What Is 420: Guide to the Holiday & Its Slang Meaning
Like most people, you’ve probably heard the term “420” thrown around quite a bit, but you may not know exactly what it means. 420 is a slang term that refers to marijuana, and April 20th has become a holiday for cannabis enthusiasts. Can you smoke the bongs or vapes in public that day around the world? Not everywhere, unfortunately. But you can feel connected with people around the world even on your own sofa. Where did the term 420 come from? And what does it mean in slang? In this blog post, we will answer all of your questions about 420 and provide a comprehensive guide to the history and meaning of this popular holiday!
The term “420” originated in the early 1970s as a code used by a group of high school students in San Rafael, California. The students would meet up at 4:20 pm to smoke marijuana, and the code quickly spread among their friends and classmates. Eventually, the term made its way into popular culture and became associated with marijuana use in general.
As a fun fact: the term “420” is sometimes used in movies among police officers to describe a situation where they know someone else has been involved in possession or trafficking of marijuana. It’s also interesting how 4/20 became associated with Adolf Hitler, who had his birthday on April 20th (April 19 falls within the Jewish holiday calendar).
Today, April 20th is celebrated as a holiday by cannabis enthusiasts around the world. On this day, people gather to smoke marijuana and celebrate cannabis culture. In some countries, such as the United States, marijuana is still illegal, so people often celebrate 420 by gathering in public places and smoking openly. In other countries where cannabis is legal, like Canada or Portugal, people might celebrate by going to a cannabis cafe or dispensary.
In addition to being a holiday, 420 is also used as slang for marijuana. When someone refers to being “420 friendly,” they mean that they are open to smoking marijuana or being around people who are smoking. This applies to hotels, restaurants, as well as movies or objects. Similarly, if something is described as “710 friendly,” it means that it is designed for use with cannabis concentrates (such as hash oil).
More and more people are becoming interested in celebrating 4/20 each year. Here are three of the most popular 420 events around the world:
“The San Francisco Cannabis Freedom Carnival & parade” in San Francisco, USA is one of the biggest 420 celebrations. This event includes a huge parade with cannabis-themed floats, music, and speeches from pro-cannabis activists.
“The Cannabis Cup” in Amsterdam, Netherlands is another hugely popular 420 event. This event is a mix of a trade show and festival, with over 200 different exhibitors offering everything from cannabis seeds to smoking accessories.
Finally, there’s “The Dabster Society’s BuddieBus Tour” in Vancouver, Canada. Vancouverites are known for their love of cannabis, and the 420 Smoke Out festival gives them an opportunity to celebrate that culture. The event has grown from a small gathering at Victory Square Park in ’95 up until its current attendance which exceeds 100k people every year!
So there you have it! Now you know a lot about 420 and its meaning in popular culture. Whether you choose to celebrate the holiday or not, we hope this blog post has given you a better understanding of this important part of cannabis culture! Thanks for reading!