The continuous success of headshops

The rise of legalised recreational marijuana combined with the growth of medical marijuana means that the industry as a whole has changed. There’s more demand than ever before, and it’s not just for the plant itself.

As businesses and individuals dedicate more of their time to marijuana, they will need the right equipment for their needs. This could include anything from grow lights, special pots, and electrical timers. But it can also include the most basic smoking accessories, from bongs through to pipes.

So how has the changing marijuana landscape impacted headshops that sell these basic accessories? 

What is a headshop?

A headshop specialises in items related to cannabis culture. Named after the common slang term for hippies who were into expanding the mind (or head), these retail outlets offer paraphernalia including: 

  • Pipe screens
  • Bongs
  • Roach clips
  • Rolling papers

Headshops first appeared in the late 1960s and were extremely popular with subcultures and underground groups. Over the course of history, cannabis paraphernalia has sometimes dipped in demand due to it becoming outlawed. 

As such, the legality of these shops has often been questioned and changed. They are now legal in America, for example, as long as they sell items only used for legal substances. The legalisation of marijuana is different in every state, so headshops in the US need to consider their advertising very carefully. 

What competition do headshops face?

Before the legalisation of cannabis, many people thought they could access the drug through headshops, which consequently drove up business. But since the legalisation of recreational and medicinal cannabis, many headshops have lost some of their customers and face closure – because they aren’t allowed to sell cannabis without meeting a strict list of requirements.

Some of the requirements, such as installing high-level security systems, require thousands of pounds of investment – a cost that some headshop owners just can’t afford. 

Meanwhile, marijuana dispensaries that are accessible for medicinal purposes tend to now double up as headshops. Dispensaries not only give individuals access to marijuana, but also the equipment that they need to safely consume it. With everything available in one place, consumers may have less of a reason to visit headshops. 

Could headshops see a return to popularity? 

Although bricks-and-mortar shops seem to be dying out, this is true for the retail industry as a whole rather than the cannabis industry specifically.

However, once more following the trend of retail, online headshops are booming. By opening an online headshop, business owners can reach a wider demographic and make their goods more accessible. 

For customers making purchases from online headshops, there are a number of things that should be considered before choosing the best retailer. These include storage methods, shipping methods, and delivery costs. Online headshops also tend to offer a wider catalogue of high-quality brands such as RAW and RooR Glass. 

By giving customers the best buying experience, the best access to a different variety of cannabis strains, and a wide catalogue of paraphernalia that will improve their cannabis experience, online headshops are well placed to keep the industry alive.

To find out more about the latest headshop trends, follow The Leaf Desk.