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The Original Story of 420: Meet the Waldo's!!!

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Meet the 420 Waldo’s ✌️

Originators of 420 slang 💨

“The best part of 420 is it happens twice a day!” - The Waldo’s

420 is not code among police officers for marijuana smoking in progress. There are not 420 chemical compounds found in cannabis (there are more than 500). 420 is not the anniversary of Bob Marley’s death and the truth regarding how 420 became a symbol in culture is more adventurous than you’d imagine.

The slang didn’t evolve from a group of couch-lock stoners. Instead it was formed by a group of young adventurous teens who liked to have fun and explore after school.

When I first began my ascent into cannabis culture, I associated 420 slang with negative stereotypes surrounding cannabis. In my mind stoners were lazy, unintelligent, lacking drive, and mostly used by individuals seeking to escape “reality.” My view was narrow. As I began using the plant more frequently, I realized I preferred smoking weed and then doing something active. I was surprised the plant left me more adventurous than it did stoned.

The Waldo’s (nicknamed Waldo's because they used to hang out together by a wall near their school) are the originators of 420 slang and what makes their story more fascinating is how it started in our local community (San Rafael). They recently spoke on a panel at Sweetwater Music Hall after a screening of “Weed the People,” which was the cannabis film Nice Guys Delivery sponsored during the Mill Valley Film Festival.

For the Waldo’s in 1971, 4:20 was the time of day when the 5 of them met at the Louis Pasteur statue. Located outside of San Rafael High School they’d get high and begin a clandestine adventure to find "weed" with a treasure map! They played sports and had other after school activities, so they had to wait until 4:20 to begin. Their primary reason for meeting was because they received a map from a friend whose brother was in the U.S. Coast Guard. The map was supposed to lead them to a patch of cannabis growing somewhere in the Point Reyes Peninsula but there was fear that if someone else found it, it would be destroyed, so the boys went hunting!

They began by saying “420 Louie” to remind one another of their after-school adventures, quickly realizing they could drop the “Louie” and continue talking about cannabis without anyone other than themselves knowing what it was they were discussing. The boys continued using 420 to talk about cannabis but it wasn’t until years later when they realized it had become a cultural symbol for smoking weed. When the guys were asked how it spread across the world, they mentioned their relationship with the Grateful Dead as probably being the biggest influence, but even they weren't sure. 

Meeting them after the event helped show their down to earth nature. They live and work in Marin and Sonoma counties. One of them is parenting two girls who attend the same high school they went to in 1971, which is pretty neat. But overall we enjoyed the event because it helped show a truer picture of cannabis-users, which isn’t the kind of stoners society paints cannabis smokers out to be!


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The 5 best activities to pair with cannabis this autumn!

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A list of the 5 best activities to pair with cannabis this Autumn

Prepare for some adult fun!

October is a great month for some warm-hearted fun. The days are getting shorter and the temperature is cooling, but that doesn’t mean the fun has to stop! In this article, we’ve put together a field guide helping you squeeze the most joy out of the final days before winter. Who says fun has to be reserved for just the kids?

Below are the 5 best activities you can do while consuming cannabis this autumn.

1.     Visit the Pumpkin patch in Nicasio Valley and grab the perfect pumpkin for this year’s jack o'lantern. We suggest pairing Kinslips Cloud buster sublingual tabs with your trip to the pumpkin patch. They’re discreet and uplifting, you’ll unlock the creativity needed to carve the best pumpkin on the block.

  • Open daily from 10am – 6pm throughout the month of October.

2.     Who doesn’t love apple cider and doughnuts? Well what about apple picking while high on cannabis infused cookies? Head out to Chileno Valley Ranch and pick apples while snacking on your favorite Korova mini cookies to experience apple picking like never before. Once you’re done picking apples grab some cider and dip your cookies. You’ll thank us later! 

  • Open every Sunday from 9am – 3pm.

3.     Enjoy a trip to Muelrath Ranch in Santa Rosa and warm your mind, body, and soul as you sip a cup of warm Kikoko tea and enjoy a Hayride through the Muelrath Ranch. After the ride you can also enjoy farm animals, a pumpkin cannon, bounce houses for the kids, and much more. Kikoko tea is the perfect companion to stay warm and relaxed during your ride around the ranch.

  • Open daily from 10am - 6pm Sunday – Thursday; and 10am – 9pm Friday and Saturday.

4.     Looking for a hay tunnel or corn maze to get lost in? Head back up to Muelrath Ranch in Santa Rosa and find your way through the maze. Want to add an extra element to the fun? Try pairing Kiva Confections Blueberry Milk Chocolate or Espresso Dark Chocolate terra bites to the equation. They’re only 5mg THC bites so take as little or as many as needed to find the perfect balance. Happy navigating!

  • Open daily from 10am - 6pm Sunday – Thursday; and 10am – 9pm Friday and Saturday

5.     The 41st Annual Mill Valley Film Festival is a great place to escape from the heavy work load to enjoy some films for a while. Want to really dive into the storylines being told? Grab a bag of Valhalla gummies to pair with your popcorn. Sweet and salty, plus a little cannabliss never hurt anybody. Nice Guys are proudly sponsoring this year’s festival which is going on from Oct. 4th – 14th throughout San Rafael and Mill Valley movie theaters. We recommend watching “Weed the People,” which focuses on cannabis’s ability to alleviate symptoms of cancer in afflicted children. The screening for the film begins Friday, Oct. 12th at 9pm and also plays at 12:15pm Saturday, Oct. 13th at the CineArts Sequoia theater.


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High Mileage Tour: Biking across America to end cannabis stigma pt. 2

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High Mileage Tour

Article 2: Biking across America to help end cannabis stigma

Welcome back to the “High Mileage Tour.” My name is Dan Osterman and I’m the Social Media Manager for Nice Guys Delivery. Two months ago, I drove my home on wheels away from Marin County to Michigan where I spent time with family and friends while preparing to ride my bicycle across the country. If you’re unfamiliar with the High Mileage series I recommend clicking here first. I’m officially on the road so this article highlights what I’ve learned about cannabis in Michigan and also gives you an eye into my bike touring experience.

Michigan could become the next state to go recreational

While in Michigan I spent time getting to know the cannabis scene. With recreational-use on the November ballot and with Michigan being projected as the second highest grossing legal market behind California, I was excited to return to my home state. Michigan is a “reciprocating state” meaning they are legally allowed to accept out of state medical recommendations but upon further inspection I found that it wasn’t that simple. I thought it was going to be easy to acquire green because I work in the industry and have a medical card, but every cannabis business I called on WeedMaps turned me away.

When asked whether dispensaries would accept out-of-state licenses they said they didn’t know all the rules and regulations and they couldn’t sell to me because it was company policy. I mentioned Michigan being a reciprocating state, but they held to their word. No one had any real good answers beyond it being “policy,” so if I had to guess I’d say it’s because businesses are trying to play it safe until November when Michigan has the potential to join 9 other states and DC as legal recreational marijuana states.

As much as I agree with being safe and doing everything correctly in the industry I’d like to point out the obvious issue we face from the wall of prohibition. What happens when a person with a chronic illness travels away from their home? Today, a lot of Americans are using cannabis to treat symptoms, illnesses, and pain. With prohibition in place it leaves far too many people suffering and unable to access quality medicine, and when people are forced to suffer they look elsewhere for alternative options, which in turn fuels the black market and illegal drug trade. The current situation is a mess!

Biking to Denver

The High Mileage Tour is a bike ride to spread positive cannabis awareness across the United States. I’m sitting inside a McDonalds in Havana, Illinois writing this article and doing some work. I woke up in my tent this morning after camping near the Illinois River. Yesterday was my first official day on the bicycle. My friend picked me up from Michigan and drove me to Normal, Illinois so I could begin my tour from there. I biked 68 miles in 90+ degree heat. My bike is extremely heavy, so heavy I decided to dump a backpack worth of gear a few miles after initially departing. The bike was shaking in the front and I was unable to stand and pedal, but after I repacked everything on the bike it felt sturdy enough to ride.

Packed on the bike I have my camping gear, cooking equipment, media gear, solar charger, and water. I am biking the first 1000 miles solo from Central Illinois to Denver, Colorado where I’ll leave my bike for a week and fly to California for the Mill Valley Film Festival Nice Guys is sponsoring this year. My route to Denver will take me across Illinois, Missouri, Kansas, and Colorado with 21,000 feet of climbing ahead of me. After time in California I’m flying back to Denver and joining up with a friend to ride our bikes together to San Francisco. There’s a good chance I’ll leave more gear behind before we climb the Rockies.

Yesterday’s bike ride was spent traversing county roads of Illinois, so I saw a bunch of tractors, semis, and cornfields. One man ran out of his house and gave me a bottle of water as I rolled by. Later in the day I was riding on the shoulder of the road when a car honked and flipped me off. When I arrived in Havana a little before dark I found a place to camp, set up my tent, and then had dinner. It was so hot last night I didn’t fall asleep until after 1AM.

For me to reach my flight in time I must average 43 miles a day. Yesterday I rode 68 miles because some days are work days where I spend a large chunk of the day working on Nice Guys projects and resting my body. Some days I’ll ride extra, some days I’ll rest.

Illinois is medically legal, and I’ve spoken briefly to people about the plant and received positive feedback, but the next couple states after Illinois are both under prohibition and I’m excited to see what people think about the plant in states where it isn’t legal. The War on Drugs has ruined millions of people’s lives, so I feel extremely fortunate Nice Guys have given me this opportunity to ride my bicycle to positively impact cannabis perception!

For a more intimate look into my journey I recommend following us on Instagram where I’m sharing photos, videos, and stories from my adventure! Thanks for reading! Join us on social media to help end cannabis prohibition through promoting an active and adventurous lifestyle!

Do you need a "tolerance break?" How to know and what to do if you're not getting the effects you want

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If you’re anything like me, you enjoy cannabis just as much for its psychoactive effects as you do any of the health benefits. It’s okay to admit you enjoy a nice “high” every now and again. Have you ever gotten carried away with your cannabis-use and over time started to feel like the plant wasn’t getting you as high? It’s okay if you have. We’re human and none of us are immune to temptation or the desire to chase what feels good.

Cannabis is one of those substances that are easy to over-use at times. Rather than beating yourself up or doubling down on your dosage in search of a high we’re going to offer you the latest information on how long it takes to restore inactive CB1 receptors so the next time you get carried away and no longer feel like you’re able to achieve a high, you’ll know what to expect.

What symptoms can be expected by someone who is over-consuming cannabis?

  • Taking larger doses or consuming more than intended

  • Unable to cut back or stop usage

  • Spending excess time searching, acquiring, or using the product

  • Unable to function at work, home, or school due to cannabis use

Tolerance breaks are a great way to reset your endocannabinoid system

It’s been found that chronic moderate daily cannabis-users build up a tolerance which diminishes the CB1 receptor availability in the brain. CB1 receptors are the part of the body which respond to the THC cannabinoid in the plant, causing the intoxicating effects known as a “high.” This means non-cannabis users have more CB1 receptor availability than does a user, however, research has proven that “significant CB1 receptor up-regulation begins within 2 days of abstinence and continues over 4 weeks.” You know yourself best. Take a few days off and things should return to normal.

After your “tolerance break” we don’t recommend returning to the dose you were consuming prior, rather start small or ease your way back into consuming with the help of CBD-dominant products, like a Care by Design vape cartridge, Pure CBD crystalline isolate, or maybe a high CBD based edible.

CBD Products are great for beginners and users returning from a tolerance break

High CBD based products are also great options for someone new to cannabis. CBD by itself has no psychoactive properties and when used in conjunction with THC it has the ability to level out the intoxicating effects due to it being an antagonist, meaning it blocks THC from binding to more CB1 receptors in the brain. Helping to properly regulate your endocannabinoid system, allowing you to maximize your experience of the world.

Thanks for reading this week’s article! Please note we’re not doctors, and our information should not be used to diagnose yourself. For more cannabis inspired content follow us on social media where we’re helping to end cannabis stigma through promoting an active and adventurous lifestyle.

How to successfully come out of the "cannabis closet?" With 7 conversational insights

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The landscape of cannabis is rapidly changing, allowing stigmas of old to change tide and shift out of consciousness. But with the changes come awkward conversations and challenging experiences, which is what occurred when I told my mom I accepted a job in the cannabis industry. See how my decision to work in a highly controversial industry changed the relationship with my mom and get my thoughts on the best ways to tell someone you love about your cannabis use.

Growing up in a small town in the Midwest, raised with conservative Christian values didn’t equate to consuming the herb very often, or ever, prior to my mid-twenties. I was a high-level athlete who never rocked the boat; I received straight A’s in high school and always did what I was asked, my siblings tolerated me, but my mom loved me. I was the “golden boy,” if you asked any of my brothers or sisters.

Shortly after graduating in 2014, from Michigan State University I moved westward to California where I coached wrestling for 1 season at Stanford University, and developed a taste for the controversial plant many of us love today. I eventually left my wrestling career behind and moved north to Marin County, Ca. When I told my mom about my decision to work in the industry she was aware of my use and wasn’t too keen on me or any of my siblings using it. She believed it to be mostly negative.  

I called her one morning and told her how I was going to be writing articles and managing social media accounts for Nice Guys Delivery, and the first words out of her mouth were, “that’s not going to be on Facebook is it?” I think I fell out of “golden boy” status in that moment.

Positive change manifests from open and honest communication

Telling my mom, I worked in the cannabis industry could have been destructive and downright bad, but I tried to keep the conversation light and informative. I may have side-stepped her questioning tone in the moment, but since have eased tension surrounding the topic quite a bit. I found highlighting the benefits of my decision and taking the time to explain why I enjoy cannabis helped alleviate some of her concerns. I talked about the research going into it and the benefits people were saying they felt from it, I told her I could receive health insurance from the company and that it was completely legal in the state I was working.

She asked quite a few questions but never tried to control the situation, which I’m grateful for. Since our initial conversation she’s changed her view a lot. She still doesn’t like the idea of her kids using the plant for recreational purposes, but I don’t believe she views it as the destructive force she once did. She recently began asking questions about CBD and whether or not it would be a good option for her, and when I go home for holidays I don’t feel like I have to hide my consumption habits any longer.

I may no longer be the “golden boy” in her mind, but at least she has a more accurate representation of me and what I’m into as a young adult, strengthening our relationship for the future.

Below is a list of conversational insights to consider when faced with a similar situation and you're worried about damaging a relationship after coming out of the “cannabis closet.”

  1. Enter the conversation with an open mind. We as people commonly project wrong beliefs about what we think someone else thinks, rather than simply being open and honest about our thoughts and allowing the person to form their own opinions. No two minds think exactly alike.
  2. If at all possible talk in person rather than phone or other methods of communication. I called because I live 2,500 miles from where my mom lives.
  3. Explain the plants long history used across multiple cultures throughout the world.
  4. Highlight the science and discuss the positive aspects of the plant but keep it simple and try to avoid jumping directly into the extended canna-lingo because that approach can produce a negative response in some people. It’s never a good idea to make someone feel dumb, even when done unintentionally.
  5. Set and setting matter. Approach the conversation when the person is relaxed, in a good mood, and has a moment to listen to what you have to say. I don’t recommend discussing this stuff during a busy or highly stressful time.
  6. Prepare for the unexpected. You might find that the person you’re talking to is a user themselves. There are still plenty of closet smokers in 2018 - through opening yourself and talking about your beliefs you might inspire someone else to do the same.
  7.  Always respect their opinion. You may not change their thoughts after one conversation, and chances are likely you won’t. But the way you respond to their reaction goes a long way in the way they perceive cannabis in the future.

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