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health benefits of hemp wicks vs butane lighters

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Posted 04 May 2010 - 07:37 PM

I have had a lot of friends in Austin start using the hemp wick for lighting their pipes instead of strait inhaling butane gas and it does make a difference in the taste I've noticed. What I wanted to start a discussion about are the health benefits or problems of substituting the combustion of the hemp/beeswax vs. whatever flint/petrochemicals/metals are in the standard lighters we all grew up using. If you're not familiar with hemp wicks, here are some various brands:

BeeLine
HempWix
ViperLites

If you've used bic lighters your whole life and are healthy as a horse, let's hear about it. If you've tried hemp wicks before and think it really does help, why do you think that? Just wanted to get a wider array of opinions. Also, if you're interested in trying hemp wicks out one or two of the companies that make them will send you free samples so try it out and post your thoughts concerning the health and wellness aspect.
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Posted 04 May 2010 - 07:41 PM


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Posted 04 May 2010 - 07:56 PM

I used Beeline for months, It wasnt worth the hassle of dealing with IMO without any noticeable heath effects.....

I mean, If I thought they were making a huge difference in my health on inhaling butane fumes then I woulda stuck with em, But I noticed no such effect.


Used a "good ol bic" for 18 years, i will continue to do so.

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Posted 04 May 2010 - 08:06 PM

I agree with the taste of them; when using them in a clean piece with some good bud is fan-fucking-tastic!!

but the hassle of it is a pain especally if your lounging; last thing you want to deal with when using a large bong in a deep couch is a flaiming bit of twine...

I keep it around for trying out good buds but other then that I don't find it worth it.

On a side note;
Try holding a bic to the bottom of a spoon (like you would if you were about to shoot up...) Clean the soot off, then hold one of thoes cheep transparent colored lighters to the bottom of the spoon.
The cheep ones usually leave less soot.

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Posted 04 May 2010 - 09:02 PM

I have been using beeline for the past 4-5 months, bought a 200ft spool on eBay lol.

I have to say I definently noticed a change in taste, it doesnt have that chemical butane taste that sometime appears when your trying to cache the last of a bowl and stuff. Also it burns at a lower temperature and doesnt scorch my bowls as fast, I believe that this could in turn increase the amount of thc i recieve because butane lighters burn at a much higher temp.

Will I go out of my way to buy more beeline when I run out? It is hard to say at this point, but maybe after I go back to butane smoking for a few weeks I will start to see more of all the benefits that using hemp wicks gave me

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Posted 04 May 2010 - 09:57 PM

Never tryed it. i would like to however, but my headshop doesn't sell them:(

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Posted 04 May 2010 - 10:35 PM

I think they are silly, I've tried them many times, I think covers the true taste of whatever bud you maybe somking on, to me it makes every bowl taste the same no matter what the strain is, taste like a Hemp candle to me. I don't see what the difference would be between using a hemp wick to light your bowls to make it taste more like herb! and say a "watermelon blast" store bought candle to make your bowl of mids taste like a watermelon! Ive used a bic for decades now, simple 1 flick get the bowl lit, pull bic away, and enjoy the burning herb. My lighter is next to my bowl for an entire .001 second, I don't see how that would lead to me inhaling all this "Bad for the earth and your body butane". If your smoking bowls that taste like lighter fluid I'd be looking into the method one is using to lite bowls. just my 2 cents.

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Posted 04 May 2010 - 10:50 PM

On a side note;
Try holding a bic to the bottom of a spoon (like you would if you were about to shoot up...) Clean the soot off, then hold one of thoes cheep transparent colored lighters to the bottom of the spoon.
The cheep ones usually leave less soot.

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hahaha a stupid question but what does this mean? that the cheapy combusts less of the gas?

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Posted 04 May 2010 - 11:12 PM

Never tryed it. i would like to however, but my headshop doesn't sell them:(


These are pretty cheap on ebay. Saw a pack for probably 5 bucks.

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Posted 05 May 2010 - 02:42 AM

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These are awesome. Ease of a lighter, benefits of hemp wick. $5 on ebay.

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Posted 05 May 2010 - 05:19 PM

hahaha a stupid question but what does this mean? that the cheapy combusts less of the gas?



Well it would mean the the cheep ones use a higher quality naptha or burn the butane better.

Not being a chemist I can't say much about it, but bics leave shit and cheep ones dont.

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Posted 06 May 2010 - 08:03 PM

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These are awesome. Ease of a lighter, benefits of hemp wick. $5 on ebay.


so glad you put up that picture. I just ordered some of these and I was probably going to use them totally wrong.

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Posted 06 May 2010 - 08:11 PM

lol thats bad ass ^

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Posted 21 November 2013 - 07:25 PM

I mean, theres the obvious difference in not inhaling the extra gasses that escape and arent burned off... but the wick's taste way fucking better..... hahahahhaha dunno if its just me tho

I can definitely taste a difference in the smoke when I use a hemp wick as opposed to a lighter. It tastes much better hemp wickin' it


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Posted 05 May 2014 - 10:12 PM

I've never tried hempwick, but since my taste palatte is messed up from smoking cigarettes I don't think I'd care to try either way. Butane is one thing; lighter fluid from Zippos is quite another. If you've ever intentionally/unintentionally inhaled Zippo fluid you'd be on the ground praising BIC lighters for their lack of taste

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Posted 06 May 2014 - 07:09 PM

The health benefit is mostly a feel-good "butane is a chemical and scary!" reaction. Butane is not very harmful at the doses you're exposed to via a bic lighter.

 

That said, I enjoy the taste and use it regularly.





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