Most of us class vaporizing as a new technological breakthrough but if history is to be believed the Egyptians were at it a long time ago around 5th BC where they would heat stones in a fire and place these stones on herbs and seeds for their aromatic properties. The heat produced by the hot stones would heat the herbs without burning them and release vapour instead with little or no smoke contamination.
It seems this process disappeared and was lost in history a long with all the other fascinating secrets and mysteries of the mystical Egyptian race.
The next time vaporizers turned up to my knowledge was around the 1970s when a vaporizer known as the Tilt appeared on the market. According to the manufacturer, laboratory tests showed that it released 80% more THC and 79% less tar than a regular pipe, a performance ratio almost ten times better than any observed in this study. It is to be hoped that these impressive results can be replicated in the future. Unfortunately, the Tilt was withdrawn from the market in the early 1980s due to the passage of anti-paraphernalia laws.
Once again Vaporizers seemed to be lost to history until the early 90s when a fellow called Eagle bill first became aware of the reality of Cannabis being used as medicine in the early 80's through his suggestion a friend, who was undergoing chemo therapy for treatment of cancer, was brought to him. Bill's friend's body was in a weak and frail state due to the modern cancer treatments which caused a constant lack of appetite, nausea and vomiting. He came to Eagle Bill in the hope of lessening his pain through the use of cannabis. After smoking half a joint with Bill, he developed the "munchies" and promptly left to go to eat. Over a period of time Bill watched his friend rebuild his body, using marijuana as medicine.
In 1993 Eagle Bill was introduced to vaporizing by a Californian grower. The method consisted of using a heat gun to vaporize the THC. Eagle Bill then modified this simple idea to become what is known as "Eagle Bill's peace pipe". And hoped to make vaporization more available to everyone, he came up with the "shake and vape" based on ancient Egyptian methods of using hot stones to hold the temperature necessary to vaporize cannabis. Eagle Bill became an active exhibit at the Hemp, Hash Museum in Amsterdam, where he demonstrated how vaporization works to let people get a hands on experience with vaporizing. Eagle Bill Amato died in 2005. Bill was known around the world as the spokesman for vaporization and the use of medicinal cannabis. He will be remembered by many grateful people as the "Father of Vapor".
This inspired similar vaporization devices, to join the fight for a healthy way to extract medicinal values from your favourite botanicals blends waxes and oils. The BC Vaporizer was the next to appear on the scene in 1994 from Canada as an early electric vaporizer and the rest as they say was history.