What is the story behind 4/20 celebrations aka Weed Day?

The pandemic might have taken some fun off April 20, aka the Stoner’s Christmas, this year. But, we do have a story behind the 4/20 celebrations — one, that we can talk about while smoking some pot within our bubbles. After all, just like any other festival, the history of 4/20 needs to be kept […]

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Cannabis Holidays to Celebrate Throughout the Year

We all know 420 as the quintessential stoner holiday. Even many people who don’t smoke very much have heard of the day; it’s globally recognized. But did you know there are quite a few other cannabis holidays, more quaint and less commercialized ones, that are very much worth celebrating?

So, mark your calendars, call your friends, and make sure you’re stocked up on all your favorite products when these cannabis holidays roll around.

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420 – April 20th

First on the list, not because it’s the most well-known but because it’s chronologically first, is none other than 420. The origin of the term 420 can be traced back to a group of five teens from San Rafael, California, the birthplace of many industry trends and the current largest cannabis market in the world. The teens were appropriately nicknamed “the Waldos” due to their preferred hang out spot – a wall outside of their high school. In the fall of 1971, the Waldos got wind of a rumor that a Coast Guard planted some cannabis seeds there and was no longer able to tend to his field.

Every day after school, they would pile into one of their cars, have a little smoke sesh, and scour the Point Reyes National Forest for this legendary crop. Their daily meeting time? 4:20 p.m. They never did find the elusive crop (that likely didn’t even exist), but they did manage start a trend that would first take over their high school and soon reach global status.

The phrase “420” quickly spread around, especially with teens and young adults, because it allowed teens to talk about cannabis openly while their parents, teachers, and supervisors were none the wiser. Eventually, thanks to some attention from Grateful Dead and a simple flyer that read, “We are going to meet at 4:20 on 4/20 for 420-ing in Marin County at the Bolinas Ridge sunset spot on Mt. Tamalpais.” Once High Times printed the story, accompanied by a photo of the flyer, it was game over… 420 was officially a thing.

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Jack Herer’s Birthday – June 18th

If you live in a legal or medical market, it’s not uncommon to find numerous strains with “Jack” in the name. Jack Diesel, Critical Jack, and Super Jack are all variants of the infamous sativa strain, Jack Herer. A lot of people, both consumers and those within the industry, know about the potent effects and robust flavor of this strain, however, many are unfamiliar with the man behind the strain.

After serving in the U.S. Army and moving to Los Angeles, California, Jack tried marijuana for his first time at the ripe of 30 years old. After falling in love with the plant and its effects, he quit his job and opened a head shop in Venice Beach, a mecca for art and hippie culture at the time.

By the 1970s, Jack Herer became a powerful presence in the movement to legalize cannabis. Herer spent a lot of time at the Library of Congress, reviewing decades of government-backed research on marijuana benefits and hemp fiber uses. He used this information for his 1985 book, The Emperor Wears No Clothes, which marked a watershed in his career as a cannabis industry activist.

His book quickly became known as the “holy grail” or “bible” of cannabis knowledge. To this day it is still viewed as a classic and a must-read for anyone with any sort of involvement with cannabis. To commemorate his many strides in the cannabis industry, many choose to celebrate his birthday, June 18th, by lighting up a joint, bowl, or blunt in one of his legendary strains.

710 – July 10th

For most people, July 10th is just another day; but in the cannabis industry, it’s a new-ish holiday to celebrate dabs. While most people view this as a very recreational form of using cannabis or hemp buds, many medical patients utilize it for the strong and fast-acting effects. Concentrates have anywhere from 50 to 90 percent cannabinoid content.

The exact origins of how this holiday came to be remain a bit hazy, but the date was picked for one simple reason: when you take the number 710, and flip it upside it looks just like the word “OIL”. The first documented 710 celebrations were back in 2012, when Washington and Colorado became the first states to legalize recreational cannabis and thus, created The 7/10 Cup to showcase newly permitted concentrate products.

Current 7/10 celebrations consist of concentrate consumption, usually via a popular method referred to as “dabbing”. Concentrates come in many forms such as wax, shatter, and bubble hash, and you can get both THC and CBD varieties. A small amount of concentrate is loaded into a dab rig then heated with a blowtorch.

CBD Day – August 8th

August 8th is celebration of cannabidiol specifically. Although it technically started as a marketing campaign, it’s grown to be nationally recognized as a day to spread awareness about the numerous health benefits of using CBD, arguably one of the most important cannabis holidays. Unlike THC, CBD is non-psychoactive so it’s primarily used in the wellness sector and there is even and FDA-approved medication, Epidiolex, that utilizes CBD as the main ingredient.

Although Epidiolex is only prescribed to patients with a few rare forms of epilepsy, CBD is used to treat a laundry list of different ailments including anxiety, depression, insomnia, pain, nausea, and other neurological disorders.

CBD is legal in all 50 states and, according to a recent Gallup poll, 64 percent of Americans have tried it at least once or have some level of familiarity with it, and 14 percent of people use it regularly. For adults under the age of 35, it is the preferred treatment method for mental health disorders.

Cannabis Holidays – Final Thoughts

Aside from 420, what cannabis holidays will you be celebrating this year? And how do you plan to celebrate? Let us know in the comment section below and make sure to subscribe to The CBD Flowers Weekly Newsletter for exclusive deals on flowers and other products.

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Sparing 420, Vape Ban Goes Into Full Effect 4/27

Out of all the major couriers, United States Postal Service had the latest cutoff date before the looming vape ban goes into effect. But here we are, the time has finally come and we’re now just shy of a week before we can no longer order vape products with the same ease and low prices that we’ve grown accustomed to.

At least they let us have 420, right? Already, Fedex, UPS, and a few other delivery services have began regulating the shipment of vape products under the new PACT Act, and the USPS is set to join them in about 1 week. As part of the amended PACT (Prevent All Human Trafficking) Act, the deliver of “ENDS” products directly to consumers will be prohibited or very strictly regulated.

The term ENDS stands for Electronic Delivery Nicotine Systems, but the term is used loosely to include “any electronic device that, through an aerosolized solution, delivers nicotine, flavor, or any other substance to the user inhaling from the device,” including “an e-cigarette; an e-hookah; an e-cigar; a vape pen; an advanced refillable personal vaporizer; an electronic pipe; and any component, liquid, part, or accessory of a device described [above], without regard to whether the component, liquid, part, or accessory is sold separately from the device.”

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USPS was last to follow suit, but come April 27th, they will be amending their regulations as well. If a courier decides to continue shipping vape products, they will be required to pay extra fees as well as checking ID and getting signatures at the time of delivery. It’s a very costly waste of time, so most companies are choosing to avoid dealing with these products altogether.

With no major carriers willing to move vape products, businesses are now stuck navigating both the new PACT Act requirements and finding a new way to ship their products.

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The Vape Ban Explained

This vape ban is not a ban in the true sense of the word. It’s a ban on the shipping of vape products, not on the actual use, production, or sale of them. And because cannabis vape products fall under the general term of ‘tobacco products’, it doesn’t actually specify anything about cannabis, if we’re choosing to get technical here.

The ban is for “tobacco” vaping products being shipped through UPS, FEDEX, USPS, and other major couriers. This does not mean companies cannot sell products, or ship them through the mail through a small private company, but it does mean they will need to scramble a bit and figure out what they will do before

In a way, it’s a ban that isn’t technically a ban, as there is no ban on any company or individual. This means the US government is not trying to legally stop people from using these products, or companies from making them, but it does seem to be trying to determine how the public can get products, and what products will be available to them. Overregulation for the sake of overregulation.

Final Thoughts

It’ll be rocky at the beginning, companies finding ways to get their products to consumers, and consumers trying to figure out the fastest and most affordable way to get what they need. For now, your best bet is to stock up and take advantage of all the 420 deals before the vape ban goes into effect. If you have a good amount of Delta 8 vape carts in your stash, that should buy you enough time until your favorite companies find a new way to ship your favorite products. Thanks to the unwavering adaptability of the cannabis industry, that shouldn’t take very long to do.

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Finding the Balance Between Holiday Spirit and Commercialism this 420

When 420 began back in the early 1970s, it was simply a day for weed smokers to connect during a time when that wasn’t always an easy feat. April 20th was an underground stoner holiday that has long held a special place in cannabis tradition and lore. However, as cannabis continues to find its place in the mainstream, the quirky, light-hearted fun of 420 gave way to unchecked commercialism and has now become little more than a day to score deals if you’re a consumer, and sell extra products if you’re a business owner – it’s basically the Black Friday of the cannabis industry.

Some people don’t mind the trend, and for the sake of keeping it honest, I definitely love a good 420 deal myself. But deals aren’t everything, it’s important to remember the true meaning behind 420 – friends, oneness, and progress. Some companies and industry professionals have denounced the materialistic nature of modern-day 420, altogether and are hoping to take the holiday back to its carefree origins.

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History of 420

The origin of the term 420 can be traced back to a group of five teens from San Rafael, California, the birthplace of many industry trends and the current largest cannabis market in the world. The teens were appropriately nicknamed “the Waldos” due to their preferred hang out spot – a wall outside of their high school. In the fall of 1971, the Waldos got wind of a rumor that a Coast Guard planted some cannabis seeds there and was no longer able to tend to his field.

Every day after school, they would pile into one of their cars, have a little smoke sesh, and scour the Point Reyes National Forest for this legendary crop. Their daily meeting time? 4:20 p.m. They never did find the elusive crop (that likely didn’t even exist), but they did manage start a trend that would first take over their high school and soon reach global status.

The phrase “420” quickly spread around, especially with teens and young adults, because it allowed teens to talk about cannabis openly while their parents, teachers, and supervisors were none the wiser.

Trends spread around high schools all the time, but how did the 420 become internationally known? That took some star power, for which we have the Grateful Dead to thank. The Waldos had connections with the Grateful Dead. Mark Gravitch’s father managed the band’s real estate and Dave Reddix’s older brother was good friends with Phil Lesh, the Dead’s bassist.

At a Dead concert during Christmas weekend 1990, High Times reporter Steve Bloom was handed a flyer that read, “We are going to meet at 4:20 on 4/20 for 420-ing in Marin County at the Bolinas Ridge sunset spot on Mt. Tamalpais.” Once High Times printed the story, accompanied by a photo of the flyer, it was game over… 420 was officially a thing.

What 420 has become

Instead of a chill day to get together with your friends and enjoy the wonder that is dank weed, 420 has become a day to scroll the internet or local dispensary menus for the best deals. On average, cannabis consumers plan to spend just under $150 on 4/20 alone, which for most of them, is equivalent to or more than their typical monthly spending.

“I think brands that associate themselves with cannabis kind of get that contact high. In other words, they’re just considered to be cooler by association,” said Kit Yarrow, consumer psychologist at Golden Gate University. “As pot becomes more legal, more discussed, more interesting to people, more widely used, then 420 becomes more mainstream as well.”

This boost of “coolness” provided by cannabis translates into big money for companies that offer marketable products. Companies in the beauty industry can formulate a quick CBD lotion, offer it at a discount on 420, and they have a quick marketing campaign that can net thousands of dollars. It’s great when cannabis companies offer a token of appreciation to their customers which frequently comes in the form of a discount, but when everyone is trying to cash in on the 420 momentum, it can be a bit over the top. Some companies are choosing not to participate in the madness, and it is easy to see why.

One example is Scott Sundvor, CEO and co-founder of Space Coyote, a San Francisco-based infused joint maker who was thoroughly disappointed that what “started as a celebration of weed has degenerated into consumerism and bargain hunting at dispensaries,” he mentioned in a Forbes interview. He says that his company is encouraging consumers to be “less retail-obsessed” this holiday season. “This 420, we encourage everyone to get out in nature, light up a joint, and enjoy their day and this beautiful plant to the fullest.”

Evelyn LaChapelle, a program associate at the Last Prisoner Project, a nonprofit focused on cannabis criminal justice reform, believes 420 is a distraction from more important priorities. “Before going to prison I celebrated 420 with the rest of the thousands of people who celebrate every year,” she said. “After prison I realize that thousands of people around the country celebrate cannabis while 40,000 people still sit in prison for cannabis. The legal industry must do something to right this wrong.”

Overall, I think people are just tired of this “money rules all” society that we have become, and they’re searching for some deeper on many different levels. How you enjoy your free time certainly counts.

Speaking of Black Friday…

Similar trends are starting to happen in the retail world as well, with many companies beginning to boycott black Friday. Over the last couple of years, Apple, Costco, Crate & Barrel, IKEA, Nordstrom, Sam’s Club, Staples, and many other retailers are rejecting Black Friday in response to the “discount creep” that has quickly led to deals starting on Thursday, Thanksgiving of all days.

Some people refer to it as “Black Friday Eve”, “Black Thursday”, or “Gray Friday,” but many are somewhat disturbed by the blatant materialism being displayed on a holiday when we are supposed to give thanks for all that we do have. It’s irony to the max.

It is an incredibly smart and practical move on the companies’ parts, marketing masquerading as anti-marketing. On the surface, it’s a boycott that directly disadvantages them. However, it is viewed publicly as a “brave” and “moral” stance, so people who feel the same way about Black Friday are then more likely to support these companies. A study conducted by the research firm MarketLive found that roughly 65 percent of consumers “hate or dislike” the trend of retailers opening stores on Thanksgiving Day, and only 12 percent firmly support the idea of it.

Final thoughts

Again, deals aren’t a bad thing. They’re actually wonderful in my opinion – I’ll be stocking up at my local dispensary and we’ll have some amazing deals in our newsletters as well, but it’s important to remember they’re not everything. The real purpose of this holiday is togetherness among fellow stoners, so call up a friend, take a walk in nature, volunteer somewhere or get involved in your local cannabis activism community; whatever makes you feel like you’re truly seizing the holiday. Take those deals you get and share them with a loved one!

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Top Ten 420 Essentials

This 420, cannabis lovers from coast-to-coast will have even more reason to celebrate. In the past few months, New York showed up with the most progressive social equity program to date; New Jersey Governor Phil Murphy signed legislation legalizing cannabis in February; and, most recently, Virginia called time on outdated and racist prohibition laws, becoming the 16th state to legalize recreational cannabis.

With legalization comes a continuous stream of new and innovative products to market, each offering a unique or delicious way to enjoy cannabis or show your support of the culture. 

To help you get the most out of the unofficial day of weed, we’ve rounded up ten essential products that will enhance all aspects of your 420 experience, as well as your daily cannabis ritual. Let’s celebrate this plant in top-form every single day. 

420 Goody Box 

Is there anything more fun than getting a package full of surprise weed goodies in the mail? Cannabis subscription boxes have become all the rage in recent years, with everything you need to enhance your smoking experience, such as pipes, papers and lighters.  Keep the 420 festivities going all year and treat yourself or someone special to a 420 Goody Box subscription. The OG Goody Box comes with an exclusive glass piece, apparel and other smoking gear. You can also level up to the Top Shelf Goody Box, which features high-end, exclusive glass pieces, merch and much more.  doyougoodybox.com – from $27.98

Boveda Humidity Control Packets

Every cannabis aficionado knows that Boveda’s cannabis products are the best in the game for protecting the terpenes, cannabinoids and flavonoids of your bud until you’re ready for it. Using patented technology, Boveda’s humidity control packets keep whatever you’re storing at precisely the right humidity. Simply slip a Boveda packet into your storage jar or tin and keep your weed so fresh and so clean. bovedainc.com – from $4.99 

King Palm’s Natural Pre-Rolled Cones 

The cool factor associated with smoking blunts is incomparable to any other smoking device. But they do have their drawbacks – like being made from tobacco and requiring a pretty strong rolling game. Natural leaf pre-rolled cones from King Palm will make the perfect addition to your 420 celebrations. Every cone is hand-rolled to ensure you have the perfect smoke — simply pack them with your favorite ground buds to enjoy. It’s that easy. If you feel like getting fancy on 4/20, try the Vanilla Gold Roll, which is rolled in real gold and includes a vanilla-infused filter tip for a smooth, tasty hit. kingpalm.com – from $1.00

Stüdenglass Gravity Hookah

Every now and then, a game-changing product comes along that makes people sit up and say, “I need that.” The Stüdenglass Gravity Hookah is one such product. Chances are you know about the rotating glass hookah through Seth Rogen’s viral video showing him gripped by a coughing fit after one hit. Propelled by kinetic energy, the device uses cascading water and opposing air flow technology to deliver a powerfully immersive smoking experience. This state-of-the-art gravity bong is for top-shelf aficionados and will undoubtedly heighten your 420 celebration. stundenglass.com – $599

The Volcano by Storz & Bickel

Vaping cannabis is a tasty and efficient way to enjoy your terps without inhaling hot smoke into your lungs. Storz & Bickel is one of the OGs of dry herb vaping devices and its tabletop vape, the Volcano, is a cultural icon. Whether you’re chilling at home or on-the-go this 4/20, Storz & Bickel has a device for you. The digital Volcano Hybrid features a patented combination of convection and conduction heating that you can control through an app on your phone. To take your weed on the road, you can choose from either the MightyCrafty+ or the Plentystorz-bickel.com – from $249

Oui’d Wear

Is your 420 outfit ready? If not, Oui’d Wear has you covered. Founded by two University of Arizona students, the apparel brand offers a line of comfy hoodiespants and hats that all showcase the company’s passion for fashion and cannabis legalization,  Proponents of social justice,  Oui’d proudly supports Steve DeAngelo’s Last Prisoner Project, which fights for the freedom of over 40,000 people currently incarcerated for cannabis offenses. Show your love for sweet nugs and social justice while you relax in style with Oui’d Wear. ouidwear.com – from $15

Quesada Watches

Need to know when it’s 4:20 on 420? Get yourself a luxury handcrafted watch from Quesada. The company offers two watches, each named for pioneers of cannabis culture — Lowell Eggemeier and Lester Grinspoon. Each sleek timepiece is handmade in Portland, Oregon using Swiss movement, sapphire crystal glass, jewelry grade stainless steel cases, and a locally sourced leather strap. Also included is an additional NATO strap, which adds a fun and functional way to show off your watch. The Grinspoon comes with an olive-green leather strap and sand NATO strap, while the Eggemeier comes with a rye tan leather strap and bright purple NATO strap. quesadawatch.com – $1850

The Fusion Face Mask by Hemp Black 

Heading out on 4/20? Keep yourself protected while knowing that you are also caring for the planet’s health with a face mask from Hemp Black. The company is dedicated to creating products that are sustainable and ethically manufactured. Its Fusion Face Mask offers protection through a cutting edge combination of antimicrobial hemp and copper technology. Unique Element fibers that are infused with odor-eliminating hemp on a molecular level keep it fresh. It’s reusable, machine washable, and its seamless shape conforms to your face for a comfortable, custom feeling fit.  hempblack.com – $24.95

Jonathan Adler Trays

From his SoHo studio, Jonathan Adler creates a world of functional and fabulous pottery, timelessly chic furniture and must-have home accessories. Specializing in what has been dubbed “modern American glamour,” Adler’s collections involve cannabis and drug paraphernalia — essential for all bougie stoners. Keep your 420 coffee table on-point with one of the designer’s catchalls, like his Atlas Rolling Tray, which features trippy profiles layered in brilliant blues.  Crafted from glossy finish porcelain and packaged in a nifty box, this will surely take any fancy folks’ 420 game up a notch. jonathanadler.com – from $28.99

TarCutter Medical Grade Filter 

Smoking cannabis remains the most popular method of consumption. But, if you aren’t lucky enough to grow your own or know exactly where it came from, there can be risks of inhaling contaminants along with your delicious dank. Using a unique filtration system made from coconut carbon and medical grade stainless steel, the TarCutter Medical Grade Filter is designed to reduce this potential exposure. Simply attach it to the mouthpiece of your bong for a smoother hit without compromising the effects or taste of you buds.  tarcutterlabs.com – $199

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