The ways to consume cannabis today are seemingly endless, especially in legal states like California and Colorado, where new products hit dispensary shelves every week. Consumers are no longer limited to just smoking. Now, you can eat it, vape it, spray it, swallow it in a capsule, dab it, and rub it on your body.
Methods for delivering the phytocannabinoids from cannabis into your body’s endocannabinoid system are evolving, and new, creative ways to get high, medicate, or both are introduced regularly. Still, at the end of the day, many people report preferring the age-old ritual of smoking a pipe filled with their favorite strain of dried flower.
Whether you like to spark a hand pipe, a bong, a bubbler, or an apple, you should be using hemp wick to light your marijuana instead of a disposable lighter. Hemp wick is hemp twine that has been dipped in wax. It is coated in wax because pure hemp twine burns too rapidly on its own.
Below are two big reasons you should be using hemp wick to light your cannabis, and unless you believe that global warming is fake news, at least one of them is undeniable.
To Save The Planet
“Disposable lighters is the devil,” Mama Boucher, from the movie The Waterboy, would say if she was an environmentalist. More than 18 billion pounds of plastic waste enters our oceans every single year, and disposable plastic lighters account for a portion of that. Sadly, the plastics manufacturing giant, BIC, even brags about its contribution to the world’s pollution problem on its website: “BIC PRODUCES ABOUT 4.4 MILLION LIGHTERS EVERY DAY.”
Maybe never buying another disposable lighter feels impossible, but you can at least reduce the rate at which you burn through them. BIC claims that each full sized lighter will produce 3,000 flames. Using hemp wick allows you to give your BIC fewer flicks, and thereby reduces the number of plastic lighters you personally throw into the ocean every year.
Instead of using the lighter to facilitate every hit you take, use the lighter only once to light a candle. Then you can use the candle flame to light the hemp wick as many times as you need, without having to re-spark the lighter. Better still, use a match to light the candle in the first place.
To Taste The Terps
One of the greatest pleasures associated with smoking a bowl of your favorite cannabis strain is tasting the unique flavors in each puff. Terpenes are the aromatic compounds responsible for producing the smell and taste of cannabis. Terpene profiles are individual to each strain, which is why different strains contain different scent combinations of fruit, skunk, citrus, spice, cheese, and pine to name a few.
When you use a lighter to smoke flower, you essentially scorch it, reducing the integrity of the terpene profile you know and love. This can be avoided with the use of hemp wick because hemp burns at a lower temperature than the butane in a lighter, producing slightly cooler smoke. This is similar to why people swear by low-temp dabs.
Burning buds at a higher temperature, like with a lighter, also produces harsher smoke that is more likely to burn your throat. Inhaling smoke that is less harsh, by lighting with hemp wick, will also allow you to take larger, more intense rips from the bowl.
Hemp Wick Storage
For convenient storage, wrap the hemp wick around the neck of your pipe or bong, around the lighter, or even around the candle. Hemp wick sticks to itself because of the wax coating, so you can also use it to create tiny hemp dinosaurs if you’d rather.