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Origin of 420

Out of the many ideas of the origins of 420, one even including Hitler’s birthday, there’s only one true story. The most credible story traces 4/20 to Marin County, Calif. In 1971, five students at San Rafael High School would meet at 4:20 p.m. by the campus’ statue of chemist Louis Pasteur to partake. They chose that specific time because extracurricular activities had usually ended by then. This group — Steve Capper, Dave Reddix, Jeffrey Noel, Larry Schwartz, and Mark Gravich — became known as the “Waldos” because they met at a wall. They would say “420” to each other as code for marijuana.

As Reddix told TIME in 2017, “We got tired of the Friday-night football scene with all of the jocks. We were the guys sitting under the stands smoking a doobie, wondering what we were doing there.”

Later, Reddix’s brother helped him get work with Grateful Dead bassist Phil Lesh as a roadie, so the band is said to have helped popularize the term “420.”

The term “420” was widely in use by the end of the 1970s. Deadheads spread it outward like a virus from their San Rafael ground zero. Within a decade, pot smokers were using it across the country and around the world. High Times started using the term “420” as early as 1990, and later bought the website, which includes videos, news, horticulture tips, and activism.

Pop culture is filled with references to 420. The clocks and timepieces in Pulp Fiction and later in Lost in Translation are all set to 420. And is it an accident that the score on the football scoreboard in stoner classic Fast Times at Ridgemont High reads 42-0?

While many other illicit tales of the origins of 420 have wafted into the half-baked history books, the Waldos have proof they used the word back in the 70s. Kept safely tucked away in a vault in a San Francisco bank is their original 420 tie-dyed flag, a newspaper clipping where one of the members discusses wanting to just say “420” for his high school graduation speech and postmarked letters between the group filled with 420 references.

What are you going to do to celebrate the holiday this year?


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The Ultimate Stoner Book List for 4/20 and Everyday High Reading

Among the Bloom staff it’s pretty divided on which of us are readers, and which of us aren’t. I fall into the former category and this is an article I’ve wanted to write for some time. Some of the greatest books of all time seem to fall into this ‘stoner lit’ category and I have to admit, I’m not surprised. Most are classics and for a good reason, and if you see one that you think belongs on this list- email us and it might just get added!

  1. Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas, by Hunter S, Thompson

Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas is the best chronicle of drug-soaked, addle-brained, rollicking good times ever committed to the printed page. It is also the tale of a long weekend road trip that has gone down in the annals of American pop culture as one of the strangest journeys ever undertaken. 

(My favorite quote: “Too weird to live, too rare to die”)

  1. The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy, by Douglas Adams 

Seconds before the Earth is demolished to make way for a galactic freeway, Arthur Dent is plucked off the planet by his friend Ford Prefect, a researcher for the revised edition of The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy who, for the last fifteen years, has been posing as an out-of-work actor. 

One of the pinnacles in Science Fiction! A must read, at least once in a lifetime.

  1. The Gunslinger, by Stephen King

In the first book of this brilliant series, Stephen King introduces readers to one of his most enigmatic heroes, Roland of Gilead, The Last Gunslinger. He is a haunting figure, a loner on a spellbinding journey into good and evil. In his desolate world, which frighteningly mirrors our own, Roland pursues The Man in Black, encounters an alluring woman named Alice, and begins a friendship with the Kid from Earth called Jake. Both grippingly realistic and eerily dreamlike, The Gunslinger leaves readers eagerly awaiting the next chapter. 

  1. Rico Slade Will F*cking Kill You, by Bradley N. Sands

A book of utter mayhem, this one had to be added to the list. Here are my two favorite reviews to sum up the entirety of this book:

"Rico Slade can grab Chuck Norris by a wrist and an ankle and use him as a jump rope. If you're looking for some well-crafted literary mayhem that entertains and pleases in equal degrees, this is the book for you." - THE AUSTIN POST

"If you like violence. If you have a decent sense of humor. If you have ever wondered what would happen if Richard Brautigan wrote a 90's action film instead of killing himself in the winter of 1984...These are all great reasons to read Rico Slade Will F*cking Kill You." - HOUSEFIRE

  1. The Electric Kool-Aid Acid Test, by Tom Wolfe

Tom Wolfe's much-discussed kaleidoscopic non-fiction novel chronicles the tale of novelist Ken Kesey and his band of Merry Pranksters. In the 1960s, Kesey led a group of psychedelic sympathizers around the country in a painted bus, presiding over LSD-induced "acid tests" all along the way. Long considered one of the greatest books about the history of the hippies, Wolfe's ability to research like a reporter and simultaneously evoke the hallucinogenic indulgence of the era ensures that this book, written in 1967, will live long in the counter-culture canon of American literature.

6. The Final Empire, by Brandon Sanderson

With mostly favorable reviews among a great many fantasy forums, this book is a step into a different sort of magical world. ‘For a thousand years the ash fell and no flowers bloomed. For a thousand years the Skaa slaved in misery and lived in fear. For a thousand years the Lord Ruler, the "Sliver of Infinity," reigned with absolute power and ultimate terror, divinely invincible. Then, when hope was so long lost that not even its memory remained, a terribly scarred, heart-broken half-Skaa rediscovered it in the depths of the Lord Ruler's most hellish prison. Kelsier "snapped" and found in himself the powers of a Mistborn. A brilliant thief and natural leader, he turned his talents to the ultimate caper, with the Lord Ruler himself as the mark.’

Just read this. There’s plenty of books in the series to keep you entertained for days-at least.

  1. 1984, by George Orwell

Among the seminal texts of the 20th century, Nineteen Eighty-Four is a rare work that grows more haunting as its futuristic purgatory becomes more real. Published in 1949, the book offers political satirist George Orwell's nightmarish vision of a totalitarian, bureaucratic world and one poor stiff's attempt to find individuality. The brilliance of the novel is Orwell's prescience of modern life—the ubiquity of television, the distortion of the language—and his ability to construct such a thorough version of hell. Required reading for students since it was published, it ranks among the most terrifying novels ever written.

  1. Bury My Heart at Wounded Knee: An Indian History of the American West, by Dee Brown

Remarkably heart-wrenching, but if you love history this is a great read. Bury My Heart at Wounded Knee is Dee Brown's eloquent, fully documented account of the systematic destruction of the American Indian during the second half of the nineteenth century. Using council records, autobiographies, and firsthand descriptions, Brown allows the great chiefs and warriors of the Dakota, Ute, Sioux, Cheyenne, and other tribes to tell us in their own words of the battles, massacres, and broken treaties that finally left them demoralized and defeated. A unique and disturbing narrative told with force and clarity, Bury My Heart at Wounded Knee changed forever our vision of how the West was really won.

  1. The Essential Calvin and Hobbes: A Calvin and Hobbes Treasury, by Bill Watterson

A staple of my childhood, and I’d be remiss to not add it to this list, a compilation of one of the best comic strips of all time. Bill Watterson's Calvin and Hobbes has been a worldwide favorite since its introduction in 1985. The strip follows the richly imaginative adventures of Calvin and his trusty tiger, Hobbes. Whether a poignant look at serious family issues or a round of time-travel (with the aid of a well-labeled cardboard box), Calvin and Hobbes will astound and delight you. 

If you think another book should be added to this list, email us! We’d love to do another edition of this article. 

Happy reading and Happy 420 Bloom fam!

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Strain of the Month - Purple Crazy Head

An Indica cross between Purple Headband x Crazy Glue, it’s a good seller for a reason. Loaded with Limonene, Caryophyllene, and b-Pinene it’s commonly used to help with conditions such as: nausea, chronic pain, appetite stimulant, depression, stress headaches, inflammation and tend to give a sense of euphoria. One of our staffers noted, “ Purple Crazy head is one of my favorite strains. I think it is the perfect indica for a Saturday when you have nothing going on and you want to just relax and enjoy your weekend. It’s a great functional indica, you can still get important chores done while being totally relaxed at the same time. I also use it to treat mild headaches and pains. It’s a great mood leveler also!”

Stop in your local Bloom to give Purple Crazy Head a try!

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Strain of the month - Sour Diesel

Legendary since the 1990’s this strain is popular for good reason. Sour Diesel is a sativa strain made by crossing Original Diesel x DNL. For most, you can count on this strain as a stand in for a morning cup of coffee. It’s uplifting, creative, and produces an all around strong high that won’t trip you up. In fact, most people find that Sour Diesel renders a purely cerebral experience.This strain is commonly used amongst medical patients to relieve anxiety, depression, ADD, ADHD, and chronic fatigue. it's not recommended for treatment of insomnia and other similar ailments because of the stimulating and lively head high that it delivers. The smoke from this strain is famously harsh itself, causing even some more experienced marijuana consumers to cough. Unless you prefer heavy diesel strains, it’s not known as the most pleasant tasting strain, the diesel and ammonia flavors really take hold on the exhale and last quite a while on the palate but the mood-elevating buzz you’ll get will be well worth it.

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Foods can enhance your cannabis experience?

Research shows that consuming foods rich in terpenes, cannabinoids, and omega-3 fatty acids help increase THC absorption for an enhanced experience.

Here are the best foods to increase THC absorption and help enhance your high.


The myrcene terpenes bind with the THC brain receptors, allowing your high to come on faster, stronger, and last longer. Fans of mango and cannabis use have reported that the absorption time of THC was cut from seven seconds to just four. For maximum results, it is suggested eating a ripe mango 45 minutes prior to smoking. The fruit is chock full of Vitamin C and antioxidants – and may make your high better. It’s definitely a win-win for wellness.


When consumed together, the chocolate helps the weed activate the brain receptors that produce feelings of euphoria. This works by eating chocolate prior to smoking, and also for edibles, which is why a lot of people report better effects from weed-infused chocolate bars than from other special treats.


If you are using cannabis to fight depression or inflammation, you can try using broccoli to intensify your high. Broccoli is one of the best things to eat when high. The terpene will help the cannabinoids fighting your depression and reducing the pain you may be in. Broccoli contains high levels of the terpene, Beta–caryophyllene, which binds to CB2 receptors in the body much like other cannabinoids. It can work synergistically with cannabinoids by helping to reduce pain, inflammation and depression.


Nuts are good for you in general, but they can also help the marijuana effects. That’s because nuts contain high levels of Omega-3 fatty acids which bind to cannabinoids in cannabis and with those healthy fats in the system, a person can therefore become high quicker and stay high much longer.

The high concentration of healthy fats in nuts can also protect the heart which is especially beneficial for those suffering from cardiovascular problems. Because cannabis has been shown to slow the heart rate in certain individuals, healthy fats such as those found in nuts and many oils are strongly recommended.

Sweet Potatoes

Some people find themselves getting into negative thought patterns when they are high, and if you do this, sweet potatoes might be the food for you. The vitamins inside can help the brain to produce serotonin and this can help you to stay in a better mood for longer while you are high. Sweet potatoes contain carbohydrates and B vitamins, both of which have been shown to increase serotonin production in the brain. And because they are low-fat and relatively low in protein, the mood-boosting serotonin can work relatively quickly to turn those blues around.


Black and green teas contain catechin, an antioxidant that can bind with CB1 receptors in the brain to cause feelings of peace and relaxation. When consumed in conjunction with cannabis, tea can improve mood, decrease stress and increase feelings of euphoria.

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Did you know that cannabis terpenes work together with CBD and THC to fight inflammation? Let’s dive into what anti-inflammatory cannabis terpenes are, what they do, and how they can help you.

In cannabis, terpenes are secreted by the same gland responsible for producing pain-relieving cannabinoids like THC and CBD. Unsurprisingly, several terpenes found in cannabis are also believed to possess analgesic and anti-inflammatory properties.

Similarly to cannabinoids, terpenes are thought to communicate with certain protein cell receptors in the body’s inner endocannabinoid system (ECS) in order to produce therapeutic effects. The ECS is a natural physiological system existing in both humans and animals and is responsible for maintaining balance in the body by regulating things such as mood, pain, appetite, sleep, stress, and more.

The Best Terpenes For Pain

There are several different terpenes that are believed to help alleviate pain by producing anti-inflammatory and analgesic effects.


Linalool is a floral terpene commonly found in perfumes and naturally found in mint, citrus, and lavender. It’s commonly touted for its anti-anxiety properties, however, it has also demonstrated anti-inflammatory properties, potentially capable of treating inflammatory pain.


Myrcene, or beta-myrcene, is the most commonly found terpene in marijuana and is believed to be the dominant terpene in over 40% of known cannabis strains. This spicy, earthy terpene can be found in everything from lemongrass to mangoes. A 1990 study found that myrcene may be able to relieve pain in mice, while several other animal studies have found it to be useful in the treatment of anxiety. Myrcene has even shown potential as a muscle relaxant.


Pinene is the most commonly found terpene in the natural world. It can be found in rosemary, conifer trees, orange peels, and of course, pine needles. Pinene is believed to have a range of therapeutic effects that may help with anxiety, inflammation, and pain.


Limonene is a bitter and citrusy terpene that can be found in orange, juniper, and lemon. This terpene is believed to stimulate the immune system while also fighting against inflammation, depression, stress, and anxiety.


Caryophyllene is a terpene found in rosemary, cloves, hops, and more. It’s believed to be responsible for giving black pepper the spicy kick it’s known for and is one of the best terpenes for pain.

Caryophyllene was found to directly activate cell receptors in the human body’s inner endocannabinoid system. Researchers believe that by activating CB2 receptors found in the system, caryophyllene is able to reduce inflammation to lessen pain and lessen the risk of several serious diseases caused by inflammation. Furthermore, a 2013 study found that the administration of caryophyllene was able to reduce pain in mice. Researchers also found that the terpene was able to enhance the pain-reducing abilities of low-strength morphine, making it more effective.

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