Burning incense fills the air, tie-dye shirts sway on racks and counters full of colorful glass catch the light. Headshops are an all-American story of underground entrepreneurship, creativity, faith and passion. Born from an era of counterculture and protest, many of these relics survive today as reminders to let your freak flag fly. We honor these these old-school headshops that prevailed through the decades and continue to be the best joints in their towns. So take a toke and check out these legendary purveyors of all things irie, ranked from oldest to newest!

10 Legendary Headshops You Need to Check Out

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The Cupboard
Cincinnati, OH
Established 1965

Now operated by the third generation of its founding family, the Cupboard started as a five-and-dime store following World War II, then was transformed into a headshop by husband and wife team Phil and Nancy in 1965. Considered the oldest surviving headshop in America, this psychedelic bazaar is so full of antiques and counterculture merchandise that you “have to check in your umbrella at the door or you might knock something over.” The owners launched the career of legendary glass artist Bob Snodgrass back when you could barely buy a metal or wood pipe in the state of Ohio.

10 Legendary Headshops You Need to Check Out

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Mother Murphy’s
Normal, IL
Established 1968

Just a few blocks from Illinois State University is one of the oldest headshops in the country. Mother Murphy’s iconic logo depicts a grandma smoking a corncob pipe in honor of its founders, Betty and Charlotte, who opened this legendary store in 1968. They sold turquoise jewelry and leather goods to hippies, which evolved into black-light posters, tapestries and—you guessed it—bowls and water pipes. Employee-turned-owner Michael has run the shop since the 1970s with his wife, Becky, adding skateboard gear to the mix in 1992. Their simple goal is “to make everybody feel like they’re at home.”

10 Legendary Headshops You Need to Check Out

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The Black
Ocean Beach, CA
Established 1968

The Black opened its doors in 1968, according to the current owner, Kurt. He started working at the beachside shop in 1975, finally purchasing it in 1981, and he’s been slinging glass ever since. At one point, both of his brothers were working behind the counter, and their parents owned a photography studio down the block. The store’s survived recessions and raids, and it still sells hacky sacks and huaraches to local surfers. The story behind the name? It’s been “in the black” and making money this whole time. “If you come to San Diego, check it out. It’ll blow your mind,” Kurt says.

10 Legendary Headshops You Need to Check Out

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Satori Imports
Oshkosh, WI
Established 1969

Visit Satori Imports and you’ll recognize the iconic T-shirts that have been given away free for almost 50 years. Current owner Kay’s late husband was an “entrepreneur at heart” who opened the store so students from the local university could buy Mexican blankets, silver earrings and rock posters. The store is basically a visual overload. How has a smoke shop survived for so long in the heart of America’s dairy land? “Supply and demand—find what people want and sell it to them,” says Kay. Now serving a fourth generation of clientele, the shop is so well-loved that one customer even named their baby Satori.

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Adam’s Apple
Chicago, IL
Established 1969

Fresh out of the Navy, Shelly came home to a different Chicago in the late 1960s than the city he left. His friends were hanging a parachute from the ceiling of a tiny shop, a guy named Charlie was painting the words Adam’s Apple on the glass storefront in Day-Glo letters and longhairs ultimately took over the city. Many legendary headshop owners remember Shelly’s former partner’s Adam’s Apple catalog, which distributed rolling trays, clips and snuff kits via nationwide mail order. Shelly attributes his success to staying “low key,” and his inventory still boasts denim bell bottoms.

10 Legendary Headshops You Need to Check Out

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The Gas Pipe
Dallas, TX
Established 1970

The “peace, love and smoke” headquarters known as the Gas Pipe was founded by a 24-year-old Vietnam War veteran on April 20, 1970, at 4420 Maple Avenue in Dallas. Get the symbolism in those numbers? Now the Gas Pipe is a chain with a dozen stores across Texas, which is no small feat in the buckle of the Bible Belt. The name is inspired by the exposed gas pipes spanning the ceiling of the humble flagship store and the natural resource the state is best known for. Expect military discounts, free lighter refills and complimentary grow guides.

10 Legendary Headshops You Need to Check Out

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Springfield, MO
Established 1972

Take a closer look at the vintage photograph of owners Tom and Pam behind their shop counter, and you will see the December 1975 issue of High Times next to the mood-ring display. These lovebirds originally opened a record store but then started selling a lot of rolling papers, and the rest is history. Now Kaleidoscope is a 6,000-square-foot alternative-lifestyle mall next door to the original location, which was a humble storefront with an apartment upstairs. In Tom’s words: “No matter how much money you make, there’s nothing more valuable than being the captain of your own ship.”

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Pype’s Palace
Portland, OR
Established 1976

“What happens at Pype’s stays at Pype’s,” says Pype’s Place owner Patty, who opened a waterbed store in Iowa in 1973, then this Portland shop in 1976. It’s the oldest in the state of Oregon, and carries on the long, trippy tradition of great local headshops. Patty served as the first-ever female judge for a High Times Cannabis Cup, and she’s ushered in thousands of customers over the years. Now that pot is legal recreationally in Oregon, the secret’s out. Pype’s Palace is still around to service a new generation of cannabis consumers.

10 Legendary Headshops You Need to Check Out

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Buried Treasures
Boston, MA
Established June 1985

Greg wanted to be his own boss, so he bought a “card and T-shirt shop” and integrated smoking accessories, and Buried Treasures was born. He grew up in nearby Roxbury and remembers a headshop from his youth called the Psychedelic Shack with black-painted windows that closed up pretty quickly. Speaking to his own experience, Greg explains: “Longevity is the key to success.” Now that marijuana is legal for recreational use in Massachusetts, perseverance is definitely key! Water pipes and hand pipes (for tobacco use, of course) still sell as well as they did back in the ‘80s, though vaporizers have become increasingly popular.

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Terrapin Station
Buffalo, NY
Established 1988

Named after its owners’ favorite Grateful Dead song, Terrapin Station opened its doors in 1988. Self-proclaimed “pretty big deadheads,” Bob and Barry say their shop is all about the music, exemplified by an extensive collection of live-concert tape cassettes, posters, stickers and tie-dye shirts among cases of glass pipes, jewelry and incense. The $5 bat is still their best seller after all these years, and much of their merchandise is made by local artisans. They celebrate their anniversaries with “legendary parties” and attribute their success to just two rules—“Never lie to your customers, and keep on truckin’.”

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1. What is CBD? What is CBD Oil?

Cannabidiol (CBD) is a naturally occurring constituent of industrial hemp/cannabis. Its formula is C21H30O2 and it has a molecular mass of 314.4636. It is the most abundant non-psychoactive cannabinoid found in cannabis, and is being scientifically investigated for various reasons.

CBD oil is a cannabis oil (whether derived from marijuana or industrial hemp, as the word cannabis is the latin genus name for both) that has significant amounts of cannabidiol (CBD) contained within it. Our CBD products and extracts are derived from industrial hemp, so they could be considered CBD-rich hemp oil, hemp derived CBD oil, CBD-rich cannabis oil, or plainly “hemp extracts” since they typically contain much more than just CBD. Again, cannabis doesn’t mean marijuana, but is the genus name, and general umbrella term which all forms of marijuana and hemp fall under. The form of cannabis we use for our CBD and hemp extracts is industrial hemp; we do not sell marijuana.

2. If a hemp extract is 40% cannabinoids, what’s the other 60%? What’s in your hemp extracts besides the naturally occurring cannabinoids?

Our Kentucky hemp extracts contain over 80 different phyto-cannabinoids such as cannabidiol (CBD), CBC, CBG, CBN, etc.. In addition to the cannabinoids naturally present in our agricultural hemp extracts, there are also many other types of natural molecules and phyto-chemical compounds such as amino acids, carbohydrates, vitamins (including B1, B2, B6, D), fatty acids (including omega 3 & 6), trace minerals (including iron, zinc, calcium, magnesium, potassium), beta-carotene, chlorophyll, flavanoids, ketones, nitrogenous compounds, alkanes, glycosides, pigments, water, and terpenes. The most common terpenes in our hemp extracts are Myrcene, Beta-caryophyllene, Terpinolene, Linalool, alpha-Pinene, beta-Pinene, Nerolidol og Phytol, trans-alpha-Bergamotene, Limonene/ beta-Phellandrene (Co-elution), and alpha-Humulene.

3. What’s the difference between Hemp and Marijuana?

Scientifically, industrial Hemp and Marijuana are the same plant, with a genus and species name of Cannabis Sativa. They have a drastically different genetic profile though. Industrial Hemp is always a strain of Cannabis sativa, while marijuana can be Cannabis sativa, Cannabis indica, or Cannabis ruderalis. The major difference is how industrial hemp has been bred compared to a marijuana form of Cannabis sativa. organic hemp seedsTypically speaking, industrial hemp is very fibrous, with long strong stalks, and barely has any flowering buds, while a marijuana strain of Cannabis sativa will be smaller, bushier, and full of flowering buds. However, newer industrial hemp varieties in the USA are being bred to have more flowers and higher yields of cannabinoids and terpenes, such as our Kentucky hemp we’re now using!

99% of the time marijuana has a high amount of THC and only a very low amount of CBD. Hemp, on the other hand, naturally has a very high amount of CBD in most instances, and only a trace amount of THC. Fortunately, the cannabinoid profile of hemp is ideal for people looking for benefits from cannabis without the ‘high.’ Hemp is used for making herbal supplements, food, fiber, rope, paper, bricks, oil, natural plastic, and so much more, whereas marijuana is usually used just recreationally, spiritually, and medicinally. The term cannabis oil can refer to either a marijuana or hemp derived oil, since marijuana and hemp are two different forms of cannabis.

In the USA the legal definition of “industrial hemp,” per Section 7606 of the Agricultural Appropriations Act of 2014, is “INDUSTRIAL HEMP — The term ‘‘industrial hemp’’ means the plant Cannabis sativa L. and any part of such plant, whether growing or not, with a delta-9 tetrahydrocannabinol concentration of not more than 0.3 percent on a dry weight basis.”

4. Are hemp derived cannabinoids such as CBD as good as CBD from marijuana?

The short answer is yes. CBD is CBD, whether from marijuana or hemp. Most marijuana has a very low non-psychoactive cannabinoid profile (like CBD, CBC, CBG), so most of the time hemp would be much more preferable for anything besides THC. Marijuana is usually very high in THC (gives people the high) but usually very low in other non-psychoactive cannabinoids.

Nowadays in the USA, many farmers are growing industrial hemp flowers that are just as beautiful, odor-producing, and terpene rich as the best marijuana strains, such as our partnered farmers in Kentucky.

5. Why don’t you source your Hemp and CBD from within Colorado?

colorado growing operationWe feel that the hemp program in Kentucky is more well suited for our company in regards to growing hemp, and that because it’s 100% compliant with Section 7606 of the 2014 Farm Bill (and the 2016 Agricultural Appropriations Act), procuring it from there is perfectly legal at the federal level. Kentucky’s ecology is perfect for hemp just as it is for tobacco. The growing season is longer than in Colorado, and the soil is richer, so the quality of the hemp and the yields are better.

6. What’s the percentage of cannabinoids and CBD in your product?

Our raw extracts have varying percentages of cannabinoid and cannabidiol (CBD) content, the range being 10%-99%. Each product has a unique formulation and uses varying ratios of our extract types. Our CBD Isolate is over 99% pure CBD.

7. What is the best method of use?

For our dietary supplements we can only recommend them for internal consumption. Our CBD isolate is for research purposes only. If you don’t like the flavor of the oil supplements, you can mix with something sweet like apple sauce or honey to cut through the flavor.

8. What’s the ideal serving size for me, and how often should I take it?

There is no easy answer to this. Our starting recommended serving size is 15 drops but we generally recommend experimenting to see what feels best to you. Some prefer 5 drops, some prefer over 50 drops per day.

9. What is the safety of your hemp extracts? Are there negative side effects?

Hemp is considered by many to be generally safe. We’ve never seen or heard of any significant or negative CBD Oil Extractside effects in our years in the industry. That said, we can’t rule them out. Please consult with your physician before using any dietary supplement including Hemp extract supplements.

10. Which of your CBD and hemp products should I get?

As a company who sells various dietary and food supplements, we can’t suggest any of our products for the prevention, treatment or cure of any disease or ailment.

When considering our different dietary hemp products, know that they all come in two strengths. Our Original Hemp blends (Classic Hemp Blend, Hemp Complete, Brainpower oil, & Signature Blend) all have 250+mg of cannabinoids per fluid ounce, and our concentrated blends have 1,500+mg per fluid ounce, six times the potency of our traditional oils. We’ve found that sometimes less is more, but nevertheless, some people like to take very large serving sizes of our hemp extracts.

The main difference between the four Original Blends is the additional herbal ingredients besides hemp. We suggest you research the separate components of each blend to determine which product may be most appealing to add to your dietary regimen. If you know it’s solely the hemp extract that you are looking for, with no additional ingredients, then Classic Hemp Blend or Classic Hemp 6x is what you’re looking for.

For dabbing and vaporizing or for research you can try our CBD Isolate.


11. Why do people use Hemp Extracts and CBD? What are the benefits and uses of CBD?

In accordance with federal regulations we cannot make health claims regarding our dietary supplement products. We can only recommend our products for general wellness.

12. Is a standard hemp seed oil the same as a high-CBD hemp extract?

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Absolutely not. Standard hemp oil, which can be found very cheaply at a grocery store, is a much different product than our CO2 hemp extracts (not from seed). Standard hemp oil is produced by cold pressing the seeds, whereas our hemp extract is a supercritical CO2 extraction of the hemp plant itself, not the seeds. Hemp seed oil is considered to be a great nutritive food, but it doesn’t have the naturally occurring terpenes, cannabinoids and other components that our extracts do have.

13. Do I need to move to Colorado to get your Hemp Extracts and CBD? Where do you ship?

No. We actually source our hemp from Kentucky, as it’s legal to ship across state lines. Many people are under the impression that the only way to acquire hemp extracts and CBD for themselves or a loved one is to move to Colorado or another cannabis-friendly state. Many major news outlets are misinformed and are unfortunately spreading the idea that you can only get CBD oil in the states where medical marijuana has been legalized. This is simply not the case though. Because our extracts comes from hemp instead of marijuana, we can and do ship to all fifty states, and no medical marijuana card is needed. There are some exceptions, like with Indiana, Missouri and South Dakota we can’t sell our concentrated products due to state legislation.

We also ship to Japan, Australia, the EU, Switzerland, and Brazil. For all EU orders contact our exclusive distributor thereCannawell.

14. Is your Hemp Extract Oil similar to Rick Simpson Hemp Oil?

Not quite. Ours are from hemp and RSHO is usually using marijuana, a different form of cannabis than industrial hemp. Our industrial hemp extracts are more standardized and will usually have a much higher content of non-psychoactive cannabinoids like CBD than one produced through the Rick Simpson method. And oils produced through his method will usually have a much higher THC content, as it’s typically marijuana that is used for RSHO.†

Generally speaking, most marijuana producers and sellers (especially on the black market) don’t test for contaminants (metals, pesticides, bacteria, etc.). Rick Simpson Hemp Oil is actually more a method of extraction than it is a specific product. People use the Rick Simpson method with hundreds of different strains of marijuana, so the THC, CBD and other cannabinoid content of the final oil is always varying greatly, depending on the cannabis the consumers are acquiring. Usually what’s used for Rick Simpson oil is a strain with an inferior CBD content (and high THC), because that’s what the vast amount of marijuana is nowadays.

15. Where do you source your hemp and CBD from?

We have partners in Kentucky who grew a dedicated plot for us this year (2016) which is being used in our products now. mjna message boardWe also currently source from Europe but we’ll be changing that soon.

16. What kind of testing/analysis is performed on your products?

We have an industry leading quality control system, and we have third party laboratories analyze all of our hemp extracts and our final products for cannabinoid potency, heavy metals, bacterial and microbial life, mycotoxins (fungus), and pesticides.

17. What is CO2 extraction? What’s the difference between subcritical and supercritical CO2 extractions?

CO2 extraction is an extraction process that uses pressurized carbon dioxide to extract phyto-chemicals (such as CBD, CBG, or terpenes, flavonoids, etc.) from a plant. CO2 at certain temperatures and pressures acts like a solvent, without the dangers of actually being one. It is the most expensive extraction method, and is widely considered the most effective and safest plant extraction method in the world.

Many hemp and CBD companies boast about their supercritical CO2 extractions, but that’s actually only one (and perhaps an inferior) method of using a CO2 extraction machine. There are also subcritical CO2 extractions, and ‘mid-critical’, a general range between subcritical and supercritical. Subcritical (low temp, low pressure) CO2 extractions take more time and produce smaller yields than super-critical, but they retain the essential oils, terpenes, and other sensitive chemicals within the plant. Supercritical, on the other hand, is a high pressure and high temperature process that damages most terpenes and heat sensitive chemicals, but can extract much larger molecules such as lipids (omega 3 and 6), chlorophyll, and waxes. A truly full-spectrum CO2 extract includes first performing a subcritical extraction, separating the extracted oil, and then extracting the same plant material using supercritical pressure, and then homogenizing both oil extracts into one. In the essential oil industry, an extract made using this specific process is referred to as a CO2 Total.

18. What is the endocannabinoid system (ECS)?

“The endocannabinoid system (ECS) is a group of endogenous cannabinoid receptors located in the mammalian brain and throughout the central and peripheral nervous systems, consisting of neuromodulatory lipids and their receptors.” Wikipedia

There are two main types of receptors in the ECS, CB1 and CB2. CB1 receptors are primarily located in the central nervous system and brains of mammals, and CB2 are generally found in the peripheral nervous system. There are two main cannabinoids mammals produce- 2AG and Anandamide (named after the Sanskrit term “ananda” which translates to “peace”).

For hundreds of millions of years every vertebrate on Earth has been equipped with this ECS, a crucial system in the body, and it has been known about in the scientific and medical communities since the 1980’s. However, it’s still not taught about in most medical schools.