Hemp Wicks vs. Lighters

August 20, 2021

What do you use to light up when you’re smoking? Not what type of piece do you use, but what generates the flame you use to smoke? Do you use a lighter? Perhaps you prefer matches?

Have you considered using a hemp wick? There are some hazards to using lighters that you may not be aware of. Hemp wicks are a natural alternative, and there are many surprising benefits of using a hemp wick. Here are a few.

What is a hemp wick?

A hemp wick is a natural alternative to matches and lighters. It is a piece of hemp twine that is coated in beeswax to allow it to burn slowly and steadily. It offers a cleaner burn and a more flavorful and authentic way to smoke. If you’re committed to smoking organic and sustainable products, a hemp wick is a good way to keep that commitment consistent throughout your smoking process.

Problems with lighters

Lighters are convenient, but they use a chemical called butane as fuel. This produces a blue flame that is hotter than a normal flame, but it also means you are inhaling the residue from that gas. This can lead to short-term and long-term health effects. They burn at a higher temperature than necessary for lighting dried plant buds on their own, which may be detrimental to cannabinoids and terpenes.

Benefits of using a hemp wick

Hemp wicks have many benefits—after all, they have been used consistently for 10,000 years as a fire source for a reason! Here are some of their benefits:

  • Taste: For the purest taste when smoking, hemp wicks are the best choice. Since they are made from natural things found in nature (hemp plant and beeswax), they offer a smooth and flavorful experience compared to the chemical-fueled flame of lighters. They also burn at a lower temperature, which does not harm terpenes. This allows you to savor the full flavor of your smoke of choice.
  • Health: As mentioned, lighters use the chemical butane as a fuel. Directly igniting your smoke of choice with this type of flame not only affects the taste but also means you’re inhaling that chemical as well.

How to use a hemp wick

Hemp wicks are easy to use. One needs only to light it and use that lit end to ignite your smoke of choice. Once you’re done with the flame, simply blow it out. Hemp wicks can have different burning speeds, so it’s a good idea to try it out first to get an idea of how quickly it burns. One easy way to store it is to wrap the wick around a lighter, so you’ll have everything all together when you need it.

When you’re ready to switch to a healthy, organic solution for lighting up, try a hemp wick. When you need hemp wicks, lighters or any other smoking accessories, visit New Galaxy Gifts to check out our huge selection and get recommendations from our experts. We look forward to assisting you!

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