Hemp Wick vs Butane: Does It Matter How You Burn?
During smoke sessions, you’ve seen your friends use their hemp wick-wrapped lighters to burn a bowl. Sparking the wick with a lighter seems tedious just to smoke, but is it healthier for you? I wanted to research the hype behind the hemp wick, and what are its health benefits as compared to the traditional butane lighters.
In reality, hemp wick is way healthier for you than inhaling hot butane. In the past few years, people have become more health-conscious when it comes to their cannabis. Everyone’s hopped on the organic, GMO-free train, and holds their cannabis ingredients to a higher standard.
Besides its health benefits, switching to hemp wick will improve the taste of your bowl. In these next sections, we’ll discuss why it’s a better way to smoke, and why everyone should give it a try.
All you need to know about Hemp Wick
Hemp wicks are made up of “hemp” (a variety of the Cannabis plant). These wicks are coated with beeswax that slow the burn rate. These are known as beeswax hemp wick.
A hemp wicks are now widely used instead of Butane lighters, mainly due to the dangers associated with Butane inhalation and also because hemp wicks enhance the flavor and is thought to have health benefits. Hemp wick lighters last longer than butane lighters and are biodegradable which is much better for the environment.
Hemp Wicks are way cheaper than having to repeatedly replace cheap lighters. So purchasing hemp wick in bulk for regular use would be a smart choice. And for someone who likes a DIY project, there are not so difficult to make at home.
Hemp wick is a healthy alternative compared to butane lighters as they lack harmful chemicals. They’re an organic way to smoke your next bowl, and you can have peace of mind avoiding toxic butane.
While lighters only excrete a bit of butane, even the lingering stuff can be detrimental to your health. If you’re a regular smoker, inhaling butane could expose you to developing heart palpitations, memory loss and a depressed respiratory system.
Additionally, using hemp wick rather than a butane lighter can make your bowl taste better. You probably won’t realize there’s a difference in taste until you try it, as butane is technically tasteless and odorless. However, hemp wicks give your bowl a light, earthy taste, as it burns at lower temperatures and helps you savor your flower’s flavor.
It makes sense, though, because you’re essentially using different parts of the cannabis plant to smoke instead of utilizing man-made lighters. By using the hemp wick, you can savor the terpenes in your cannabis rather than searing them with a lighter.
Also, for the love of God, please don’t grab your little sister’s craft hemp string lying around your house. You need to purchase a hemp wick that’s specifically designed for smoking. It’s coated in beeswax rather than harmful chemicals, and it helps your wick achieve a nice, slow burn.
You can get this hemp wick at any of your local smoke shops, or you can order a larger bundle from Amazon. I find that even with the beeswax, this shit burns pretty quickly, and the costs can add up at the head shops.
What’s The Trick For The Hemp Wick?
So, you’re almost on board with using hemp wick to smoke, but isn’t it a pain in the ass? I’m not gonna lie to you: it can be.
Hemp wicks are pretty easy to manipulate into any form you desire due to their compact design and flexibility. There are several methods to make the most out of your wick, including creative ways to light and store and hold it. Be cautious that some hemp wicks can burn quickly, so it is important to be careful with the measurement of the string.
It can unravel, get wet and just get in the way. You can accidentally burn yourself, someone else, or unknowingly, your carpet. It can be an absolute pain, but it’s manageable enough so you’ll still want to use it.
Many people wrap their hemp wick around their lighter. This is a great way to easily access your wick and hang it over your lighter to ignite. Basically, you should look for a hemp wick with a fair amount of beeswax on it to help it stick to your lighter..
When you wrap the hemp wick around your lighter, start in the middle so when it runs out you can still reach the flame. To keep your hemp wick intact, wrap your wick over one of your string’s end pieces, starting from the bottom and moving upwards. Make sure you don’t have any gaps between your hemp wick. Lastly, smush the strings together on the lighter to help the beeswax adhere.
Also, you don’t have to use a lighter to ignite your hemp wick. You can use a candle or a set of matches for an easy process.
When you’ve lit your bowl and are ready to extinguish your wick’s flame, you can simply flick or shake it until it goes out. This process usually doesn’t take long, as hemp wick burns at a low temperature.
Still, be careful not to burn yourself by thinking that you extinguished the flame. It can happen to the best, and most baked, of us.
Why you should get hemp wick?
So, if you’re ready to take your smoking game to the next level, you should inhale hemp wick instead of butane because hemp wick lighters are considered safe and are better than butane lighters in many aspects. They are environmentally friendly. It’s a healthier process, and if you’re an avid smoker, it can spare you from long-term health conditions. Even if you’re too-cool-for-school, hemp wick tastes way better than toxic butane gas. You’ll surely spark the interests and taste buds of those around you. So what’s there to not love about hemp wick lighters? Whether you’ve heard of a hemp wick or not, they are the best lighters for your weed.