Weed numbers 420 and 710. Surprisingly 421 is in the list too

While we shed light on the popular weed numbers in this post, there is yet another important one: 4/21. But we start from the very marijuana urban tradition: “Why 420 and 710?” — is a piece of information good to know, anyway. Let’s start from the iconic 4:20 or 420, which is de facto an international marijuana code, recognized worldwide as a clear mark of a relation to marijuana. The fourth day of April (it is 4/20 too) is Cannabis Day. A few urban legends exist about “420”, where the strongest one suggests that “4:20 pm” is a time on the clock, and this version is recognized and accepted by everyone in media and in the industry. A couple of weaker counterparts exist, however, sometimes mentioned too.

4:20 pm

Marijuana in Jamaica, 21st of April (4/21) is a holiday for Rastafari

The most popular version of 420’s origin, mentioned everywhere, quasi official one is that “420” is related to the Waldos, the student group from San Rafael High School, California. One of the members of the group got a secret map of a hidden cannabis crop, and the guys gathered each time after classes at 4:20 pm to light up a blunt and then be searching for a ton of free weed. Such happened in 1971 and made 4:20 be a forever official time to light up a blunt, regardless of “am” or “pm”, yeah.

The main and lovely 420 version

The one above is the most recognizable explanation of the 420 origin, where 4:20 pm was the time. Quite iconic, we all love the fact and fully accept it. All the rest derives out of the 420 arithmetically: the 4th of April is 4/20 therefore it is our Cannabis Day.

“Oh, gosch, my clock reads 4:19, I need to burn one down again, despite the fact I have just baked five minutes ago. Okay, let me obey the rules and respect the tradition.” — we mumble rolling, and this is how 420 works, ha-ha.

Alternative 420 versions

There are alternative versions of the 420 origins, however. One state that a police numeral code for radio transmissions was once “420” for anything in relation to marijuana. And who on Earth shall love a marijuana legend while the legendary number got delivered to us and used before by a babylonic force? Clearly, a band of stoned teenagers from St Rafael High School have won people’s love effectively, and their way romantic “treasure map” only makes the whole story stronger.

710 = OIL up-side-down

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Cannaconnection: What is 710?

710 is a pretty new cannabis number, appeared already in the legal cannabis era. If you look at it up-side-down, there will be “OIL”; therefore, the 710 number stands for “cannabis oil” and all the extracts in general, symbolizing the modern technology of cannabis extraction and the cannabinoid isolation. 710 means industry and business as a younger counterpart to the archaic tradition of “420”. No hazy legends about 710, all is as crystal clear as the perfect cannabis extract. The fresh and modern term of the 21st century.

4/21 Rastafari’s Grounation Day

Haile Selassie in Jamaica: Color Photos From a Rastafari Milestone

© LIFE, See in LIFE All Photos of Haile Selassie’s visit to Jamaica, 1966

His Imperial Majesty Haile Selassie I, the last king of Ethiopia and the iconic deity of the Rastafari religion (he is the Ras Tafari per se) visited Jamaica on the 21st of April in 1966. You can imagine, for Rastafari followers such a visit delivered enormous spiritual importance, as if Jesus suddenly came into your house for dinner. Needless to say, Jamaica is a well-known homeland for the Rastafari religion apart from their holy dream about their “actual homeland”.

Haile Selassie is a direct descendant of King Solomon and Queen Sheba. More remarkably, he is a Messiah of the same importance as Jesus of Nazareth (but they use the original name “Jeshua” by the way).

Haile Selassie is God for Rastafari followers, the second coming of Messiah as due to the legend. So, what has actually happened on the 21st of April 1966: the living God has come to Jamaica. The real Abrahamic God incarnated. Not a priest, not a king, — God!

Of course, Haile Selassie was accepted as the ultimate deity by hundreds of thousands of Jamaican population, where Rastafari were less than one half of the whole crowd. Over 100,000 people were smoking ganja all around the airport field, drumming and chanting in clouds of marijuana smoke, touching his plane, whispering — “God is here”.

Since then, the 21st day of April became the main religious holiday among Rastafari followers, called the “Grounation Day”. While the 2nd of November they celebrate as the Coronation Day of Haile Selassie I, but the main importance before anything is 4/21.

420 and 421

For sake of truth — not all Rastafari are in fact marijuana stoners. Yes, you read it right, mostly contradictory to the popular public misconception, Rastafari are not all stoners. Some deny marijuana as following the idea of “Ital” of listening to the body and do not think their body actually requires marijuana.

Heh, that is why we celebrate 4/20 as Marijuana Day worldwide. Because 4/21 is the religious holiday at the first place, but 4/20 is a nasty potheads day, which we enjoy and it is beautiful to have one extra.

Peace and love.

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