The History of 4/20 

When we hear about 4/20-, we know that it’s weed day. It’s seen as a festival, with even stadiums and other locations celebrating the freeing of cannabis and the extent of this. It’s considered an unofficial holiday in the world of cannabis, and some people do celebrate it the moment the clock strikes. What’s the history though? What’s the background behind this? Here, you’ll learn about the myths that have started to circulate, and also find out the history of where 4/20 came from. 

The Myths 

One of the most popular beliefs is that 4/20 is based off the police code for the term marijuana in the state of California. Others say that it’s the penal code that’s used for that, but it’s not totally correct. 

This is actually not true. Another one is because it’s basically a reference to the composition that marijuana has, with 420 being the chemicals that were found in this. It may make sense until you discover that it has more than 500. So not true. Another one is that it came from the bob Dylan song that’s called Rainy Day Woman #12 & 35. However, this doesn’t give you 420, as those numbers don’t add up, since the line in it possibly alluded to it.  

While Dylan may be a reference to this, it was never the true reason, and there’s no evidence from the songwriter that the meaning behind that was to multiply the numbers.  You’re also not going to get this if you add them, but if you multiply them. So where did it come from if Dylan isn’t the reason for this? Read on to find out. 

The Real Origins of This 

The main story that’s the most credible comes from five students in high school who would meet near the statue of Louis Pasteur in order to partake in marijuana. This was always done at 4:20 because it was after school. There was no significance. This is something that started out as a ritual, which they would use “420” to reference this. 

It actually was validated in the High Times magazine in 1998. But how did five students in high school do this? Well, those five students were actually pretty influential. Two of them were directly connected to the Grateful Dead, a popular band. Mark Gravitch’s dad managed the real estate for them. Dave Reddix the other boy who was mentioned in the group actually had a brother who was pretty close to Phil Lesh, the bassist. When they hung out, they would text the phrase 420 to reference that there was marijuana. 

This was used in a lot of the inner circles throughout the 70s and 80s when referencing marijuana, and it wsa pretty insider as well. 

When December 1990 hit, the Grateful Dead fans in Oakland accidentally popularized this. They encouraged people to try it while at the concert, and they did have flyers that would invite people to light up on April 20th at 4:20 pm.  This is where the 420 events first started, and it also was when the first exposure to this. 

The flyer was also officially printed from the High Times magazine all the way in 1991. 

These days, nobody doesn’t need to hear 420 in the code since it’s so popular these days. But the symbolism of this is definitely more connected and communal, and it’s a good part of the culture of cannabis. 

Almost every city in the US partakes in some kind of event on the day, so it’s not just something that’s good for history, it’s good for culture too. 

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Using Medical Marijuana for Pain Management

One of the more prominent reasonings behind the use of medical marijuana is for treating symptoms of pain for health patients all over the United States. The world is full of pain, both mental and physical. Did you know that roughly 12% of all prescriptions filled in the United States alone are to treat or manage some type of pain? There seems to be a surplus of pain surrounding residents in the United States, and there is a lack of appropriate and helpful resources available to patients that are dealing with severe pain. Chronic pain, the type that patients struggle with constantly, can usually be attributed to some other type of health condition.

There are many types of pain management that patients attempt to use, including prescription medications, physical therapy, or even substances that are not suggested or prescribed by their doctor. These are short term fixes for a long term issue of pain. Most patients that struggle with pain of this caliber have a hard time just getting through the day, let alone be successful at work or be able to exercise when their responsibilities are done with.

These are some of the reasons that medical marijuana has become even more popular for dealing with different types of pain. Not only does the cannabidiol content found in marijuana help reduce inflammation at the source of pain on a cellular level, but the THC component also helps to alleviate mental stress and increase energy and mood levels.

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In comparison to other prescription medications that one might take to manage levels of pain, cannabis is much more natural and risk free. Opioids, which have sadly become the industry standard for dealing with chronic pain, are inherently addictive and can lead to long term problems, specifically addiction and overdosing.

Many medical patients that use opioids to treat and manage their pain conditions will testify to the fact that opioids lose their effectiveness over time, meaning that the patient has to take increased doses of the drug over and over. In contrast, marijuana can be taken in microdoses, higher potencies, and taken in a variety of ways through different cannabis products. This allows the patients to really decide how they want to be treated by medical marijuana, and it doesn’t control them in the same way that other pain medications do.

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Another thing to consider about the medical marijuana industry is that it keeps adapting. Cannabis can be implemented into a variety of products that are specialized for dealing with different types of pain. For people who experience pain closer to or at the surface of the skin, there are topical options like lotions or creams that can be infused with CBD or THC to treat the pain at the source. Of course, medical marijuana patients can also take part in smoking weed, which is definitely the most effective (and fun) method of cannabis consumption.

There are also oils, tinctures, edibles, capsules, and many other products that really allow medical marijuana patients to decide how they want to consume cannabis. Plus, we finally have doctors and medical practitioners that are able to give informed opinions and prescriptions for medical marijuana to a patient suffering with chronic pain or health conditions.

This helps to ensure that each patient is getting a safe recommendation from their doctor and knows what they are getting into before they head on over to the dispensary. So if you have been dealing with chronic pain for quite some time and have not had success with other treatment options, it might be time to ask your doctor if medical marijuana is right for you!

Weed season 

You may wonder if there are specific seasons that will help you grow the cannabis better. Some people think that they can grow cannabis at any time, planting at any time of the year and then boom, they get good results. That’s not the case. Weed season matters for a lot of growers, and here, we’ll go over what that is exactly, and why it should be looked at. 

What is it? 

This is the season where people can grow cannabis outside successfully. It’s also when people inside are able to sow, harvest, and grow the cop as well. This is definitely based on the type of bud that you’re growing, since some of them do need more sun than others. But weed season is similar to other horticultural phenomenon. This is similar to how growers of veggies for example are able to grow during similar seasons. You don’t usually start a plant right before the winter season hits, right? You usually do it when the season is about to end, and right before the beginning of the spring. 

What the seasons are 

This is something that does depend on the type of location you’re in. for those who are in the northern hemisphere, this usually is based on the vernal equinox, or the beginning of spring.  This is something that tells growers that they can start growing the seedlings inside under some light, using grow lights to function. 

Depending on the initial final frost date for growing, the growers will usually do outdoor transplant from late April all the way to late may, and the weed season can last up to 8 months, ending frost that happened in October. The southern hemisphere is literally the opposite. It begins in September, which is when their early spring happens, and then, this happens all the way through February and then march, which is basically their autumn and summer. 

In tropical areas, this can vary, however. For some who live near the equator, they can actually do this all the time, since they have 12 hours of daylight, regardless of the season. Plus, since it doesn’t get cold, its humid and warm all the time, which is perfect for the germination of the buds without too much effort. However, one of the downsides to this is that the amount of sunlight can work against them. 

Some photoperiod strains that are from eastern Asia actually need the cues from the season so that they can vegetate, reproduce, and flower, and also need this before the frosts come in. so, you need to make sure that you manufacture this sort of seasonal cycle if you live there such as 12 hours on, 12 hours off, keeping that pattern, and it lets them flower. 

This is also something you need to look at in period where there is daylight all the time, since this can impact the way that they’re able to flower. You do need to be mindful of the mutations that happen with some of these varieties, especially when they start to flower based on cues which are different, making them develop problems as well. 

It’s also important to look at the elevation, which is a huge part of growing. Growing seasons that tend to be shorter at higher levels of elevation are quite common, since the forests will come in, and then leave later or earlier than the season for growing. Both auto flowering and fast-flowering plants are best for those areas. Regardless, the weed season does change based on the type of place you live, so keep that in mind when choosing strains. 

Using Cannabis for Creativity – What’s the Deal?

Ask any American employee who is working in some creative field. Oftentimes, these types of people face some pretty serious roadblocks to actually getting their work done and feeling good about it. There may be a voice in their head telling them that their ideas are not good enough, not unique, and that they are not up to the task of creating whatever it may be. This is something that many people experience and is actually called imposter syndrome. What if there was something that we could use to lighten our mind and help our original ideas to flow more creatively, without the negative and self doubting thoughts that many experience so often? Well, there might be! And it’s called cannabis, baby.

As many of you know, there are generally two strains of cannabis that dominate in today’s market – sativa and indica. When it comes to using marijuana for medical purposes, indica is generally the go to. This is because it can promote healing within the mind and body, and it also helps one to feel more relaxed and calm. Sativa strains, by contrast, are generally more energizing and can even enhance mood levels and creative thinking. Did you know that?

While you may be surprised to learn that weed can increase levels of creativity, you should know that many content creators have been using weed for centuries to help their thoughts flow freely. The reason you have not heard about it is because, well, it has been illegal to talk about! However, now that cannabis is becoming legalized in many states and is generally more accepted in our society, you may begin to notice a trend of using cannabis to help with all sorts of intellectual endeavors. Writing books, screenplays, designing buildings, playing music – the possibilities are endless!

If you think of using cannabis for creativity, you may think of some random pot-head band writing weird psychedelic song lyrics or something like that. There are actually a lot of famous people who have claimed to use marijuana for creative purposes that you would never expect (and some that you would expect). Certain music artists like Jay-Z Miley Cirus, Rihanna, and Doctor Dre have all produced creative music with the help of some nice sativa strains. Other actors and comedians have also admitted to using cannabis regularly for writing jokes, lines, and screenplays. Ever heard of Seth Rogan? You might not be surprised to learn that he loves some good weed when he can get his hands on it.

Just watch the movie Pineapple Express! (which also happens to be a strain of cannabis). If you are not already convinced of the creative benefits that you can find from using marijuana, allow me to introduce you to a more established and prominent writer that also may have used cannabis. Shakespeare’s 40 year-old pipes were actually found in his former home and were said to have contained traces of cannabis. Even Steve Jobs, the original creator of Apple Products, was said to use cannabis to feel more relaxed and creative. 

When it comes to smoking weed for creative purposes, your best bet is to start with some sativa rains. However, you are probably going to want to stick to some hybrids, as too much sativa can cause your thoughts to spew out at random and almost uncontrollably. I remember the first time I smoked weed, it felt like my thoughts were flying by on clouds and I could never grab and articulate them. Using a nice sativa dominant hybrid will help you produce some great creative vibes while still being able to stay grounded on planet Earth, instead of somewhere on Pluto/.

The Best Marijuana Strains in the World 

Perhaps you are someone who has smoked a lot of weed. We all know those people that are basically always high. I am more of a person that uses cannabis maybe once or twice a week, sometimes more if the opportunity presents itself. However, medical marijuana patients do not always have a choice when it comes to when they want to use cannabis or not. Certain health conditions can prevent patients from being able to complete daily tasks and responsibilities without being in severe pain all the time. What most people do not realize about chronic pain is that it comes and goes whenever it pleases, and usually without warning. Some days, my pain allows me to complete some chores around the house and even mow the lawn – other times, I can’t even get out of bed in the morning. That is why many medical marijuana patients rely on cannabis to find some relief from this sort of pain. I have talked about opioids a lot in the past, but I still think that cannabis could fully replace the demand and addiction that opioid use has created in the United States.

Plus, increased usage of marijuana compared to other synthetic drugs could finally push big pharmaceutical companies to invest more time and energy into making better prescription medications, instead of simply trying to make more money. The important thing about using medical marijuana is understanding which strain to use. Not all strains are created equally, and some are better than others at treating various conditions and ailments. Here is a quick rundown of some of the best strains available for medical marijuana users:

The first cannabis strain that I wanted to talk about is called Purple Kush. If you are someone who is dealing with a lot of pain from day to day, Purple Kush may be a great strain to try. This strain has become very popular in the medical community, and it is well-known to be effective in the realm of pain management and inflammation. Some medical marijuana users testify this strain is the best way to fight back against chronic pain. This strain is more indica dominant, so it’s best to use this before going to bed or when you are winding down for the night. The THC in Purple Kush is said to be extremely calming and promotes euphoric, relaxing highs that just can’t be beat by other Kush strains that are out there. Definitely worth a shot if you ask me. 

Another strain that I have mentioned countless times before is called White Widow – of course it had to make the list! In my opinion, this strain is probably the best for medical marijuana patients that are dealing with pain relief and anxiety or depression. White widow is commonly used for pain relief due to its high CBD content. Cannabis with higher CBD content produces less euphoric highs, but what that also means is it lowers the risk for more THC induced anxiety and paranoia. I highly suggest using White Widow if you are an insomniac and suffer from conditions that cause a lot of pain. This strain is a go to for many medical marijuana patients out there.

The final strain that I want to tell you about is called Fruity Pebbles. This made the list due to it’s extremely hilarious euphoric effects that many people refer to as “laughing gas”. Not only will it help you manage your pain levels, but it will also boost your energy and mood levels, while still helping you to feel more relaxed. 

Mold on Weed 

Mold is a different fungus that has different hyphae that’s on there. it comes with different spots that are discolored or a fuzz that’s white, and that’s a sign of mold. It can also be a black or a green color. Bud rot also does happen with a lot of dense parts of the buds, and the root rot also does grow on cannabis plant roots. You may also see mildew, which is basically a mold that looks white or black on this, and if they look fuzzy, or have some sort of brown, white, gray, or black growth, avoid using them. 

The cause of this 

This is usually due to humidity, light, oxygen, or the wrong growing temps. It also can happen due to plant injuries, and you also may not have as much dehumidifying in your growing medium. If you water too much or don’t cure and store it, it can create mold. 

Mold is good in nature it helps with breaking down to ensure that the nutrients go to the soil. But this is not for humans to have, and it can spread to other plants as well. 

Identifying mold 

This is usually found by little fuzzy hairs that are either black, brown, or gray, and it also may signify that there are certain kinds of molds if that’s dark. Moldy cannabis is not good, as it can get inhaled, and create infections in the lungs, or allergies that may happen. for those that are immunocompromised, this is especially something that you want to be mindful of, as it can create problems for you, especially vomiting and nausea. 

Preventing weed Mold 

There are a few things that you can do if you want to prevent weed mold. First, you want to make sure that you do store it appropriately, and make sure that there’s no light or other such things getting in the way. Make sure that you have good filtration and airflow for this. 

Try to avoid over-watering too much, especially when it’s in the last stages of the flowering process. Botrytis is a type of mold that is spread via the rainwater and the wind. It will attack plants that are injured, and it can be good to stress train the plants, even if it doesn’t immediately increase the yield. It odes strengthens it within time. 

You can also prevent bud rot by creating a dry, warm, and nice environment for the plant to grow. Make sure that all of the humidity levels are less than 50% in most cases. Try to make sure that if you do notice mold, kill it right away, bee glue, and propolis is a great way to kill this. 

Bodo mix is another option, as it’s a natural fungicide that’s made of sulfate, copper, and it comes with a means that’s used to spray on the plants. It’s considered a fungicide that’s organic, so it works well. 

If you don’t want to buy it, you can always use other natural means to fight mold. The first one is an ounce of horsetail tea powder, which you can mix into a spray solution of water, and then, spray it on the plants to naturally kill this. 

Essential oils including black caraway, lemongrass, rosemary, eucalyptus, and thyme is great to also prevent the mold spores from directly setting into there. Silica placed in the soil also works too, as it’s a natural adjuster for alkaline, so it’s good of the prevention and growth of mold on a plant. Keeping mold away is vital, and here, you’ve learned how to ensure proper care.