Beyond the High: Celebrating 420 with CBD

Exploring the Health-Focused Side of the Cannabis Holiday

April 20th, colloquially known as 420, is a date etched into cannabis culture as a time of communal celebration and, more traditionally, of indulging in THC-rich marijuana. However, an ever-growing facet of this cannabis holiday focuses on health and wellness, particularly through the use of CBD.

The non-psychoactive compound found in cannabis plants, CBD, offers a different experience. It is not centered on the ‘high’ associated with THC but on the potential therapeutic benefits.

A group of people gather in a vibrant outdoor setting, surrounded by lush greenery. They are enjoying CBD-infused products and engaging in wellness activities, such as yoga and meditation, to celebrate 420 in a health-focused way

As 420 evolves, so does the way people choose to recognize the day. With the wide variety of cannabis products available, many individuals are now celebrating the holiday by exploring the diverse offerings of CBD-infused products.

From edibles and topicals to oils and tinctures, CBD provides a way for both enthusiasts and the canna-curious to partake in the festivities without the intoxication. This shift to a health-focused observance allows for an inclusive environment where the medicinal aspects of cannabis can be appreciated and honored.

Understanding 420 and CBD

The intertwining of 420 with cannabis culture has evolved, bringing to light the medicinal side of the plant, particularly CBD. This section delves into the historical backdrop of 420, the timeline of cannabis legalization, and contrasts CBD with THC while highlighting CBD’s health benefits.

A group of people enjoying a 420 celebration with CBD products, showcasing the health benefits and wellness-focused side of the event

Origins and Significance

April 20th, known within cannabis culture as 4/20, has its roots in the 1970s San Rafael, California, originating from a group of high school students known as the Waldos. They would meet at 4:20 PM by a statue of Louis Pasteur to embark on a treasure hunt for a hidden cannabis crop.

Over time, 420 morphed into a code-word that marijuana aficionados used to describe their consumption habits and eventually became synonymous with cannabis appreciation and activism.

Cannabis Legalization Timeline

The legalization of cannabis has been a dynamic timeline of events.

California became a pioneer by legalizing medical marijuana in 1996, with states like Colorado and Washington following suit, fully legalizing marijuana by 2012.

As of 2024, numerous states have legalized cannabis in some form, though it remains illegal at the federal level, creating a patchwork of legislation.

Health Benefits of CBD

CBD, one of many cannabinoids found in marijuana, is gaining acclaim for its therapeutic benefits without the high associated with THC. Research suggests CBD may be effective in treating conditions like chronic pain and anxiety.

Unlike THC, CBD does not cause psychoactive effects, making it an appealing option for individuals seeking relief from symptoms without altering their state of mind.

  • Anxiety: Studies suggest a marked reduction in anxiety levels with CBD usage.
  • Chronic Pain: CBD has shown promising results in easing pain inflammation.


CBD and THC are the two most prominent cannabinoids found in cannabis plants, specifically in the varieties indica and sativa.

THC is the primary psychoactive component, responsible for the ‘high.’ On the other hand, CBD is non-psychoactive and is often extracted for use in oils and edibles, focusing on the compound’s medicinal properties.

While THC remains a contentious substance due to its psychoactivity, CBD has largely been embraced for its potential health benefits without the intoxicating effects.

420 Celebrations and Cannabis Products

A festive display of CBD products, surrounded by vibrant colors and natural elements, evoking a sense of health and wellness

420, often referred to as the high holiday, provides a unique opportunity to both celebrate and explore cannabis culture.

Events range from music festivals with live performances to yoga sessions tailored to enhance wellness, all focusing on the communal enjoyment and appreciation of cannabis.

Culture and Community

The annual 420 holiday fosters a sense of community among cannabis consumers, uniting them in events filled with tradition and shared values.

Many festivals and music events emerge during this time, featuring activities like communal smoking and vaping.

Iconic locations such as San Francisco’s Hippie Hill become the epicenter of these gatherings, symbolizing the long-standing spirit of marijuana culture.

Product Variety and Use

Alongside classic methods like smoking and vaping, the market has expanded to include a diverse selection of cannabis products. These include:

  • Edibles: Gummies and baked goods
  • Concentrates: Oils for dabbing
  • Tinctures: Sublingual for measured doses
  • Topicals: Lotions and balms for local relief
  • Inhalables: Pre-filled cartridges for easy use

A 420 Celebration at Flourish + Live Well

When most people think of celebrating 420, a CBD Dispensary is not the first image to come to mind for most. Nor is hosting a tasting event on the infamous date! 

However, CBD Dispensaries like Flourish + Live Well play a crucial role in 420 celebrations within the community. 

This year promises to be the best yet. It just so happens that the annual Taste of Spring, in which Oceanside’s favorite eateries, breweries, and wineries partner with local, downtown retail partners, falls on April 20th this year. 

Flourish and Live Well will be hosting a local favorite, Jitters Coffee Pub, the longest-serving coffee shop in Oceanside. 

This offers a chance for Flourish + Live Well to offer education on CBD and answer questions in an inviting setting with the community and provide a tasty treat too! 

Offering insight on topicals, tinctures, and more, we aim to help everyone learn more about this amazing molecule and its role in our health.