There really is a dating app for everyone.
Like other dating apps, users create profiles and swipe through potential matches nearby. But High There is optimized to match people based on their preferences for consuming marijuana.
If a user prefers vaping over smoking, for example, the app is likely to match him with others nearby who also vape. Another key aspect is specifying your energy level when you’re high; that way, low-energy couch potatoes won’t be paired with energetic explorers.
High There CEO Todd Mitchem says he was inspired to create the app after a date he was on abruptly ended when his dinner companion found out he smoked pot.
High There! connects users with potential matches based on location and marijuana preferences.
“We wanted to build a cool piece of technology that solved the problem of where do million and millions of cannabis consumers go to meet people, connect with people and build relationships,” Mitchem told Mashable. “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.”
Even though states are increasingly recognizing the need for medicinal pot, Mitchem says it’s still very much a taboo topic in many communities. He notes High There can also act as a kind of social network for smokers who are seeking recommendations on local dispensaries, to share tips or just make friends with other like-minded folks.
The app is only available in the 23 states that currently have medical marijuana laws on the books — it uses geofencing to lock out people in other states — which Mitchem said is out of respect for law enforcement. But, he says, bringing the app to a new state is a simple as “flipping a switch.” The company also plans to expand to Canada and other countries as they change their laws.
The free app is available on Android and will be rolling out to Apple’s App Store in the coming days.