5 Ways cannabis changed the world of gaming

Published May 31, 2023 09:00 a.m. ET
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As legalization spreads around the globe it’s got people talking about some of the many ways cannabis has an influence on various parts of society. One area that’s received a lot of attention is the gaming industry, and it’s not hard to see why. Now that acceptance of the plant and industry has become mainstream, it’s revolutionized all aspects of the gaming world, from the player experience and culture to game development.

Today, in this article we’ll highlight five ways cannabis has significantly changed the way we play, for the better.

1. Enhancing the gaming experience

Many people find that smoking a joint or nibbling on an edible is a great way to enhance the way we experience gameplay, and this is likely due to the psychoactive properties of THC which have been shown to heighten sensory perception, boost focus, and induce a potent sense of relaxation.

These effects may help to create a more enjoyable and fully immersive gaming experience, as players find it easier to feel like they’re truly a part of these virtual worlds.

2. Fostering community and social connections

Cannabis is widely acknowledged for its innate ability to foster a stronger sense of community by helping to build and maintain social connections among like-minded people, and that also seems to be true in the gaming industry. Many online platforms today such as social media groups, and forums are dedicated to bringing those who share a passion for cannabis and gaming together, with more emerging each day.

These communities are designed to provide a safe place for people to meet, share personal experiences, and bond over a shared love for cannabis-fueled play.

3. Cannabis-focused gaming events and competitions

As cannabis culture has become more socially acceptable, we’ve seen a rise in gaming events, competitions, and challenges with a focus on bringing gamers who enjoy the benefits of the plant together. This shift has caused a unique digital space to emerge, and it’s great for everything from networking to showcases skills and celebrating the connection between these two vastly different worlds.

Some of these events even offer environments that are designed to be 420-friendly, so participants can sit back, relax, and play in a space that’s inclusive and supportive of their love for cannabis.


4. Influencing game development

Societal acceptance of cannabis has changed the way developers think and work, with many incorporating related elements into their creations, be it a few subtle references or an explicit focus on various aspects of the plant, culture, or industry. Not long ago, it was nearly impossible to find weed-inspired games or even mentions of it, as creators and investors feared the idea could hurt sales.

Now, we’re even seeing a rise in cannabis industry players exploring the potential of this space, by creating themed games and virtual experiences that are designed specifically to cater to the needs and desires of avid enthusiasts.

5. Streaming and content creation

As cannabis-themed, fueled and related gaming has become popular and more widely available it’s led to a change in the world of streaming as well as other types of online content creation. Many gamers who also love cannabis have become famous with loyal audiences on some of the biggest most popular online platforms that everyone uses today, like YouTube and Twitch.

These streamers who are also players and enthusiasts share everything from available cannabis-themed games to their own personal consumption habits while exploring the exciting world of digital play.

In closing

It’s impossible to deny the impact cannabis has had on the gaming industry and players, and this influence is only going to become more prominent as acceptance of the plant, industry, and culture continues around the world. The possibilities for this deep connection between the two worlds are endless, but one thing is for certain, and it’s that cannabis has already played a big role in the evolution of the gaming industry, leaving a mark on gaming culture that will last forever.

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