Gone are the days when smokers seeking companionship had to track the cloud of smoke billowing down the hallway of their dorm back to its source—increasing legalization for either recreational or medicinal purposes across the United States has led to the creation of several dating sites with a focus on connecting users with a shared penchant for marijuana and a yearning for love, or something like it.
The most polished and seemingly poised for success of these services is the High There app, which is now available on Android and Apple devices and works much like the massively popular Tinder dating app, where users are connected based on age and proximity and presented with photographs they can either dismiss with a swipe to the left or express an interest in with a swipe to the right.
The High There app adds preferred marijuana consumption method to age and proximity, letting dabbers or those who prefer edibles seek likeminded users. It also gives users the option of classifying their energy level while under the influence as either low, medium or high, illustrated with a graphic of a cartoon man lounging, sitting or leaping up Tom Cruise style on a couch.
In an interview with Mashable, High There CEO Todd Mitchum rejected comparisons to Tinder, “A lot of people say we’re the Tinder of weed, but that’s only one facet of the whole thing. It’s so much bigger.” It is unclear exactly what facets of the app Mitchum is referring to here; a more in-depth examination of the app is made impossible by the fact that High There is currently only available in states where marijuana is legal, but skimming its website and some user reviews gives one the sense that the marijuana angle is the only facet that makes High There distinctive from Tinder in any way.
Far less polished but more widely available than the High There app is 420 Singles, the creation of California’s Ryan Moxton. The site is similar in appearance—almost shamelessly so—to well-established dating sites like Match.com and E-Harmony. Users create profiles including photographs, likes and dislikes, and have the option of searching for men, women or transgender connections. There is relatively little mention of marijuana on the site itself, save for the name and logo, a drawing of a colorful, smoldering joint. Some users choose to discuss their preferences regarding marijuana in their profiles while others seem satisfied assuming that their presence on the site will speak for itself.
Sites like 420 Singles and apps like High There are an interesting, and promising, development in a culture that’s coming around on marijuana, but there’s still room to grow. That High There allows users to select their stoned energy level is cute, but one can’t quite imagine a dating site centered around the consumption of alcohol offering a similar rating system, perhaps ranging from depressive to ebullient to belligerent. Nevertheless, that these services exist shows that marijuana is an increasingly socially acceptable interest with a fan base of connected, web savvy consumers, and it is safe to say that more web services geared towards this market will appear as more states pass medical and recreational legalization.