420 (cannabis culture)

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Santa Cruz 4/20 celebration at Porter Meadow on UCSC campus in 2007

4:20 or 4/20 (pronounced four-twenty) refers to consumption of cannabis and, by extension, a way to identify oneself with cannabis drug subculture.

[edit] Origins and observances

One explanation of the origin of the term stems from a story about a group of teenagers at San Rafael High School in San Rafael, California, United States in 1971. The teens would meet after school at 4:20 p.m. to smoke marijuana at the Louis Pasteur statue. The exact time was chosen because that was the time that afternoon detention was dismissed. By extension April 20U.S. date notation) has evolved into a counterculture holiday, where people gather to celebrate and consume cannabis.[1] In some locations this celebration coincides with Earth Week.[2][3][4] In Dunedin, New Zealand, members of Otago NORML were arrested and issued trespass notices after attempting to openly smoke cannabis on the Otago University Union Lawn at the regular 4:20pm protest meetings.[5][6] A large celebration is held every year on the University of Colorado's Boulder's campus, with attendance reaching more than 10,000 in 2008.[7] University police have tried various methods to prevent the gathering, including photographing students participating in the event,[8] but the crowd has grown every year.[9] ("4/20" in

Spiritual use of cannabis

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This article is about cannabis used as an entheogenic drug in a spiritual or religious context and in contrast to drug abuse.

Cannabis has an ancient history of ritual usage as an aid to trance and has been traditionally used in a religious context throughout the old world. Herodotus wrote about early ceremonial practices by the Scythians, which are thought to have occurred from the 5th to 2nd century BCE. Itinerant sadhus have used it in India for centuries, and the Rastafari movement has embraced it in modern times. Anthropologist Sula Benet claimed historical evidence and etymological comparison show that the Holy anointing oil used by the Hebrews contained cannabis extracts, "kaneh bosm," and that it is also listed as an incense tree in the original Hebrew and Aramaicearly Christians used cannabis oil for medicinal purposes and as part of the baptismal process to confirm the forgiveness of sins and "right of passage" into the Kingdom of Heaven. The Unction, Seal, laying on of hands, the Counselor, and the Holy SpiritHoly anointing oil.[1] Early Gnostic texts indicate that the Chrism is essential to becoming a "Christian." [2][3] Some Muslims of the Sufi order have used cannabis as a tool for spiritual exploration. texts of the Old Testament. The are all often synonymous of the

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