Why Use A Hemp Wick?
You may have seen it: Someone pulls out what looks like a ball of string to light up a pipe or joint. It may seem long-winded, but there are good reasons for it.
For many, the thought of using anything other than the familiar lighter or matches is probably unheard of. They are the tried and true methods of lighting up, yet more and more are making the change to hemp wick, which has made a name for itself in recent years. So what is all the fuss about?
HEMP WICK: WHAT IT IS AND WHY IS IT USED?
Hemp wick, as the name suggests, is a burnable wick made from natural hemp dipped in bee's wax. It is lit using a match or lighter, and then in turn used light up a bowl, bong or joint.
The question is, if you are bothering to light the wick, why not just light up your bud and cut out the middle man? Well, it all comes down to two main reasons: Chemicals and taste. Hemp and beeswax are all-natural products that don’t contain any of the refined chemicals, like butane or potassium chlorate, that lighters and matches do. Particularly with lighters, a tiny percentage of the butane escapes the flame and ends up being inhaled. By cutting them out of the equation with a hemp wick, this ceases to be a problem. That leads to the perhaps more important advantage of the wick; the improved taste of the smoke. The absence of the unwanted chemicals simply results in a more natural and clean smoking experience.
I-TAL Hemp Wick
Another reason the wick brings out the flavour more is the temperature of the flame; hemp wick burns at a lower temperature than a lighter or match. As a result, less cannabinoids and terpenes within your bud are being burned.
And for all concerned about the planetary impact of the petro-chemically fuelled lighters: Hemp wick is sustainably sourced using traditional methods. As such, the wick is perfect to stay green - all around.
RAW Hemp Wick
On the whole, the hemp wick has a lot going for it. It's up to you if the inconvenience of lighting it before you light the bowl is worth it. But if you're after the most natural smoking experience, and perhaps even improve your own and the planets health, then the wick indeed is a good option.