What is a Head Shop?

Head Shop Introduction

Head shops have been around for ages. These are stores that sell a variety of smoking accessories from bongs to vaporizers. You might find a better selection of vaporizers at a specialized vape shop but nowadays most head shops carry a variety of vapes along with a selection of bongs, pipes, dab rigs, and more smoking and vaping tools.

 Local Head Shop

Local Head Shops

Local head shops are brick and mortar stores selling a range of smoking and vaping tools and accessories. These are great if you need something right away and cannot wait a few days for shipping. Read: your friend breaks your bong and you need an instant replacement.

This being said, local head shops are often more expensive than online head shops. They will also have somewhat limited selection based on the size of the shop.

 Online Head Shops

Online Head Shops

With the rapid growth of e-commerce, head shops have also made it online. Online shops like VapeVetStore.com offer a wide selection of vaporizers and vape accessories. Additionally, we carry a variety of pipes, dab rigs, grinders and more. You can find everything you need at VapeVetStore.com at the best prices and USA shipping is always free.

Additionally, online head shops often have discounts and specials so you get the most for your money. Subscribe to an online head shop’s mailing list for exclusive deals delivered to your inbox. Online head shops also have learning centers or FAQ sections that will probably answer your questions about vaporizers, dab rigs, and smoking tools better than the guy behind the counter at your local head shop. Check out the Vaporizer Learning Center and Vape Buyer’s Guide on VapeVetStore.com to learn more.

 What Does a Head Shop Sell?

What Does A Head Shop Sell?

Head shops sell all sorts of vaping and smoking products such as vape pens, bongs, pipes, spoons, chillums, bubblers, whizzinators, scales, clothing, psychedelic art/posters, black-light art and other hippie-themed décor. Head shops often have a good selection of glassware such as bongs, pipes and dab rigs. These are often nice to pick out in person as you can get a feel for them and compare similar pieces. Glass pipes can have features such as color-changing glass.  These pipes start out mostly clear, with streaks of color. As they are used and heated, the color expands making beautiful patterns. Head shop employees can explain the color properties of the pipes they sell so you really know what you are getting.

Bongs also have many different styles and features. There are traditional straight tube bongs but also z-shaped tube bongs along with a variety of other shapes. The traditional bong base is spherical or straight but science-forward brands like RooR make beaker style bongs as well. These are meant to provide much more water capacity than traditional bongs. Bongs may also have features such as ice-catchers to cool the smoke, or percolators, double percolators and even triple percolators to cool the smoke as well as filter out any impurities. Finding the right bong might seem overwhelming with all the choices and this is why it is nice to find one at a head shop with a knowledgeable staff.

Vape Pens and Vaping Ccesories

Vape Pens and Vaping Accessories

When vaping first started, you would have to go to a head shop to find a vaporizer. With the boom of the vaping industry, many vape specialty shops started popping up everywhere, from local neighborhoods to web shops online. These vape shops carry a larger selection of vaporizers and vape parts and accessories. This includes dry herb vaporizers, wax vapes, oil vapes and box mods. These shops carry parts like replacement atomizers, and different attachments so you can vape a variety of substances from your vaporizer.

Dry herb vaporizers are designed for vaping dry herbs. Most of these are convection vaporizers which means they bake your herbs at a temperature below where they would burn but where you get a clean, flavorful vapor. There are also combustion pens, like the AGO vape, which is an electronic version of smoking herbs. Wax vapes or dab pens are designed to vaporizer wax and similar herbal concentrates. Most wax vapes use direct contact with ceramic or quartz coils to vaporize the concentrate. These have one to four coils. A dab pen with more coils, like the Yocan Pandon, will provide thicker, heavier dabs than a single coil vape.

Box mods are usually used with refillable tanks for e juice, CBD or other vape liquids. However, there are box mod accessories that allow you to mod it out to vape wax or even dry herb. Vape pods, such as the Juul vape require compatible pods. Most vape pods cannot be fit with refillable tanks.

Smoke Shop vs Head Shop

Often smoke shop and head shop are synonymous but not always. Some smoke shops focus more on tobacco products like hand roll tobacco, cigars, papers, and tobacco pipes. Other smoke shops carry bongs, dab rigs and pipes but most likely will not have a selection of hippie attire and accessories like a head shop. They focus more on actual smoking products than lifestyle products.

Hippie Shop vs Head Shop

Hippie Shop vs Head Shop

Hippy shops focus more on hippy lifestyle products such as clothing, incense, posters and art. These shops often have a small selection of smoking products but they are not the primary purpose of hippy shops.

Vape Shop vs Head Shop

Vape Shop vs Head Shop

Vape shops specialize in vaping products, parts and accessories whereas head shops sell all sorts of hippy lifestyle products. If you are looking for a vaporizer or any vape products or accessories, your best bet for the widest selection is to find a vape shop. Vape shops will also know more about how vaporizers work and can help you find the best vaporizer for you. Here at VapeVetStore.com, you can browse our vaporizer learning center for the answers to all your vape questions.

What is the Best Head Shop?

If you just want to browse hippy products and maybe buy a glass pipe or bong, check out a local head shop. If you are looking to buy a vaporizer or any vaping gear, a vape shop would be a better choice as they will have the largest selection and be most knowledgeable about vapes. Online vape shops like VapeVetStore.com have a large selection of vaporizer products. We also have detailed reviews on most of our products and have a selection of articles to help you find the perfect vape for your needs.

Find Head Shops Near Me

Most cities and even small towns have at least one local head shop. A quick google search for ‘head shop’, ‘smoke shop’, or ‘vape shop’ should bring you local results. If you want the best prices from a shop with knowledgeable staff, check out our online shop at VapeVetStore.com. We always offer free shipping within the USA with no minimum order. Now you have a head shop in the palm of your hand.


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