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The Volcano: A History of the World’s Most Iconic Cannabis Vaporizer

The history of vaporization is unfolding in front us, and if a single product was to be named as founder of the vaporization industry, it would be the Volcano by Storz & Bickel.

What’s a Volcano Vaporizer?

This stylish tabletop vaporizer practically invented the market for modern alternatives to combustion, embodying the gold standard in vaporization technology since their arrival in European and American markets in the late 90s and early 2000s. But before they were expanding across the oceans or winning awards at the Cannabis Cup, Storz & Bickel were just a pair of gentlemen in pursuit of a higher and healthier standard for enjoying cannabis.

Markus Storz began his career as a “qualified graphic designer.” His artistic education would be a natural complement to his partner’s technical background, but that is not to say Storz didn’t possess a great deal of ingenuity himself. Unable to find a suitable herbal vaporizer that met his standards, Storz began development on the Volcano in 1996. As with many acts in the company’s narrative, the Volcano would arise out of a search for quality, consistency, and the highest standards possible.

Origins of the Volcano Vaporizer

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The first iteration of the Volcano was created by using a heat gun in Storz’s cellar – namely, a Steinel from Switzerland. Though this process would prove unsatisfactory due to residual particles of carbon brushes, it was a necessary first step toward the innovation of the air pump found in the modern Volcano Vaporizer. The use of forced air was in response to the popularity of “bulb” (or “whip”) vaporizers, whose steady flow of heated air dispersed more evenly amid plant matter, ensuring a more efficient use of the herbal materials. Volcano patented a detachable balloon chamber for its vaporizer in 1998, which proved to be the jewel on the company’s crown.

The balloon was specifically designed to separate the vaporization and inhalation processes, keeping the patient out of contact with the vaporizer and the heat created by vaporization. Also, the balloon system allowed for a second party (a nurse or caretaker) to prepare a patient’s inhalation dose, and the balloon itself has little to no resistance on the inhale, making it perfect for the ill or disabled. The consistent and reproducible nature of the Volcano balloon made it an ideal delivery method for medicinal use and study.

Jürgen Bickel, a longtime friend of Storz, acquired his first Volcano in the same cellar where it had been invented. Bickel was a German civil engineer working in Peru, who specialized in potable water supply and treatment. Bickel preferred vaporization to smoking the local hash cigarettes, and managed to bring along Storz’s invention for personal use over his five-year stay in the Andes. Having found a kindred spirit in each other, the two entrepreneurs made the partnership official in 2002, and Storz & Bickel was born.

3 Reasons Why The Volcano Vape Is The Gold Standard


Any vape enthusiast will tell you that the Volcano Vaporizer is the gold standard in the medicinal marijuana industry.

This desktop balloon vaporization system gives you the control you are always wanted in a professional vaporizer. If you’re tired of vaporizers burning your herbs to ash, the Volcano Vaporizer is the right choice for you. While it may be bigger and heavier than any other vaporizer on the market- it’s vapor quality is unmatched and leaves the competition in the dust.

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#1 Built to Last

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Made by Storz and Bickel, the Volcano Vaporizer is German-engineered and built to last the test of time.

Unlike other vaporizers, the Volcano is built with heat-resistant, flavorless and food-safe materials. Designed to withstand heavy use, this is the only vaporizer to meet ISO quality manufacturing standards, and UL and NRTL requirements. It doesn’t get any better than the Volcano in the quality department. This includes all models, from the original Volcano Classic Vaporizer, to the Volcano Digital Vaporizer and the new & improved Volcano Hybrid model.

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The design of this vaporizer produces clean, pure and smooth vapor every time!

The Volcano Vaporizer may have a higher price tag than other vaporizers, but it is built with top-quality materials and offers extremely accurate temperature control.

#2 Medical Grade Vapor Quality

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The quality construction of the system is impressive, but it is the vapor quality that really sets the Volcano Vaporizer above the rest. It Canada is known as the Volcano Medic– and for good reason. Precise temperature controls and a smart delivery system makes this performance vaporizer the highest quality unit ever built. Ask your health care provider if it is an option for your medication

It heats herbs, spices and essential oils gently, so they never burn.

The precise temperature controls are incredibly accurate, so you can choose the right setting for your material.

Once things start heating up, the balloon will catch the vapors. All that is left to do is remove the balloon from the device and directly inhale. The best part? It takes less than a minute to fill the balloon.

Volcano vapor is smoother, more flavorful, and more aromatic than your typical vaporizer.

And you can easily control the density of the vape by grinding your material a little thicker or finer or by using a dosing capsule and adjusting the filling chamber to suite your needs.

It heats herbs, spices and essential oils gently, so they never burn.

The precise temperature controls are incredibly accurate, so you can choose the right setting for your material.

Once things start heating up, the balloon will catch the vapors. All that is left to do is remove the balloon from the device and directly inhale. The best part? It takes less than a minute to fill the balloon.

Volcano vapor is smoother, more flavorful, and more aromatic than your typical vaporizer.

And you can easily control the density of the vape by grinding your material a little thicker or finer or by using a dosing capsule and adjusting the filling chamber to suite your needs.

The finer the grind, the thicker the vapor.

#3 A Healthier Alternative to Smoking

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The Volcano offers a healthier alternative to smoking and is the best vaporizer for medical marijuana patients due to the adjustable temperature control.

Thanks to the precise temperature controls, the materials never combust. This means you take in pure, flavorful vapor that is more potent and effective than traditional smoking. And because the material never reaches the combustion point, the vapor contains no noxious byproducts or carbon monoxide.

And if you’re using the vape for medical marijuana, the vapor produced will contain a higher concentration of THC while eliminating the harmful toxins found in traditional smoking methods.In fact, 88% of combusted smoke gases consists of non-cannabinoids. But vaporized gases consists of 95% cannabinoids.

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2 thoughts on “The Volcano: A History of the World’s Most Iconic Cannabis Vaporizer”

  1. I’ve only vaped once and that was using a Volcano in Toronto, like driving a Veyron as your first car.

  2. I bought mine a long time ago when I was vacationing in Canada. But every time I use it feel like we just made passionate love for the first time. That’s my review.

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