When I first heard about the Four-Twenty Games, I instantly envisioned a bunch of people getting high and playing games. Well, it turns out, that's not even close to what the event is all about! I was planning to attend, to connect with the community as a representative of Sensi Magazine, as we were one of the media sponsors for the event. A couple days prior, I had agreed to teach the yoga warm-up and cool-down sessions, to fill in for Rachel Carlevale, the founder goddess of Ganjasana, who was called out of town. What an enlightening experience it was!
I came to learn this is a non-consumption, family-oriented event with the mission of de-stigmatizing the cannabis consuming community. It was established to show that cannabis users are not lazy, unmotivated stoners and that millions who use this plant on their journey of life use it within a healthy and responsible lifestyle. To help you envision the experience, picture hundreds of super friendly adults and children, enjoying treats from gourmet food trucks, practicing yoga, taking part in a 4.2 miles run/walk/skate/ride, competing in a kickball tournament with pro-athletes, cannabis and ancillary brands educating and showcasing their products and sampling out CBD topicals/drinks, X-Games BMX stunt riders wowing the crowd, a shaded beer-garden which was a great oasis out of the summer sun, all set within a beautiful lakeside park in Denver with the plushest, greenest grass my feet have stepped upon in quite a while!
I'm pretty sure every single person who took part in the yoga sessions came up to me during the event to express their gratitude. And it was super heart-warming to see and hear the smiles and comments from the police and park rangers stationed at the event :) They too were pleasantly surprised by what they witnessed.
The Four-Twenty Games is on tour around the country. Check out their website and see if there's one coming to your city: www.420games.org