More people are using pot these days, so how do you bring up the hobby when looking for that special someone?
This story originally appeared on Weedmaps
With 22 percent of 18 to 29-year-olds in the US smoking weed, the issue of cannabis consumption is coming up more and more on dates and in relationships. Dating apps like Hinge and Bumble have features for people to indicate whether they smoke weed, while there are several dating apps exclusive to cannabis users. And ex and weed have co-mingled for years.
There are plenty of studies that have found that cannabis can increase sexual activity and enjoyment, and a slew of sex-focused cannabis products promise to reduce pain associated with intercourse and enhance the experience in the bedroom, so it’s not much of a surprise to see weed factoring into more aspects of dating.
But anti-weed stigma is a real issue for singles: 76 percent of women and 62 percent of men in a 2015 survey by the dating app Match said they wouldn’t date regular smokers. Additionally, some challenges may come up once smokers are in relationships, like negotiating each other’s usage and navigating consent under the influence.
From meeting people to having sex while stoned, here’s our guide to dating in the modern age of weed.
Finding 420-friendly partners
Lots of dating apps now let people indicate whether they partake or not, so putting that information on your profile is one way to start filtering out people who aren’t okay with it, advises dating coach Lana Otoya. To be extra overt about it, you could write “420 friendly” on your profile, says sex coach and CannaSexual creator Ashley Manta.
If you don’t want to go through the effort of figuring out whether your matches are fine with your habits, try a weed-specific app like High There, 420 Singles or My 420 Mate. Weed-focused events can also provide avenues for stoners to meet partners, according to Manta — you can search for them on eventhi.io.
But the sooner you talk about weed use with your dates, the better, says sex coach Kristen Thomas. That way, if they have an issue with your habits, you won’t waste time trying to make it work. If you’re nervous about disclosing your cannabis habits right away, you can always ask your date if they smoke or their general feelings about weed.
Manta also advocates getting the conversation over with before your first date. One way to do this is to have a FaceTime call that includes a virtual smoke session. “If cannabis is part of your life, whether medically or recreationally, it’s good to know upfront if a prospective partner is on board with that.”
Published: March 09, 2021
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