1990 to 1994, Amsterdam
Father of Cannabis Vaporizer Eagle Bill has a cannabis community cult following known to discover the popularizing of the Cannabis vaporizer. He termed his device “safe and effective alternative to smoking.” For over a decade, he was a favored exhibit at the Sensi Seed Bank’s ‘Hash Museum’ in Amsterdam.
Photo credit: Hash Museum
The museum attracts visitors from around the world and Bill enjoyed sharing his new technologies to any willing inhalers. A resident of Amsterdam for 12 years, this was soon before the 1994 Cannabis Cup. Sensi Seeds gave Bill space and he blew away the crowd with his new technology.
It remained the most popular exhibit at the Cannabis Cup for 10 years, earning Bill and Sensi Seeds numerous first place cups. Soon he set up shop on a daily basis in the Hash Museum and used that platform to turn the world on to vaporization. Eagle Bill was introduced to vaporizing in 1993 by a Californian grower who used a heat gun to vaporize aromatic blends.
In an effort to design a more affordable means of vaporizing while simultaneously raising public awareness, Eagle Bill invented the “Shake and Vape” based on the very same Ancient Egyptian methods. Eagle Bill’s Glass pipe vaporizer that heated the bottom of a glass bowl with instead lighting the Cannabis itself.
Pioneered by a Native American, the Shake and Vape was nicknamed the “peace pipe of the future”. Eagle Bill’s invention would be the catalyst for rapid technological and product developments in the vaporizer industry and a big inspiration. Bill passed away on 22 may 2005, Georgia, USA.