In recent reports, young people are now buying drugs on Tinder and Instagram. The internet is an absolute game-changer for dealers worldwide, and while there’s more availability, there comes more threat- as buying any pills and drugs from a complete stranger via the internet must have some sort of negative impact or danger one will think. Users might not necessarily get scammed, but risk ingesting harmful compounds. Read more below
The Guardian reports that ‘drug dealers are increasingly using social networking apps like Instagram, Tinder and Kik to ply their trade – and that teenagers are their main customers. When it comes to Tinder, users swipe right when they stumble upon relevant profiles (look out for those big ganja leaves), while on Instagram you can scroll through hashtags such as #weed4sale until you stumbe upon what you’re looking for. The process after this is relatively simple: arrange a face-to-face meeting, or payment online in the hope that your goods do actually end up being posted to you. While this might appear on first sight to be easier than keeping track of all the ‘New Model, New Quality’ texts you get from random numbers and saving them in your phone, to be honest the guarantee that random person you met on the Internet will actually send you the drugs you’ve paid for is pretty slim’.
With Instagram and it’s strict policies #Girlswhosmokeweed is a major hashtag on the site, with over a million hits. Searching for #weedforsale also has a huge amount of hits, but a lot of these are in places where weed is currently legal, like the United States. An Instagram spokesman told The Guardian that “promoting the sale of, or selling marijuana and other drugs is against our community guidelines”, while Tinder declined to comment. Meanwhile the Liverpool Echo reports that they were able to purchase weed on Tinder from a guy called John – which gives a whole new meaning to the phrase ‘Netflix and chill’.