Utter the phrase “420” and anyone who knows anything about marijuana can simply relate to your cannabis reference. The use of the term 420 was first referred back in the early 1970’s. A group of San Rafael California high school students who referred themselves as the “Waldo’s” coined the phrase in lieu of marijuana. Original Waldo Mark Gravitch’s father managed real estate for the Grateful Dead whose property were minutes from the Waldo’s hangout. The Waldo’s were often found outside of the band’s hills home listening to them practice and blazing. Another original member Dave Reddix’s brother managed a cover band of the Grateful Dead and was friends with the bands bassist Phil Lesh.
Dave Reddix a Grateful Dead roadie was quoted as saying “The Band had this rehearsal hall on Front Street, San Rafael, California, and they used to practice there. So we used to hang out and listen to them play music and get high while they’re practicing for gigs. But I think it’s possible my brother Patrick might have spread it (420) through Phil Leash. And me, too, because I hanging out with Leash and his band when they were doing a summer tour my brother was managing.”
The Magazine High Times published the term 420 in the early 90’s and the lingo for weed grew to a larger audience. From the Waldo’s to the Grateful Dead it’s 4:20 somewhere!
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Marijuana is definitely going mainstream, despite the fact that it's still "illegal", the regulatory enforcement forces are getting relaxed by minute everyday. I was crossing the Canadians borders back to the States the other day, and officer chuckled when he knew I have an Online Smoke Shop business and I called it 421Store (as soon as I don't have the herb itself on me), At some point during the interaction, I felt he almost gonna ask me for a joint.
Anyways, back to what we were talking about. Now, you can use marijuana recreationally in eight states. Alaska, California, Colorado, Oregon, Maine, Massachusetts, Nevada, Washington — and the District of Columbia.
Other than recreationally use, there are 21 other states allow the possession and use of marijuana for medicinal purposes.
Tolerance. When you start smoking marijuana and doze off or get paranoid after a couple of hits, your friends recommend you to "build up some tolerance." And you do. In several months (or years, if you do not dive into regular smoking right away) you feel it. You have to smoke more to get high. And you hardly ever get as high as you used to get. Damn you, tolerance.
It is still unclear how cannabis tolerance works in terms of neurobiology. A recently published study suggests that the symptoms we experience may be determined by change in our brain’s ability to release dopamine. The research only describes the reaction of heavy users, people who were treated as ‘dependent on cannabis’ after using marijuana daily for many years. As you probably know, tolerance can be a problem even for someone who recently started smoking regularly, and there is next to no research on this matter.
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