People have been getting baked for a very long time. In fact, the ritual of smoking has been going on for at least 5,000 years (1). And since then, it has become a part of our daily lives due to the the amazing benefits we've uncovered. Even though many ancient civilizations knew about the benefits of getting stoned, we had to “rediscover” them in a since because we're a little hard-headed. There are many different types of weed you can smoke but there's one thing we all need, a lighter.
2 Types of Lighters
The most common lighter is the butane lighter with one brand leading the pack, BIC. You can purchase BIC lighters in over 160 countries, and you will probably see them sold in all of your local markets as well as small shops that sell consumable goods. The BIC lighter alone dwarfs the sales of all cannabis wick lighters combined, but don't let that discourage you from getting one of these relatively unknown gems.
The hemp lighter can come in different forms and it's often wrapped in beeswax. In the past 20 years, these lighters have slowly risen in popularity due to cannabis use becoming more socially acceptable across the globe.
Let's Compare Butane vs Hemp Wick
Since hemp products like lotions, Hemp Bombs CBD, seeds, and wicks have been on the rise in the past few decades, there have been a lot of debates about which lighter is better to use, both health and safety wise. Some other categories are fun to look at, so let's put them side by side to see what the market has to offer.
Taste and Smell
Butane lighters have a much stronger and noticeable aroma, but that isn't necessarily a good thing. There are a few people that find this oddly satisfying and have some kind of butane fetish, but a lot of people dislike both the smell and the taste. If you're smoking high-quality weed, then you probably don't want to taste your lighter with your bowl. I'm going to have to ding the butane lighter for this category.
One of the wick's strongest characteristics is that both its smell and taste are superb in all aspects to butane lighters. It's one of the first things you'll notice when switching to using one of these. If you are used to using a butane lighter with your bowl, you might not even realize how much butane you're tasting. Switch to hemp then go back to butane and you'll see just how much you've been tainting your weed. If you're smoking a joint or blunt, you won't notice much of a difference. Maybe on the initial inhale, but that's about it. But if you're smoking a one hitter or from a bong, you'll notice a big difference.
Ease of Buying
Since the butane lighters are available for purchase pretty much five minutes from you at any time, it's safe to say that getting access to them is very easy and reliable. There is no need to worry about going to a special store or having to order online to get yourself a butane lighter, which is a pretty solid advantage.
The wick lighters are not as readily available yet, due to ignorance of how awesome hemp is. You will have to order it online or search your tail off to find a store in your town that carries them. Since we live in the digital age, it's really not all that hard to get one of these bad boys. All you'll have to do is click a few buttons and press a few keys and it'll be in your mailbox in no time flat. I ordered mine online myself.
The butane lighters are definitely not the best when it comes to the environment. As we all know, they expel greenhouse gas into the atmosphere, something we should probably stop doing. Also, they're made out of plastic and aluminum which has an impact on the environment.
The hemp wick lighters, on the other hand, are perfect for people who want to use eco-friendly products. Since the hemp wick is a natural product, there isn't that big of an environmental impact because once it burns out it becomes organic ashes. This is one of the reasons why most environmentalists prefer to use the hemp wick lighters.
When it comes to health, the butane lighters are definitely the ones you want to avoid. Butane can be very toxic for you if you happen to be a regular toker, even if it seems unnoticeable. After some time of smoking your legal herbs with these lighters, you will have some adverse side effects whether you notice it or not. This is because of the release of hydro carbons from the butane. As it is stored in your brain and tissue cells, it can cause some severe illnesses such as temporary memory loss, narcosis, arrhythmia and much more (2). Besides the negative health effects, there have also been cases, albeit rare, where the lighter exploded while being used. No thank you!
The wick lighters, on the other hand, are a lot healthier because they burn at a lower temperatures and don't give off toxins like butane which will result in a lot less damage while you are consuming your herbs. Smokers will often tell you that they notice a big difference when they go back to regular lighters. One of the biggest differences they see is that the butane irritates them when they inhale. This is because they have gotten used to the organic hemp wick which goes down much easier. The chemicals in the regular lighters can go down harshly. One thing you a have to watch out for while using the hemp lighters is that you can burn yourself or the whole house down if you do not pay attention to the flame.
In conclusion, even if the butane lighters are easier to buy and use, they are not worthy of the privilege of entering your lungs. They change the natural essence your bud and they're not healthy. This said, we advise you not to consume too many burning products in general as none of them are completely healthy. Vaping is a much healthier option. But if you like to spark up every now and then, using a hemp wick lighter is the way to go.