April 20, 2022
Today “420” is the unofficial pot holiday celebrating use of the drug. Please use the information below as a starting point for further learning and thoughtful discussions with your family, friends and policy makers. Please share widely with those that care about kids!
Where did the term “420” originate?
- Myth #1 Some claim the number is from the California criminal code used to punish the use or distribution of marijuana.
FACT: California’s criminal code that references 420 actually applies to willful obstruction of entry on public land-and is not related to marijuana criminal charges .
-The term “420” began as a secret code among California high schoolers in the early 1970s. It was the time of day when kids were out of school and parents weren't home from work. This provided the perfect unsupervised time to get high. “420” became a code to use in front of unsuspecting parents, and gradually spread, eventually representing the unofficial holiday for marijuana use.
Why it Matters:
- Myth #2 What’s the problem? It’s just a little pot.
- Myth #3 Marijuana is a natural, organic plant.
FACT: Today’s marijuana is not what you may have experienced in your youth. It is exponentially stronger. Legal manufacturers extract THC, the psychoactive ingredient in marijuana, to achieve an unnatural high potency.
-Marijuana potency of “flower or bud” has increased from about 4% in the 1980s to an average of over 15% today.
-Marijuana extracts, used in dabbing and edibles, are made by using a number of dangerous chemicals including ethanol, butane, propane and other compounds. These processes are not regulated by the FDA, and can contain an average of 50% and up to +90% THC.
What you need to know:
What are the facts when kids hear false messages? Myth vs Fact
- Myth #4 Marijuana helps with sleep.
- Myth #5 I need marijuana to help me focus and study.
FACT: Product claims have not been evaluated by the Food and Drug Administration. The products should not be used to diagnose, treat, cure or prevent any ailment or disease.
-According to the Food and Drug Administration “Unlike drugs approved by FDA, products that have not been subject to FDA review as part of the drug approval process have not been evaluated as to whether they work, what the proper dosage may be if they do work, how they could interact with other drugs, or whether they have dangerous side effects or other safety concerns.”
-Frequent marijuana use is associated with impaired learning and memory for kids and young adults, up to 28 days after last use. The impairment increases with more frequent marijuana use and is associated with failure to graduate from high school and not attaining a college degree.