For most marijuana lovers, April 20th, 4/20 (also 420), is a very special time of the year. Stoners from all walks of life are able to come together over their shared love of cannabis - - and of fighting for personal freedoms.
For those who are new to the world of cannabis and aren’t all that familiar with this de facto holiday, you’re likely having trouble telling myth from fact about 420.
What’s real? What’s myth? Do people differentiate? HOW do people differentiate?
The numerous myths surrounding 4/20 are arbitrary, asinine, and absolutely everywhere. I did some digging to find out the truth behind 10 of the most popular myths about 420.
Here’s what you need to know about 420:
10 Myths About 420 Debunked
01 | MYTH: 420 is the police code for possession
There is a popular myth about 420 being the police code for cannabis possession or public consumption. Both of those are totally false.
There is a California Senate Bill 420 that does refer to the use of medical marijuana. However, the bill was named after the code. The code was not named for the bill. Which means they don’t really have much to do with one another.
In truth, 420 is not actually a police code for anything, except homicide in Las Vegas. So, it’s definitely not the police code for anything related to marijuana.
02 | MYTH: Cannabis has 420 chemical compounds
This one is most definitely false.
Scientists have identified 483 different chemical compounds in cannabis, including 120 different terpenes and more than 60 cannabinoids that are unique and specific to cannabis alone.
03 | MYTH: California penal code for cannabis is 420
Yeah . . . No.
The California Penal Code Section 420 refers to the unlawful hindrance and / or obstruction of an individual from entering public land. The closest is the California Senate Bill 420 we just talked about, but (again) it’s only for medical marijuana and the Bill was named long after ‘420’ was a cultural thing.
04 | MYTH: Hitler’s birthday was April 20th
This one IS true, but it has absolutely nothing to do with cannabis. Hitler was a beyond-horrible person, and he doesn’t have part in 4/20.
05 | MYTH: Columbine happened on April 20th
Again, this is true. However, it’s also completely unrelated to cannabis.
The use of the term ‘420’ had already been hugely popular for a long time, and the school shooting has zero ties to marijuana.
In fact, there is a lot of speculation and claims the date, April 20th, was chosen because of it being Hitler’s birthday and not 4/20 the cannabis holiday.
06 | MYTH: 4:20 p.m. is tea time for stoners in Holland
Not only is there no actual set tea time in Holland, but there’s also absolutely no consensus on it being 4:20 pm.
07 | MYTH: 4/20 is Bob Marley’s death anniversary
I’m not entirely sure why this myth keeps going around, what with the ease of technology. It’s easy to fact-check.
Anyway, this myth about 420 is 100% incorrect.
Robert Nesta Marley (may he rest in weed) was born February 6, 1945. He died on May 11, 1981. So, while his music may have you sparkin’ a blunt, this myth is completely debunked.
08 | MYTH: 420 is the answer to multiplying digits in a Bob Dylan song title
So, the Bob Dylan song, “Rainy Day Woman no. 12 and no. 35” contains the lyric, “Everybody must get stoned,” and apparently contains a math riddle.
Multiplying 12 and 35 gives the answer of 420.
There is absolutely zero connection between Bob Dylan and 420, as amusing as that little math problem happens to be.
09 | MYTH: 420 is not “the best time” to plant weed
For one, marijuana harvest season varies throughout the world.
For example, California cannabis farmers usually plant seeds in mid-March, with fluctuation from drought conditions and winter frost. Both of those can change the marijuana seeding schedules.
10 | MYTH: The 1st dose of LSD was taken at 4:20
This is another weird one. It’s technically true, but it has absolutely nothing to do with the cannabis 420.
Albert Hofmann, a Swiss chemist, synthesized the first-ever batch of LSD on Nov. 16, 1938.
Five years later, and the psychedelic properties was finally discovered. On April 16, 943, Hoffman was examining the LSD when he accidentally touched his hand to his mouth, meaning he ingested a small amount.
He noticed the weird effects, and did some more tests on it. Three days later - - April 19, 1943, at 4:20 p.m., Hoffman intentionally dosed himself with 250 micrograms of the lysergic acid diethylamide, in what was the world’s first ever purposeful acid trip.
He started noticing all the weird shit going on as he rode his bicycle back home from his laboratory. Later on, that day became known as Bicycle Day. There’s no connection between 420 and Hoffman taking acid and going for a ride.
The Real Origins of 420
A group of high school friends back in 1971 called themselves ‘The Waldos,’ due to the fact they liked to hang out by a wall. Somehow, they became the owners of a hand-drawn map that supposedly showed the location of a long-last pot plant.
Everyday at school, they would pass in the halls and say, “420” to let them one another know they’re on for that day’s smoke session. Whenever they met (usually every day) at 4:20 in front of a statue of Louis Pasteur to smoke pot, they would also search for the legendary crop.
They never did find it, but they were able to invent a code word that parents and teachers couldn’t figure out.
That code was the legendary 420.
There have been myths about 420 for decades, and new ones are added to the mix all the time.
With so much misinformation being spread, it's important to know what's fact and what's myth. Fortunately, this list is here to help you out.
What are some crazy myths about 420 you've heard or read? Share with me in the comments below!
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