Are you ready for the holiest of High Cannabis Holidays? That would be 420 (also known as National Cannabis Day), a time to celebrate all of weed culture, the legalization movement, and the elevated experience.
What Is 420 (National Cannabis Day)?
420 - that is, April 20th - is National Cannabis Day. The term was coined by veteran cannabis journalist and advocate Steve Bloom, who reported on the "420" cultural phenomenon in the 1990s when he was an editor for High Times. The true origin story dates back to 1971, when a group of high school students dubbed "The Waldos" in San Rafael, California, gathered at 4:20PM each week to smoke and to search for a cannabis plant that had supposedly been left behind by a member of the U.S. Coast Guard.
While the Waldos never found their free bud, word of their ritual spread through the Grateful Dead fan community, where Bloom discovered a flyer telling their story. As he launched his discovery through High Times, eventually interviewing members of the Waldos, 420 became a globally-accepted part of cannabis culture. Today the holiday is honored with smoke-outs, major events like the National Cannabis Festival in Washington, DC, and lit parties everywhere that pay homage to the marijuana flower.
What Are the Best Cannabis Gifts for 420?
Of course it wouldn't be a proper 420 without some cannabis-themed gifts. This year, we're spotlighting some of the best 420 surprises for cannabis connoisseurs of all kinds - whatever your delivery method of choice, you won't be able to resist these goodies. We're also paying tribute to cannabis companies moving the needle on progress in the space. Remember, part of getting to a higher level is contributing to the greater good. Check out our list for the 420 fun you just can't miss!
420 Changing the World: 4 Cannabis Companies Worth Watching in 2022
This fan-favorite, women-owned California Wine Country cannabis brand featuring craft edibles and sun-grown pre-rolls recently closed in on $7 million in funding to level up their game and continue to redefine cannabis for women. Focused on delivering products for the truly canna-curious who want a comfortable experience without having to think too hard about the science, The Garden Society has an uncompromising commitment to excellence and are truly dedicated to bringing joy through the power of the flower to all women.
With marquee products from Glass House Farms like Jelly Fish CBD Flower and F/ELD Infused Pre-Rolls added to their mix and the recent acquisition of PLUS, Glass House Brands is one of cannabis’s fastest-growing, vertically-integrated companies in the U.S. It is clear that Glass House is on a mission to create the largest cannabis brand-building platform in California and adding edibles into the mix amplifies their mission to make cannabis safe and approachable, with high-quality products that deliver consistent consumer experiences.
Founded by a team of upstarts from luxury fashion and Michelin award winning restaurant and hospitality veterans, MAISON BLOOM has burst onto the scene in 2022 with their clear vision to elevate the everyday through a bold vision for perfectly dosed, premium cannabis-infused beverages that take a true culinary approach to the cannabis plant using all aspects of the flower as a true signature ingredient that not only amplifies effect but delivers a revolution in flavor. Rumor has it they are lining up some key collaborations with some of the biggest names in cannabis that will drop seasonally similar how fashion designer’s drop seasonal collections.
Grounded on the intrinsic value of cannabis culture, The People’s Ecosystem is on the forefront of some of the boldest and most innovative thinking across cannabis community. Actively promoting equity in the cannabis industry in a way that authentically reflects the plant’s diverse history, they are dedicated to bringing equity and opportunity to marginalized communities by helping companies through their experience and network to canna-entrepreneurs and recently added the first cannabis Decentralized Autonomous Organization (DAO) to the mix. The People’s DAO intends to provide financial freedom, education and opportunities to BIPOC and women-owned businesses, creatives, and initiatives by using Web3 technology.
420 Gift Essentials: The Best Cannabis Flower and Smokables
Crafted with premium whole flower, infused with THCa, this is a high-potency smokable for high-functioning connoisseurs. BIKO's small batch process ensures an even, pleasurable smoke. Each Juseyo Diamonds package contains a single pre-roll with .9g of flower and .1g of THCa.
Focused on “Effects,” this unique take on cannabis cigarettes has taken the strain out of picking your strain by engineering perfectly balanced filtered cannabis cigarettes blended into three distinct effects across Light, Classic, and Bold. This trio puts the power of choice in your hands and gives you a perfect mix for any time of day and night.
Not just flower, but a movement. Good Green brings cannabis, responsible, consumers, and a change-making organization together to create real, sustainable progress against the War on Drugs and their Sativa is perfect for taking action and supercharging your every day.
This whole-flower pre-roll is sativa-dominant and rolled with top of the line hash extracted using only the purest of mountain spring water. ALTITUDE delivers superior relaxation while uplifting your mind and body. Perfect for an at-home chill session or venturing out for urban hikes, ALTITUDE is your secret weapon to destress and deliver some well-earned self-care.
If comfort could come in a box, there’s nothing better than this fresh mint infused cannabis experience. Simple, clean, discreet and perfect for any occasion – cannabis cigarettes are 100% whole flower, ensuring quality married with their proprietary hollow wood-pulp crutch dipped in organically-derived menthol that does not get inhaled but gives you that welcomed burst of flavor.
With strains like Sour Guava and Raspberry Parfait, these perfectly sized pre-rolls are sourced from some of the best regenerative farms in California’s Emerald Triangle. The best part beyond the buzz? Their commitment to social justice with $8.46 of each pack donated to Impact Justice.
When you are looking to supercharge your creativity blended with the perfect euphoria, Slurricane is the perfect choice. This punchy flower is a cross between Dosidos and Purple Punch to deliver indica-dominant flowers with a wonderfully sugary coating drawn from the OG and Grand Daddy Purple genetics in their lineage.
420 Gift Essentials: The Best Cannabis Accessories
Better than anything on a cheese plate, these pipes are made of borosilicate glass and are too much fun. Add the orange, cherry and grape pipes to your collection, then display them together for the ultimate high-concept fruit bowl.
Stop pulverizing your herb and level up your flower powered experiences – these patent-pending mills are second to none, thanks to the rotor design which rolls the herb across the screen, progressively crumbling the herb where it naturally wants to break apart, leaving you with naturally soft and fluffy herb.
420 Gift Essentials: The Best Cannabis Devices
Dose of Delta 8 experience is the perfect mild high. DD8 is great for lightening your vibe without compromising your productivity. DD8 is lightly psychoactive and made for mending and mischief.
This award-winning device is still the gold standard. The device itself consists of a 210mAh rechargeable battery that is both discreet and easy to use with automatic inhale activation and is perfect with any one of STIIIZY's premium pods.
420 Gift Essentials: The Best Cannabis Edibles (Gummies)
The Incredibles Snoozzzeberry line has both CBN and THC, perfectly blended for a well-deserved good night's sleep. Each edible is made with pure distillate in a homogeneous mixture to help deliver a consistent experience, no matter which flavor you savor.
These full-spectrum gummies deliver the perfect bit of flavor, enhanced by the 100% live resin from Super Lemon Haze flower. Bright and citrus forward with just the right amount of sweetness, this sativa-leaning confection is a great way to infuse the day and deliver an upbeat and relaxed mindset.
420 Gift Essentials: The Best Cannabis Edibles (Chocolates and Sweet Treats)
Kikoko Boost Little Helpers are the best way to take on the day. A beautiful blend of coconut, yuzu, and just a hint of pepper, with each mint infused with 2.5mg of THC and 2.5mg of THCV. Uplifting and energizing, these Little Helpers energize the everyday, delivering a perky effect while keeping you present and focused.
Offered in a wide range of flavors including Cookies N' Cream, Dark Chocolate, Milk Chocolate, Milk Chocolate With Peanut Butter, Mint Dark Chocolate, and Sea Salt Milk Chocolate, Koko Gemz ensure something for everyone. These rich and smooth cannabis-infused handcrafted Belgian chocolates are made using the highest quality ingredients by 4Front Ventures’ master chocolatiers.
420 Gift Essentials: The Best Cannabis Edibles (Savory Snack)
These salty-sweet umami chips have a fiery sensation that you’ll want your friends to experience. Each chip is dusted with a light blend of spices, including Sichuan peppercorn. Eat them on their own as a perfect snack or use them as a topping on your favorite pizza for the ultimate “Stoner’s Delight” or top on a salad for a healthier choice.
420 Gift Essentials: The Best Cannabis Beverages
Filling your nose and mouth with the bold aromatics of cannabis-forward terpenes, married with tangy bursts of ginger root, rice vinegar, and lime, these beverages are brought to life by famed mixologist Warren Bobrow.
Combining premium, alcohol-removed sparkling chardonnay with a mimosa strain-specific live resin emulsion and natural essence of orange blossoms and tangerine, House of Saka's new drinkable delivers a unique take on a classic beverage enhanced through cannabis.
420 Gift Essentials: The Best Cannabis Concentrate
Pure and clean THCa cannabinoid, Frost is an exceptionally versatile concentrate. You can top your bowl, dip your dab or roll it in a joint with 99% THCa.
420 Gift Essentials: The Best Cannabis Topical for Pain Relief
The struggle can be all too real when pain sets in. But our friends at Papa & Barkley have delivered the secret weapon to combat any level of pain with their 1:3 ratio of CBD:THC. A beautiful mixture of cannabis, coconut oil, beeswax, and essential oils – this balm makes aches, pains, and soreness a fleeting moment and layers onto the skin without any frustrating residue making it perfectly discreet.
420 Gift Essentials: The Best Cannabis Picks from Team Honeysuckle
When all's said and done, Team Honeysuckle has a few not-so-secret favorites of our own that we want to share with the world.
For those seeking the purest smoking experience, the Boro Buddy is a product you'll never regret buying because it makes life so much easier. This versatile glass-cleaning tool is imperative for any consumer who loves a good old-fashioned cannabis session. Whether your glass is a sophisticated art piece or a classic straight-to-the-point bong, the Boro Buddy magnetic cleaner and its pads are the best way to scrub your pieces free of any biofilms or dangerous contaminants. Not only is this the most hygienic path to enjoying your smoke sesh, but a blessedly clear glass means you get all the flavor of your cannabis without anything to weigh down the experience. That's what we'd call a godly high!
Women-owned and skyrocketing to greatness, Rocket Seeds is an international seed bank that's made cannabis herstory over and over again. Providing customers with access to inventory from the greatest cannabis seed banks in North America, Rocket Seeds is bringing unprecedented growth to cannabis communities around the world. Relying on a global network of growers and breeders, the team at Rocket Seeds is constantly evolving its base of knowledge, sharing that information with each customer to help maximize their harvest. Rocket Seeds specializes in autoflower, feminized, regular, and CBD seeds for both new and veteran growers. If you're looking for the most organic way to celebrate your 420, why not start right from the seed?
From the stylish and sought-after women-owned brand Rebelle comes a new product that embraces both the microdose movement and social equity. HALO Microdose Mist is the latest offering from Rebelle, whose dispensary is headquartered in Great Barrington, Massachusetts. This heavenly mist will officially launch in New York City on 4/20 with a celebration of The Halo Effect, Rebelle's approach to supporting social equity in cannabis. Join the Rebelle team in the Big Apple's fashionable Meatpacking District for a panel featuring "Women Making an Impact in Social Equity." Moderated by Rebelle founder Charlotte Hanna, the panelists will include Tremaine Wright, New York Cannabis Control Board Chair; Chenae Bullock, Managing Director of Little Beach Harvest; Laura Eisman, co-founder of Her Highness; and Dr. Jaqueline Delmont of Delmont Medical Care. (RSVP here.)
420 Gift Essentials: The Best Cannabis Strains
For us, any strain can be a great strain. But here are a few we can recommend for more specific elevated experiences.
Go for Alice in Wonderland, Valentine X, Cookies and Cream or other sexed-up cannabis strains. Your 420 will go from fun to frisky in no time.
Those who'd rather spend 420 solo, cuddled up with a good book or a soothing playlist, would do well to choose strains like Blue Hawaiian, Ice, or Memory Loss. Don't forget these babies.
If you're ready to party 420-style, some classic cannabis strains with holiday theming will cure what ails you. Candy Cane, Jack Frost and Jesus OG will lift your spirits.
How Do I Celebrate 420?
Any way you want! But if you're stumped for how to honor the High Holiday, let us give you a few cannabis-friendly suggestions.
Play Weed Games
Make your cannabis holiday nostalgic and invite friends over for weed games like Ash Bomber and Never Have I Ever.
Test Your Cannabis Knowledge
Do you know how Indica and Sativa differ from each other, or which strain is best for you? Check this guide and test your friends!
Learn How to Roll a Joint
Never learned how to roll a proper cannabis joint? The House of Puff experts will teach you how in this step=by-step beginners' guide, using different kinds of paper and a few classic methods that will have you living a life well lit.
Be Safe and Have a Happy 420!
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A version of this article first appeared in Honeysuckle's 420 print edition, featuring Lil Wayne and Young Money. Get your copy now.