420 and 710 – Cannabis Numbers
The numbers 420 and 710 are everywhere nowadays in the world of cannabis; many people have no idea what they mean but the numbers are here to stay and anyone that’s a regular cannabis consumer has heard of 420.
If you’ve never heard of these numbers, trust me when I say you’re going to start realizing they’re everywhere; the last stoner movie you watched probably had tens of hidden 420 references, be it with clocks on the wall or random posters. This not-so-secret code is used everywhere around the world, and the 20th of April, 4/20 in the American calendar, is now world-wide cannabis day.
The number 420 supposedly comes from a group of teenagers in California, way back in the 70s. They were known as the Waldos and if you think about it, there’s a Waldo in almost every single stoner movie.
The Waldos supposedly found a map that showed the location of a cannabis plantation in the California Mountains. Every day after school they would go in search of this plantation; they left school at 3pm, but they had extra activities after school which meant they got out at 4:20. They would meet up every day at 4:20 in front of their school to go look for the plants. They would spend the evening smoking weed and looking for the plantation which they never managed to find, but they did leave behind the legacy of 4:20.
More and more people heard the story and it slowly turned into an American icon that meant one thing: weed. It has gotten so widespread and popular that 4/20 in American dates is the world-wide day of Cannabis, which is celebrated by all kinds of people all over the world.
Another newer cannabis number is 710. Rather than marijuana, this number refers to BHO and dabs; this is a way to consume cannabis involving oils, waxes, and all sorts of extracts. It’s also a much stronger way to consume cannabis, as a couple of hits is the same as smoking an entire joint; oils are perfect for medicinal treatments.
Oil users started their own movement, called the 710 movement, at which 7:10 is the time to smoke and the 10th of July is the day this holiday is supposedly celebrated, and it’s also San Canuto in Spain (Canuto means joint in Spanish), which is when cannabis is celebrated all over Spain. 710 is a number picked because when you write it upside down, it looks like the word OIL, and it usually appears on pictures of extracts online all the time.
Life is full of coincidences, and the numbers 420 and 710 can be found absolutely everywhere if you really look for them.
Author: Javier Chinesta
Translation: Ciara Murphy