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Online Shopping Has Changed How Marijuana Lovers Shop For Bongs, Here’s How

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The internet has changed how we do a lot of things: read the news, communicate with friends and now, buy cannabis paraphernalia. Headshops in the U.S. are a tricky business to operate. Even in 2015, it continues to be illegal for smokers to possess cannabis accessories like bongs or pipes. Headshops operate under the legal framework of selling tobacco pipes to tobacco users. Online headshops operate under these same principles but offer the customer a unique and easy experience when buying their next pipe. The following are some of the best reasons that online headshops trump the traditional retail business model.

Access To More Products

Online headshops like ours offer a wide selection of bongs, pipes, rolling papers, vaporizers and accessories. No retail headshop would ever be able to carry the quantities and selection of an online store, much like in any industry. When browsing online, you can also explore various aspects of each product and brand. Shopping on a budget? Limit your search to products you can afford or look for shops that might offer discounts. Looking for a specific style? Filter the products by color or even the thickness of the glass. When you shop online, you’ll be able to search through countless options to find the perfect product.

Lose The Touch, Gain The Knowledge

One obvious benefit of shopping at a retail headshop is being able to touch and inspect your potential purchase before buying it. However, there are problems with this transaction: it can be hard to tell the difference between all the glass pieces available, and without the knowledge of skilled salesperson, you may end up with a sub-par device. Online reatilers have removed the storefront and salespeople and, instead, provided you with the technical knowledge to compare models yourself. View close-up pictures and get information about the pieces that even the most knowledgeable salesperson wouldn’t be able to recall. By shopping online, you ensure you’re getting the best possible device based on your needs, plus you can always turn to reviews and customer comments to get a variety of opinions.

Exclusive Regional Brands

Brands like Syn Glass and Mountain Jams Glass are titans in their regional markets and huge players on the international marijuana scene. For example, Syn Glass was born on the East Coast of the United States and is famous for the builds on their glass percolators. The brand has mainly been sold on the shelves of local shops, leaving customers in the rest of the country in the lurch. Now, because of online headshops, brands like SYN can bought and shipped all over the world.


Privacy is of great concern to most online headshops. Since cannabis is still not completely accepted in mainstream culture, this can lead to some people feeling uncomfortable purchasing their next device from an online service. For us, privacy is part of our customer service. For example, the charges on your credit card for anything you purchase from the store come through as—talk about discreet. The package that arrives at your door from the store is also unbranded so that no nosy neighbors will bug you about your purchases.

Shipping And Returns

Most online headshops will offer free shipping on orders over a certain amount. If your bong is shipped and is broken during delivery, most online retailers will return the product. Many will also accept returns of products as long as they haven’t been opened if you aren’t stoked on what you’ve ordered.

Because of the internet, the way we shop is constantly changing. For online headshops, this change is being welcomed with open arms. Your personal smoking paraphernalia is unique to you and your cannabis needs meaning the more information the better.

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