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Events & Travel

Over ten thousand attend Hyde Park, London for annual 420 event

This Thursday was 20th April, a date which has become synonymous with cannabis culture over the past few decades.

Rolling a joint, Hyde Park, London

For as long as I’ve lived in London, each year, on 20th April, thousands of people attend Hyde Park for a massive smoke out / celebration / protest.

People attending 420 celebrations in Hyde Park, London

This year was no exception, and also saw the introduction of several other 420 events across the country – we will be reporting on Durham’s event soon.

TTCC Awareness attended the event and gave out CBD caps

The protest was large in London, attracting a lot of people. We struggle to estimate numbers, but there were in excess of ten thousand attending the event on a Thursday in London.  We saw people beatboxing, rap battling, folk singing, painting, juggling and much more as we walked through the crowd. One status we saw mentioned a figure of 15,000 attendees.

We saw people beatboxing, rap battling, folk singing, painting, juggling and much more as we walked through the crowd.

A still from our highlights video shows a section of the crowd gathered around a beatboxer

We arrived just after 12:15, while things were still relatively quiet, with groups of people spread across Speaker’s Corner. By about 3-3:30 the place was packed.

Some people brought their own chairs to the event

We saw lots of people we recognised, but mostly for brief moments, as there were just so many people out protesting and celebrating cannabis.

I have never seen a gathering like this anywhere else, it was like stepping into a different world. The closest thing I can think of is a 3-day festival I once attended, which had that similar unreal feel to it – and that festival happened to be located in the middle of a forest in the Midlands, not Hyde Park, London.

A couple enjoying a smoke at 420 protests in Hyde Park, London

Perhaps unsurprisingly, the media’s attempt to paint a negative light on the event was picked up and suddenly we saw some angry people the following day over the rubbish that was left behind after the event.

What wasn’t stated was that at a certain time the police pushed people off the field, panicking people into a rush to leave.

Police ‘stood guard’ over the event, doing nothing for most of the day. We believe this is a waste of resources!

Greg de Hoedt, Chairman of the UK Cannabis Social Clubs movement stated in a Facebook post yesterday:

Each year we speak with both the Royal Parks and the Met Police about 420 in Hyde Park London.

The Police say they would rather get everyone out of the park as quickly as possible rather than allowing us to get everyone to clean up. They do this by standing in a line and moving across the field in and wall at 5pm while people are still smoking their 4:20pm joints.

As you can imagine everyone gets up in a rush and a panic and leaves not taking all or any of their shit, despite the fact that hundreds of black bags have been distributed.

Still there’s lots of spin opportunity for the papers who can easily snap a photo before people have cleaned up that were there to clean up after 15k people sessioned in one space.

Not hard to put your crap in a bag as you go though the day either! The clean up wouldn’t be so big after 

There were also far too many people packed in tight proximity there to keep track of rubbish without designated bins – we saw zero bins on the day (besides what some of the CSC’s brought to take home their rubbish). Perhaps London should have spent slightly less on unnecessary police for the day in favour of some bins and cleaning staff.

This photo doesn’t quite capture how big the crowds were

We enjoyed the day and plan to attend the next 420 celebrations. It’s also worth stating that there are also lots of cannabis events happening all across the country this summer and indeed all year – keep an eye on social media (or our events page here) and make sure you attend local events to show your support for the legalisation movement.

Finally we want to wish a big thanks to everybody who attended 420 protest / celebrations across the country for getting out there and showing the Government that you believe in our rights to consume cannabis. Now, let’s keep up this energy!

Now, let’s keep up this energy!

420 Hyde Park London 2017
Smoking a rather large joint

You can watch our highlights video from 420 Hyde Park 2017 below

You can also view our complete photo album from 420 2017, Hyde Park, London via Facebook here

Remedy Barcelona Cannabis Club Review

Remedy Barcelona

Remedy is the Barcelona cannabis club that we interviewed last year for ISMOKE Magazine.

Located in the La Rambla area, we headed to Remedy Barcelona to check it out for ourselves when we travelled to Spain for Spannabis earlier this month.

Since we interviewed The Remedy club for ISMOKE, a lot has changed. They are now offering 40 cannabis strains (at the time we attended), plus extracts and other forms of cannabis (edibles, vape carts etc).

We attended Spannabis 2017 [ISMOKE Report]

Spannabis 2017

Last weekend ISMOKE travelled to Spain for Spannabis 2017 in Barcelona.

Hailed as the world’s largest Cannabis Expo, Spannabis was a chance for exhibitors and cannabis connoisseurs to come together over a weekend to show off their wares to the European cannabis market and to celebrate cannabis.

We Attended The London Smoking Club February Session

Last weekend it was the monthly London Smoking Club member’s session held at a secret venue in the City.

Attracting cannabis aficionados from all over the country, this month’s event was a thoroughly enjoyable day of smoking, dabbing and talking about cannabis.

London Smoking Club January Session [Photos]

London Smoking Club January Session

We attended the London Smoking Club January Session last weekend. Here are some of our photos from the event:

London Smoking Club January Session

As usual, the cannabis flavours were out in full force and we saw (and sampled) some amazing varieties of herb including Stardawg, Gorilla Glue, Velvet pie and lots, lots more.

London Smoking Club – Saint Nick Gets Lit [Video]

Last month we attended the London Smoking Club December session Saint Nick Gets Lit at a secret location in London.

Yesterday Youtube channel UKOVERSTOOD released a video highlights reel from the event.

This gives a great overview of the event including interviews with LSC members and a charity segment which sees Instagram user Ren.the.farma having his hair and beard shaved for Sasha’s transplant fund.

saint nick gets lit

Click here to support Sasha’s Transplant fund and learn more via GoFundMe

London Smoking Club Christmas Session 2016 [Photos]

London Smoking Club Christmas Session
Shoreline

Last weekend we attended the London Smoking Club Christmas Session.

Cannabis culture is rapidly evolving in Britain. This year we have seen events spring up all over the country and attracting numbers that it is hard to ignore.

The London Smoking Club Christmas Session was a chance for members to relax and unwind in the run up to Christmas.

As expected, the flavours were out in full force!

View our gallery below:

ISMOKE Top 5 Amsterdam Highlights 2016

The city of Amsterdam is famous for its coffee shops and seed banks, and we have been heading over to The Netherlands for a sort of annual pilgrimage ever since we first visited when ISMOKE was a mere infant, back in 2010. Today on ISMOKE we will take you through our ISMOKE Top 5 Amsterdam Highlights 2016.

ISMOKE Amsterdam Trip Summary [Video]

ISMOKE Amsterdam

The Amsterdam cannabis scene is often thought of as forward-thinking, with lots of options for tourists in the way of coffee shops and cannabis strains.

But how forward-thinking is a system of decriminalisation / tolerance, where coffee shops are frequently shut down, and the people supplying them protected by the system without paying taxes?

The London Smoking Club Secret Session [Photos]

London Smoking Club Secret Session

Yesterday, the London Smoking Club held their monthly secret member’s session in central London.

The London Smoking Club Secret Sessions offer their members the opportunity to come together and enjoy a day of cannabis consumption in a safe and friendly environment.

At the November secret session, the London Smoking Club created a buzzing environment with great music, a raffle, and snacks throughout the day. The event was fully catered and at a conveniently located, spacious venue – something we really appreciated.

For more photos, view the full album and like the ISMOKE Facebook Fan Page here

London Smoking Club Secret Session

The Tide Effect : Is UK Cannabis Legalisation Inevitable?

Cannabis Legalisation

Cannabis legalisation has been a hot topic for all the major news outlets yet again this week, after a new publication launched yesterday by Volteface and The Adam Smith Institute.

In the aptly named Tide Effect, author Boris Starling argues that cannabis legalisation and regulation is now inevitable due to a tidal shift in perception and the amount of countries re-visiting their cannabis laws. He argues that we should look to the market-based approach currently seen in some US states for ideas on how to approach UK Cannabis legalisation and regulation.

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We Attended the UKCSC First AGM : Report

UKCSC First AGM

Last Sunday was the UKCSC first AGM held in Leicester.

This was a chance for cannabis social clubs to come together for the first event of its kind held in the UK, showing just how far we are progressing with our idea of a legitimate cannabis social clubs movement.

The talks were mainly focused on the efforts of cannabis social clubs, laws surrounding cannabis and the future of the cannabis scene here in the UK.

Add these Upcoming Cannabis Events to Your Diary: Durham & London

Keeping you updated on upcoming cannabis events here in the UK.

Saturday 22nd October

Event Link: DCC Awareness Event

Hosted By: Durham Cannabis Collective

Where? Durham

When? Saturday 22nd October, 1pm

Details: We will be back in Durham trying to spread as much awareness as possible don’t worry about the weather as we have two large gazebos with sides on to keep everybody dry and warm(ish)

Event Link: Cannabis Protest March

Hosted by: Independent

Where? Meeting at Waterloo Station, London

When: Saturday 22nd October, 1pm

Details: we will be meeting at Waterloo station and then commencing to parliament square have been told the police have signed to #endourpain BUT SAFETY IN NUMBERS let’s show them we ain’t psychotic let’s show them we don’t steal to pay for nature’s herb let’s show them the reasons why this plant can be and should be legal for all users.


If you know of any other cannabis events happening in the UK, please get in touch: [email protected]

End of Summer Dab-a-doo 2016 – Barcelona Event Write-up and Winners

Dabadoo 2016

We are in Barcelona for a round-up of the Summer Dab-a-Doo 2016, the hashish competition naturally born out of Mila Jansen’s 70th birthday bash in Amsterdam. Mila attends every Dab-a-Doo that takes place around the world (Amsterdam, Valencia, Rhode Island, London and the city of Santa Isabel in Uruguay) and, knowing the background of this event, Piff Advisor decided to go check this edition of the renown Hash Queen’s competition.

Bright Skies and Positive Vibes – Basingstoke Cannabis BBQ

On Saturday Basingstoke Dank threw their annual cannabis BBQ in the South of England. The event saw canna-businesses from all over the country attending to showcase their brands and blaze and toke in Basingstoke, with over lots of stalls and plenty of people in attendance.