How Cannabis Culture Compares to the Bar Scene When it Comes to Dating
For anyone looking into the 420 dating scene, you know it’s a delicate process. You want to show that you’re open about your love for the plant, but there’s still a lot of stigma and stereotyping out there. Without being written off as a dirty stoner, how do you find the sweet spot of 420 dating where both people are similar in their cannabis use and not afraid to show it?
We’ve pondered all the 420 dating questions here at My 420 Tours. We’ve met a lot of couples who love to bond over bud, and we’ve met a lot of singles who wish for that kind of connection with their future S.O. We’ve seen it all. Do sparks ever fly on 420 tours? You have questions about 420 dating, and we have answers. Here’s our “truth” to the “truth or dare” of 420 dating.
Have you ever seen someone get picked up on a cannabis tour?
It doesn’t happen as much as you would think on the 420-friendly party bus. The majority of our guests are couples or come as a group. When we do get the occasional solo traveler, they’re more likely to flirt with the guides and budtenders rather than other tour guests.
That said, a cannabis tour makes for a unique first, second, or third date night no doubt. We’re offering experiences like Sushi & Joint Rolling Class, infused massages and more. Most cannabis consumers go into chill, happy mode when high, which makes breaking the ice with someone much easier and organic. I would say you are much more likely to nurture an existing connection on a tour than you are to find a “hook up”. We leave those connections to the breweries and bars.
Also, most of our tours and experiences happen during the daytime – so it’s not exactly the nightlife party or club scene. That’s usually the guests’ next stop after the tour!
Our all-star tour guide Alyse has a great story about being hit on by a much older woman during one of the tours. It wasn’t a love match, but it makes us happy to know people are comfortable enough on our bus to make not-so-conventional moves.
Now, if you were to attempt a pickup on a cannabis-themed experience there is plenty of inspiration. You can find tons of items to strike up a conversation about – such as infused lubrication oil, aphrodisiac edibles, and pain relieving creams.
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List the five tips you would give someone who hopes to find love on a cannabis tour
1) Chat up the budtenders! Not unlike their bartender counterparts, budtenders work for tips and tend to be young, friendly and fun to chat up. If you meet one you like, ask what they’re doing after work!
2) Stay at a 420-friendly hostel. In Denver, single travelers looking for high love will have the most luck at hostels or Aribnbs with shared common areas, as opposed to a private 420-friendly hotel room. You can find a handful of spots in Denver that have 420-friendly spaces for their guests. You never know who you’ll meet on the patios of Stout House or Fish Hostel.
3) Check out cannabis events calendars. Beyond cannabis tours, full legalization cities like Denver have an ever-growing cannabis events scene. If you look around the event calendars, you’ll find activities like infused yoga, high hiking, and running clubs, canna-bingo, board game nights, and more. From our research, Facebook, 303 Magazine and The Cannabist have the most 420-friendly event listings in town.
4) Share your bud. While on tour, don’t be shy! Cannabis is the most social plant on the planet. Offer a hit of your newly purchased flower to your neighbors on the bus. It’s the perfect ice breaker, and typically other guests will reciprocate. By the end of the party bus ride, there is usually a warm sense of comradery in the air.
5) Try something new. Spice up the tour with something you’ve never tried before, like a THC topical, a new strain, or an extract like live resin. Bold first-time experiences activate the same parts of our brain as new romantic interests. It’s the same exciting feeling as love at first sight!
Is 420 dating on a cannabis tour trendy? Is it a better idea than going to a bar?
For people who are already dating, cannabis tours are very trendy! Sharing a cannabis experience has a way of deepening connections – you’re experiencing something new together. We see a lot of first dates, honeymooners and anniversary revelers bonding over bud on tour.
However, if you’re on the prowl and looking for new sparks, then alcohol may be better than THC for helping you out with that. Cannabis experiences are better for taking things a step further.
Sometimes, I feel awkward/shy/weird when I’m high. What are the tips and tricks to help me “keep it together” on a cannabis-themed date?
1) Don’t mix THC with a lot of booze. It doesn’t always bode well for first impressions. Our advice is to pick your poison and stick with it all the way.
2) Drink a LOT of water. At this altitude, keep a bottle of water on you at all times even when not consuming. This also helps with dry mouth – especially if you’re doing a lot of talking.
3) Resist the munchies. Double-fisting grub into your mouth is never a good look. Keep that appetite under control.
Is there any other advice you would give to someone thinking about enjoying a cannabis tour, either with a date or with friends?
Wear sunglasses – you’ll need them for the bright Colorado sunshine and for the bright grow lights as well. They are also useful for disguising red eyes in photos.
Bring your ID always and everywhere for everything cannabis-related. You’d be amazed how many people think expired IDs or temporary IDs will actually work. We’re extremely regulated in this industry. That’s not going to fly at the dispensaries and grow houses.
Also, bring a nug or two to get you started. Cannabis tour companies like ours aren’t licensed as dispensaries and can’t sell or distribute THC products. Have your own stash to last you until the first dispensary stop.
Which 420 dating apps are best for seeking out other cannabis enthusiasts?
Steer clear of the 420-specific dating apps like High There, etc. Those ones are too niche and – even in a 420-friendly city like Denver – aren’t populated enough to get anywhere IRL.
Instead, stick with the mainstream dating apps and use search and filters to find like-minded cannabis users. Hinge and Bumble ask about general smoking, and there’s room to elaborate on cigarettes vs. cannabis. OkCupid, with its ample room for long-form self-descriptions, search functionality, and endless compatibility questions, is also a good way to select for matches who are down to get high. Finally, if you’re looking for cannabis combined with a lifestyle of spirituality and nature, check out MeetMindful. The Denver-based dating app is making waves among singles who are into wellness in themselves and their potential mates. Happy 420 dating, and good luck out there!