The idea of Happy Herb Co. being “One Stop Quit Shops” came sometime ago when I became aware of what our shops were really about — helping people find alternatives to legal and illegal drugs, as well as to assist them in reducing and/or quitting their abuse or overuse of drugs. By the way…it seems the word addiction is a politically incorrect word nowadays, so it is best to use the words drug abuse or drug dependence instead.
Anyways, I first put up a “One Stop Quit Shop” sign many years ago at a festival and the Mind Body Spirit exhibitions as well as Sexpos. I soon found that many people specifically came over to the stalls asking, “Can you help me get off cigarettes, pot, sleeping pills, sugar, etc.” and it opened us up to another aspect of our business.
Some people wrongly believed that Happy High Herbs (our original name) was just another way of selling legal drugs. Of course we did sell legal high alternatives for a long time, but then “highs” became a dirty word, especially when the sex shops tried to emulate what we were doing and made a bad job of it; so much so that we changed our company name to the Happy Herb Company instead of Happy High Herbs!
Then all the laws changed and now, unfortunately, most of the state laws in Australia forbid us to offer alternatives to drugs and we can no longer mention the word high. Crazy but true.
As our big marketing strategy was indeed the herbal “high” side of the business, we now have to remain fairly subtle on this aspect — but in a way the “One Stop Quit Shop” signs in our shops are virtually saying that we do indeed have a way to quit or reduce the use of legal drugs such as nicotine (especially as the taxes are going up now!), caffeine and sugar, as well as illegal drugs such as cannabis and ecstasy.
We are now in the process of upgrading our image towards the herbal medical side of our business more than getting high – please watch this exciting space!
We will be presenting an image of what the Happy Herb Company really does; our real mission is to help people and certainly to assist people with reducing or quitting their drug abuse, irrespective of the drugs being legal or illegal. Excited to offer products for smoking alternatives, harm reduction from opiates/alcohol, harm reduction from cannabis, and nicotine/drug withdrawal.