4/20 is recognised by almost all weed smokers, but the origins of these numbers are far from common knowledge. Let’s dive a little deeper into the true meaning of 4/20 before we explore the very best strains to smoke on this special day.
The month of April has arrived, which signals a time of significance for stoners all around the world, because it means 4/20 is closing in! As many will know, 4:20 on April 20th is cannabis o’clock, and time to light up. But 4/20 is also a highly regarded date that marks the annual celebration of all things cannabis. Every year, cannabis lovers from many nations join together in large cities such as London, Vancouver, Denver, and Amsterdam to smoke cannabis (legally or illegally, depending on location) as an act of mass appreciation for the herb. To mark the celebration, Royal Queen Seeds is offering a massive 20% discount over a 4 day period, to celebrate these special numbers. Take advantage of this promotion and procure yourself some high quality cannabis seeds, paraphernalia, and merchandise.
4/20: A HISTORY LESSON
4/20 is a combination of numbers that is shrouded in mystery. There are many different claims that have evolved over time attempting to explain what exactly these numbers mean. Some state it’s a covert police dispatch code that signifies people breaking the law by consuming cannabis. Others stake a more scientific claim, explaining that it’s the number of chemicals within the plant.
The truth is, the origins are a lot more simple and humble than this. It turns out this worldwide phenomena comes from a select group of high school students from San Rafael High School, California, who decided that 4:20pm would be the time they would meet up after class and attempt to locate a rumoured cannabis plantation around the area of Point Reyes Peninsula. Although their efforts did not succeed, the group of young men decided to keep these numbers and use them as a group code word when referring to all things weed.
But how did this random group of guys manage to catapult these numbers onto the world cannabis stage? Well, they stumbled upon a rather large platform. The group, who labelled themselves “The Waldos”, ended up forming a friendship with the legendary American rock band Grateful Dead. The band eventually adopted the numbers, even using them in promotional flyers as concert times and dates. This led a small group phrase to evolve into one recognised by practically every cannabis user on Earth.
Knowing the correct history of 4/20 adds even more meaning to an already unique day. Now it’s time to review some of the best cannabis strains available to enjoy on the day.
TOP 5 STRAINS TO ENJOY ON 4/20
4/20 isn’t just another day of smoking. It’s basically an annual holiday dedicated to weed, therefore it only makes sense to smoke the best you can find, and to smoke with a purpose. All of these strains will get you baked, but each of them have their own unique qualities that will allow you to enjoy the day’s activities.
1. SOUR DIESEL WILL GET YOU GIGGLING
Sour Diesel is famous for igniting cases of the giggles, which is ideal for such a large celebration. Sparking up this sativa-dominant strain at the biggest 4/20 event you can access will instantly land you in a great mood. It will make you extra sociable, chatty, willing to meet new people, and most of all, it will make you laugh. It’s as though Sour Diesel places a new lens over your eyes that makes almost everything appear bright, fun, and more humorous. The 30% indica genetics eventually allow this long-lasting high to taper off into a chilled body stone. This means it’s either time to go home or smoke more! THC levels of 19% make for instant highs, be sure to share this one around the event to initiate as many good moods as possible. A strain with vibes this good was only made possible by crossbreeding parent strains Original Diesel, Northern Lights, Shiva, and Hawaiian. Along with this giggly high come nice flavours of herbs and sourness.
If you enjoy this strain on 4/20, then consider growing your own stash at home. You won’t be disappointed in the yields. When grown indoors, Sour Diesel puts out great yields of 475–525g/m², grows to heights of up to 160cm, and has a flowering time of 10–11 weeks. Outdoor plants provide large yields maxing out at 600g per plant, grow to soaring heights of 200cm, and will be ready to smoke up in late October.
2. ROYAL COOKIES FOR SOME SWEET 4/20 SEX
4/20 isn’t just a worldwide community event, it’s also a special day for individuals, including couples and lovers. There’s no better day to indulge in some stoned loving, whether with a long term partner or somebody new who’s just as excited about the day as you are. Whoever you’re planning on getting sexual and stoned with, be sure to have a few buds of Royal Cookies at the ready for the occasion. This strain is heavily indica-dominant and produces massive THC levels of 23%. Smoking these buds in bed with your lover produces a deeply stoning and physical body high that enhances sensation, generating tingles and electricity with every touch and stroke. Adding to the turn on are sweet and sugary tastes that truly whet the appetite. This sex-boosting and orgasm-enhancing strain descends from Forum Cookies S1 genetics.
Royal Cookies is a superb strain to cultivate at home, whether in the grow room or in the garden. Grown indoors, she’ll produce rewarding yields of 450–525g/m², grow to heights of 80–110cm, and will be ready to harvest after a flowering time of 8–9 weeks. Plants cultivated outdoors will have a space advantage and produce yields of up to 500g per plant, grow to heights of 180cm, and will be ready to harvest during the middle of October.
ROYAL BLUEMATIC FOR MIND-BENDING FLAVOURS
4/20 is the day to enter into the mindset of a cannabis connoisseur, to appreciate the diverse range of tastes and smells of weed, to see the cannabis plant for what it truly is. Royal Bluematic is the ideal strain to experience the extremes of what cannabis can really taste like. This strain is the result of a breeding project where the main goal was an explosion of taste alongside rapid flowering times. This objective was achieved by blending Blueberry genetics with a cannabis ruderalis strain, essentially crafting an autoflowering version of Blueberry. Every toke of this strain ignites the taste buds with hits of sweetness, berries, fruit, and sugar. She’s extremely moreish, but THC levels of 14% mean you can get away with tasting her for quite a bit. Be sure to share some around the event you attend to show people another taste of cannabis!
Thanks to her autoflowering genetics, Royal Bluematic is extremely easy to grow and will be ready to harvest before you know it, erupting into a fully bloomed plant a mere 5–7 weeks after germination. When grown indoors, this speedy lady produces good yields of up to 475g/m², whilst maintaining easily manageable heights of 60–75cm. When grown outside, she’ll produce varying harvests of 70–120g per plant and grow to heights of 70–100cm.
EXPERIENCE SEVERE MUNCHIES WITH PINEAPPLE KUSH
After the clock had struck 4:20pm, you’ve blazed copious amounts of weed, and the main event of the day is coming to a close, the next logical step is to go and find some food with your friends. However, before you do that, it would be a good idea to blaze a strain that will bring about a serious case of the munchies to generate some room in your belly. Pineapple Kush is the strain for this job. This strain is loaded with distinct flavours of tropical fruits, sweets, and sugar that kindle the appetite, along with high levels of THC and an indica-dominant high that generate a deep hunger. These hunger-inducing traits are derived from a combination of parent strains Pineapple and OG Kush.
Pineapple Kush provides good yields regardless of environment, offering high quantities of extremely aromatic flowers with each harvest. Indoor plants cultivated within grow tents produce yields of 500–550g/m², grow to heights of 70–120cm, and have a flowering time of 7–8 weeks. Outdoor plants grown within garden beds of high quality soil produce harvests of 450–500g per plant, grow to heights peaking at 180cm, and will be ready to harvest during the middle of October.
BLUE CHEESE FOR A RELAXING END TO THE DAY
Unlike alcohol, a whole day of celebrating by smoking weed won’t result in a hangover. In fact, you can expect to wake up on the 21st of April feeling fresh and ready to tackle the day. This will especially be the case if you decide to blaze up a strain like Blue Cheese right before bed to bring the celebrations to a close. This deeply stoning strain produces THC levels of 19% and a physical body high that takes weight off the shoulders and puts a stop to ruminating thoughts. Smoking these flowers at the end of 4/20 will give you a chance to chill out with friends and reflect on the events of the day. Blazing one more joint before bed will lull you off to sleep and have you waking up feeling rejuvenated.
This well-balanced strain features a genetic profile of 40% sativa and 60% indica, and was created using parent strains Original Cheese and Oregon Blueberry Blend. When grown within an indoor setting she’ll produce yields of up to 550g/m², grow to heights of 160cm, and will be ready to harvest after 7–8 weeks of flowering. On the other hand, plants grown outdoors produce yields of up to 550g per plant, grow to heights of 200cm, and will be ready for blazing during late September.