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Pot's Prime Number Explained
    #3588899 - 01/06/05 02:32 PM (11 years, 10 months ago)

Pot's Prime Number Explained
Facts and fabrications about the legendary 420.
January 6, 2005
New Haven Advocate

If you smoke herb, tree, sherm, floyd, grass, cheeba, the chronic, wet, weed or plain old marijuana or you know someone who owns at least one piss-poor quality Phish bootleg or an Orange Goblin record, you know about the magical number 420. It's the hopheads' pseudo underground--"dude, you know what the deal is,"--numerical code for getting high. Whether you're in a perpetual 420 time zone, or look forward to April 20th like it was your birthday, or you make it a verb and go get 420'd, you are propagating a decade-long cultural phenomenon. And it has many mythical and legendary points of origin.

Until now, that is.

Myth #1 : 420 is the police call-in code for "Possession of Marijuana" or "Drug Bust in Progress" or "Hippie Smoking Herb" or whatever.

Bust: It's not. Check cobras.org for all your cop related call-in number codes. The call codes are pretty universal and 420 ain't even on there.

Myth #2 : "Come Together" by the Beatles is 4 minutes and 20 seconds long. And if you know the lyrics, you know they were reeeeeeally fuckin' high when they wrote it.

Bust: Granted, the words to the tune are pretty "wow, man, dude, whoa!" and the Fab Four might have smoked a bit of shake back in the day. But the song is 4 minutes and 16 seconds long.

Myth #3 : April 20th is Earth Day. And you gotta perpetuate the celebration of smoking a bit of the Mother Earth, maaaaaaan.

Bust: Um, check that calendar, Sunshine. Earth Day has been on April 22 since 1970.

Myth #4: THC (Delta-9-Tetrahydrocannabinol), the element in weed that makes you high, has 420 chemicals in it.

Bust: The number of active chemicals in THC hovers around the 300-315 mark, depending on the strain of bud you're puffin'.

Myth #5: Dr. Albert Hoffman, the discoverer and synthesizer of LSD first dropped acid at 4:20 p.m., April 19, 1943.

Bust: Well, yes, he did. His notebooks can verify that. And if you wanna get all technical and shit, he first tripped three days prior--by accident. But acid and weed are two separate drugs. This is just some odd, hippie coincidence.

Myth #6: When the Grateful Dead toured they always stayed in room #420 of whatever hotel they were at.

Bust: Dead biographer and historian for 20 some-odd years (and author of A Long Strange Trip: The Inside History of the Grateful Dead) Dennis McNally has gone on record as saying this is ridiculous.

Myth #7: April 20 is National Pot Smokers Day.

Bust: That's true--but it's only on April 20th because of all this 4:20 horseshit.

Myth #8: April 20 is the last day you should plant your seeds.

Bust: This makes no sense. You can grow virtually anytime, virtually anywhere.

Myth #9: The number comes from the children's nursery rhyme "Sing A Song of Sixpence," which is all about drugs. It says, "Sing a song of sixpence, a pocket full of rye. Four and twenty blackbirds baked in a pie." Get it?

Bust: There is no tie-in except for the number and the word "baked." Go to writingresources.com/nursery_rhymes/sing_a_song_of_sixpence.html for the real story on the bird-pie thing.

Myth #10: In the H.P. Lovercaft short story "In the Walls Of Eryx," the protagonist talks of a hallucinatory plant with "shaggy stalk, spikey leaves" and the ability to seemingly stop time. When the slowed-down time in the story is checked, it's 4:20.

Bust: This is the coolest-sounding, coincidental myth, but the story has time checks throughout.

Truth: According to a very trustworthy source, High Times editor Steve Hager, the pot periodical wrote a history in 1998, which found that the 420 phenomenon started in San Rafael High School in California, in 1971. A dozen stoners who hung and smoked together heard of a secret patch of homegrown growing nearby. They decided to meet at 4:20 at the campus statue of scientist Louis Pasteur to begin their search for the secret field o' weed. They never found it. But they started incorporating the time and number 420 into their language to slyly talk about smoking in front of teachers and parents. They then told two friends who in turn told two friends and so on and so on....Further documentation is at 420.com.


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Re: Pot's Prime Number Explained [Re: veggie]
    #3599513 - 01/08/05 06:23 PM (11 years, 10 months ago)

fuck yeah, san rafael high school is right around the way from me. we played them in sports in hs.


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Re: Pot's Prime Number Explained [Re: veggie]
    #3609469 - 01/10/05 09:03 PM (11 years, 10 months ago)



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Re: Pot's Prime Number Explained [Re: Joshua]
    #3617206 - 01/12/05 11:19 AM (11 years, 10 months ago)

Quote:

Myth #4: THC (Delta-9-Tetrahydrocannabinol), the element in weed that makes you high, has 420 chemicals in it.

Bust: The number of active chemicals in THC hovers around the 300-315 mark, depending on the strain of bud you're puffin'.




umm.....hahaha...
THC is a (one) chemical, and so there can't be other chemicals residing in it.
In otherwords THC is ONE of the 310-315 chemicals in marijuana


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Re: Pot's Prime Number Explained [Re: Floyd_]
    #3617289 - 01/12/05 11:52 AM (11 years, 10 months ago)

>Check cobras.org for all your cop related call-in number codes.

http://www.cobras.org/ , a site about snakes....


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Re: Pot's Prime Number Explained [Re: Anno]
    #3617610 - 01/12/05 01:29 PM (11 years, 10 months ago)

MYTH:According to a very trustworthy source, High Times editor Steve Hager, the pot periodical wrote a history in 1998, which found that the 420 phenomenon started in San Rafael High School in California, in 1971. A dozen stoners who hung and smoked together heard of a secret patch of homegrown growing nearby. They decided to meet at 4:20 at the campus statue of scientist Louis Pasteur to begin their search for the secret field o' weed. They never found it. But they started incorporating the time and number 420 into their language to slyly talk about smoking in front of teachers and parents. They then told two friends who in turn told two friends and so on and so on....Further documentation is at 420.com.

TRUTH: .....the origin of 420 was forgotten for some reason....


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Re: Pot's Prime Number Explained [Re: veggie]
    #4075478 - 04/20/05 02:54 AM (11 years, 7 months ago)

Steven Hager weighs in on the origins of 420, and its lessons for responsible cannabis users.
2005-04-20
High Times Magazine

Do you know what 420 means? Several times over the past few years, HIGH TIMES has attributed "420" to a code used by the San Rafael police department. However, the department has always denied this and I've come to the conclusion they are telling the truth. I was recently contacted by a group known as the "Waldos," who claim to have originated 420 in San Rafael in 1971. The group began meeting every day at 4:20 PM after school and eventually began to use 420 as a code for marijuana so they could talk about pot in front of parents and teachers.

If this is true, why did 420 become so popular and spread so quickly around the world?

One reason is because San Rafael is the home to the Grateful Dead and 420 spread for many years within the Deadhead community before it appeared on the Hemp 100 in HIGH TIMES. Once it appeared in HIGH TIMES, however, the expression spread farther and faster than ever.

But why have so many cannabis users embraced the 420 concept?

I believe 420 is a ritualization of cannabis use that holds deep meaning for our subculture. It also points us in a direction for the responsible use of cannabis. Before one can understand the difference between responsible and irresponsible use of cannabis, one must come to terms with the fact there are really two cannabis cultures in America, smart stoners and stupid stoners.

The stupid stoners wake and bake on exam days. They think being high is an end in itself and strive to be stoned as often as possible. When a stupid stoner shows up at your house, they usually feel it's their duty to compulsively decimate whatever stash you have immediately and save nothing for later. I'm sure we all know a few of these people. The stupid stoners are the people Cheech and Chong made fun of when they created the most widely accepted stereotype of a pothead.

The smart stoners, on the other hand, are the ones who use cannabis as a creative tool to enhance their lives. They know cannabis can be an asset if used intelligently. Bob Marley, Willie Nelson, Louis Armstrong, Ken Kesey, and Stephen Gaskin are among the many cultural icons that fall into the smart stoner category.

But what does all this have to do with 420?

First, it means it's better to wait to start smoking pot until 4:20 PM--unless, of course, you have a medical reason for starting sooner. The people who roll out of bed and immediately start smoking, and continue smoking throughout the day, don't get as high as the people who wait until 4:20. The late afternoon is the time to step back and review the day's events. It's the time to brainstorm. Cannabis, sunsets and brainstorms just seem to naturally go together. The people who use cannabis sparingly get more impact than those who use it continuously. The more you smoke, the less high you get. Smoke less, and you get higher. This has always been my experience.

Second, 420 is a model for how cannabis should be portrayed to children, which is the most important issue as far as many prohibitionists are concerned. We have to convince these people the use of cannabis by children will not go up after legalization. We have to convince them we are not interested in recruiting their children to join our cannabis society.

Ever since the Partnership for a Drug-Free America began putting ads on television targeting the use of cannabis by children, more kids have been using marijuana. Obviously, the more you talk about marijuana in front of children, the more curious they are going to be about it. Telling them that it's bad is not going to be much of a deterrent. In fact, many kids just naturally enjoy the outlaw thrill of breaking rules set by adults. Right now, it's easier for kids to buy marijuana than it is for them to buy a six-pack of beer because the cannabis is sold out on the streets, while the beer is sold in licensed and regulated outlets.

The solution is not to put more negative advertising on television, but to stop talking about pot in front of children. All that's needed to accomplish this is for the adults to establish a code for cannabis, one that the children don't understand.

We also have to ritualize the use of cannabis and turn it into a rite of passage. That way, when our teenagers reach the proper age, they can be inducted into adulthood by being awarded with the keys to the cannabis code.

And what is the "right age?"

That varies considerably. I like the standard set by Stephen Gaskin in his book Cannabis Spirituality. "...there's a ceremonial place," writes Gaskin, "when a teenager takes up as much space as a grownup, eats as much food as a grownup and works as much as a grownup. They participate in creating the adult community vibe. It isn't fair at that point to treat them as children. I think some teenagers can be damaged by being excluded from important ceremonies."

Stupid stoners may feel part of the hemp revolution, but they are, in fact, part of the problem. If we want to convince the straight world cannabis is not a dangerous plant, we must use the plant wisely, not irresponsibly. We have to be stoner smart, not stoner stupid. So, which side of the coin do you want to be on? The same side as Bob Marley, Louis Armstrong and Willie Nelson? Or do you want to be stoner stupid?


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Re: Pot's Prime Number Explained [Re: veggie]
    #4078731 - 04/20/05 10:03 PM (11 years, 7 months ago)

Great concept!


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Re: Pot's Prime Number Explained [Re: Ekstaza]
    #5534921 - 04/19/06 09:16 PM (10 years, 7 months ago)

hmm i always thought i was because the Marijuana prohibition act was passed on 4/20 in 1937.


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Re: Pot's Prime Number Explained [Re: Banez]
    #5535863 - 04/20/06 12:32 AM (10 years, 7 months ago)

Woah,
Never heard that Lovecraft one before
:rockon:


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