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Long story short: Use a hemp wick. They are super cheap and you can find them on Amazon and have it at your door in 2 days or less. My favorite hemp wick products available on Amazon are linked at the bottom of this page.
Hemp wicks are also extremely easy to use (you’ll get the hang of it in 3 tries or less) — and once you go wick, it’ll be hard to go Bic, especially if you are inhaling CBD products and other herbs daily. Here are my top 4 reasons to use hemp wicks for all your herby needs.
1. Inhaling butane is BAD for your body
Here are just some of the effects that inhaling butane can have on your body…
- Increased blood pressure
- Memory loss
- Cognitive impairment
Obviously, this list is more directed to “sniffing” butane and unleaded gasoline products, and some will argue that butane burns relatively clean. I–personally–spent a lifetime suffering from headaches, seizures, depression, and anxiety, so it was a low-risk high-reward situation for me to switch from gas station lighters to hemp wicks.
2. The fuels contained in cheap, gas station lighters are not well-regulated.
In college and graduate school, I studied government policy and technical documents. Pretty boring stuff, but it did teach me to read behind the lines of every technical sentence that I encountered. Just out of curiosity, I went to the Bic (America’s #1 lighter) site and looked at the packaging information on their products.
If you look at the photos, you can see that the information that Bic provides is extremely vague. A “50 separate, automatic quality check” only means that a machine does their quality assurance to save time and money. BMW did a 99% quality acceptance check through automated quality inspection, and they still had 80 parts of a BMW car being potentially problematic.
Bic does not even say what kind of fuel is contained inside the lighters. Does it contain butane? Yes, most likely. But the fuel they use is almost definitely the cheapest, most impure form of fuel that can pass US regulation. The fuel contained in Bic lighters are likely outsourced from Asian countries where they can be acquired at a low price. After more research, it would appear that only Bic’s giant, multi-purpose candle lighters are made using U.S. fuel cartridges.
3. It ruins the taste of your herb
Better taste — that’s the most immediate quality that you will notice when you switch from a lighter to a hemp wick. Until I made the switch, I never noticed how much cheap lighter flames were masking the taste of the natural terpenes. Hemp wicks are made of the herb that you are already inhaling, so even if the flame is masking some taste, it comes from the same plant. Once you use hemp wicks, you will notice that the smoke feels way cleaner, tastes more pure, and it will allow you to really dig into those flavorful terpenes, get all the benefits, without any extra chemicals getting in the way.
4. You’re supporting the hemp industry
The most important one of them all! I always say we need to buy more hemp products to increase its demand. Vote with your money. Money talks to politicians. That’s why Mitch McConnell is officially backing the hemp industry in Kentucky. It’s a cash crop, and it literally rakes in millions of dollars. The more we buy hemp products, the higher the stock gets. Buying more hemp will get politicians to ditch their ideals and push for federal legalization–because eventually they can’t resist the money.
My Amazon List:
Super cheap, 50-foot spool for all you no-nonsense shoppers:
This one is cool because you can just throw your Bic lighter on it for ease of use:
For all my die-hard RAW patrons. I like these because they’re wrapped in a bundle and I can just carry them around in my pocket with my lighter: