420 Myths – The Myths Surrounding Our Beloved 420 Holiday.

  • By Trevor
  • February 25, 2017
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The stoners Christmas comes in April, so I hope you all have ignited your marijuana paraphernalia shopping. The marijuana celebration known as 420, is an event celebrated worldwide on the 20th of April.  Folks from all corners of the world congregate on this historic day, so they can smoke some weed and also bring awareness to the benefits of medical marijuana, alongside advocating for the end of marijuana prohibition. Most importantly, at exactly 4.20pm or 1620hrs, everyone has to light a joint, or at least take a bong hit. Marijuana smoke will form clouds at all these gatherings, as the happy stoner’s blaze away late into the night.

Vancouver 420 Event

Though vast statistics of stoners are aware of this event, a significant percentage don’t really know or comprehend the significance of this event, nor do they know how it came about. A lot have just never bothered to inquire and some have the wrong understanding of this historic marijuana celebration day. As a result, a lot of myths have been spreading as to what exactly this holiday represents.

One of the widespread myths out there, is that the 420 holiday is a day to celebrate Bob Marley’s birthday. Bob Marley is a renowned reggae artist, who is largely credited for bringing reggae music to the world. One can’t talk of reggae greats and not mention Bob Marley, but the 420 holiday is not named after him .OFF CAUSE his name will be mentioned at a majority of 420 celebration events , just like his music will definitely be played, but the holiday origins don’t really have anything to do with him. Bob Marley was actually not born on April 20, he was born on February 6, 1945. Some mythsters also falsely assume 420 holiday is a day to celebrate Bob Marley’s death. This again is false as Bob Marley died in Miami on 11 May, 1981 and not on April 20

Some stoners have also falsely reinforced the theory that 420 is a police code for a marijuana bust, or marijuana smoking in progress. This once again is rubbish and should not be believed.  Police have their codes, but 420 belongs to stoners and not law enforcement folks. It’s very possible some law enforcement agencies might use that code, but that’s not what we celebrate on April 20. If 420 really was a code for marijuana bust, why would stoners celebrate that, folks? In places like Canada, 420 celebration events are usually surrounding by police officers, who never arrest anyone for smoking weed.

The most pathetic myth I’ve heard on the holiday, has to be the Hitler birthday celebration crap. Adolf Hitler was born on the 20th of April, and for a while people believed 420 was a day to celebrate Hitler’s death. I was not around during the days of Hitler, but from what I’ve learnt in history –he was a man many would love to forget about. Having said that, celebrating his birthday wouldn’t make sense and as a result, this 420 myth is also false.

Some rumors floating around also argue that 420 represents the number of cannabinoids (compounds) in marijuana. Marijuana has over 420 compounds in it so again this myth is fake.  There are about 480 known compounds of the Cannabis Plant. Some also believe 420 aka April 20, is the best day to plant. This again is rubbish because we all live in different climates and environments. Most marijuana outside of Africa and South America is actually grown in Greenhouses.

Meet the waldos folks . The inventors of “420”

These are just some of the myths of the 420 holiday folks. The most believable story today, is that this holiday was named after a group of kids known as the Waldos. These guys would assemble by a wall/statue outside their school at 4.20pm. The reason for the gatherings, was to search for a cannabis field in the area .With time the term 420 stuck and became a code word for smoking weed for the kids. High Times, a well-known and respected marijuana magazine has also supported the Waldos version of the origins of the term 420. This is the most believable story on the origins of the term 420. Today however, the holiday is really more about ending prohibition and just having fun with other stoners.

Remember, legalization is just around the corner and is as sure as death. Keep the bongs loaded and the joints burning folks. Please also share this post with your friends and family, by using the social media links below. Till next time, take care and cheers



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