With social distancing and quarantining in full-effect, what's left to do on 4/20 this year? Here are some suggestions.
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Today is arguably the most significant day in cannabis history, ever. Not only is it 4/20, but it's 4/20 in the year 2020, which means you can celebrate 4/20 at 4:20 pm on the 20th day of the fourth month in 2020… You get the gist.
In fact, due to it being 2020, it's technically been 4/20 this entire month, though most people will be celebrating 4/20 today and today alone.
4/20 is a day where stoners can unite and celebrate their shared love of weed, often in the form of toking up with friends. Renowned cannabis aficionados often partake, with notorious ganja consumers like Seth Rogen and Snoop Dogg typically posting on social media in acknowledgment of the day.
Though of course, today is unlike any 4/20 in history, not least because it falls on the 20th year of the 21st century, but also because of the lockdowns and isolation associated with COVID-19. To some, this is a big disappointment, eliminating the possibility to enjoy the day with friends. Many pivotal cannabis events had already been canceled in the weeks leading up to 4/20, prompting many to wonder if the day would simply go by unnoticed.
Though interestingly, the passion behind cannabis hasn't abated, even in the face of COVID-19, showing that weed smokers are truly a force to be reckoned with.
A Very Green Day Indeed
Traditionally, (that is, in the last few years…), the cannabis industry has seen a spike in sales on 4/20 due to the increased visibility around weed involved with the date. This year, however, many vendors and advocates were concerned that this boost in sales simply wouldn't occur.
Well, the good news is that the cannabis industry has been enjoying increased sales for several weeks now amid the COVID-19 pandemic, with many people stockpiling cannabis for their time in self-isolation. In Ontario, the Ontario Cannabis Store saw a sustained, fourfold increase in sales, going up from 2,000 orders per day in March to over 9,000 by mid-April. In the United States, some stores have seen over a 150% increase in cannabis sales.
Whether cannabis sales will again spike on 4/20 will only be known in the weeks following today when dispensaries tally up what was sold, though it's safe to say that things are already looking pretty good for cannabis sales in countries where the plant has been made legal. This is important because 4/20 serves as a reminder to legislators that cannabis is here to stay, and that it can also help to stimulate the economy. We all know that money talks, and 4/20 is the day that cannabis usually does the most talking.
But for those who don't own a dispensary, and who simply want to enjoy the day in spite of COVID-19 related hindrances, what is there to do?
What to do this 4/20?
With COVID-19 in the air, which is a virus that affects one's respiratory system, it's important to consider smoke-free alternatives to cannabis consumption this 4/20. In this case, we're typically talking about edibles.
If you've never made them, don't fret; we have a guide to making cannabutter on the site! Edibles are a great way to consume cannabis without inhaling smoke or impacting your lungs, though you do have to be careful with dosage as people often end up eating too much. Once you've whipped up a batch of bud-infused brownies, cookies or cake, then you can get around to enjoying the day the way the Waldo's intended; stoned.
At this point, you may be thinking, well, what is there to do if I'm forced to sit at home by myself?
There are actually quite a lot of options for things to do this year for 4/20, even factoring in the need to stay at home. Whether it be downloading House Party, Skype or Zoom and having a virtual sesh with your friends, or watching Netflix's new cannabis cooking show.
Though if you feel like being part of the broader cannabis community, you can try visiting one of the live cannabis events that will be held on social media.
Most prominent among the virtual cannabis events is WeedMaps' virtual festival, which will stream live from the Weedmaps website and will involve giveaways, entertainment, and performances from Billy Ray Cyrus and Wiz Khalifa.
Other events throughout the day will involve Willie Nelson Tommy Chong and other prominent figures who are no strangers to toking up.
So don't be discouraged this 4/20, as it's shaping up to be a day of connectivity, kush and…more kush.
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