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Thanks to constant innovation, taking a bong rip or rolling up a joint isn’t the only way to enjoy herbs in 2021. The vaporizer is a technological advancement in smoking like nothing else we’ve ever seen in the industry and can be largely attributed to one product, the Volcano Vaporizer by Storz & Bickel.

While the Volcano wasn’t the first vaporizer ever invented and is nowhere near the only available today, the product significantly influenced how we enjoy dry herbs and concentrates. Any documentation about the evolution of smoking in the past four decades must include the innovations by German vaporizer company Storz & Bickel.

The First Dry Herb Vaporizers Emerge in the 1990s

The first mention of vaporizers can be traced back to 5th century Egypt, and we’ve seen renditions of this idea come and go throughout the years. But the idea really took hold in the early 1990s when the Shake and Vape were popularized.

Developments of the dry herb vaporized came and went, but it wasn’t until 1996, when the first Volcano Vaporizer took shape, that a model broke through to the masses.

Graphic Designer Markus Storz Invents his Own Volcano Vaporizer

Markus Storz read about vaporizing herbs in a magazine, leading him down a four-year journey of developing his Volcano. In 2000, Markus assembled 100 Volcanoes in his basement that he sold under the name VAPOTEC Inhalatoren. He then teamed up with an old friend and engineer, Jürgen Bickeland, to form the legendary German vaporizer powerhouse, Storz & Bickel.

Storz & Bickel is Founded Bringing Vaporizing Dry Herbs to the Mainstream

Storz and Bickeland made improvements to the original Volcano while getting the retail price point to a level people could afford. In the meantime, vaporizing still hadn’t taken off. In 2003 opened up a North American Headquarters and factory in California to appeal to a larger, more progressive market than Europe.

Two volcano vaporizers being tested in the lab

Reform Fuels New Ways to Extract and Enjoy Concentrates

The move to California was perfect timing for Storz & Bickel. Legislation in California was passed, giving more people the freedom to enjoy dry herbs from the Volcano. Also, the relaxed regulations on manufacturing created a boom for the concentrate industry. New methods to smoke botanicals were being invented and sold in the epicentre of the revolution in Northern California.

Vaporizers were becoming more mainstream, and new methods of extracting herbs gave people reasons to purchase a Volcano Vaporizer. In the mid-2000s, reforms were sweeping across the US and Canada, expanding Storz and Bickel’s reach.

Storz and Bickel’s Volcano Medic Becomes First Vaporizer Approved for Medical Use

In 2010, the Volcano Medic was approved for medical purposes, becoming the first vaporizer to be certified. From the beginning, Markus’ vision was to offer the Volcano to medical patients as an alternative to more harsh methods of herbal consumption.

Vaporizing Dry Herbs and Concentrates is Common Smoking Method by the 2010s

In the US, the 2010s became a decade of significant legislative reform in numerous states. Recreational use had now exploded the US and Canada legal market-making herbs accessible and safer to produce concentrates.

The Volcano Vaporizer became the premiere desktop vaporizer as Storz & Bickel continued to innovate and improve on their product. Today their Volcano Hybrid vaporizer remains among the best options in the industry. Users can connect their vaporizer to their smartphone, raising their desired smoking temperature remotely.

Advancements also include a digital interface, faster heat times, and enjoying the smooth vapour through a tube kit or balloon. Storz & Bickel have continued to advance their Volcano Vaporizer while pushing the industry forward but kept the original feel of their product.

Golden volcano vaporizer on a glass table

Today There are Many High-End Options Available for Australian Vaporizer

In 2021, there are many high-quality options available. Companies like SMOKA, Lawless Vape, DaVinci, Arizer, and Firefly all create an incredible portable vaporizer that can be enjoyed on the go. Using the innovations from Storz & Bickel, other companies have taken the idea of delivering the best quality vapor into portable models.

In 2021, smoking dry herbs and concentrates can be enjoyed in numerous ways, and it’s impossible not to give much of the credit to the brilliant minds behind the Volcano Vaporizer.

Browse Shisha Glass for an Extensive Selection of Smoking Options Including the Storz and Bickel Volcano Vaporizer

Shisha Glass carries the Volcano and Volcano Hybrid at affordable prices with fast shipping to Australian customers and world-class customer service. We also offer everything you need to maintain the incredible quality of the Volcano and keep vaporizing for years to come.

Visit Shisha Glass today to check out all our Australian vaporizer products from the world’s leading brands.

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