Reefer Reflections: The 411 on 4/20
The University of Colorado has decided to get classy. That’s the line, at least, of 350 students protesting a storied campus tradition for the Buffaloes. Organized through a Facebook event titled “Stay Classy CU,” the students protested the annual assembly of students and denizens of Boulder on Norlin Quad who light up on 4/20. In accordance with their wishes, the CU administration has decided to close the Quad for 4/20 and intends to disperse fish-based fertilizer over the area to guarantee that stoners stay out.
In light of the recent controversy, Scene staff spoke with a few campus stoners looking forward to their own 4/20 celebrations.
“I’m going to be renewing my tradition of wake, bake and crepe,” a sophomore in the Olin Business School said in reference to her 4/20 custom of getting up early, smoking a blunt and visiting City Coffeehouse & Creperie for a breakfast feast. “Then, I will probably spend the rest of my day smoking various forms of weed with my friends and, I don’t know, maybe swing by the carnival for some sh—s and giggles.”
A freshman in Arts & Sciences takes a different approach. “I’m just doing edibles with some friends and then going to bio lab,” he said. “These things should never be planned out. That defeats the purpose. That’s like making a list of things that you’re going to do during recess.”
“At 4/20 I’m going to get incredibly baked, I’m going to get well done,” a sophomore in the Engineering School said. “And once I’m well done, I’m going to be hitting up this great brunch place called Half & Half in Clayton, and then after that I’m going to the 4/20 party called Let’s Dance. Basically, I’m going to hang out with my friends, get well done, and probably do the same thing the next day.”
Some of you may be planning an adventure and others may just wing it, but a few of your fellow stoners around campus have offered a set of rules to abide by on this special holiday. To make sure that you have the best 4/20 without letting those who want to “stay classy,” RA’s, WUPD, tattle-tales or even yourself interfere, your peers with more…experience…suggested you consider the following:
When going out to purchase your 4/20 stash, make sure you pick up some strand of sativa. You don’t want to mess with indica on a day like this. Not unless you want such a body high that you miss all the beauty that the day has to offer outside of your dorm room. Sativa often has a more cerebral effect, inspiring an optimistic sense of wellbeing and is recommended for outdoor use. Smoking indica at the beginning of the day is going to leave you asleep in the corner of your friend’s apartment dreaming of the 4/20 you could have had.
TRY A NEW FORM OF SMOKING
4/20 is supposed to be about expanding your marijuana horizons. So why not, one student offered, make sure the day is memorable by being able to say, “Yeah, I was so blitzed on 4/20 ‘cause my buddy and I built a gravity bong out of a two-liter bottle and a bucket in the back of his car. GBs are the s—, man.” The student also recommended vaporizers if you’re looking for a less hazy feel in your high. And she said not to rule out edibles. Brownies aren’t harsh on your lungs, and they’re scrumptious.
FIND A REMOTE LOCATION
You don’t want your day to be ruined by anyone who’s lame or doesn’t want to join in on the festivities. So make sure you have a good location away from all the haters. It’s also not a bad idea to consider a location with comfortable places to sit or one with an easy escape route. Because let’s face it, are you really going to hop that fence when WUPD rolls up? The students we talked to certainly don’t think so. And even if you do think so, your body will not tolerate it. So don’t put your body in that position. Some student recommendations: Pretend like you’re casually smoking a cigarette (but really it’s a joint) in a Clayton neighborhood, small park or your car. There’s also a secret hideout, which a few called the “Simba Cave,” in the recesses of the architectural wonder that is Eliot Hall. It’s apparently a bizarre nook or cranny (what’s the difference?) inside the structure of Eliot. Clearly, whoever designed it building was going on a magical mystery tour.
Warning: There’s a rumor that some of the tunnels running throughout campus provide a pretty good sanctuary for the stoner in need of privacy from the administration. Just don’t put any hands on uninsulated pipes—you want to get blazed, not burnt.
MAKE THE SESH LAST LONGER
We’re told the key to achieving a successful smoke sesh is honey blunts. By dipping your tight-a–blunt in honey, one student said, you let the paper burn slower, and you maximize the amount of THC you’re inhaling. Now that’s efficiency!
DO NOT EAT AT THE CHEESECAKE FACTORY
We know. You may think this is bat-s— crazy. Believe us, we understand. How could a place with a 30-page menu be bad for a 4/20 feast? Well, let the student explain. You end up ordering everything on the menu that sounds appealing. Never mind the $50 bill that’s coming your way; you just ordered avocado spring rolls, some dope chicken dish and, of course, the Godiva chocolate cheesecake. But at what cost? Your a– glued to the toilet on 4/21. Just don’t do it.
ASK PROFESSORS FOR ADVICE
Hey, they’re always saying you need to develop a healthy relationship with your professors. Consider the suggestion of one student we interviewed and try inviting a trusted few to your circle. Really, you think all the professors here have never smoked? This is like the one liberal holdout in the state of Misery. There have to be a few bleeding-heart professors who light up every time Republicans chip away at reproductive rights. They’ll probably have a stash that their super-huge salaries can afford—because you know they’re swimming in it.
Note: StudentLife does not endorse the consumption of illegal substances.