To date, or not to date a stoner?

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Throughout the majority of my 20s and as it stands right now, marijuana has been very much a part of my lifestyle. I consider myself a high-functioning stoner, meaning it’s not the first thing you would notice about me because I’m a pretty ambitious person living a multidimensional life. I find that it helps spark my creativity and lessen my ADHD by relaxing racing thoughts enough to focus on one thing at a time, both of which are essential for my career as a writer.

In the past, it never mattered to me if my partner also smoked, as long as they were cool with it. But through trial and error in my own dating life, I’ve come to realize that there’s a big difference between tolerating my hobbies and indulging in them with me, which is why dating a fellow stoner is way more appealing to me on so many levels. As long as weed enhances their life and doesn’t just render them an anxious, unmotivated loser who never leaves their house, I am all about it. Here are the real reasons why dating a cannabis-enthusiast is the best:

1. They are chill AF.

Depending on how much time you spend together, your romantic partner greatly influences your mood and anxiety levels. Is there anything worse than being with a high-maintenance, chronically stressed partner who always fusses over the little things and doesn’t know how to chill out? Weed helps people unwind and lower anxiety levels at the end of the day. It makes even the most mundane activities far more enjoyable. Even if that just looks like cooking dinner or going on a hike together, you know your partner is focused in the moment instead of stressing about things like work or money. This means fewer unnecessary fights and better quality time together.

2. They are open-minded.

Even though it has become legalized in so many states and more socially acceptable at this point, there’s still a stigma associated with smoking weed. It’s frustrating and unavoidable. But you know who won’t judge you? Someone that doesn’t care about what other people think. Stoners trust their intuition and don’t need society’s approval when they know how they want to live their life. That’s pretty hot.

3. They’re likely in control of other vices.

OK, so this is based purely on anecdotal evidence, but most people can only afford one vice at a time, and I don’t know too many potheads who also rage face at the bars when they know they can come home to a fresh bowl instead of buying $15 cocktails and waking up to a miserable hangover in the morning. Stoners are usually the first ones to volunteer as the DD, meaning you’ll always have a safe ride home.

4. The intimacy is stronger.

When I look back at previous relationships, I always romanticize the beginnings and the process of going from strangers to lovers. I think about the times we smoked on my porch swing and laughed about dumb stuff for far too long or deep conversations while passing a joint back and forth in front of a campfire. Getting high allows you let your guard down and just be real and silly in a world where we’re supposed to be taking everything else so seriously all the time. Being able to relax, open up and communicate with each other encourages a stronger bond and higher levels of intimacy, which brings me to my next point.

5. The sex is sexier.

Hot sex and a heightened sense of desire for your partner are great indicators of a strong relationship. Weed has a way of slowing things down and bringing you into the moment. It makes you feel free and uninhibited. You’re completely aware of all the little sensations and the only thing you’re focused on is pleasure. When you’re in this state, every kiss, every touch feels euphoric and intense, which can result in more intentional, meaningful sex. And truly, nothing beats cuddling and smoking a post-coitous spliff after an A++ stoned hook-up.