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Head shops began as shops specializing in selling drug paraphernalia. You could pretty much count on your local head shop to carry all sorts of goodies to keep your intoxication at its optimum from water pipes and rolling papers to psychedelic visual aids and incense. Of course, the drugs themselves were not part of a head shop’s inventory. In fact, federal and state laws often found head shops skirting violations through sheer creativity. To create the impression that the glass pipes and water pipes decorating the head shop shelves were definitely not intended for drug use, certain incriminating words were banned from use within the store. Uttering one of these suggestive words would often buy you an immediate ejection from the head shop or, in severe cases, a permanent ban. In states that have yet to legalize marijuana, this vocabulary-based ban remains in full effect. head shops in the late ‘60s also became important points of counter-cultural support, offering a safe haven for distributing underground publications that questioned authority or promoted esoteric spiritual practices. This political poignancy was gradually watered down. By the early ‘90s, the head shop aesthetic had been co-opted.
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You could walk into a shopping mall to buy your tie-dyed Bob Marley t-shirt, smiley face black light poster and Che Guevara shot glass. The revolution had long been sold and the need for head shops was no longer so immediate. Don’t visit a head shop expecting to pick up a couple of grams of pot or some pre-rolls, because head shops do not sell any marijuana or other illegal drugs. If, however, you’re in the market for an octopus bong or a Gandalf pipe, a head shop is where you want to be. Steeped in a rich history of counter-cultural movements, head shops help preserve and promote the culture of cannabis. For pot-lovers, there’s something for everyone at your local head shop.