The Etymology of “Head Shop”
Have you ever wondered why smoke shops are called head shops? If you have, you’re not alone. It’s a common question with a relatively simple answer. In this blog post, we’ll explore the etymology of the term “head shop” and how it came to be associated with businesses that sell smoking supplies.
The first head shop is believed to have opened in 1966 in Berkeley, California. The store was called Head Shop and sold items such as pipes and bongs. Although the store was short-lived, closing its doors after just six months, the term “head shop” quickly gained popularity and was soon being used to describe similar stores that sold drug paraphernalia.
It’s unclear exactly how the term “head shop” came to be associated with these types of stores. One theory is that it’s simply a play on the word “drugstore.” Another theory is that it’s a reference to marijuana smoking, as in “getting your head right” or “blowing your mind.” Whatever the case may be, the term “head shop” is now firmly entrenched in the English language and shows no signs of going away anytime soon.
So there you have it—the answer to the question of why head shops are called head shops. While the exact origins of the term are unknown, it’s clear that it’s here to stay. So next time you’re in need of some smoking supplies, be sure to visit Glass Nation!