Vaporizer History: The First Vape



Vaporizers have been around for centuries. The hookah, for example, was invented either in Ancient India or Persia. But by what hands was the modern vaporizer, the kind that fits in your palm, built? Interestingly, it wasn’t an engineer, but the Cherokee Medicine Man and cannabis activist “Eagle” Bill Amato who pioneered the first modern vape. His contribution is in retrospect a landmark in the history of dry herb consumption.

Vaporizer Pioneer

In the early 1990s, “Eagle” Bill had been introduced to a rudimentary method of vaporization by a grower who vaporized dry herb with a heat gun. He decided to simplify the process, harking back to an ancient Egyptian method of vaporizing herb using hot stones--but with a modern twist. After some DIY experimentation, the finished product was Eagle Bill’s Shake and Vape vaporizer, a six inch all-glass pipe with a bulbous bowl and straw-like stem. A thimbleful of water goes in the bottom chamber of the bowl, a pinch of herb in the top. The bottom is then heated with a lighter to create fine, moisture-conditioned vapor.

Vapes like the Shake and Vape don’t sell much today. But like a prototype, it influenced the more advanced vaporizers to come. The SideKick portable vaporizer, for instance, utilizes a spiral-shaped insert to extend its vapor path, a touch of technical genius that seems light years ahead of the Shake and Bake vaporizer. But the concept of manipulating vapor to cool it down by the time it reaches the lungs was inspired by Eagle Bill and his water pipe.

Vaping into the Future

Eagle Bill had the foresight to see the role vaporizers would eventually play in public health by removing the health risks of smoking while still delivering potent hits. Today combustion-free vaporization is a major focus for manufacturers. The Herbalizer, a high-end desktop vaporizer, exemplifies the pinnacle of what Eagle Bill hoped to accomplish. Utilizing advanced convection technology to not just minimize, but annihilate combustion, the Herbalizer vaporizer allows users to extract cannabinoids and terpenoids for inhalation without the harmful by-products of smoke.

As a recent study shows, vaping is 95% safer than smoking. This is largely why vaporization has exploded in popularity over the past few years. To think, the vaporizer revolution--from the Volcano desktop vape to the Firefly 2 portable--all started with a little homemade glass pipe called the Shake and Bake. How far we’ve vaped.

Vaporizers have been around for centuries. The hookah, for example, was invented either in Ancient India or Persia. But by what hands was the modern vaporizer, the kind that fits in your palm, built? Surprisingly, it wasn’t an engineer, but the Cherokee Medicine Man and cannabis activist “Eagle” Bill Amato who pioneered the first modern vape. His contribution is in retrospect a landmark in the history of dry herb consumption

Vaporizer Pioneer

In the early 1990s, “Eagle” Bill had been introduced to a rudimentary method of vaporization by a grower who vaporized dry herb with a heat gun. He decided to simplify the process, harking back to an ancient Egyptian method of vaporizing herb using hot stones--but with a modern twist. After some DIY experimentation, the finished product was Eagle Bill’s Shake and Bake vaporizer, a six-inch all-glass pipe with a bulbous bowl and straw-like stem. A thimbleful of water goes in the bottom chamber of the bowl, a pinch of herb in the top. The bottom is then heated with a lighter to create fine, moisture-conditioned vapor.

Vapes like the Shake and Vape don’t sell much today. But like a prototype, it influenced the more advanced vaporizers to come. The SideKick portable vaporizer, for instance, utilizes a spiral-shaped insert to extend its vapor path, a touch of technical genius that seems light years ahead of the Shake and Bake vaporizer. But the concept of manipulating vapor to cool it down by the time it reaches the lungs was inspired by Eagle Bill and his water pipe.

Vaping into the Future

Eagle Bill had the foresight to see the role vaporizers would eventually play in public health by removing the health risks of smoking while still delivering potent hits. Today combustion-free vaporization is a major focus for manufacturers. The Herbalizer, a high-end desktop vaporizer, exemplifies the pinnacle of what Eagle Bill hoped to accomplish. Utilizing advanced convection technology to not just minimize, but annihilate combustion, the Herbalizer vaporizer allows users to extract cannabinoids and terpenoids for inhalation without the harmful by-products of smoke.

 

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