The Difference Between a Hemp Wick and a Butane Lighter

Hemp Wick VS Butane Lighter Many long-time smokers take into consideration the best method of lighting their cannabis. While some

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Hemp Wick VS Butane Lighter

Many long-time smokers take into consideration the best method of lighting their cannabis. While some have the preference for an organic option, many prefer to use a butane lighter. Let’s discuss the differences between the two. In this article, we’ll examine the differences, dangers, and benefits between the two.

A typical cigarette lighter uses butane which is a natural flammable colourless gas that can quickly vaporize at room temperature. In order to be used on an ongoing basis and in a variety of equipment, butane is found as a natural gas deep in the earth’s surface. Through the refining process, a naturally occurring plant should be separated from the water. This process includes the removal of crude oil residues. Through the drying of the wet gas the refined gas is produced. Butane lighters come in all forms, shapes and sizes and quite a few are refillable. But depending upon the frequency of use, they can be moderately expensive as you’ll have to regularly restock your fuel supply.

If you’re undecided, here is a list of Pros and Cons to assist you:


  • Cheap and accessible – They can be found practically anywhere (supermarkets, local shops, variety corner stores …) and you don’t need to worry about the price.
  • Portable – You can carry them with you everywhere without feeling the weight.
  • Disposable and refillable – which make them suitable for different kinds of tastes.


  • Made of non–biodegradable plastic, meaning that they can be a huge threat to the environment.
  • They can add noxious butane gases into your marijuana bud, which in turn can cause some recognized health risk.

As an alternative method of lighting cannabis, there is the hemp wick. It’s simply a thin string that is weaved from the fibres and then coated with beeswax. It’s easy to light with a butane lighter, but it’ll require some measure of time to burn away which is a good way to light your cannabis. Apply the wick to your pipe and light up. Once the cannabis is lit, it won’t burn too much as it occurs with a butane lighter. The wax will then evaporate which will then act as fuel to contribute to controlled burning. The result is a slower flame and burning at a lower temperature. Quite simple and convenient.

And lastly, let’s examine the Pros and Cons for a hemp wick:


  • It provides a healthier option than using butane, keeping your lungs free from noxious chemicals and much more.
  • Biodegradable and long-lasting, it’s environmentally friendly.


  • Not quickly available to purchase and more expensive than a butane lighter
  • Not easy to carry around
  • A two-step process is used for ignition so it’s not very convenient.

Now you have all the information you need to compare between a butane lighter and a hemp wick. It’s your call to decide which one you want to use.

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