Moving sucks, but it’s especially difficult when you have to leave behind your friends. Even sadder? Leaving behind friends that were similar to you with similar hobbies.
In the case of marijuana enthusiasts, it can be more difficult to replenish your social circle upon a move, especially if you’re leaving behind a cannabis friendly area for one that is less enthusiastic.
In these cases, you may be wondering what you can do to help find new friends to hang out with upon your move. Here are a few options for finding those like-minded friends in your new town.
1. Download an App
Socially challenged? Or maybe you’re looking for a fun way to meet new people without having to go out constantly or put yourself in danger. Just like dating apps, there are friend-centered apps out there that can help you meet someone you’ll love.
Your options are fairly limitless. You can put a profile on a dating app that specifically outlines your intent to make 420-friendly people over finding romantic partners. Or, you can go for a specific marijuana enthusiast app or website.
Your success on these platforms will vary depending on what the locals are like in your new spot, but if someone is as committed to finding a new friend, you may just find the perfect person on one of these platforms.
2. Attend Cannabis Events
If your new city or town offers events, check to see if there are any designed specifically for those who love cannabis. You may just get lucky and find a festival or get-together that centers around marijuana.
If it’s not available in town, check nearby areas for events, as bigger cities tend to have more options than smaller communities. There is no better or easier way to find bud-friendly people than searching at these catered events.
Even if there are no cannabis-specific events, consider attending some events in general to meet new people, and you’re sure to come across a few that are into the same things as you.
3. Keep Your Eyes Peeled
While not the most proactive choice out there, simply keeping your head up and staying aware can help find you the friend you’re looking for. Any time you go out, don’t be afraid to engage someone who is smoking or seems to be an enthusiast.
If you do come across someone, whether it be at a party or outside of a building, don’t be afraid to strike up a conversation. You may start a conversation that leaves you both wanting to hang out again. Though a bit more old-fashioned and with a smaller chance of success, this option is one you’ll want to keep in mind.
4. Look the Part
No, you don’t need to feed into stereotypes, but it may help. Consider baring a moniker that highlights your love for marijuana. That can mean something simple like a hat or sweater, but it can really be anything.
If another person is open to making friends just as you are, your marijuana leaf patterned socks or smoke-clouded t-shirt can act as a beacon for them. If you’re not afraid to display it and really want to find new friends, this is the perfect option.
5. Up for Virtual Friends?
It’s easier than ever to make friends online – sometimes easier than in-person friends. If you don’t mind, the option for virtual friends may be the perfect alternative to going through that grueling process of recruiting and securing friends in the flesh.
Plus, virtual friends allow for your friendships with marijuana lovers to remain no matter where you live or move to. For friends that stick around regardless of geological location, consider taking it virtually. Just don’t forget to remain educated on the topic. This can be especially helpful in places with stricter marijuana policies, like West Virginia, Pennsylvania, and Ohio.
Meeting new friends after moving somewhere new is difficult in any sense, especially when you’re interested in specific hobbies. There are plenty of ways to meet new people whose personalities match your own, but that’s not to say that it will be a breeze. You’ll still need to go through all the motions of creating that friendship and putting in the effort to make it a quality one, regardless of who you meet.