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420 the secret code of cannabis lovers

You will have seen the number 420 many times in a context related to marijuana, in names of companies in the sector, forums, blogs, fairs, drinks, etc. You may wonder why their relationship was born, where it came from or how it came about, and for this we have created this article, where you will also learn other codes that are closely related to our world. Interesting right? Yes, I won’t make you wait any longer…

How much is 420?

Many people thought that the number 420 was the code used by the United States police to refer to crimes related to marijuana, such as possessing, transporting, consuming or growing this plant. This is not the case, although it is true that police and other security forces use numerical codes to identify different types of crimes, none of them are 420.

Some young people believe that the 420 figure is related to weed because the law that approved the use of medical marijuana in California in 2003 was called SB 420. But it is not true, in fact it was the opposite, and the new provision took that name precisely because 420 was already a very widespread code in that state for referring to cannabis.

What is the meaning of 420?

Actually the number 420 has to do with 4:20, 4:20, or that it was the time when a group of friends from San Rafael (California) gathered to smoke marijuana outside his institution in the 60’s.

Surely this would not have come out of that group of kids if it weren’t for the brother of one of them, who was friends with Phil Lesh, bassist of the Grateful Dead, who was rehearsing in a club in San Rafael at the time. Jerry García, Bob Weir and the rest of the band members quickly started coining that term to talk about weed, first in their long gigs with little audience and a lot of improvisation, and then on the tours they did in the US.

At the time, the Grateful Dead were one of the leaders of the Hippie movement, and had a whole legion of followers accompanying them to all concerts. This caused the massive spread of the 420 number among marijuana smokers, which at the time was starting to spread around the world.

⭐ Grateful Dead, 420, 710, y Chemdog

Many people are unaware of the impact the Grateful Dead has had on cannabis culture, but this true band, in addition to extending the number 420 as a representative code of marijuana, has brought together the growers who have changed the cannabis landscape around the world thanks to the Chemdawg strain.

At a concert in Indiana, a certain Chemdog sold a bag of marijuana to P-Bud and Joe Brand, and from the seeds that emerged from there and others later germinated,arrived. elite clones such as Chem ’91, Chem Sistero Chem D out of the ancestors of OG Kush, Sour Diesel, Girl Scout Cookies, Gorilla Glue, or Gelato among many others.

But the relationship between the Grateful Dead doesn’t stop at number 420 or genetics Chem, there’s even more. This rock band lived in the epicenter of the rock and hippie culture of the 60s, their home was on Ashbury Street in San Francisco, at number 710. Just the number 710 is also closely linked to the world of cannabis, not so much as 420 , but it has also spread a lot in recent years.

Turning the number 710 forms the word OIL, which in English means oil, and for this reason it is widely used to refer to extractions with solvents such as BHO, where the final product sometimes remains as a kind of oil.

So why is 420 Marijuana Party Day?

In the USA and other Anglo-Saxon countries the date is marked by putting first the month and then the day, and in this case 4/20 refers to the 20th of the 4th, that is to say the 20th of April. Why is the cannabis festival celebrated in many parts of the world on April 20? Simply by matching the number that makes up that date to the code that identifies smokers.

The influence that the US cannabis market has on the rest of the world has meant that over time 20th April has been extended as marijuana day. In places like Spain and other Spanish-speaking countries, marijuana day is historically celebrated on January 19, coinciding with the feast of San Canuto, also due to the coincidence of the saint’s name with the synonym for joint.

420 meaning in pictures

The best 420 celebrations in the world

This celebration is more massive every year, at the beginning there were only concentrations of dozens of people smoking in a few specific places, but today big parties are held in many places in the U.S. 5 continents. Below you can see whatare from our point of view the 5 best 420 parties in the world:

  1. 420 In the park: Held in San Francisco’s Golden Gate Park, where thousands of people gather each year to share pleasant and fun moments.
  2. London 420 Rally: This is a rally that takes place every April 20th in London’s famous Hyde Park, a rally to claim our right.
  3. Festival Elite Cup: A gathering of cannabis enthusiasts that takes place in Amsterdam, with live music, food and a tour of the cafes.
  4. Hempstock: This 420 party in Glasgow (Scotland) has been gathering weed fans for more than a decade in one event with concerts and stalls.
  5. El Rally 420: Many call it the best 420 festival in the world, it is celebrated in Denver with several celebrity performances, in a very smoky environment.

Happy 420 photos, images and memes

On April 20th every year all stoners celebrate our big day, the pride day of cannabis. Social networks, blogs, websites, shops, forums and all kinds of industry sites are filled with images and memes celebrating the biggest day of the year for marijuana enthusiasts, 20/4. Below you can see some of the best we’ve gathered in recent years.

420 pictures, images, and memes

⚠️ Conclusion

Today we learned the meaning of 420 and the true story of the relationship between this number and cannabis culture, and in passing we saw some of the best celebrations of this special day and the best memes and related images. And you, do you know any anecdotes about this figure?

The best new cannabis strains to grow in 2021

Americans smoke about 30 million pounds of cannabis each year, analysts estimate. All that dank ain’t gonna grow itself.

North America’s weed gardeners, big and small, have begun their annual run on marijuana seed stores. From California to Maine, ganja growers are racing to stock up for the spring thaw and planting season.

“We’re getting slammed,” said Nathaniel Pennington, founder of seed leader Humboldt Seed Company in California. They offer 57 strains in their 2021 catalog, available in California, Oregon, Oklahoma, and Maine. “We’ve never had this level of demand.”

California breeder and Equilibrium Genetics founder Jason Matthys works seven days a week right now. He drops seed packs at dispensaries from mountainous McKinleyville, CA, to postcard-perfect Pacific Beach, San Diego. “It’s really starting to pick up,” he said.

“Seeds are selling really well,” said Brian Smith, inventory manager at Satori Wellness, Humboldt County, CA’s leading genetics retailer. “It’s the peak of the [seed] season pretty much from January 1 through April. Come on down, because, yes, they are moving.”

“‘Corona year two’ is a superb year to grow,” said Matthys. “More people are checking out their backyard space, or setting up a little tent in their room to try something. They’re working from home, and remotely. It’s easy to check in on your tent when you don’t have to sit in traffic.”

Below, Leafly assembles its definitive, annual guide to the hottest pot popping off in America’s gardens. We mention 60+ strains, organized into six broad collections below.

Time to get growing, America.

Easy-peasy autos and fems

Growing can sound intimidating. So-called “autos” and “fem” seeds take the stress out of the learning curve. These two seed types are on track to upend regular seeds’ primacy.

Autoflowering seeds

Autoflowering seeds make your cannabis plant work like a clock. Put an auto in a 3-gallon pot, add water and sun, and in two and half months you’ll have finished bud, no matter the time of year.

Humboldt Seed Company’s boss says go for their Sour Apple auto this year.

“The Sour Apple is, I would say, our most beautiful autoflower that will really do well in any circumstance,” said Pennington.

Sour Apple in the fields. (Courtesy Humboldt Seed Company)

Exotic Oakland, CA. clone and seedmaker Purple City Genetics touts its Saltwater OG Auto, which hits 26% THC.

“That’s extraordinarily high for an auto,” said Eric Rosen, Purple City Genetics sales director.

See also: Ethos Genetics’ Lilac AutoDiesel; Barney’s Farm Runtz auto, and Do-Si-Dos auto; and I Love Growing Marijuana’s Auto 2.0 mixpack

Ethos Genetics’ Lilac AutoDiesel runs auto-magically. (Courtesy Ethos Genetics)

Fems in season

“Fems” are short for “feminized seeds.”

If you’re growing weed to smoke, it’s a females-only party, and dudes ruin it. Only females produce buds. Statistically, five males will lurk in your standard 10-pack of regular seeds. That gives new growers anxiety, said Matthys.

“It’s a lot of newer growers that are afraid of males and they want to get something that won’t have male seeds,” he said. “People don’t like the experience of having to throw away plants that they don’t want.”

For 2021 fems, try to beat Humboldt Seed Company’s Jelly Rancher. This cross of Very Cherry to Notorious THC and Jelly Rancher Bx3 sparkles with resin and smells like blue cotton candy, strawberries, and grapes. Jelly Rancher grows to a medium size and ripens quickly.

Make ’em jelly: Jelly Rancher fem seeds are sweet, berry, grape hybrid-sativa fun for ’21. (Courtesy Humboldt Seed Company)

They’re going to do great any place in California this year, said Pennington.

Exotic breeders Compound Genetics offer feminized seeds as well. Snap up Gummiez, Blueberry Octane, and Pink Certz fems from Compound at stores like Buds and Roses in the San Fernando Valley.

Friendly Tangie strains

If Autos and Fems are easy to grow, Tangie family strains are easy for beginners to smoke. They have bubbly, friendly effects that can go all day.

Found in fine Oregon dispensaries, Massive Seeds sells Yuzu Tangie, which is Tangie crossed to Lemon Pineapple, mixed to Orangeade. Breeders list lineage like a math equation: ((Tangie x Lemon Pineapple) x Orangeade).

Humboldt Seed Company enters year two of selling Squirt, which crosses an elite Blueberry Muffin to a superior Tangie.

“If you want to have a good time, smoke Blueberry Muffin, and smoke Squirt.”

Nat Pennington, Humboldt Seed Company founder

“If you want to have a good time, smoke Blueberry Muffin, and smoke Squirt,” said Pennington. “I pretty much only smoke Blueberry Muffin and Squirt when I’m going to be working with a group of people. It makes it fun.”

A pure Tangie resurgence continues as well, said original breeder Crockett, founder of Crockett Family Farms. The California team sells through DNA Genetics and beyond. Plant a field of Crockett’s new:

  • Strawberry Fields (Strawberry Banana X Tangie)
  • Sour Juice (Juice X Sour Chem),
  • Tangieland (Candyland X Tangie)
  • or BT7 (Banana Tangie #7 X OG#18)

Cookies and Cakes, MAC and nuts

It’s a Cookies and Cakes world. You just live in it.

That means scooping up leading California nursery Dark Heart’s fast-selling clones of Gelato (Ice Cream) Cake, Sweeties, or White Runtz.

“The Cookies and Cakes are very much in demand this year, for good reason,” said Dark Heart Nursery CEO Dan Grace.

Denver-based Ethos Genetics also gorges on cookie crosses with its End Game line, now in three varieties.

Thanos is a daddy: Ethos punches up Cookies with their “End Game” crosses. (Courtesy Ethos Genetics)

Also, try to get in on Purple City Genetics’ new, clone-only Gush Mints.

Gush Mints electrifies and colorizes the minty strain craze. It takes Kush Mints and crosses it with the fabled F1 Durban and Gushers. The result is, “creamy gas and kushy candy terps,” said Rosen.

Six types of Gush Mints crosses are coming in seed form in ‘21.

“Purple City Genetics is the very front tip of the spear. That’s us,” Rosen said.

Also in the exotic Cookies world, don’t miss Archive Seeds of Portland’s:

  • Animal Biscuits (Animal Cookies x Dosidos)
  • Cake Face (Animal Face x Faceoff OG)
  • Doughlato (Dolato #41 x Moonbow #75)
  • and Melon Fizz (Melonade x Moonbow #75)

And in the world of MAC crosses, breeder Capulator should have seeds for adult-use stores this year. Until then, Ethos touts their new MAC and Jack.

“It’s a very complimentary cross that checks all the boxes for almost every grower!” said Ethos.

Ethos Genetics’ MAC and Jack amps up the sweet sativa jack terps. (Courtesy Ethos Genetics)

Going a bit nuts

Quick note: a bona fide nutty strain craze is a-brewin’ in cannabis.

Demand for Peanut Butter Breath has gone crazy, according to major clone and seed provider Wave Rider Nursery in Salinas, CA.

Over at Humboldt Seed Company, their new Pistachio (Fortune Cookies x PistachioBx2 x P-61) “Smells just like burnt nuts to us; a roasted cracked-open pistachio,” said Pennington. “People will agree that it has a nutty flavor no matter what.”

Pistachio comes from intense hybridization, and luck. (Courtesy Humboldt Seed Company)

OGs for the OGs

The biting OG Kush strain family lives in the shadow of Cookies, but it’ll never fade.

Keep your gas station topped up this year by growing some Knight’s Templar OG from Dark Heart Nursery. Dark Heart calls their newest OG their heaviest yet.

“People love the gas profile and the supreme relaxation that OGs bring,” said Grace.

Mission accomplished: Knight’s Templar OG from Dark Heart Nursery. (Courtesy Dark Heart Nursery)

OG Kush cousin Triangle Kush never goes out of style. Just look at Wave Rider Nursery’s Black Triangle (Triangle Kush x 88G13) via Bodhi Seeds.

Or even better—mix nuts and gas with PB Triangles from Equilibrium Genetics. That’s PB Breath to Triangle Kush.

Need more new OGs? Go with legit, original gangsta’ Bodhi Seeds’ Ancient OG:

“A heavy duty, true OG-dominant hybrid that takes things to the next level,” stated Bodhi. “Deep, earthy, forest OG aromas, with creamy, citrus kush undertones, like Goji OG without the berry and added lemon pledge.”

—Bodhi Seeds

Hashmakers will want Dying Breed Seeds, who crosses everything to their OG Eddy Lep, including:

  • Lemon Zest (Lemonade x OG Eddy);
  • Ice Cream Bean (Blue Sherbert x OG Eddy).

Purples, Zkittlez, and Runtz

Certain heavily stoned folks only smoke purple weed: GDPs, Purple Punch crosses, Zkittlez, and Runtz. This section’s for them.

Dark Heart Nursery claims to bring back the legendary Ken’s Granddaddy Purple from 2003 for sale this year.

“Anyone who remembers the old school, deep, and musky taste of purples should try this strain,” said Grace.

Dark Heart Nursery offers a 2003 Ken’s Granddaddy Purple this year. (Courtesy Dar Heart Nursery)

We’re huge fans of Do-Si-Dos to Purple Punch, called Slurricane—so we’re growing In-House Genetics’ Slurricane ix (Slurricane #44 x Slurricane #7) in our garden.

Wanna get crunk? Seek out Purple City Genetics’ clone-only Slurty3 ((Slurricane Cowboys cut) x Gelato 33). Crosses of it go into seed production later in the year.

Slurty3 smells like “grape, gas, and cream terps that have ‘new-new’ written all over it,” said Eric Rosen.

Caution, though. “This is heavy, dude. Not for the unsuspecting smoker,” he said.

Zkittlez and Runtz run amok

New Zkittlez crosses rain down upon us mortals. We’ve settled on growing Exotic Genetix’s Cookies cross Gazzungas (Zkittlez x Rainbow Chip). Up in Portland, OR, Archive Seeds hits gold with Rainbow Beltz 2.0 (Zkittlez x Moonbow).

Similarly, Runtz crosses are everywhere, but only Equilibrium Genetics crossed Runtz to their mold and mildew-resistant African Orange to create Orange Runtz. Great idea.

Another blingy Compound flavor: Rose Gold Runtz, a cross of Apples and Bananas to White Runtz.

Compound Genetics’ ultra-potent, tasty Apples and Bananas in your own backyard. (David Downs/Leafly)

“These guys who made this particular strain should be the gods of weed.”

—Leafly reviewer ‘a……..r”

One Leafly reviewer of Apples and Bananas said: “These guys who made this particular strain should be the gods of weed.”

Lastly, Compound Genetics recommends its latest collaboration with Colorado seed gods Cannarado. Look for Gastro Pop—that’s Apples and Bananas to Grape Gasoline.

See also: Savage Genetics’ Cheetoz (Cheetah Piss x Runtz); I Love Growing Marijuana’s Purple mixpack; Wave Rider’s cross of Wedding Cake Zkittlez x Modified Grapes.

Landraces, sativas, and throwbacks

The critics always tell me, ‘Play those old school jams, David. Where’s my landraces at? Those sativas? Where are my throwbacks?’

Equilibrium Genetics cannot be denied in the throwback, landrace, and sativa game. Look at their nearly sold-out Maui Pineapple, as well as their new Saturn Citrus and Pineapple Sonja.

Old-school Maui has billions of dollars of goodwill baked into the brand name, said Matthys.

“It’s crazy. Everyone wants that one. It’s such a wonderful strain to grow—very sativa with a sweet bit of cherry musk and funk, like a gassy funk,” he said.

Pineapple Sonja will reset the bar for thick pineapple flavor in California. It’s Pineapple Thai to another pineapple-smelling sativa from Maine, called Red Sonja.

Then strap in for a psychedelic rocket launch—Saturn Citrus is Super Lemon Haze crossed to Equilibrium’s African Orange.

Need more altitude? Wave Rider Nursery offers a unique Swazi Red Burmese that’ll get the heart racing.

And for a spotless mind, this year Bodhi Seeds has:

  • Soar (Columbian Red x OMG)
  • and Eternal Sunshine (Hawaiian Sativa x OMG)

Old school indica fans, we got you. Hash Plant lovers want to be sedated with Bodhi Seeds’:

Grandmas Hashplant (Irene x 88G13/HP)

  • and Lemon Hashplant (Lemon G x 88G13/HP)

Romulan landing

And speaking of sedation: set your phasers on stun—old school Romulan has landed.

“Our Romulan seeds are selling very, very well,” said Megan L., Romulan Genetics sales manager. “Nostalgia has been a pop-culture phenomenon lately, so anything that brings people back to their youth or high school years is a big hit with the Baby Boomer generation.”

This classic, high-THC indica can manage anxiety and PTSD, patients report.

“[The strain] leaves you feeling completely saturated but somehow still in control of your thoughts and actions,” said Megan.

Grow a bowl of Romulan this season. (Courtesy Romulan Genetics)

And that, folks, represents a fat slice of what’s going on out there in the cannabis seed world in 2021. It’s truly mind-boggling.

“There are so many amazing new strains coming out all the time it’s exhausting to keep up with,” said Conner Pollock, Wave Rider Nursery sales manager.

This epochal explosion in cannabis diversity only promises to accelerate, said Rosen. “It’s the most exciting time to be in cannabis. Even more so a day from now, and a week from now—it just gets more and more exciting,” he said.