Do you already have your calendars marked for April 20th? With recreational marijuana legalized in 18 states and counting, every day can be a day to appreciate smoking cannabis. However — the date of 4/20 will always hold a special meaning for cannabis culture enthusiasts.
But how many cannabis users, today, know-how 4/20 became national weed day? Or, for that matter, what is the significance of 4/20 and cannabis? Find out more about 4/20 so you can start planning for national weed day accordingly.
Let’s get into it.
Why Is 4/20 National Weed Day?
So, what is the significance of 4/20 and pot? You may have noticed the hype or even partaken in the unofficial holiday activities — like cannabis smoking — each year on April 20, but did you ever wonder why this date, specifically?
You may be surprised to learn that the idea and development of 4/20 originated back in the 1970s. A group of five California high schoolers made a plan to meet at 4:20 pm every week in search of a cannabis plant rumored to be in a forest nearby. This group of teens called themselves the “Waldos”. One of the Waldos, Steve Capper, told media outlets only a few years ago that he and his friends would remind each other in the school hallways of the time to meet in order to begin their cannabis-seeking adventure.
The entire ride out to the forest, of course, was spent smoking. Week after week, the group would search long and hard for this abandoned, mysterious cannabis plant, smoking and enjoying each other’s company. The Waldos never found the plant. But they did come up with a code word that would be mentioned in cannabis culture for decades to follow: 420.
The word whispered in school hallways between friends, would quickly spread. Whenever someone said “420” to another classmate, it took on an entire meaning; whether it was an invite to get together to smoke, listen to music, relax, or see who had any cannabis on them, etc.
Beyond the high school halls, the father of one of the Waldos and the brother of another had personal connections to the band, The Grateful Dead. Between smoking sessions with their music playing in the background, the band caught wind of the term and started sharing it with fans. To this day, “Dead Heads” and cannabis enthusiasts alike are celebrating 4/20 just as they did all those years ago.
Here Are a Few Ideas for Celebrating 4/20 This Year
Now that you know how 4/20 became national weed day, you can celebrate it with a new appreciation. Here are some of our favorite ways to acknowledge the unofficial holiday for cannabis lovers.
1. Create the Ultimate Cannabis Environment.
Take some time to set the mood for optimum chill time. Here’s where Cannabolish comes in. Equip yourself with our smoke odor removing sprays to make for easy cleanup. You can even light a few of our continuous release candles to set the vibe just right.
Cannabolish odor-eliminating candles make a great addition to any session. Whether you’re honoring the Waldos this 4/20 or you’re kicking back on any old weeknight, Cannabolish is made from fresh, natural ingredients proven to effectively eliminate odors from any cannabis-related activity. Simply light the candle before your next session and allow the plant essential oils in our proprietary formula to fill the air with odor-absorbing molecules — never artificial fragrance.
2. Host a “Cannabis Tasting” Party.
Now that you’ve set the mood, the real enjoyment can begin. Our first recommendation for celebrating 4/20 this year is to come up with a clever “cannabis tasting”. Think wine tasting, but with cannabis.
Have guests bring their favorite strains to share with the group, while you supply the rolling papers and the lighters. You can even offer samples of a variety of edibles. The point of this gathering is to have everyone immerse themselves in all-things cannabis!
You can even kick up the cannabis tasting a notch with cannabutter cookies. Have friends cook their favorite strains into the dessert of their choice and bring a dessert to pass. Just make sure to clean up after any baking journey with Cannabolish odor eliminating spray — it’s great for cannabutter.
3. Try Something New.
Have you ever baked cannabis brownies or cooked up your own batch of cannabis oil? Try a recipe and indulge! Or, try a new strain you’re curious about. Not sure which direction to go? Pop by your local dispensary and the budtenders will be your guides!
4. Watch a Documentary or Listen to a Podcast.
There’s always something new to learn when it comes to the wide world of cannabis. Check out some trending documentaries and podcasts if you’re ready to go beyond consumption, and further into cultivation, legal and political aspects, dispensary operations, the latest trends, and more.
5. Try Celebrating 4/20 by Getting Involved.
Maybe you live in a state where recreational marijuana isn’t legalized, but medical marijuana is. Maybe you live in a state where neither are. Do your research and partner with local organizations that promote marijuana legalization and find out how you can make a difference.
Over the years, celebrating 4/20 has become more than just a day of indulging. It’s become a day when many passionate cannabis consumers come together to create change. Now you can be a part of it!
6. Pop in Your Favorite “Stoner” Movie.
If you simply want to appreciate the ritual of getting high while watching movie characters do the same, more power to you. This is a great way to unwind and escape from reality for a bit.
7. Plan Your Dream Cannabis Vacation.
If you haven’t heard of cannabis tourism, well, this 4/20 could be a great time to take advantage of some great outdoor cannabis-related activities or a cannabis-friendly tour. Yes, these vacations are a thing and they’re only growing in popularity. Learn why these trips are the next big trend in travel, and how you can get the most out of your cannabis excursion.
What are you in the mood for this upcoming 4/20? Whichever way you choose to celebrate, remember to celebrate responsibly and stay up-to-date with more cannabis-related news from the experts at Cannabolish.