Almost anyone with even a casual knowledge of cannabis culture knows about the famous stoner holiday 420. But have you heard of 710? What does 710 mean to cannabis users?
With each year 4-20 gains greater and greater news coverage to the point where even if you have never, ever tried marijuana, you know there is something happening about it in late April.
Ask what does 710 mean and only a true cannabis enthusiasts will likely be able to answer. But despite its still semi-underground status, true cannabis lovers know about 710, the other “stoner holiday” that takes place on July 10.
7-10 or 710 celebrates cannabis concentrates.
Because if you look at the numbers upside-down they spell OIL. As in hash oil, full extract cannabis oil, etc.
Instead of smoking joints, 710 celebrants will be taking dabs -- concentrated vapors from cannabis concentrates or "oils."
One annual Southern California event, Chalice, had been championing the 710 celebration for several years. Sadly, this fabulous festival is no more. But it was a glorious event while it lasted.
Despite blistering San Bernardino County July heat, concentrates enthusiasts gathered to sample some of the best hash and hash oils available as well as celebrate the incredible functional glass art that accompanies it.
While many festivals offer great marijuana along with first rate musical acts, it was the glass that set Chalice apart. Attendees could watch some of the country’s finest glass artists, gathered together in one place, all practicing their art, in a fun festival atmosphere.
The focus is not surprising, as the event was founded by the people behind Hitman Glass, and also glassware is essential to dabbing, the process of vaporizing and inhaling "dabs" of concentrates.
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420 and 710 Spotting
To be sure it will take a while for the popularity of 710 to catch up with 420.
One of our favorite stoner games over the years has been to spot the number 420 subtly inserted into movies and television shows. Up until about 2 years ago you could frequently see 420 on hotel room or apartment doors, or on clocks in the background of a scene would just happen to be stuck on 420, character would set appointment times at 4:20 an a host of other instances.
But that was before the April cannabis celebration turned into such a worldwide phenomenon. With so many people hip to the number, you rarely see it anymore - although we have seen 421, 425, etc.
So is 710 the new 420?
We can't say we have seen similar references to 710...yet.
When we do start noticing the number 710 popping up in pop culture, you can be sure the newest stoner holiday is reaching critical mass.