420 – The Unofficial Holiday

April 20th is an unofficial American National Holiday. Written in the standard local date format “mm-dd-yyyy” the holiday is celebrated on 4-20 yearly. 420 is increasingly celebrated internationally by cannabis activists. While the origins of the holiday are unclear, different theories have become popular. 

One common belief is that 420 was the California police or penal code for cannabis use, but there’s no evidence to support those claims.

Another theory is that Bob Dylan’s legendary “Everybody must get stoned” from his hit “Rainy Day Women No. 12 & 35” (12 multiplied by 35 does equal 420).

A lesser-known theory of origin comes from a short story named “In the Walls of Eryx” by H.P. Lovecraft and Kenneth Sterling. The story describes “curious mirage-plants” that appeared to get the narrator high at 4:20 according to his watch. This 1939 story is perhaps the earliest written connection between cannabis and 420.

Currently, the general consensus is the Grateful Dead connection. Five students at San Rafael High School, located in Marin County California, would meet for a smoke session/searching for a lost cannabis plant at 4:20 p.m. They were nicknamed the Waldos and inspired the Grateful Dead to spread the lingo worldwide.

To put it bluntly, those are just rumors. In reality the true origin of the holiday is insignificant in comparison to its evolution. 

420 has been referenced in movies, on national TV, and cartoons. Some examples include Pulp Fiction, Price Is Right and Roko’s Modern Life.

While  many have set dates in their calendars, regulations have not kept up. Until recently police enforcement was elevated on April 20th to apprehend non-threatening cannabis consumers.

420 events also at times served as demonstrations for legal rights.

Today, many previously discriminated individuals can live productive lives while enjoying the benefits of cannabis. 

Apart from cannabis-oriented festivities, this holiday represents inclusiveness, self acceptance, achievements and unity. 

The term 420 friendly generally indicated a person or business open to allowing cannabis consumption in peace and without consequences.

As support for legalization grows, 420 is becoming more mainstream and commercialized. 

Let s know how you celebrate this unofficial holiday

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Bringing Hemp-Based Material to the 21st Century

Old world industrious farmers maximized every part of the plant. Cannabis fabric ranged in quality from basic, homemade material to high-end status symbols.

Hemp fabric dates back to 800 BC and provided textile for the masses. Hemp rope had many uses including bandages, sandals, clothing, bed sheets and horse bridlings. 

Hemp fabric did it all. 

While America is no longer dependent on hemp and has gradually decreased production, analysts predict a rapid return of demand. 

Compared to cotton, Hemp requires minimal amounts of water and less time and space to produce equal quantities of fabric. This self-sustaining crop is a more environmentally-friendly option for clothing, paper and

Biodegradable Plastic.

Industrial technology has improved vastly over decades. Currently this forgotten knowledge is being recovered and improved.

Practical uses for new organic materials are being deployed to achieve eco-friendliness and cost-efficiency.

Sustainable production is being incorporated for numerous modern applications.

Actively pursuing commercial hemp programs and education is essential to reduce plastic use.

It is important to understand the basics of hemp fabric production.

  1. Cultivation: Densely planted seeds produce taller, slender stems that contain more fine fibers.
  2. Harvesting: Sinsemilla (without seeds) technique is used to avoid coarse fibers during seed formation.
  3. Retting: breaks down the pectin using naturally occurring bacteria, fungi, or chemicals to release hemp fibers. Common techniques include:
    1. Water Retting: Involves soaking the stems in warm water for around 10 days..
    2. Dew Retting: Entails piling biomass on the ground for three to six weeks, occasionally turning the plants to allow for even retting.
  4. Breaking: Breaks the stems by passing them through a breaker or fluted rolls.
  5. Scutching: Beat the broken stems, separating the desired fibers from hemp’s woody core.
  6. Hackling: Comb/filter the fibers to remove any remaining woody particles and further align the fibers into a continuous sliver.
  7. Roving: Twist and draw to improve strength prior to being rolled onto spinning bobbins.
  8. Spinning: Dry spinning produces coarser yarns while wet spinning leads to finer yarns. The process can be done manually or mechanically.
  9. The final stage is winding, which in spinning terms means packaging. 

New innovations processes and technologies have made hemp versatile, affordable and profitable.

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