Eagle Bill at the Hash, Marihuana & Hemp Museum in Amsterdam: "Want to try the Vaporizer?"
Eagle Bill at the Hash, Marihuana & Hemp Museum in Amsterdam: “Want to try the Vaporizer?”

Cannabis activist, Cherokee Marijuana Medicine Man, Reefer refugee, and one of the pioneers of the world of vaporization, Eagle Bill (April 10, 1942 – May 22, 2005), had over 30 years experience growing cannabis and was devoted to educating people about the fact that Marijuana can be a medicine.


Eagle Bill first became aware of the reality of Marijuana being used as medicine in the early 80’s through his suggestion a friend, who was undergoing chemo therapy for treatment of cancer, was brought to him. Bill’s friend’s body was in a weak and frail stat due to the modern cancer treatments which caused a constant lack of appetite, nausea and vomiting. He came to Eagle Bill in the hope of lessening his pain through the use of cannabis. After smoking half a joint with Bill, he developed the “munchies” and promptly left to go to eat. Over a period of time Bill watched his friend rebuild his body, using Marijuana as medicine.

In 1993 Eagle Bill was introduced to vaporizing by a

Bill's VAporizer demo at the Hash, Marijuana & Hemp Museum in Amsterdam

Californian grower. The method consisted of using a heat gun to vaporize the THC. Since this time Eagle Bill has modified this simple idea to become what is known as “Eagle Bill’s peace pipe of the future”. To

make vaporization more available to everyone, he came up with the “shake and vape” based on ancient Egyptian methods of using hot stones to hold the temperature necessary to vaporize cannabis.

Eagle Bill became an active exhibit at the Hemp, Hash Museum in Amsterdam, where he demonstrated how the Vaporizer works and gave visitors a chance to get a hands-on experience.

Eagle Bill Amato died In 2005. Bill was known around the world as the spokesman for vaporization and the use of medicinal cannabis. He will be remembered by many grateful people as the “Father of Vapor”.