The Best 420-Friendly Dating and Friend-Finder Apps
Cannabis focused dating is very in right now. There are 21 million Google hits for “cannabis and dating,” cannabis-friendly dating services are offered by coaches like Molly Peckler, and if you’re technologically inclined — there’s an app for that. Several, in fact.
In the age of cell phones, it makes sense that singles would want a streamlined way to find prospective partners with similar interests. If you’re a cannabis consumer and you’ve ever dated someone who wasn’t, you’re familiar with the occasional frustration of navigating that interaction. It makes sense that one might want to find a partner with whom they can share their herbal indulgences.
To see whether they live up to the hype, I tried out three cannabis dating apps: High There, 420 Singles, and 420 Friends. I’ve been sporadically on Tinder for a couple years now, so that was my main basis for comparison.
App Review: High There
This was the best of the three I tested. The interface is clean and pretty streamlined. There’s a section called “Joints” where you can see and interact with posts from other users, follow trending hashtags, and post your own updates and pictures. It reminds me of Twitter in that way, and it’s probably the most useful networking feature of the app. Like Tinder (and most other dating apps at this point) it has the swipe left/right option when viewing profiles. It shows the user’s photo, name, distance from you, and their preferences. Each user has three areas where they can share their current needs:
- Current mood:
- Go Out
- Stay In
- When consuming cannabis I prefer:
- All kinds
- My energy level when using cannabis is:
This is all pretty useful data for finding people to sesh with, but doesn’t give me much to go on in terms of how they’d work out as a partner. One might argue that even mainstream dating apps run into the same problem, but I am one of those stubborn people who won’t swipe right on a blank profile no matter how sexy the pictures. I love that High There offers the option of filtering distance, gender, and preferences. As a bisexual woman, I’m especially grateful that you can select “men and women” as an option.
App Review: 420 Singles
This app is a bit clunky. It feels more 2007 than 2017. The discovery preferences are limited to three options: age, distance, and gender. The gender filter requires you to select men or women (not both), which was disappointing. Also, none of these preferences stopped me from getting an influx of interest from people who lived in other states, which seems like a waste of both of our time since we can’t very well sesh together if you live in North Carolina. I also found a lot of repeat profiles even after I’d swiped left on them, presumably because of a low number of users in my geographic area.
App Review: 420 Friends
This site reminds me more of OkCupid than Tinder. There’s a browse feature where you can see usernames and pictures, then click on their profiles to learn more. The profile features on this one were the best of the three. The basic profile includes space for a headline, about me, about my match, hobbies and interests, and even a first date idea, which is unique and interesting. There’s also a section to select what you’re looking for: age, gender, and relationship style. For the last two, it’s a checkbox system, so you can select all that apply.
You can also share physical details (height, eye color, hair color, body type), as well as religion, language, education, and so on. It’s definitely the best app for creating a thorough profile. Unfortunately, I swiped right on a series of profiles, matched a few of those, and received the following (presumably canned) message in response to all of them: “Great profile. Let’s talk!” Seeing five of those messages in a row in my inbox caused me to make a vaguely disappointed scrunchy face. Like OkCupid, there’s a Tinder-style feature called Spark (very clever) where you can have the swipe right/left experience if you’d prefer to judge solely on looks.
Honestly, I was a bit underwhelmed by my cannabis dating app experience. I think it is entirely possible to have dating success on any of these apps, but it will take some time and effort. The biggest issue that I can see is the limited size of the user base for any of these apps and the substantial number of dispensaries and vendors promoting their products or services through user profiles. High There was by far the winner in my experience, but even that app probably won’t stay on my phone for much longer. I’m hopelessly picky, even on mainstream dating apps. Plus, because I live in a medical (and now recreational) state and an area that hosts a lot of events, I tend to have better luck meeting cannabis-friendly people in person. If you’re in an area that rarely (or never) hosts events though, these apps could be exactly what you need to find sweet stoner love.
We tested three different cannabis dating and friend-finder apps: High There, 420 Singles, and 420 Friends. Read our review of how they stacked up.
420 Singles 17+
420 friendly dating.
- 3.3 • 1K Ratings
- Offers In-App Purchases
Single? 420 Friendly? Check out 420 Singles, the #1 cannabis dating and hookup app. Swipe and match with 420 Singles today! It’s free!
Free to Match & Chat!
Send messages without having to match with first.
People can reply for free.
Send an unlimited number of messages per month.
How It Works:
Swipe right or left to like or dislike a match.
Save people for later if you don’t have time to message.
Fill out profile questions to generate potential matches. (NEW)
Search within a 1000 mile radius.
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Terms Of Service: https://420singles.com/Terms_Of_Service.html
The theme and swiping updates.
Ratings and Reviews
Needs more inclusive options.
So I was really excited to try out this app but was a little disappointed at the start, you get two choices boy or girl, I don’t like identifying as either. Then the next two choices transgender or gay, while those two options are necessary that’s pretty limited. Then the exact same choices for who you are looking for and only let you choose one at a time. Which again doesn’t really work best for me. It’s just missing some basic gender and orientation options that other dating apps have. I was just kind of hoping to see those especially from a “content culture” dating app. I understand 420 dating apps are a newer thing so really congratulations on what you’ve guys have done so far but some additions need to be added for inclusion.
Developer Response ,
EDIT: Please check out the updates hitting the shelves within a few hours.
DATE: November 19th, 2020
Good, but a major oversight
So I was getting asked the basic questions: was I a boy, girl, trans, etc. So far so good. Then I get asked if I’m gay or straight. I’m bi. However, because I lean towards girls, I picked gay. Then it asks me if I would like to see men or women. Again, I’m bi. I want both. But again, I had to choose between the two. And sure, you can flip between the two. But I’m bi. I want both. And I want ‘bisexual’ as an orientation choice.
420 Lost & Found
What can I say? The 420 commonality is what lured me, but I had to delete this crap app just as quickly as I downloaded it!
As a previous reviewer stated/observed, if I click the RED X it means I’m not interested. So, why do the same people I ‘passed on’ pop up in the search again. and again. and again? AND the few I favorited are not even saved on the favorites list. WTH?!
Still trying to give this app a chance, I tried to simply send a quick message and the app only allows you to purchase access. No freebies or trial period here.
Why would anybody, with the brains of a rabbit, let alone a higher intellect pay for this crap? I put the distance to search at the maximum distance and still came across the 20 people, of which I swiped most of them and there were even a few that weren’t the right gender. SMH
Don’t waste your time on this. I couldn’t even find where I could delete my profile. Why? There isn’t much content or selections, even with changing zip codes.
Now, to be fair, of you don’t have subscribers, you can’t have much of a variety??. Maybe a better marketing team would help. This is a good concept, it just isn’t ready for the real world.
This is more of a concept than an app.
Deleted, but still not sure ? what happens to my profile.
Developer Response ,
The reason you see the same people twice is because people sometimes hit the reject button by mistake or change their profile picture only to be liked the second time . If you reject someone you will never match with them. We are coming out with updates as well as gay and transgender options. Check back in the next couple day! Updates on the way!
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