The cannabis industry is always changing at lightning speed, so it’s important to stay up on the trends to know what’s selling. Even more important than that is making sure your smoke shop is always stocked up on today’s best smoking essentials. As wholesale distributors, it’s our responsibility to make sure we have what you need. We created this guide so you can see if you have the absolute must-haves available, and how you can up your game to be the true one-stop-shop.
1. Vape Batteries
Pen-style vape batteries continue to soar above the rest in terms of popularity across demographics. Vaping pre-filled oil cartridges is a breeze and takes just one step: screw the cartridge onto the battery! It’s also a cleaner way to smoke since it’s flameless, and is more discreet since there’s no smell to the vapor. Lots of people will walk through your door for years to come looking for a simple, pen-style vape battery, so make sure you have a variety stocked.
Go for a range of colors as well for an eye-catching display. We love the Twist Slim batteries because they’re affordable but super reliable with a super long life (and a lifetime warranty). You can purchase 24ct and 48ct displays already in place for a brilliant rainbow on your shelves!
2. Rolling Papers & Cones
Rolling papers will never go out of style, so smoke shops should have a lot of different options. Every joint-roller has their tried-and-true brand, and they’ll stick with it for years. This is why it’s so important to offer as many brands as possible. You know your customers best, so make sure to have their favorite available.
Two brands we’ve seen that sell out time and time again are King Palm and RAW. As these brands come out with new collabs and innovations, like the King Palm x Sean O’Malley flavored mini rolls, introduce them to customers! They’re bound to be excited about a new drop from their fave.
For anyone who smokes flower, grinders are an absolute necessity. This is one of those products where customers are more likely to switch it up, so make sure you’re offering the latest and greatest. Here are a few of our best sellers this year that are sure to entice your customers.
The Baboon Crown is a heavy titanium grinder with a strong magnetic lid and razor sharp teeth. It’s the best option for those grinding really fresh cannabis or larger amounts at a time.
This is a lighter grinder option made from sustainable hemp bioplastic. Although it doesn’t feel like it’d pack a punch, it grinds flower with ease to a fluffy blend.
Display this rainbow array of plastic grinders by the register to remind customers they might need a new one! They’re at a lower price point but still provide a fine grind to even the stickiest nugs.
4. Stash Containers
Stash jars and containers are often replaced, so have different levels of durability and uses available. Sometimes customers are looking for something that will keep their weed fresh for longer, or a container that they can take a dab right out of. Or, they might be looking for something super simple that they can store extra nugs in. Keep a variety of sizes and price points for this category.
The Ooze Prizm display of silicone wrapped glass stash jars is pretty irresistible, and a great option to always have stocked. Not only is the look and feel of these containers great, they also protect nugs and wax against oxygen, temperature and UV exposure.
Another fun option for stash storage is RAW’s crossbody/fanny pack. Any festival-goers or campers won’t be able to deny how much easier this would make their life. It’s smell-proof and protects cannabis against all the elements.
A bit of a niche option, but one we’ve seen do very well, is the Boulder Case 5000 Series waterproof storage container. This is a seriously heavy-duty, super durable box that even has sturdy foam inserts with slits so any glass pieces stored inside stay secure.
5. Bongs & Dab Rigs
New innovations in this category are always coming out, so having the hottest new bongs and dab rigs available will give you an edge. At the same time, some want to stick with the basics, so have those on the shelf as well. Here are a few of our favorite dab rigs that quickly find a home.
This mini rig is a great option for beginners or those looking for something travel-friendly. It’s designed for less air to enter the piece, making low temperature dabs super smooth.
The Dopezilla Ogre dab rig is a great heavy-duty option to have in the store. It’s 10 inches high, made of super strong borosilicate glass, and has an ergonomic bent neck design.
For those looking for a convenience and portability, you’ve got to have the Stache Rio dab rig on the shelves. This is an all-in-one on-the-go rig that even works flawlessly for cold start dabs.
6. Hand Pipes
Just like bongs and dab rigs, always keep a few funky options stocked as well as some basic glass ones. It’s also important to have a range of price points available for this category. Some of your customers will go all out with a trendy pipe, and some just want one that will get the job done. May we suggest…
An upgrade from a classic spoon pipe, the Bowser has a silicone exterior around the glass tube and bowl, making it extremely durable. The display is nostalgic and brings a pop of color to your store.
Make sure the J2 Journey Pipe is displayed with the rest of your hand pipes so everyone knows what it is, because it definitely looks like something out of Star Wars! It has a super sleek look and unlocks with two magnets in order to pack.
Have a few classic spoon pipes available, like this gold fumed metallic blue and orange pipe. Since this style of hand pipe still tend to be what people visualize when they think bowl, many will go right for it when they see it on the shelf.
It’s hard to resist a pipe that’s designed specifically for wake-and-bake sessions. The Stoner Girl mug is a niche option that’s always popular. Have a good amount of these available before the holidays because they’re super popular as gifts!
7. Rolling Trays
Eye-catching designs on rolling trays are a great upsell for those just stopping in for rolling papers, so place some fun options right next to them on the shelf. Feature a variety of materials (glass, metal, wood), designs and colors.
The Santa Cruz Shredder hemp tray features a pin-up girl design and slogan, attracting all fans of this brand immediately. It even features a small spout on one of the rounded corner so the ground weed can be poured right into the paper or bowl.
Anyone passing by these wacky trays has to stop and take a closer look. Ooze is always coming out with new artwork for their metal rolling trays, so change them up every now and then to keep customers excited for the next one.
This bamboo rolling tray detaches and folds up with magnets so it can be thrown right in a backpack or stashed away. There are even cutouts that aid in the entire rolling process. Its uniqueness makes it a great gift, so stock up on this one before the holidays!
8. Torches & Lighters
If you really want to be a one-stop-shop, make sure you have a variety of torches and lighters always in stock. Having different sizes available is really the key with this category as it totally depends on how a customer likes to smoke!
For a super reliable and heavy-duty torch for dabs, one of our most popular is the Blazer Big Buddy Turbo Torch. It’s also a good idea to have a couple options for lighters stocked by the cash register, like these Clipper Lighters and BIC x RAW Lighters. Next to those, have some butane for torches on display, like the Special Blue Butane.
9. Cleaning Supplies
Wax and weed cleaning supplies are often overlooked when ordering wholesale, but when customers see this on the shelf, they’ll know it’s what they’ve been missing all along. Stock up on cleaning solutions and tools as they provide a great upselling opportunity.
For a deep clean, the Ooze Res Gel and Randy’s Black Label Glass Cleaner are always reliable options for glass. For a quick after-sesh cleanup, these handy resin wipes and cotton swabs are the best to keep around.
Having full control of your inventory is about offering variety, but not too much so that overwhelms the customer. Pick a handful of options for each category that cover a range of price points. It’s also a good idea to have basic versions of each product available along with advanced, unique, or brand new products that will draw people in.