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What Is 710 And Is It Really The Next 420?

710 has become the 420 of cannabis concentrates. Initially beginning as more of a myth than reality, 710 has cemented itself as an unofficial stoner holiday. As cannabis extraction methods continue to improve and concentrates rise in popularity, 710 is expected to become even bigger.

420 takes place every year on April 20th. Or every day at 4:20, depending on how often you wish to celebrate. The term 420 has simply come to symbolise the celebration of all things cannabis.

But now stoners have gotten even more specific. “710” is a term that has recently gained traction in the marijuana world as a way to specifically celebrate marijuana concentrates.

WHAT IS 420 AND HOW DID IT BECOME SO POPULAR?

420 is a celebration of cannabis and cannabis culture. While the term itself usually refers to the specific date of April 20th, it can also be used to refer to the specific time of 4:20, or can just refer to cannabis appreciation.

As marijuana has established itself in mainstream culture, 420 has exploded in popularity. What was once an unofficial holiday celebrated in secret has now developed into a day of public celebration. “Smokeouts” are now a regular occurrence in regions where marijuana laws are more relaxed. Following Canada’s legalization of recreational cannabis in 2018, 2019’s 4/20 smokeout in Vancouver saw more than 150,000 people turn out for the event.

There are many rumours that seek to explain how the term 420 came about. Some claim that it used to be a police code for smoking in public, while others claim that it was the preferred hotel room number of the Grateful Dead when on the road. However, these have largely been debunked.

The origin of the term can actually be traced back to San Rafael High School in California during the early 1970s. The term was originally coined by a group of 5 students who would meet up outside of their school at 4:20 pm for regular smoke sessions. From there, the term made its way throughout California and eventually the rest of the US and the world.

WHAT IS 710?

710 refers to the 10th of July, in the same way that 420 refers to the 20th of April. This date was chosen for the simple fact that 710 looks like the word “oil” upside down. Just like 420 is a time for lighting up a joint, 710 is a time for dabbers to pull out their rigs and dab to their heart’s delight. But some take it even more seriously. The 710 Degree Cup is a concentrate judging competition held on 7/10 annually, and going on its 3rd year in 2019.

Similarly to 420, the origins of 710 are shrouded in rumour and mystery. It is first believed to have been officially celebrated in 2012 (the year of the first “710 cup”), although celebrations were almost certainly taking place before then. The legalization of cannabis (and concentrates) in several US states over the following years significantly contributed to its spread.

WHAT ABOUT CONCENTRATES?

If you are unfamiliar with concentrates, you may be wondering what the deal is with dabbing.

“Concentrates” is an umbrella term that refers to concentrated cannabis products such as waxes, shatter, crumble, distillate, and concentrated oils, among others. These products are considered to be concentrated because of the exceptionally high THC content they often contain (distillates can reach as high as 99%).

Dabs are basically just concentrates that are heated on a hot surface, usually a nail, and then inhaled through a dab rig. Dabbing has been an established thing for at least a decade. The legalization movement has resulted in the regulation and improvement of cannabis extraction processes and in an explosion in the popularity of concentrates.

Is 710 here to stay? Maybe. It has definitely gained popularity as of late. Yet, its popularity is closely tied to that of concentrates. Will 710 live on even if dabs fall out of style? Only time will tell.

However, with the expansion of the legalization movement, the increase in popularity of concentrates, and advancements in extraction techniques, concentrates and 710 are expected to stick around for the foreseeable future.

In the spirit of 420, 710 has become the unofficial stoner holiday to celebrate cannabis concentrates and oils. Find out more inside!

What 420 Friendly Means on a Dating Profile

Navigating the world of dating apps can be overwhelming. There’s the dilemma of choosing which dating app to join, selecting profile photos that best illustrate the depth and breadth of your personality, and determining how much information to share with a pool of complete strangers. For example, most apps have options to share your lifestyle preferences, like whether you want or have children, drink alcohol, or are cannabis-friendly. These lifestyle preferences can also be polarizing. For example, when someone you’re dating or a person you’re talking to via an online dating site mentions that they’re “420 friendly,” what do you say?

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Bonny Albo is a relationship expert who has written about online dating for Dotdash and has been featured in The New York Times and Reader’s Digest.

As a dating expert, this question comes up often. Below, let’s jump in as to what “420 friendly” means in a dating profile and why it might be important to you.

What Is “420 Friendly”?

The term “420” refers to recreational marijuana use, and “420 friendly” means that the individual uses marijuana and/or is comfortable if you do, too.

Why Do People Use “420 Friendly”?

Originally, the phrase was used as code among marijuana smokers. Today, the term is prevalent with pretty much anyone who uses marijuana, although more so in North America. There are even dating sites like 420 Singles, High There!, and My 420 Mate, which cater to people with this interest. It’s also important to note that there is more than one way to use marijuana. Beyond smoking, there are edibles ranging from gummy candies to cookies, tinctures you can add to your beverage like cream and sugar or infuse into cooking, vape pens, and topicals like balms and creams. Some people use marijuana for medical reasons, while others use it for recreation.

Is Marijuana Use Illegal?

It depends on where you live, which is why people use this code to share their interest and/or openness to others using marijuana. In the U.S., recreational marijuana use is legal for adults age 21 and over in Alaska, California, Colorado, Massachusetts, Maine, Michigan, Nevada, Oregon, Vermont, Washington, Illinois, and the District of Columbia, as of September 2020.

Why Would Someone Want To Share That They’re “420 Friendly”?

I’m not going to get into the ethics or legal aspects of marijuana use, as there are others with infinitely more expertise in the field than I.

What I will say however, is this: Marijuana use, like smoking, drinking, religion, children, and politics, are all deal-breaking topics for many singles. Whether you live in an area where marijuana is legal or not, it’s eventually a discussion many of us will have at some point—again, depending on where you live, sometimes it’s a conversation that will occur more than others.

For instance, when I travel to Europe, where marijuana use in many countries (like Portugal, Croatia, and Switzerland) is decriminalized, the question of marijuana use in the context of dating rarely comes up. Yet when I’m in my hometown of Vancouver, Canada, it’s rare to see a dating profile where “420 friendly” isn’t mentioned in some way.

For some, it’s a non-issue. I’ve talked to many who don’t see smoking marijuana as a problem or who would rather date a person who already approves of their choice. In my neck of the woods, “420” commonly appears in dating site profiles, and I’ve had quite a few folks tell me they’re uninterested in dating unless their potential partner is a pot smoker, pot activist, or at the very least, tolerant of its occasional use.

Review an explanation as to why people use the term 420 friendly in their dating profiles and why it matters.