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!