420 is Near, Prepare for Take-OFF!

420 California

Smoking cannabis can leave you feeling like you are floating in the clouds, and this annual 420 celebration will be no different, you might even shoot for the moon and reach for the stars in 2018. The correct pronunciation of 420, 4:20 or 4/20 is four-twenty and is an established code word used by the cannabis community to consume our favorite herb either 4:20 pm or around the date 20th April. The term 420 comes from a distant urban legend of a couple students meeting at 4:20 pm to look for an outdoor cannabis crop in their hometown of San Rafael, California. Steven Hager, the then editor of the HighTimes magazine, wrote a piece about stoner culture named “Stoner Smart or Stoner Stupid?” and etched the 420 term into the history books. 420 has since developed into a word that is the essence of the cannabis counter-culture and used worldwide to define cannabis. The annual day of 20th April is celebrated worldwide in hundreds of countries around this date. From peaceful gatherings, hikes in the Rocky Mountains and political marches, 20th of April brings together thousands of people from all walks of life that have one thing in common, cannabis.

Four-Twenty is a day not to miss in a legal cannabis State. California is celebrating its first year of legal recreational use of cannabis since being implemented on the 1st of January 2018. Adults over the age of 21 will be able to purchase State Permitted Marijuana Store. It's now as simple as showing your ID card to the front door person and you will be supplied with limited amounts of top shelf quality cannabis. Most states have serious regulations about your daily cannabis purchasing limits, so check your state and county laws before hopping out on a buying spree in April.  Good news is consumers can purchase up to 1 ounce of cannabis flowers and 8 grams of concentrates or edibles each day. Adults are also legally allowed growing up to 6 flowering cannabis plants at home at any given time. Growing your own cannabis at home might be a difficult task for many and if so, finding a good local Marijuana Dispensary could be an easier choice.

 GSC Blue Cut

GSC Blue Cut

A good dispensary should have well trained and knowledgeable staff, including budtenders. Their product ranges should be comprehensive including flowers, oils, concentrates, hash, edibles and many other varieties of cannabis products. Budtenders are the customer service agents that will guide you through your purchase and answer your questions about cannabis! They should be able to answer most cannabis questions you may have, and help you make a decision on your cannabis purchase.  You should feel comfortable and relaxed when making your purchase. Do a little research online before you go, check their stock and strain availability. Reading other customers reviews is also a good way to ensure the dispensary is a good cannabis venue. Don't forget to ensure that a dispensary needs to be a licensed cannabis retail outlet if you don't see it clearly advertised, just ask a budtender and they will show you their license. A good dispensary in the San Jose region that ticks all the requirements of a quality outlet is Airfield Supply Company. Licensed for both recreational and medical cannabis users, the environment is clean and fresh. They have a great variety of top cannabis products from True OG flowers through to high CBD concentrates, like AC/DC CBD Sap. This sap measure in the 60% plus CBD range and for medical users, you cant find much better oil that gets your body and mind into balance again.

420, however, is about getting high and the Airfield Supply Company is a place where you will not be disappointed, this is the place to be high. You will have access to see and experience their cannabis plants growing, 12 growing rooms and an unbelievable cannabis mother room. If are feeling adventurous they also have plant cuttings for sale that you may take home and grow yourself. On the 20th April 2018 Airfield Supply company is holding back no bells and whistles and you should prepare for take-off. If the munchies take hold free churros will be available for your enjoyment, free custom 420 t-shirts, and tons of specials and giveaways during the jam-packed day. You will not leave feeling like you have had a crash landing, but probably still floating in the clouds with some of the best cannabis available on the market today. It's probably a damn good idea to prepare for 420. Have your budget ready for the day. Cannabis is not cheap and cash is king in the cannabis industry. However, most good marijuana dispensaries have a variety of payment methods including credit, debit, or cash. Knowing the differences between the different consumer products that will help you make an easier decision on your purchase. So if you are looking for a strong high, you will be looking for either a concentrate or bud with high THC properties. If you have perhaps smoked a little too much and feeling a little anxious, you can try and suppress your anxiety by smoking a strain with a CBD cannabinoid profile.

“Just hit the Bay Area for a convention, and after landing at the airport, my first stop was Airfield. It was about a half hour before closing, the place was packed and they had us in line, served and out of there in no time even with a crowd. I got three single grams, Roc OG, SVF and Jack Herer. All fabu and very enjoyable.” Leafly Review

 Jack Herer 

Jack Herer 

Don't forget 420 is one of the biggest days on the cannabis calendar, so expect queues or don't expect infinite stock of cannabis supplies. Get to where you are going early, have patience and enjoy the big day by taking part in cannabis activism on 420. Also, use common sense, cannabis is a fairly well-developed industry in California and is home to some of the strongest strains and concentrates in the world currently. Keeping it low and slow is some pretty wise advice. Some concentrate whether live resin or crumbly wax can reach in the high 80% region and is one hit in a dab rig is the equivalent of smoking five joints. Don't peak too early and only consume your cannabis in small doses during the day. Experience the aroma's flavours and delivery methods moderately. No point in clutching out before lunch. Some other events associated with 420 is the Global Marijuana March ( GMM ) that takes place on the first Saturday in May. It is seen as a 420 event as it's been hosted simultaneously in over 70 countries worldwide on the same day. It has been hosted since 1999 when the first GMM took place with a few hundred people in a couple cities. These days marches are professionally organized and can have hundreds of thousands of attendees from Johannesburg, South Africa to New York, United States. They are a great place to meet like-minded individuals and celebrate our favourite plant with brothers and sisters. Check your local cannabis events or activities in your region. There is definitely something happening from peaceful gatherings and intense green raves. Cannabis culture has developed into a popular mainstream culture since the first medical marijuana laws were passed in Califonia late 1996. Today, we all know someone that uses cannabis for a medical ailment or for a recreational high, so take a friend to enjoy the day, share your experience. 420 technically does not just need to be enjoyed on the 20th April but also can be built into your daily routine. 420 is also seen as a time during the time, 4:20 pm which is conveniently around “high tea” time. Roll a joint, pour a cup of tea and enjoy the terpenes and cannabinoids of the hundreds of varieties of cannabis strains available on the market today in the comfort of your own home at 4:20 pm. A lovely time to unwind and relax from daily duties and the stresses of the fastpaced life we live now. I hope this guide has given you more insight into the historical subculture of 420. Whether you are a novice to the cannabis industry or a seasoned cannabis connoisseur getting your shoes polished and taking part in the festivities during 420 is definitely one way to jump into the deep end. The atmosphere will be guaranteed electric and the crowd lively. Cannabis users are a colorful bunch of people who have a firm belief in sharing is caring. Don't forget when puffing a joint, its puff, puff and pass to the left. Hope you have an enjoyable 420 wherever you decide to celebrate it.