The History of Vaping

The roots of the vapenation extend far back into history – much farther than you might think! The original hookah smoking device inspired our own name. The use of hookah water pipes date back to ancient times, all the way back to the 1500’s.

Hookahs are similar to vaporizers in that they use hot coals to heat shisha instead of burning it directly, but they aren’t exactly the electronic vaporizers we know and love today. The first patent for a vaporizing type device was filed way back in the 20’s by Joseph Robinson.

The First Electronic Vaporizer

In 1927 a patent for a vaporizer was filed by Joseph Robinson. In his patent application Robinson states:

“My invention relates to vaporizing devices for holding medicinal compounds which are electrically or otherwise heated to produce vapors for inhalation, and the general object is to provide a device of this character for individual use which may be freely handled without any possibility of being burned, and which is sanitary and very effective and so simple that anyone can use it.”

What he’s describing sounds a lot like our very own CBD oil vapes! The diagram also looks strikingly similar to contemporary vape pens, although it’s difficult to understand exactly how it works. Even though the patent for this electric vaporizer was issued, Robinson unfortunately wasn’t able to successfully bring the product to market. Little more is known about it’s fate.

The Smokeless Non-Tobacco Cigarette

The next vaporizer patent wasn’t issued until the 1960’s and was granted to Herbert. A. Gilbert. This design brings us even closer to modern day vaporizers. This design more streamlined, utilizes a cartridge, is battery powered, and makes provisions for flavors to be added.

The goal of this invention was to create a vaporizer device for use with non-tobacco and possibly medical preparations. Gilbert says:

“The present invention relates to a smokeless non-tobacco cigarette and has for an object to provide a safe and harmless means for and method of smoking by replacing burning tobacco and paper with heated, moist, flavored air; or by inhaling warm medication into the lungs in case of a respiratory ailment under direction of a physician.”

We can’t help but wonder if Gilbert had predicted CBD oil vapes! The goal of this design was to create a healthy, tasty alternative to smoking tobacco. This patent application even included suggestions for early e-liquids and suggests Scotch Whisky as a flavor! However, “slightly mentholated water” doesn’t sound like our kind of e-liquid!

Like Robinson, Gilbert unfortunately wasn’t able to successfully bring his invention to market. He had pitched to several companies in varying industries. In an interview with UK based distributor, E-Cigarette Direct Gilbert details that these companies would have rather waited for his patent to run out so they could fully capitalize on his design. The 60’s were also the height of tobacco industry marketing, which could have played a role in shunning this tobacco alternative.   

Pathway to Commercialization

Commercialization of vaporizers didn’t really happen until the early 80’s. In 1979 contributing computer pioneer Phil Ray began work alongside physician Norman Jacobson to bring a nicotine vaporizer to market. This design didn’t actually use electricity, but depended on nicotine evaporation, which turned out to be an unreliable delivery method. While this invention didn’t take off, the inventors successfully coined the term ‘vaping’!

In the 90’s countless patents were filed for various e-cig and vaporizer type devices. There was however one roadblock stopping them from coming to market, the FDA. The FDA stated e-cigarettes were not an approved drug delivery device. It wasn’t until around 2007 when e-cigs became available on the US market.

Contemporary Vape Design

In 2003, pharmacist and inventor Hon Lik patented the contemporary e-cigarette design. Lik, a 52 year-old smoker himself, was inspired by his father’s death, as he had passed away due to lung cancer. Lik developed the device with the company he worked for, Dragonite International Limited, a pharmaceutical company based in Bejing, China.

Vaping Today

Vaping has become more than just another way to consume nicotine. Today people can vape cannabis and hemp CBD oil with products such as our own. Some even vape plain essential oils simply for pleasure. Vape designs have gone far beyond the original e-cigarette design, which was intended to look similar to real cigarettes. Modifications have become popular among hobbyists as a way to customize the look and feel of their vaping experience.

At Hookahzz, we keep it simple. Our focus is on the quality of our CBD oil e-liquid which can be vaped using any device with a refillable tank. Our rechargeable vape pens are made with just two parts, the battery and the cartridge.  

by melissas