What is 420? History of Cannabis Culture

At  Rasta Rootz, downtown Boston’s premier recreational cannabis dispensary, we celebrate the rich history and culture of cannabis. If you’re new to cannabis and curious about its place in our culture, let’s delve into the significance of 420, a number, time, and date that has become common-use for the cannabis community. 

The Origin of 420

420 has become broadly synonymous with cannabis culture, but its simple origins trace back to a group of high school students in San Rafael, California in the early 1970s. Legend has it that these students, known as the “Waldos,” because they hung out by a wall outside their school, would meet at 4:20 p.m. after school to search for a rumored hidden cannabis crop, or maybe just to smoke. While they never found the elusive stash, their ritual of meeting at 4:20 became a code word for cannabis consumption and camaraderie. The term “420” became their code for cannabis-related activities, and it gradually spread through the cannabis culture, becoming widely recognized as a reference to marijuana. 

What is 420 Today?

The term “420,” regardless of how it is written (4/20, 4:20, four-twenty, etc) is an indicator of cannabis use that often takes the place of words like marijuana, cannabis, and weed. One common term you may have heard is “420-friendly” which references a person, place, or culture that is accepting of or a user of cannabis. It could even indicate a product that contains cannabis or is meant for cannabis use. For example “420-friendly” brownies, most likely contain marijuana. 

How to Celebrate 4/20 on April 20

April 20th is a big day for the cannabis industry and its supporters. It’s celebrated globally as a day of cannabis appreciation and activism. It’s a time for cannabis enthusiasts to come together, share experiences, and advocate for cannabis legalization and social equity. At our dispensary in Boston, we honor this day and the spirit of community it provides.

If you’re wondering how to celebrate 4/20, the options are as diverse as the cannabis plant itself. Here are some suggestions:

Attend a 4/20 Event

Many cities host 4/20 events, from music festivals to educational seminars. 

Check out what’s happening in Boston and join like-minded individuals in celebrating cannabis culture. You can paint your own bong or pipe at Harpoon Beer Hall or attend 4/20 Fest at Castle Island for music, tie-dye and more. Consider taking a Boston Cannabis Tour for one-of-a-kind cannabis sightseeing in the Greater Boston Area, featuring trips to dispensaries, cultivation facilities, and restaurants.

Learn About Cannabis History

Take this opportunity to dive deeper into the history of cannabis and its cultural significance. Cannabis has been valued for thousands of years for its positive impact on well-being. Understanding the plant’s journey can deepen your appreciation for its therapeutic and recreational benefits.

Share with Friends

Invite friends over for a 4/20 gathering and share stories, laughter, and good vibes.

 Remember to consume responsibly and respect local laws.

Support Cannabis Advocacy

Consider supporting organizations that advocate for cannabis legalization, social justice, and equity. Your voice and actions can make a difference in shaping the future of cannabis policy. Here are some of the nation’s leading cannabis non-profits:

  • The NORML Foundation focuses on educating the public about the costs of cannabis prohibition and the benefits of alternative policies.
  • The Last Prisoner Project (LPP) is dedicated to freeing those who remain incarcerated for cannabis offenses through legal intervention, public education and legislative advocacy. 
  • Veterans for Medical Cannabis Access (VMCA) is a veteran education and patient advocacy resource to promote safe and legal cannabis access for appropriate therapeutic uses.
  • Minority Cannabis Business Association (MCBA)  represents minority and allied cannabis businesses, aspiring entrepreneurs, and supporters who share a vision of an equitable, just, and responsible cannabis industry.
  • The NuLeaf Project (NLP)  is focused on repairing the disproportionate harm done to Black and brown communities as a result of cannabis prohibition and our country’s war on drugs by helping secure funds for minority-owned cannabis businesses

Celebrating 420 Everyday 

You don’t have to limit your celebration to one day each spring. Many consumers celebrate year round, often at 4:20 p.m. (though no one is going to judge if you are a morning person). Some radio stations have even jumped on board with a 4:20 p.m. cannabis friendly song each day.

For those who are new to cannabis culture, it is important to understand that there are varying levels of cannabis-use including the amount and type of cannabis. For example, you may choose to ingest a few milligrams of an edible during the day to help you feel calm and productive. At night, you may smoke a strain high in specific cannabinoids that help you have a restful night. You don’t have to be “stoned” to use and appreciate the benefits of cannabis each day. 

Visit Rasta Rootz Cannabis Dispensary in Boston

At Rasta Rootz, our Boston recreational dispensary believes in fostering a welcoming and inclusive environment for cannabis enthusiasts of all backgrounds. Whether you’re a seasoned connoisseur or just beginning your cannabis journey, we’re here to provide guidance, education, and top-quality products. 

As Boston’s soon-to-be most welcoming recreational cannabis dispensary, Rasta Rootz invites you to explore the world of cannabis culture with us. Our dispensary menu will be opening soon and our knowledgeable staff, premium products, and dedication to the community will make us your go-to destination for all things cannabis. 

Remember, cannabis consumption is a personal choice, and we encourage responsible use. Celebrate 4/20 in a way that aligns with your values and brings joy to your cannabis journey.