One of the best and most common ways people are using cannabis is vaporization.
The act of heating cannabis to the point where the plant’s compounds can boil off and turn into a vapour that gets inhaled into the lungs. The benefits being there is almost zero combustion, so you avoid things like tar and carbon.
You may not have heard of ‘Eagle’ Bill Amato, but some credit him with constructing the first cannabis vaporizer in the early 1990s.
The first vape constructed by Eagle Bill was a large glass globe with two tubes. Cannabis was placed in one tube, and a forced air heat gun was used to blast the cannabis vapour into the globe. The other tube was used to inhale the vapour out of the globe — voila!
Shortly after this consumption revelation in Amsterdam, the rest of the world began to follow suit, and the vaporizer industry started to take shape.
The first home versions were pretty crude devices that borrowed the globe idea from Eagle Bill, but instead of using a heating gun as a catalyst, a small metal plate was introduced inside the removable globe, and a whip was attached to the globe.
Vapour was produced by placing cannabis on the metal tray, which was heated.
These units were not very reliable, due to the fact it was tough to control the temperature of the plate and would often end up combusting the cannabis.
Enter Markus Storz, a German graphic designer who was looking for a better vaping experience.
Unable to find one that suited his needs, he began working on several iterations until he perfected what is now known as the ‘Volcano’ in 1996.
Jürgen Bickel, a longtime friend of Storz, was a German civil engineer working in Peru and brought his original Volcano with him as he preferred to use a vaporizer rather than smoking the hash cigarettes in Peru.
Their shared love of the art of vaporizing brought the two closer and the partnership was made official in 2002. It was then that the brand Storz & Bickel, which has become synonymous with cannabis vaporizing was born,
Their continuous effort to improve the vaping experience lead to the Volcano Digi in 2007 — a more precise temperature control for a better vaping experience.
The high quality of the materials used in the volcano, it was eventually certified as a medical-use device.
The next six years were dedicated to invention and innovation, giving the cannabis community the Mighty and Crafty, which are smaller, portable versions based on the same technology as the volcano.
Other innovations from Storz & Bickel include haptic response and control of features using a phone based app.
Other players have since entered into the stationary vaporizer game including Canadian made Herbalaire H series, Arizer Extreme Q and the ex-Nasa employee engineered Herbalizer.
No matter which stationary vaporizer you choose, there’s one for every patient and every budget out there.
Stay tuned for an in-depth look at the portable vaporizer.
— Written by Hart Steinfeld, co-host of the Cannabis Show. Follow Natural Health Services on Twitter @NatHealthserve.
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