April 20 or “4/20” is the calendar event that smokers look forward to every year, the main celebration of cannabis culture.
The day has grown in popularity since its inception, with large crowds gathering in parks to smoke marijuana and celebrities raising a joint to mark the occasion.
Celebrating Cannabis Day is now becoming more mainstream and commercial as more states legalize marijuana and companies try to cash in on the industry.
As the festivities become mainstream, the celebration is now a far cry from its origins, which were firmly rooted in the hippie counterculture.
Newsweek has the story behind the day, and how it got its name.
Where does ‘4/20’ come from?
There are many theories as to why 4/20 was chosen as the celebration date, but the one that was considered the most believable was made by Steven Hager, a former editor of the marijuana-focused media. . Highlights.
Hager said The New York Times that the ritual was initiated by five high school students from Marin County, near San Francisco in the 1970s, who met after school and around 4:20 p.m. to fetch a cannabis plant, supposedly abandoned in a forest by a American Coast Guard member who could no longer maintain the crop.
The group was friends with the guard’s brother, who gave them a map of Point Reyes Forest where the plant was supposed to be located.
The teenagers were nicknamed “the Waldos” because they used to hang out near a wall outside their high school in San Rafael. They were all athletes and finished their sports activities after school just before 4:20 p.m.
The Waldos met around this time at least once a week at the statue of Louis Pasteur outside San Rafael High, where they smoked and went looking for the patch of cannabis in the forest.
The Waldos have released several pieces of “evidence” to lend credence to their theory, including letters from the university and the original “420” flag from the 1970s.
“We were remembering in the hallways that we were supposed to meet at 4:20 p.m. It started at 4:20 p.m. – Louis and we finally dropped the Louis,” said Steve Capper, one of the Waldos. the Huffington Post in 2017.
There are several other unproven theories as to how the day got its name, including that 420 was California police or the marijuana criminal code, but this theory is not supported by any evidence.
Another theory is that there are 420 active chemicals in grass, but this has not been proven to be true. In fact, there are over 483, according to extensive cannabis and cannabinoid research.
spread the word
Although the Waldos never found the hidden cannabis plant, they managed to introduce an enduring code that was used by weed smokers around the world.
Initially, “420” started out as a private joke for their own get-togethers, but the phrase reportedly gained attention via the band’s connection to rock band The Grateful Dead, also based in Marin County Hills at the time. just a few blocks from Les Waldos High School. attended.
One of the Waldos, Mark Gravitch, had a father who managed the band’s real estate, while brother Dave Reddix (another Waldos member) ran a Grateful Dead side band and was close friends with the Grateful bassist. Dead, Phil Lesh.
The Grateful Dead practiced at a rehearsal room in San Rafael, Calif., and the Waldos used to hang out there to watch, Reddix told the Huffington Post.
Reddix said the post office that his older brother Patrick released the phrase “420” with the group via Lesh.
“And me too, because I was hanging out with Lesh and his band. [as a roadie] when they were doing a summer tour, my brother was managing,” Reddix added.
Capper added: “We would go with [Gravitch’s] dad, who was a hip 60s dad. There was a place called Winterland and we were always backstage or on stage and of course we use those phrases.
“When someone passes a joint or something, ‘Hey, 420.’ So it started spreading in that community.”
Capper said Marin County was “ground zero” for the California counterculture, which saw weed-smoking hippies as a form of protest against government policies, such as the Vietnam War.
Later, banners calling from 4:20 p.m. for meetings on 4/20 were found circulating at rallies before Grateful Dead concerts, the Huffington Post reported.
Today, 4/20 can mean a whole host of different things to weed smokers, as well as to the industry. Hundreds of vendors showcase their marijuana products at 4/20 gatherings each year.
For example, the aptly-named California town of Weed is hosting its own 4/20 festival this year.
how to celebrate
Watch a Marijuana Documentary
Learn more about the history of cannabis and the controversies that surround it today by watching a marijuana documentary, like The grass is greener, High Country: The Future of Grass, The top of culture and The Legend of 420.
Find your nearest 4/20 rally
Find one of hundreds of get-togethers or gatherings around the world celebrating 4/20.
Try a Weed-Friendly Dating Site
Singles looking to find a partner who smokes weed can try smoking dating apps like High There! and My420Mate. Mainstream dating sites like Match and Zoosk have filters that can help you find your smoking soulmate.
Listen to a marijuana podcast
Learn more about the ins and outs of the cannabis industry at The Adam Dunn Show, Brave New Grass and Cannabis cultivation and science podcast.
Try Cannabis Recipes
Try a recipe or two from “The Official High Times Cannabis Cookbook,” which offers over 50 tasty recipes to get you high.