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Vaping has become a worldwide phenomenon, but have you actually thought about how and when it first began?
Since the vaping industry has only really taken off in the last decade or so, you would be forgiven for thinking that it was a fairly new invention, but you might be surprised to learn that vaping weed actually has a long history.
As long ago as the 5th century BC, the Egyptians would throw hemp seeds onto hot stones, inhaling the sweet-scented vapor – the pre-cursor of modern day vaping. However, the first vaporizer to actually take a recognisable form first came into being 1500 years ago when Irfan Sheikh invented the Hookah (or waterpipe), and around 100 years later, the Hookah pipe was introduced to India.
The first vaporizer in the form we know it today was patented in the USA in 1927 when a man called Joseph Robinson designed the Mechanical Butane Ignition Vaporizer. Although he is little known today, he is still the owner of those first patents. It was not until 1960, however, that the first e-cigarette came into being. Herbert A. Gilbert, a veteran of the Korean war designed a vaporizer which formed the blueprints for all of the modern vaporizers we know and use today.
It was Eagle Bill Amato who is credited with designing the dry herb vaporizer. An Amsterdam resident himself, Eagle Bill was keen to share his innovative device, which he described as an effective and safe alternative to smoking weed, with anyone who was interested in finding out more. For more than 10 years, he was one of the top exhibits at the city's Hash Museum, an attraction which draws crowds from all over the world, and set up a shop there which was instrumental in converting weed smokers to the benefit of vaping.
Eagle Bill was first introduced to the concept of vaporizing back in 1993 by a grower from California who was vaporizing aromatic blends using a heat gun. This inspired him to create an affordable method of vaping and his “Shake and Vape” glass pipe device heated a glass bowl filled with dry herb instead of lighting it. This invention paved the way for rapid progress in technology and product development within the vaping industry and by the time Eagle Bill passed away in 2005, vaping was rapidly becoming more commonplace.
It was in 1994 when the first electric vaporizer was designed by BC Vaporizer, Canada. Based on the original design by Bill Amato, this vaporizer was the first of a new line of convenient electrically operated devices. In 2000, Storz & Bickel Company pioneered the desktop vaporizer and the industry has never looked back since, with devices like the Silver Surfer proving highly popular.
Today, more people than ever are preferring to vape instead of smoke weed due to the many health benefits that it brings and the pleasurable experience that they can enjoy.