Pot Shots: Legalization Unleashes New Wave Of Weed Apps

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Platforms for pot lovers are popping up everywhere since legalization took off, and now it seems like there’s an app for every marijuana-related item or service imaginable. Bay Area startups are linking more local smokers via THC-centric tech for growing, selling or buying buds and even making love connections as the number of canna-centric apps has grown in recent years.

One of the most visible and widely used on the market right now is Eaze, the delivery app that launched last fall. You can’t smell or inspect your preferred strain beforehand, and there’s a minimum purchase plus the usual taxes and delivery fees, but the “Uber of Weed” is reliable for those without the time or means to visit their local dispensary.

Decade-old WeedMaps is the granddaddy of marijuana apps. Although it’s been somewhat eclipsed lately by the younger, hipper Leafly, WeedMaps still dominates with a global index of cannabis businesses, including doctors, shops and delivery services, and by linking people with local deals and specific products. Leafly offers similar features in addition to user reviews of pot strains.

Once you’ve acquired your stash, Releaf will track your buzz in real time. The somewhat scientific platform for pot perfectionists analyzes and charts your high, includes a profile page for adding weed sources, and can probably add a cover sheet on that TPS report. You can also share your love of the good green on MassRoots, a.k.a. the Instagram of Weed. MassRooters create a profile and then peruse countless photos of glassware, bountiful bud bouquets and massive growhouses. It’s a novel idea but unlikely to overtake the ’Gram, which has plenty of active cannabis-related hashtags and accounts.

If you’re still playing “Farmville,” then try your hand at “Hemp Inc.,” a similar, pot-related video game that lets players grow, sell, buy and ultimately build a virtual weed empire. The game has taken off since its debut two years ago, and a number of 420-friendly celebrities like Snoop Dogg, Cheech and Chong, Wiz Khalifa and Willie Nelson make appearances—or their avatars, at least.

Marijuana matchmaking services are popular for singles seeking a spark with other canna-thusiasts. 420 Singles works like Tinder, letting users swipe left or right, and has sections to describe how you prefer to consume cannabis and what you’re like in a smoke circle, while 420 Friends more closely resembles OKCupid with areas to fill in your preferences in a partner. With so many options, you’re bound to find someone down for a post-sex smoke sesh.