The World Celebrates 4/20
April 20th marks the international cannabis celebration day where people all over the world light up to appreciate the substance known as marijuana. 4/20 is based on the the story of five California high school students who would meet at 4:20 pm to consume marijuana back in 1971. Ever since then, 4/20 has been code for “smoking weed” in the cannabis culture. Marijuana is unique because no other drug involves such a worldwide appreciation for everything related to a substance.
I guess if you consider St. Patty’s day a worldwide appreciation for alcohol, but it’s still not the same as marijuana. Marijuana is unique because it’s just starting to become legalized. Part of the allure with marijuana has been its consumption while still classified as a schedule I drug under U.S. federal law. This makes smoking the drug and partaking in activities surrounding it much more exciting and stimulating than alcohol.
What also makes marijuana exciting is that the celebration of 4/20 is unique because people are cheering for its liberation; they want to be able to be in that intoxicated state of mind without worrying about “the cops” busting them. Marijuana is known for providing a very relaxing high that is not often associated with violence or indecent behavior; people want to prove a point on 4/20 that marijuana should be legalized and consumed in peace.
While there are many consequences to getting involved with marijuana as a teenager and even as an adult, that’s not the point of 4/20. This holiday is more about appreciating the substance and the culture surrounding it. Marijuana is associated with humor and fun activities because the high makes the user interpret many ordinary events as funny; hence, why many who smoke it end up giggling and laughing out loud.
There are many positive things related to marijuana:
- It makes spending time with friends fun and enjoyable
- It makes activities more fun and enjoyable
- It enhances the senses making food taste better, music sound better and sexual activities feel better
- It increases introspection, allowing you to go deeper within yourself
- It enhances sleep and appetite
- It makes you think outside the box and appreciate newfound knowledge
. . . and the list goes on. I am not here to promote the use of marijuana as I know very well that there are many potential mental adverse effects, but I do appreciate the positives associated with it, such as the points provided in the list above as well as the culture associated with marijuana. Every person is different regarding their relationship with substances and each individual should come up with their own conclusion as to whether they should indulge.
What are your thoughts on marijuana and 4/20?
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