanlon • • Pot culture

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February 13, 2020 • • 5th March 2020 • • Read for 4 minutes Photo: nicoletaionescu / Getty Images Photo: nicoletaionescu / Getty Images

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Cannabis-infused lubricants, flowers with benefits and fancy vaporizers: these are all wonderful products the industry wants to buy this Valentine’s Day for our loved ones, friends and “Galentines”.

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I hate bursting your bubble – and possibly your gift plans. But buying your partner or crushing weeds is neither a grand gesture nor a luxurious treat they have always wanted. Honest? It’s not even a good idea.

Let me explain.

It’s impersonal

Think about it. “My partner likes cannabis and that’s why I’m going to get him cannabis” is the laziest thought process you can 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 your favorite show. It’s not completely thoughtless, but it’s not exactly a gift, is it?


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Cannabis gifts often feel like it’s actually about the purchase rather than the thoughtfulness that should be behind buying gifts.

That’s not to say that a weed gift can’t be thought-provoking too. For example, suppose your partner loves a certain strain that is hard to find and you spend days looking for it. Or what if you buy great cannabis and roll it all into individual pre-rolls with beautiful papers? Or maybe you can make your favorite candy with some cannabis you bought.

It is very different! That’s thoughtful! But just budding someone like you’re grabbing a bottle of wine when you’re going to a dinner party? That is anything but romantic.

It’s functional

The least romantic gifts are useful gifts.

For me, romance is partly about impracticability, about avoiding someone else. It’s about taking extra time and energy to do something aesthetically beautiful, or emotionally poignant, or particularly indulgent.

It is specifically not part of an everyday life that many people deal with cannabis. For me, consuming cannabis is like brushing my teeth. It’s something I do every day to get through the day. Sometimes it can be luxurious and spontaneous and fun – but most of the time it’s a boring part of my routine. In my opinion, buying cannabis for Valentine’s Day is synonymous with buying Scope.

It’s a marketing gimmick

Now I can only speak for myself, but in my 10+ years of smoking and using cannabis, I’ve never had a particular stress that makes me feel more romantic, excited, or sexy. That’s not to say it won’t happen to people, but promoting a strain that arouses all or even most of the people who use it is just misleading.


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Vendors of strains like Purple Panty Dropper (gross) may pretend to get consistent results when it comes to getting people “horny”. But that’s a fantasy in itself. Besides the fact that strain chemistry and quality usually vary from place to place, from breeder to breeder, and even from plant to plant, both cannabis and sexuality are such individual experiences with so many variables.

To claim that a certain variety is “the one” to cut through all of the subtext and individual needs is a complete farce. I mean cannabis can do some magical things, and I think it can help couples get more intimate, but a certain magical drain for Valentine’s Day? This is how it works now.

It is unnecessary

If your love likes weeds, chances are they already have weeds. And they sure know where to get it. They already know what they like and what they want – and when they want it.

If someone really loves something, they probably know more about it than you do. If you don’t know a lot about cannabis and it’s something your partner / date / person is doing then the gift is probably not a hit. Do yourself a favor and let her handle the weeds.

It’s a drawer gift

There’s nothing wrong with being a stoner (I’m very proud of myself), but is that all you see when you think about your loved one?

Stoners are so much more than their cannabis use. I’m a dynamic person with a diverse personality, but sometimes people just see me as “that weed girl”.

I know I’m not the only cannabis advocate who feels this way at times, 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 While this is far from the truth, it can feel like this at times.

Do us all a favor. Skip the Valentine’s Day weed gifts.

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