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Happy February, one and all. It is nothing but a pleasure to be on the other side of winter and all its bone-chilling bleakness. It’s not completely warm yet, especially in the northern half of the continent, but the Winter Solstice is now more than a month behind us, which means that the Sun is climbing a little higher on the horizon each day. Life is returning, slowly but surely. It’s almost time to come out of hibernation.

Not that any of us really got to hibernate; the retail cycle would never allow it. From Christmas rush to inventory to restock and now, straight into trade show season, there’s just no rest for the weary. But hey, at least trade show season means a trip to Vegas, where it’s practically always warm. If you’re heading out to the shows, especially CHAMPS, be sure and pack your orthopedic shoes and be doubly sure to come by the booth and say hi. We’ll be right up in the front as always. And if you’re currently flipping through this issue at the show, please take a moment to visit the booths of all of our wonderful sponsors and tell them we sent you. Meanwhile, wherever you are, we hope you enjoy the contents herein as much as we enjoyed putting it together.

Happy Valentines Day, happy Presidents Day and a joyous trade show season to all of you!

Our Mission

As the industry’s leading publication for over two decades, we want to remind you all that we are more than just another magazine; WE are the nexus of commerce for the counter-culture marketplace; headshops, smoke shops, vape shops, adult novelties, and dispensaries. Both publisher and platform, HQ exists to facilitate the continued evolution of a once-marginalized industry now on the cusp of legitimization.

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ABOUT US

Headquest (HQ) is a monthly business-to-business magazine that has been serving a broad range of counterculture retailers since 1998.

HQ goes to smoke/gift shops, hydroponic stores, cannabis dispensaries, adult stores, convenience stores, and similar retailers throughout the U.S. and Canada. Look for HQ Europe/U.K. coming soon!

HQ has a monthly circulation of approximately 16,000. As HQ is distributed to retail outlets only, it has become a trusted buying tool and information source for these retailers. HQ is also distributed at all major tradeshows. Retailers find HQ’s unique insights into our industry via full-length articles and product spotlights, always refreshing and informative. In addition, HQ provides readers with first-hand, successful business practices by featuring a thriving retail store every month. All of this makes HQ the premier trade magazine and your best venue for successful advertising.

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2 months ago
Jeff

Who's going to CHAMPS Trade Shows?! Best place on the planet to source products and make connections that will take your business to the next level. We'll see you there front and ... See more

Over 1,200 Booths! Thousands of buyers!
Start 2020 on the cutting edge of the industry! champstradeshows.com #CHAMPSTradeShow #CHAMPSGlassGames #CHAMPS #B2B #CounterCulture #SmokeShop #Dispensary ... See more

2 months ago
Cannabis consumers will pay more for clean, green and pure products – HQ The Mag

When purchasing products, it was no surprise that the potency, health and other effects of cannabis is the #1 factor in their decision (with 96% saying it’s extremely to slightly important). ... See more

Cannabis consumers are deeply concerned with the use of chemical pesticides and fertilization and the environmental impact resulting from the cultivation process, and are calling for new product ... See more

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2 months ago
Report Shows Its Buyer Beware in the CBD Market | Grizzle

Tokeaway: Remedy Review, a natural health product testing service, conducted tests on 15 separate CBD products including oils, gummies, and capsules. 8 out of the 15 tested products were seriously ... See more

Recent tests of CBD products purchased online showed 1 in 2 were misslabeled. Its buyer beware for CBD consumers.

2 months ago

We love giveaways and know you do too! All you need to do for a chance to win this air-freshener from our good friends at Serious Monkey Business, maker of the "Worlds Number 1 selling urine ... See more

2 months ago
Instagram ads for vaping gloves spark backlash as health risks mount

What will have to complain about next?

At least 47 deaths in 25 states and the District of Columbia have been linked to lung injuries from vaping.

2 months ago
Noah

Another amazing piece by one of our Glass Artists of the Month.

If you missed the story in the magazine --- here it is:

Noah Nuñez
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instagram.com/eternal_flameworks

Noah ... See more

Who.loves super mario?

2 months ago
Trump Is Giving In To The Vaping Industry On A Flavor Ban, Lawmakers Say

Tokeaway: Everyone always blames the government for too much industry regulation --- now the President is being blasted from within the capital for backing off banning flavored vapes while searching ... See more

A bipartisan letter to the White House is slamming President Trump for backing off a proposed ban on flavored e-cigarettes thought to be driving the teen vaping epidemic.

2 months ago
Does Marijuana Chewing Gum Work?

Tokeaway: If you search for marijuana chewing gum, it will reveal thousands of searches with brands like Endoca showing on the search results. According to Endoca, marijuana chewing gum is best for ... See more

As more and more cannabis chewing gum hit the market, the question lies whether it is effective or if it is just a gimmick.

2 months ago

FLASH GIVEAWAY: Tag a friend who'd you most like to spend a Sunday with for your chance to win a limited edition HQ rolling tray! We will pick a winner at 11:59 pacific tonight!

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