How do you feel if your new love interest smokes marijuana regularly? Though cannabis is becoming increasingly more socially acceptable, for many people it can still be a very decisive issue when it comes to finding a new partner. Whether people abstain from marijuana because they feel uncertain about the legality of it or if they have antiquated idea of cannabis itself, many people who abstain from cannabis themselves prefer that their partners do also.
A Match.com survey conducted in 2015 of more than 5,500 singles found that 70% of them believed it would be a turn off if their partners smoked marijuana. 38% of men and 24% of women in the same survey said they would be okay with a partner who smoked cannabis regularly.
OK Cupid, however, found very different statistics when they conducted their own survey. 50% of people in every state but West Virginia, said that they would be okay with a partner who used some form of drugs, including cannabis. The survey also found that career is often the strongest influence on people’s feelings towards their partner using cannabis. People with careers in medicine or law were far less likely to be okay with their partner using cannabis than people in other fields.
People who are involved in the cannabis industry or use marijuana on a regular basis may often find it hard to date in a traditional manner. Some may feel judged by individuals they would like to date when they mention that they smoke marijuana, or people find that there isn't an easy way to have a conversation about their own cannabis usage. As a result, cannabis friendly dating sites have been popping up in recent years to give marijuana consumers the freedom to find love with a partner where cannabis consumption is an accepted part of daily life.
Molly Peckler, founder of Highly Devoted, coaches dating clients over Skype.
Cannabis specific dating has even garnered its own companies in the high-end market. Highly Devoted, a cannabis friendly life and dating coaching service, was founded by a California based former matchmaker Molly Peckler. She is considered the world’s first Cannabis Friendly Life Coach and Dating Expert and connects with clients globally via Skype.
Highly Devoted was created as an upscale life coaching service that gives people advice and tips abut how to navigate the world of dating when cannabis is a component of their everyday life. Molly and her husband long shared marijuana together, so she believes it is a great way to bring people closer together and make life-long connections.
High There! is another cannabis dating platform that is also a social network which "promotes uniting cannabis users and enthusiasts with each other in a friendly and judgment-free environment". Dating is only one component of High There! but the dating platform is set up much like Tinder. Aside from finding dates, the 300,000 users of High There! can also connect with like-minded people and talk about different cannabis and life related topics. Their tagline is "You've got more friends than you think."
420 Mate is one cannabis specific dating site that has a half a million users in 50 states and 88 countries. 420 Mate was founded by Miguel Lorenzo, a regular cannabis consumer himself who created the digital dating platform with a ‘judgement free zone’ in mind. 420 Mate allows cannabis consumers the ability to connect with people who are accepting of their lifestyle choices.
A million people use these different dating sites, which shows that there is a large community of people who desire to find love with acceptance regarding lifestyle choices. People who consumer cannabis face less stigma today but it is still very real. Cannabis specific dating sites provide people with a safe space where they don't have to explain or justify their preferences and marijuana activities. If you find it hard to connect with people who are accepting and understanding of your cannabis use, one of these cannabis dating sites could be a great choice for you.