420 is coming! Are YOU ready for it?
Even if you never smoked weed in your entire life, you probably heard of this magical number – 420, the number usually associated with the consumption of marijuana. So, as you can guess, being 420 friendly means that someone is fine with smoking weed. Doesn't only mean people - it frequently mans places as well. And whether the people or places smoke, they are open and comfortable with others that do.
But the big question is actually - what is the deal with the number, and why do people celebrate National Weed Day on the 20th of April? Those are the questions we are going to answer today.
What is 4/20?
So, there are many theories surrounding the 4/20 and its origins. Most of those theories do not hold water, so we won’t even bother to discuss or cover them here. If we focus on those theories that ARE possible, the most obvious and probably the most realistic theory here comes from California, where a group of local students in the 1970's started it as a habit to meet up and smoke every day at 4:20 PM.You have to remember that in the 1970's, cannabis and everything related to it was illegal so having a code name or phrase made a lot of sense.
Over time, this has become a tradition across different groups of teenagers and cannabis users and a sort of a code name for consuming marijuana. Right now, it is a globally recognized and commercialized symbol for cannabis consumption.
But that's not the only theory that's out there!
The second theory comes from the father of horror, H.P. Lovecraft, himself. If you don't know who H.P. Lovecraft is, well, you really ought to check him out. But we'll give you the basics - he was an American writer of weird, science, fantasy, and horror fiction. He was perhaps best known for his creation of the Cthulhu Mythos. However, in a short story called “In the Walls of Eryx,” the main character describes strange mirage plants that would produce a psychedelic effect and get him high at 4:20. Whether this one is true or not, it is fun to think that Lovecraft had made 4/20 a thing as far back as in 1939. Considering the themes of Lovecraft’s stories, no wonder he would mention some psychedelics in his writing.
Regardless of which theory is true, the fact remains – 420 is now deeply embedded into the cannabis culture as a code name for smoking weed.
What Do Marijuana Smokers Celebrate on April 20?
Because of the cultural impact of 420, the date for the National Weed Day has been chosen to be the 20th day of the 4th month – the 20th of April. How appropriate is that! The celebration itself is not yet formalized nor recognized on an official level in most places, but it already is a huge cultural phenomenon that unites weed enthusiasts from all around the world.
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Basically, the idea is to spread the word about marijuana and show the world that there’s nothing wrong with smoking weed. Large crowds of people gather across the states and countries where cannabis is legal and smoke weed. In places where cannabis is not yet legal, people gather for huge legalization demonstrations and express their desire to have weed legalized in their countries as well as in their states or locations. This is a big day for anyone who enjoys weed and sees benefits in its consumption.
What Does 4/20 Friendly Mean?
Basically, if somebody says they are 420-friendly, it means they have a positive attitude towards weed and are fine with smoking some from time to time. If you smoke cannabis yourself, it means that you are also 420 friendly by default.
While many people are in favor of legalization and are 4/20 friendly, that isn't true for everyone. So checking with people or places before lighting up or pulling out your stash is still smart.
What Can Be 4/20 Friendly?
Literally, anything can be 420 friendly. A person can be 420 friendly, which means they would likely smoke weed with you. Or at least not have issues if you do.
A household may be 420 friendly, which means you can come to visit your friends and have a smoke.
A café or a bar can also be 420 friendly, which means you can smoke or even buy and smoke cannabis on-premise, and the owners would be fine with that. In various places around the world, like Spain or the Netherlands, you can get coffee or a drink and easily light up or buy some weed.
If you believe such kinds of stories, Snoop Dogg smoked in the White House once, which technically makes it a 420 friendly place too. But I wouldn't want to really have to test hat theory there.....
As you see, 4/20 is more than just a random number, it is a cultural phenomenon that unites people from all around the world around cannabis and the efforts for the legalization of medical and recreational marijuana. The 20th of April has thus become a National Weed Day for all the enthusiasts around the world, and it is only natural that the movement for legalization is gaining momentum across the globe. As more and more countries and locations legalize cannabis, it is possible to see National Weed Day becoming a global event in the near future.
Let us know your thoughts and what you plan on doing special for 4/20 this year?