Vapourising is an alternative to smoking. It is achieved by heating cannabis slightly less than would cause it to burn but sufficiently hot to cause the THC and other oils to be released as vapour. This vapour is then inhaled and absorbed through the lungs in a similar fashion to smoking. This has many advantages over smoking in terms of efficiency and healthiness and delivers a much faster hit than eating the cannabis.
Vaporizers of various designs (and spellings!) have been around for many years now and are often found in Dutch coffeeshops and in places like the Cannabis College, Hash Museum and Cannabis Cup venues. They employ a variety of methods of heating the cannabis and delivering the vapour.
The simplest devices use a lighter to heat air in a glass tube which is then drawn over the bud by manual sucking.
Some more sophisticated mains-powered vapourisers use a hotplate to heat the bud, collecting the vapour in a chamber from which it is then inhaled. Others use a heat gun as a source of hot air often combined with bong-style water cooling for the vapour.
Now its makers, Storz & Bickel, have sent us one to test. Everyone who's tried it has been impressed. Just a small amount of herb is sufficient to stone a room full of people because nothing is wasted on combustion. I have no hesitation in recommending the Volcano as the best but I'm glad I didn't have to pay for mine 'cos they're bloody expensive!
You can try out a Volcano vaporizer in any of these Amsterdam coffeeshops: Barney's, Blue Velvet, Bushdocter, Chocolata, Dampkring, El Guapo, Greenhouse Centrum, Grey Area, Homegrown Fantasy, Katsu, Kingstone, de Kuil (420 Cafe), Noon, Prix D'Ami, Rokerij, Rookies, Rusland, Sensi Coffeeshop, Smoking Bull, Softland, Tweede Kamer.