How it All Started: The History Behind 4/20

Group of friends sitting at the beach smoking marijuana

Group of friends sitting at the beach smoking marijuana

 

The story behind the iconic term ‘420’ has changed hands many times over the years. Like every legend passed down, it has been prone to modifiers, exaggerations, and theories. While some believed that it was to denote the number of chemicals in cannabis, others believed it was in reference to Bob Dylan’s song, “Rainy Day Women No. 12 & 35”. The refrain featured an infamous line, ‘Everybody must get stoned’, with 12 multiplied by 35 equaling to 420. 

While these tales are fun and are certainly good guesses, it is quite a ways off from the truth. The real answer? It all began with five Californian teens who used to hang out against a wall outside of San Rafael High School. This meeting spot earned the teens the nickname, ‘The Waldos’.

 

The Waldos

In the fall of 1971, the Waldos had learned about a former Coast Guard member who had planted some cannabis but could no longer tend to the crop. The five friends set out armed with a treasure map, rumored to have been given to them by the Coast Guard member himself, in search of the cannabis plants. Each day after school and practice, as they were all athletes, they met up at 4:20 p.m. by the Louis Pasteur statue on school grounds. The Waldos would pile into a car and smoke some weed, all while scouring around Point Reyes Forest, doing their best to follow the instructions on the map.

 In an interview with the Huffington Post, one of the original five, Steve Capper, said that they would remind each other in the hallways to meet up at 4:20. It began as ‘4:20-Louis’, but eventually, it was shortened to just ‘4:20’. While they never did find the elusive crop, they did inadvertently coin a term that would become an international trademark for weed enthusiasts everywhere. 

 

The Grateful Dead

So, how did a secret code used to denote a meeting spot for teens transform into what is it today? Look no further than the rock band, the Grateful Dead. 

The Waldos and the Grateful Dead were intertwined on several levels, both hailing from California. One Waldo member’s dad managed the band’s real estate, another had an older brother who was good friends with ‘Dead’ bassist Phil Lesh. One time, when some of the Waldos were hanging out backstage at a ‘Dead’ concert, someone handed over a joint and said, ‘hey, 420’. This triggered it to spread around the music community, passing around much like the joints they shared.

Marijuana joints rolled next to cannabis buds

From Slang to Sensation

In 1990, Steven Bloom, who worked as a reporter for  ‘High Times’, was attending a Christmas concert in Oakland, California. One of the bands playing was, of course, Grateful Dead. When wandering around through the crowd, he was approached by a ‘Deadhead’ who handed him a flyer as a means of invitation. The man said, “we are going to meet at 4:20 on 4/20 for 420-ing”. Bloom wrote about this encounter in his article, and because of this,  ‘High Times’ undoubtedly helped launch the slang term into a cultural movement that is still celebrated to this day. 

 

A Cause for Celebration

Now that we’ve covered the history of one of our favorite holidays, it’s time to focus on what it’s all about: the consumption of cannabis products. At your local recreational cannabis dispensary, you can find a variety of products for purchase, regardless of how you prefer to partake. From cannabis-infused edibles to high-grade cartridges, From the Earth has a wide variety of quality products for every type of consumer.

 

Safety First

Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, many of the large public events and celebrations are being postponed or withheld another year. However, this doesn’t mean that you can’t find a way to participate in festivities. A popular option is utilizing video chat, such as Zoom, Google Hangouts, or even just FaceTime. Pick a theme, play your favorite tunes, and enjoy spending quality time with some of your favorite people, all in the safety and security of your own home.

Another great way to celebrate 420 is at From the Earth. Stop in-store or place an online order and select delivery or curbside pickup. We understand that many of our customers still feel more comfortable with minimized contact, and we are happy to bring you this feature at all of our locations. Start adding products to your cart today to enjoy your 420 festivities and beyond!

 

Entertainment & Activities

If your staying-at-home plans don’t include a video chat, there are still a multitude of other activities that you can enjoy. A great option is watching some of your favorite 420 centric films or TV shows. They could be about cannabis, such as the Seth Rogen classic, ‘Pineapple Express, or binge-watch the critically-acclaimed Showtime series ‘Weeds’. Or they can simply be your favorite comfort show – after all, this holiday is all about celebrating your way!

If you’re someone who enjoys cooking or baking with cannabis, make sure you check out this recipe for cannabutter, a staple for DIY edibles. Or this recipe for edibles brownies, a secret shared by Martha Stewart and Snoop Dogg themselves. 

Or, for the person who would like to spend some quality time alone without any of the DIY, consider taking a relaxing dip with a soothing CBD bath bomb or taking a bite out of a cannabis-infused chocolate bar for a real treat. If smoking isn’t your preferred method of consumption, no worries at all! Cannabis is meant to be enjoyed in many different ways.

So no matter what your 420 looks like, or how you choose to celebrate, just make sure you make the Waldos proud and honor the tradition they started all the way back in 1971, making this year the 50th anniversary of the holiday. Smoke, bake, eat, just make sure it’s cannabis-related, and you’re all set for an excellent time! 

 

How to Cook with Cannabis

Hand stirring cookie dough with chocolate chips and marijuana leaves around bowl
Hand stirring cookie dough with chocolate chips and marijuana leaves around bowl

Before we hop into how you can cook with cannabis and somethings you want to consider when doing so, it’s first good to know why you might want to try making edibles. Sure you may have tried a bunch of other cannabis forms like vaping, topicals, and blunts, but when your body digests a cannabis-infused edible, you get a completely different experience. 

An edible may take a bit longer for the effects to kick in, sometimes around 30 minutes to a few hours, but when it does, it’s a euphoric feeling. When you ingest an edible it has to pass through your liver which then has to break down and metabolize the delta-9 THC into 11-hydroxy-THC which hits harder than any other form of marijuana.

Another great reason for learning how to make your own cannabis-infused oil for cooking recipes is that you will save money in making your own edibles. If you find that you are always buying premade cannabis items like cookies and candies, why not try making some on your own?

When it comes to cooking with cannabis there are many ways to go about it. You can use tinctures, which is easy, but not as fun, and can get pretty costly down the line if you like to cook with marijuana often. Or you can make your own cannabis-infused oil or butter, which can go a long way. However, there are some things to consider when making your own cannabis-infused oils for cooking. 

Know Your Strain

Like any marijuana item, everything affects you a little differently. So before you get started, think about how you want your final product to affect you or your guests, if you intend to make something to share with others. Do you want something high in CBD for a relaxing feeling? Maybe you want an energetic Sativa to boost your mood and get you feeling more productive? Or are you thinking about curling up on the couch with a sedative-inducing Indica? 

However you are feeling, just make sure you get the strain you want before moving forward with your oil. A good rule of thumb is to pick a strain that has low THC levels, something that you might use to vape that is around 10-15% THC. As for the amount of cannabis you use, an ounce is usually good enough, but it is up to you. 

Also, make sure that the strain you use is a rich terpene profile to get the most health benefits out of your oil. 

Wooden table with rolling pin and cookie dough with marijuana leaf cut out

What Are you Using to Make Your Oil?

When it comes to making the oil or adding your marijuana to your food there are a couple of ways you can go about it. As mentioned previously, an easy way to get what you want is to buy a tincture and add that into your mix. It’s easy to do but can get pricey. 

Making your own oil out of a flower, stems, trims, or flower that has already been vaporized (ABV), is a common way of making your own oil. One big thing to make sure of is that you completely dry out your flower or stems before adding it to your oil. 

You Won’t Know Your Dosage

One downside to making your own edibles and edible oil is that you won’t know the dosage of your final product. Sure, you will know how much marijuana you used to make it, but that doesn’t that mean you know the exact amount of oil that is in each piece. 

You might make a batch of brownies and eat one and not feel a thing while your friend had one and is over the moon. What could have happened? You probably didn’t mix your batter well and the oil was unevenly distributed. When mixing the oil make sure you mix it very, very well. This will help to get an even amount of cannabis oil throughout your mixture and help with even dosages. 

Another thing you can do to test the potency of your oil is to try a little bit before adding it to your mixture. Take a ¼ or ½  a teaspoon for yourself as a personal dose and add it to your food or drink. Sit on it for about an hour and see how it affects you. Then you can use that as a baseline when adding the oil to your mixture for your food. 

Hand adding drops from tincture to pasta

What Type of Oil Are you Mixing With?

The type of oil you mix your cannabis with can make a big difference in taste. You want to aim for a high-fat oil like coconut or canola oil. Just be aware that canola oil has a higher smoking/boiling point than coconut oil. 

When infusing your cannabis with the oil, you want to submerge it in the oil and keep it at a consistent heat. There are many different ways of doing this. Some people like to use a saucepan, and with doing this you have to make sure you keep an eye on it. You don’t want it to get so hot that you scorch your cannabis but you want it to be hot enough for the cannabinoids to infuse with the oil. Use a thermometer and try to keep it around 160-200 degrees Fahrenheit. 

You can also use a slow cooker which has a little less maintenance to it but you always want to keep an eye on it. This is also much easier to set temperature-wise as you can go low and slow. 

Another method is using the oven, also a slow and steady method but requires a little more from you. You want to heat the oven to 245 degrees, cook for about 30 – 40 minutes and stir the buds every 10 minutes. 

Now that you know how to use cannabis to make your own cannabis-infused oil and some things to keep in mind when making it, what will you make first? Don’t forget to stop by your local From The Earth dispenser to pick up a few flowers to get your recipe started. With so many strains, flavors, and degree of potency, you’ll be using cannabis oil for every meal!

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Seven cannabis dispensaries there will be able to start selling pot to California adults Monday morning — and they’ll be the only such shops open for business in the Greater Los Angeles area.

Permits for those shops were issued over the weekend as state and local officials, and cannabis business owners, sprint toward the opening of California’s legal cannabis market.

As of Friday afternoon, the state had issued 47 permits for recreational marijuana retailers, and two shops in West Hollywood were the only ones in Greater Los Angeles. Those shops, plus a third West Hollywood dispensary licensed over the weekend, won’t open until Tuesday.

That makes Santa Ana the only New Year’s Day option, unless buyers are willing to trek to San Diego or the Palm Springs area, where several shops are licensed to begin recreational sales on Monday.

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