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What is 420 Friendly and What Does It Mean on a Dating Profile

420 Friendly

When it comes to finding love online, you may run into a few things that are unfamiliar to you, like someone being 420 friendly. Here’s what it means.

The modern world of dating is often full of confusion. You see people online you might actually get along with really well but you just can’t decipher their bio. Maybe they’d be perfect for you but if you don’t know what 420 friendly means and it’s listed in their bio, how do you know for sure?

This is a common snippet a lot of people post on their profiles in order to connect with the right types of people. However, not everyone who is 420 friendly will know what it means so how can they connect with that person on a deeper level?

What is 420 friendly and how will it affect you?

First, we have to understand where this phrase originates. Although there are many theories out there, 420 actually originated as a code word. Students in California weren’t allowed to smoke during school, obviously, which meant they had to wait until afterward.

This time, 4:20 in the afternoon, is when their friends would all get together and smoke marijuana. So after a while, they would all reference 420 while talking to each other in the open, using it as a code word. At first, they would use it to basically ask if one another looked high or even if someone had any marijuana.

Then it was used as a means of communicating the fact that marijuana was present. So what does 420 friendly mean? It means that someone either smokes or doesn’t mind marijuana. [Read: 50 questions to check if someone’s right for you]

What does 420 mean on a dating profile?

While online dating, you’ll stumble across all types of people. You may find that at the end of a few of these, the person will write “420 friendly” at the end of the bio. This means just as it states. That person is tolerant or even smokes marijuana.

That’s not to say that they require that of a person, but rather, they want to make sure the person they connect with knows and is okay with it. [Read: 30 best and worst ways to describe yourself online]

Why do people need to announce that they’re 420 friendly?

It might be a silly thing to think about. Why would someone basically announce they smoke marijuana or use it in any way? It’s not exactly something you should advertise but it’s particularly important for a few reasons.

#1 It’s illegal most places. There aren’t many places smoking and using marijuana is legal. Even though it’s becoming more and more widely accepted, there are still governments making it illegal everywhere.

Which is why it’s understandable some people aren’t going to be too thrilled by the idea of someone close to them smoking marijuana. It’s illegal. They might not want to get caught up in any legal trouble if it comes to that.

#2 Not everyone likes being high. There are some people who just don’t like it. Not that they have anything against it. It’s more like they just don’t enjoy being high and would rather not be around someone who could get them secondhand high.

So they might not want to get involved with someone who makes it a regular occurrence. That means they’d want to know upfront if someone actually smoked or not. [Read: 30 really fun ways to have fun with friends and beat the boredom]

#3 It doesn’t smell the greatest. Those who know what this smells like knows it’s a very strong scent. It’s not something a person can just get used to if they’re around it enough. Some people really hate the smell. If someone knows they can’t stand the smell, even if they don’t have anything else against it, they might not want to date a person who smokes it.

#4 Some people strongly dislike it. There are also those extremists who have everything against it. They hate it. Obviously, if that’s the case, they won’t want to be involved with someone who smokes or is 420 friendly. To them, it’s this horrible thing they’d rather avoid altogether. [Read: Top 15 worst habits that women hate in men]

Other ways to tell if someone is 420 friendly

If you want to know if someone is okay with marijuana and even if they themselves smoke, here are a few other ways you can figure it out.

#1 They’re high. This is pretty obvious. If you’re talking to someone and they tell you they’re high, then they probably smoke. Obviously, “high” is a very general term and could be used to describe being intoxicated via many different substances but marijuana is a common one.

You can even tell if someone is high just by the way they act. If they’re a little distracted and aren’t making perfect sense while messaging or talking, they could be intoxicated. People who are 420 friendly and high also laugh a bit more than others.

#2 They look high. If you end up on video chat or even in person, you can tell when someone’s high. Their eyes will be a little red and glossed over. They’ll also just look a little distant and not all present. This can change, however, depending on the person. Don’t just take their looks into account to tell if they’re 420 friendly.

#3 They carry a faint smell of marijuana. This is pretty obvious. Marijuana smell is very strong and very distinct. If they smell like it, they’re probably 420 friendly. And they also probably don’t care who knows it if they’re walking around smelling so strongly like an illegal substance.

#4 They look to be smoking things in their pictures. If you’re on an online dating app and you see pictures of them smoking, then chances are they’re 420 friendly. However, they could be smoking a cigarette so you do have to be careful. Don’t just assume that because someone is smoking something that they’re 420 friendly. [Read: All the horrible ways smoking can ruin your sex life]

#5 They’re with others clearly smoking in their pictures. They could just be around other people smoking in their pictures too. Again, it could be cigarettes but you can tell the difference between a cigarette and a joint.

And if someone is smoking from a glass pipe, it’s almost always marijuana. This might not mean that they’re smoking specifically, but they’re probably okay with others smoking around them at the very least.

[Read: How to know if you actually like someone]

Knowing what 420 friendly means can come in handy a lot more than you may think. And the next time you see this on a dating profile, you’ll know whether or not that person is for you.

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Bella Pope
Bella Pope
Bella is a lifestyle writer, cheese enthusiast (Wisconsin native over here) and fantasy adventure author-in-progress who enjoys all things love, dog, p...

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