Beeline is the best I've ever tried, aside from the stuff I make at home from my own crops, and local organic beeswax
Here's a recent post on hemp wick VS butane lighters... if you're curious about the facts behind the stuff, it's worth the read;
This is for those of you who have access to (good) hemp wick.
You will need:
- A kitchen spoon, wiped/cleaned between trials
- A length of wick
- A bic lighter (or more... the more you have, the better*)
Hold the flame of your hemp wick just below the bowl of the spoon, not quite touching, but almost 'licking' the bottom, for 15 seconds. Keep at least 1/8th of an inch between the colored flame and the convex
base of the spoon.
If you have good wick, you should see no soot or ash, and there should be no odor.
When you hold the wick almost directly under the spoon, but without
allowing the flame to touch
(if you stifle a flame, it hinders the flow of oxygen at the surface of the flame, and combustion in an oxygen deprived environment WILL produce more waste), the spoon should have no color or odor
.... try that with your bic.
You will probably see a sooty mark, anywhere from 1/16 of an inch, to an inch in diameter.
Smell it, too (you probably already can
from where you're sitting; avoid holding it to your nose)... it's not pretty!
If you happen to have mutliple bics to play with, you will notice that the amount of soot remaining on the spoon varies with each lighter
, and the variations are consistent when repeated.
This is because bics were not made for, and are not intended to disperse and burn butane, the lighter fluid, evenly
I've done this a few times now, and I tried it again today as I was typing this using five different lighters.
Two produced virtually no soot, but left an odor, one created a quarter inch circle and smelled, and two created near-inch black sooty marks and stank
*** If performing the test was good enough for you, I wouldn't be offended if you didn't bother to read the rest of the post.... this is an internet forum after all, and MUCH shorter replies are the norm.
The following I'll include for those who are interested in the details (with my apologies to those who may need to 'over use' their mice/scroll wheels).
"Pyrolysis is a thermochemical decomposition of organic material at elevated temperatures without the participation of oxygen"
Not only does an increased amount of partial pyrolysis or incomplete combustion occur with bic lighters, causing the soot (it occurs with the wick as well, eventually, and at a much slower rate, that is if you can manage to sit there trying for long enough), but not only that, you're also
inhaling traces of entirely uncombusted butane
due to the uneven burn!
This is absolutely a hazard to your lung and mental health, and in a MUCH bigger way than cannabis
, for those who may have a less-than-concerned attitude of; "Who cares, we're already smoking something."
(This is especially true, considering that two largest studies of their kind on cannabis and its effects on lung health, performed by those with the most experience in the field, including a scientist who USED to work for the government with the anti-cannabis movement, and changed his mind after 30 years of studies, agree that most cannabis smokers have superior lung function in terms of oxygen delivered to the bloodstream per volume of air inhaled, AND we have larger lung capacities)! Study: Smoking Marijuana Not Linked with Lung Damage | TIME.com Top Anti-Drug Researcher Changes His Mind, Says Legalize Marijuana
Smoking plant matter certainly isn't healthy
, and it's not for everyone... but the harm for most users is so low
, that the simple benefits of our 'strength training' and deep-breathing exercises while hitting the bong, can improve our lung function while we smoke in spite
of what common sense dictates!
Vaping is obviously better for your health, but why increase
the potential for risk during combustion by participating in something, such as butane inhalation, that has a much less confidence-inspiring medical record.
Speaking of which, here's what butane
can do... [Toxicological and medico-... [Arch Med Sadowej Kryminol. 2011 Jan-Mar] - PubMed - NCBI An autopsy case of butane gas abuse. [Soud Lek. 2010] - PubMed - NCBI Bronchospasm and anaphylactic sho... [Allergy Asthma Immunol Res. 2011] - PubMed - NCBI
Is that really something you want in your lungs?
due to butane inhalation are admittedly related to butane substance abuse. But when weighing the two, just keep in mind that unlike butane, and in the case of cannabis
, deaths due to toxicity or even lung related ailments are 100% non-existant
, even when cannabis is dramatically over-smoked or 'abused').
Another point worth bringing up:
What most people don't understand, is how to properly light a cigarette
... no, this isn't that
Bic lighers are meant for lighting cigarettes and cigars, and for other purposes that shouldn't involve directly inhaling the byproducts of the flame
When you properly light a cigarette or cigar, properly, you (are SUPPOSED to, but many do not realize):
- Puff using only
the suction created by the cavity that is your mouth, using your cheeks, and your tongue against the roof of your mouth, opening your mouth while closing of your throat
The first drag or so taken in, while the lighter provides the heat, for the most part only enters the mouth and is then expelled
, along with any foul flavors, soot, and stray lighter fluid, without ever reaching the lungs or airways!
This is proper lighting technique.
Many people do it instinctively, without even thinking about it.
It's performed this way, so you don't get that nasty butane flavor or the ill health effects associated with repeated lung exposure, and some also suggest that it promotes an even starting burn.
NOW, knowing how even tobacco smokers avoid butane
... picture using a lighter with the way that we
smoke... especially people who like to torch their bowls!
Most people don't exactly build up a cherry before they begin smoking, while wasting all
the preceding hits taken with the lighter.
In the end, it stands to reason that if you must
use a flame, then you should probably use one that produces the least waste and no off-putting odors.
Most people who try wick find they can take bigger hits
, and that persistent 'post-session coughing fits' disappear
, and even irritation while smoking decreases.
With a lighter, it can be startlingly
black, it's greasy, and it smells like crap!
And as a bonus, not only do wicks burn cleaner due to the consistent and 'open' availability of their fuel source (rather than the release system used with a bic), but hemp wicks also combust at much lower temperatures
, almost half that of the average bic! Keep in mind that when you are combusting, you are not just degrading, but outright destroying roughly 50% of your potency, give or take based on the temperature of the heat source
. This means that you're degrading fewer cannabinoids before they reach your system!
Now, inert hemp plant matter and beeswax are not 'perfect'
when combusted, either, as mentioned earlier pyrolysis does still occur (albeit at a much lower rate, as you'll note from your experiments), and if you let your wick smolder, which you ***shouldn't
, you can risk inhaling wax fumes which have similar, but lesser, repercussions as butane fumes.
But that wasn't the question.
It was "Hemp Wick -vs- Butane", and I think
we're beginning to understand the clear winner!
In the end, and the cleaner alternative of vaping aside
, if you want a truly 'clean' smoking experience, as clean as you can expect from combusting plant matter anyhow:
A dollar store magnifying glass and the sun
works wonders (wear sun glasses, aiming the sun-spot can be painful or even harmful for your eyes!), so do inert glass rods
, and even ceramic soldering irons
Hope this adds to the discussion, and that it gets people thinking!
(*** Always snuff your wick completely!
If you kill the ember on the end with
the flame rather than just blowing it out
, then it is odor (and for the most part, fume) free!
I use my thumb and forefinger, but I've got pretty tough hands, others use the back of the wick holder, their lighter against an ashtray, or a similar method.