The History of 420: CBD v. Marijuana

So, how did 4/20 come to be a beloved national holiday for the cannabis community? We’re here to separate fact from fiction and recommend a few ways you can celebrate 4/20 (THC-free) this year!

The most credible story traces 4/20 back to 1971 in Marin County, California. A group of students known as the “Waldos” used to gather outside the walls of San Rafael High School at exactly 4:20pm every day to smoke. This group — Steve Capper, Dave Reddix, Jeffrey Noel, Larry Schwartz, and Mark Gravich — would say “420” to each other as code for marijuana.

Later, Reddix got a job as a roadie with the Grateful Dead, and it was at this time that the band helped to popularize the term. On Dec. 28, 1990, a group of Deadheads in Oakland handed out flyers that invited people to smoke “420” on April 20 at 4:20 p.m. One ended up with Steve Bloom, a former reporter for High Times magazine, who printed the flyer in the magazine in 1991. Soon, as the Grateful Dead and High Times continued to reference the number, it became a household name.


CBD v. Marijuana

Marijuana is recreationally recognized for its "high" effect, which is caused by its ample levels of the psychoactive ingredient, tetrahydrocannabinol, or THC.

But not everyone wants the "high." Made by entrepreneurs for entrepreneurs, the team at GoCBD recognizes that the effect most of us desire is the relaxed clarity that is brought about by cannabidoil, the second most prevalent ingredient in marijuana.

An important distinction between marijuana and CBD is where it comes from.

  • Marijuana, which contains high levels of THC and lower levels of CBD, is derived from the cannabis plant.
  • CBD, which contains high levels of CBD and almost no THC, is derived from the hemp (a cannabis plant that contains 0.3 percent or less THC).

The 2018 Farm Bill allows the sale of CBD products with 0.3 percent or less THC, and ongoing research is being made into the various benefits of CBD.

In fact, Epidiolex is the first FDA-approved prescription CBD used to treat seizures associated with Lennox-Gastaut syndrome (LGS), Dravet syndrome, or tuberous sclerosis complex (TSC) in patients 1 year of age and older.

CBD has also been widely studied as a possible treatment for anxiety. Ongoing studies are also being done to show its benefits across multiple areas including dermatology.


With CBD products, you can celebrate 420 with focus.

CBD can be smoked, which produces the fastest effect on the body. Those using CBD frequently report a feeling of calm focus without the "high." It can be a great addition to your daily or weekly routine on days when anxiety creeps up.

Designed with the on-the-go consumer in mind, GoCBD's flower also comes conveniently in pre-rolled joints

CBD Tinctures

Ranging in strength from 500mg-2500mg, we have something for beginners and CBD connoisseurs alike. All of our CBD tinctures are locally sourced and contain only three simple ingredients – organic MCT oil, naturally derived hemp, and tasty terpenes – allowing them to seamlessly mix with your favorite tea or favorite cocktail for a relaxing nightcap.

CBD Cream

Take a hot bath and pamper yourself with our premium CBD cream. Formulated to provide relief from any pesky muscle aches and pains, our moisturizing CBD cream feels like a luxury product but is gentle enough to become a staple in your everyday skincare routine.

CBD Pet Oil

Want to celebrate 4/20 with your furry best friend? We’ve got just the thing. Add a few drops of our flavored pet tincture to your dog or cat’s favorite food or water, and watch them get an extra pep in their step.


420 OFFER:

To keep the festivities going all month, we’re giving away two premium CBD pre-rolls with every purchase of a 1000 MG tincture. The discount is applied automatically at checkout. Don’t miss out, and happy celebrating!



How to use CBD oil and CBD joints.

If you are new to CBD, it is important to start slow. Whether you are smoking CBD flower or using the CBD hemp oil tincture, start with a low dose and monitor the effect it has on your unique system.

As with anything, dosage matters. Depending on a variety factors, including your weight, a lower dose of CBD can potentially help you focus and a higher dose can potentially help you fall asleep easier. As you discover CBD, you will start to learn what dose is right for you.


Statements regarding these products have not been evaluated by the Food and Drug Administration. This product is not intended to diagnose, treat, cure or prevent any disease. Results from products may vary.