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The High-storical Origins of 420: A Weed-iculously Fun Journey

Landon Nguyen Apr 04, 2024 11 min read
The High-storical Origins of 420: A Weed-iculously Fun Journey

Welcome, fellow tokers, ganja enthusiasts, and curious minds alike, to a journey through the hazy history of 420. Sit back, roll one up, or have an edible (if you aren’t high already, and prepare for a ride filled with laughs, pot puns, and a little dash of "high"-story.


So, what's the deal with 420? What is it and who started it? Is it the secret code for where to find the best munchies? The coordinates to the Lost City of THC? Well, not quite. Let's unravel the tale, shall we?


Legend has it that it all started in the early '70s with a group of high schoolers from San Rafael, California. Picture it: the year is 1971, bell-bottoms are in fashion, and lava lamps are all the rage. 


A group of friends, self-proclaimed "Waldos" (because they hung out by a wall), got wind of a rumored abandoned cannabis crop. With their trusty treasure map in hand, they set out on a quest to find this mythical stash.


Now, here's where the story gets a little fuzzy. The Waldos, being the hip young lads they were, agreed to meet at 4:20 PM to commence their adventure. Fast forward to their fruitless search for the hidden herb (spoiler alert: they never found it), but their chosen meeting time, 4:20, became their secret code for smoking up.


And thus, 420 was born. But hold your bongs, there's more to this story.

As rumors tend to do, the tale of 420 spread like wildfire. It soon became synonymous with cannabis culture, sparking annual celebrations, protests, and plenty of stoner lore.


Flash forward to the '90s, and the internet came into play. As the digital age dawned, 420 found its way onto message boards, chat rooms, and forums, solidifying its status as the ultimate code for cannabis camaraderie. It was like the secret handshake of the weed world, connecting tokers across the globe in a cloud of fragrant smoke.


But wait, there's a twist in this tale. Some eagle-eyed sleuths dug deeper into the origins of 420 and uncovered ties to a certain rock band. Yep, you guessed it: the Grateful Dead. Rumor has it that the Waldos had connections to the band and that 420 was actually a time they would meet up to indulge before a Dead show.


Whether you believe the Waldos or the Dead, one thing's for sure: 420 has become more than just a time of day; it's a cultural phenomenon, a symbol of unity, and, let's be real, a darn good excuse to get blasted.


So, as we reflect on the high-storical origins of 420, let's raise a lighter (or a gummy) to those intrepid Waldos, the spirit of the Grateful Dead, and the countless tokers who have embraced this time-honored tradition. May your bowls be forever packed, your joints forever rolled, your gummies highly dosed, and your spirits forever lifted. 


Peace, love, and puff, puff, pass, my friends.




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anonymous says April 15, 2024, 8:50 pm

That was actually something that i hadn039t realized until now

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