PuffPuffChat is Chatroulette for stoners. Upon entering the site, you’re asked whether you’d prefer text or video, then paired in an anonymous chat room with a random weed-smoker somewhere in the world. The little number next to your name is supposed to signify how high you are: In the conversation above, I, a zero, am sober. My Scottish friend, a nine, is “kipping.”
 Person: u baked man
People on PuffPuffChat like weed. A lot. Enough to log on to a chat room devoted to it. But they’re also united by a higher-minded purpose: unlike the dick-showing, a/s/l’ing hordes that populate similar sites, they are out for smart, civilized conversation. One person I talk to tells me PuffPuffChat is good for having “spontaneous intellectual discussions without the context of ‘self'”; another says that the people you meet “are intelligent enough to hold conversations and not just put stupid things up like Chatroulette would, such as =====D.” The conversations I have over the course of a few days using itвЂ”about music, and shitty jobs, and drugs, lots of talk about drugsвЂ”are engaging and funny a little more often than they’re not. PuffPuffChatters, like stoners at large, are an affable bunch. (There’s an apparent demographic unity, too: Everyone I talk to who offers up such information is a man aged 18 to 25 or so.)
Some other people I come across: a factory worker who likes to get high before going on the night shift, a rowdy group of American college kids (One is wearing a Rush t-shirt, and another visually threatens to pull his dick out), a Phish-fan wine salesman, a smoked-out philosopher who talks about third eyes and rediscovering life.
 Person: sweet fuck all
You : are you serious?
I feel that high conversations have a unique quality to them. Whenever a friend and I sit down for a smoking session, it seems our communication occurs on a brand-new wavelength. We both feel a heightened sense of camaraderie and openness, and the conversation flows effortlessly and into novel and unexpected territories. PuffPuffChat was created to enable the people of the cannabis community to share these magical sessions with people from all around the world.
You : will be in a little bit
Feeling confident after my first real conversation, I fire up PuffPuffChat again, and see a familiar, smiling faceвЂ”giant V. Stiviano shades and all. “Awww, dude!”, my new friend exclaims. “Same person!” He gives me a tip: potheads can be a socially anxious folk, duh, so people tend to chat text-only rather than use video. If you opt for face-to-face, you’ll probably run into the same few people over and over. I switch to text.
The first person I meet on PuffPuffChat lives in Scotland. It's dark, so I can't really see him, but he looks like he's freaking out a little, and he doesn't seem that interested in talking to me. Our conversation goes something like this:
High There! Is the inevitable dating app for members of the marijuana community. Unabashedly a social app, it links people according to their weed strain or preferred device. High There! posts your picture, and members can swipe photos right or left. A brief 420-character profile lists your interests, moods, and likes. The app is home to those who have been scorned for their habits and want a community of similar mind-sets. But, the app does not work in cities or states where use is banned.
GrassCity presents forums for open discussion of cannabis issues from product recommendations, favored dispensaries and retailers, and many more. The forums also recommend trending topics. But, the sight has more going for it. For example, a tab for Recent News updates members on hundreds of new strains. There is a GrassCity Headshop promoting sales of bongs, pipes, apparel and more.
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Duby is a way to metaphorically pass a blunt among friends. What Duby does differently is add gamification elements. The game is to score big by getting your photo passed around so much it goes viral. It is free, anonymous, secure and open to those 17 and over. And, it posts news, strain reviews and swag for sale.
With marijuana now a legal business in many states, enthusiasts want to meet online like everybody else.