Happy 420, says Twitter as the world reacts to cannabis culture day

'420' trending on Twitter - users react to cannabis culture day

The term's been trending on Twitter

Thursday, April 20, 2017

Today is the day when people who smoke cannabis gather together to celebrate it around the world. 

April 20, or 4/20 to use American shorthand, is the day in cannabis culture when taking a puff of ganja becomes an unofficial holiday. The high holiday, many have called it.

The reason is that 420 has a peculiar significance within herbal counterculture, the number having become a sort of codeword for those who smoke. Some claim this is because the number 420 refers to a numerical code for marijuana; others claim it's because police once used the number to refere to cannabis offences. Others still believe it's because a group of smokers in days of yore used to meet at 4.20pm. 

Whatever the reason, April 20 is now the most hallowed day in the smoker's calendar, a black Friday for the sale of pot and its paraphernalia and a time for the world's puffers and inhalers to come together in a hippy haze.

Here's what people have been saying about the day on Twitter: