Wednesday, April 20, 2011

420 - National Weed Day

Bud Market

This is the cheese market in Holland - only someone took the cheese off the 'tray' and added marijuana plants!!

This is postmarked with three Nederland (Netherlands) stamps in 2008.

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April 20th is known as National 420 Day, or National Marijuana Day.

The term 420 can be used to refer to marijuana, but it is not a code word used by police, which is a common myth among many. Another common myth related to this term is that "420" actually refers to the number of chemicals that are in marijuana. This is also untrue, as there are no synthetic chemicals in cannabis.

The term was coined by a group of teenagers in San Rafael, California in 1971. Calling themselves the Waldos, because "their chosen hang-out spot was a wall outside the school," the group first used the term in connection to a Fall 1971 plan to search for an abandoned cannabis crop that they had learned about. The Waldos designated the Louis Pasteur statue on the grounds of San Rafael High School as their meeting place, and 4:20 p.m. as their meeting time. The Waldos referred to this plan with the phrase "4:20 Louis". Multiple failed attempts to find the crop eventually shortened their phrase to simply "4:20", which ultimately evolved into a codeword the teens used to mean pot-smoking in general.

Some immediate physical effects of marijuana include a faster heartbeat and pulse rate, bloodshot eyes, and a dry mouth and throat. Studies of marijuana's mental effects show that the drug can impair or reduce short-term memory, alter sense of time, and reduce ability to do things which require concentration, swift reactions, and coordination, such as driving a car or operating machinery.

Scientists believe that marijuana can be especially harmful to the lungs because users often inhale the unfiltered smoke deeply and hold it in their lungs as long as possible. Therefore, the smoke is in contact with lung tissues for long periods of time, which irritates the lungs and damages the way they work. Marijuana smoke contains some of the same ingredients in tobacco smoke that can cause emphysema and cancer. In addition, many marijuana users also smoke cigarettes; the combined effects of smoking these two substances creates an increased health risk.

Here is what the cheese market really looks like .......

The Cheese Market

This card is postmarked in 2011. 

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