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WHAT DOES 420 MEAN? THE ORIGINS OF 420 CANNABIS CULTURE.
Time to read 3 min
Time to read 3 min
You've probably come across the term “420” more than once in your life. You may even have connected it with the use of cannabis. But what is the true meaning of the term and where does it come from? Those are the questions we will answer in this article.
420 (pronounced: four-twenty) is a code word for and a symbol of the cannabis culture. It’s a way for people to discreetly reference marijuana use and connect with others who share their love for the plant. For many Cannabis users, “420” represents a laid-back, carefree attitude and a desire to enjoy life to the fullest.
The origins of the term 420, also written as 4/20, are somewhat shrouded in mystery. Still, there are a few theories about how it came to be associated with marijuana culture.
The most popular theory is that 420 originated as a secret code among high school students in the 1970s. According to this story, a group of friends in San Rafael, California, would meet up at 4:20 pm to smoke marijuana. They eventually spread the phrase to their friends. Over time, it became a shorthand for marijuana use in general.
A second theory suggests that 420 was the California police code for marijuana smoking in progress. However, this theory has been debunked.
Regardless of its origins, 420 has become a widely recognized term within the marijuana community. April 20th (4/20) has even become a sort of unofficial holiday for Cannabis enthusiasts, with events and festivals held around the world to celebrate Cannabis and the 420 lifestyle. Many of these events include live music, food, and a variety of vendors selling cannabis-related products.
One of the best-known 420 festivals in the USA is the annual “Mile High 420 Festival” in Denver, Colorado, which attracts thousands of people from all over the world.
In addition to these events, there are also many online communities and forums dedicated to the 420 lifestyle, where people can connect with others who share their interests and values.
Besides April 20th, 420 is still used as shorthand for “twenty minutes past four o’clock,” as it was originally intended. It means something along the lines of: “It’s twenty minutes past 4. The work is done. Time to relax and have fun.”
“It’s always 420 somewhere” is an adaptation of the popular term “it’s 5 o’clock somewhere.” “It’s 5 o’clock somewhere is used by people to indicate that no matter the time of day, drinking alcohol is perfectly okay. In the same way, It’s always 420 somewhere means that even though it may not (yet) be 4:20 pm in your time zone, every hour it is 4:20 somewhere on the planet, so it’s perfectly okay to light up a joint right now.
Most people immediately associate the 420 lifestyle with smoking marijuana. While it’s true that the consumption of Cannabis and the use of hemp are an integral part of the 420 lifestyle, there is so much more to it than just getting high.
In reality, the 420 lifestyle is about celebrating and advocating for the responsible use of Cannabis. This includes educating oneself about the different strains and their effects, learning about safe consumption methods, and understanding the laws and regulations surrounding marijuana use in one’s area. It also involves advocating for marijuana legalization and destigmatization. Either through participating at protests and rallies or simply by having open and honest conversations about Cannabis with friends and family.
The 420 lifestyle often also includes adopting a healthy, balanced, and natural lifestyle. This can be done by, for example, incorporating Cannabis into one’s self-care routine, using it to enhance yoga and meditation practices, or by using Hemp and Cannabis to create delicious and healthy meals.
Another important aspect of the 420 lifestyle is community. Many people who advocate the 420 lifestyle find a sense of belonging and camaraderie with like-minded individuals who share their love for Cannabis. This can take the form of joining online forums or social media groups, attending cannabis festivals and events, or simply hanging out with friends and smoking a joint together.
Even though 420 is tightly connected to consuming cannabis, 420 culture encapsulates much more and is more akin to the hippie culture and its values.
At its core, the 420 lifestyle is a culture and a community centered around the values of personal freedom, individual rights, and the responsible use of Cannabis.
Overall, the 420 lifestyle has evolved into a thriving subculture that continues to grow as more and more people become interested in the use of marijuana and the values associated with this way of life.
So the next time you see or hear the term “420,” you’ll know that it’s more than just a random number. 420 is a cultural phenomenon that symbolizes the celebration and enjoyment of Cannabis and advocates for responsible cannabis use. It promotes living a healthy and natural lifestyle and building a sense of community with others who share your love for the Cannabis plant.