Advantages of Using a Hemp Wick over a Butane Lighter

WSJ Team January 16, 2011 27

A Hemp wick has a tremendous amount of advantages over butane lighters, and for any avid marijuana smoker it would be the best option to light your bowls. The wick is made from hemp fibers and is normally wrapped around a lighter so that it can be easily lit. Once lit you will begin to see the advantages of using a hemp wick immediately. First off, it gets rid of the risk of breathing in any butane or noxious gases from your lighter when you are lighting your bowl. Secondly, you have more control of the flame and can corner your bowl with a lot more precision. Since hemp is not a gas it does not combust at the high temperatures that butane burns at. This means when you are burning your bud it will be less harsh and you can take more intense hits of your bong or bowl without feeling as much strain on your lungs. If you are still using a lighter to light your bowls, then you have to give the wick a try. You will see an immediate improvement in your smoking experience.

Happy Toking,

The Weed Street Journal


  1. Brett February 10, 2011 at 10:25 PM - Reply

    I love hemp wick! I only Use The Humboldt Wick. Everything is so harsh. Weed Street Journal ROCKS!

  2. Darrin K. December 25, 2011 at 6:07 AM - Reply

    One can find serious debate over hemp vs. butane flame and the real or perceived health advantages of hemp. Truth is combusting either is probably bad. A BIG however though for me is that using hemp flame tastes SO much better. I don’t see how this fact can be denied. If you don’t care about taste, then shifting from butane to wick ‘prolly isn’t a concern for you. I find that butane fouls the taste of high grade significantly. With wick, it tastes superb and almost complements the herb. Try it!

  3. Dean July 11, 2012 at 1:54 AM - Reply

    What if I use a Zippo lighter?

  4. Rah Rah Rasta Man September 26, 2012 at 12:40 PM - Reply

    I like to dip my hemp wick in engine oil, for that extra tastyness…….

  5. tardmo October 2, 2012 at 5:37 PM - Reply

    re:taste— not agree. daily stoner for 20 years. all hemp wicks taste awful to me. by contrast, there is almost zero taste from a properly-functioning high-quality (ie., BIC) butane lighter (not a butane torch!). i’ve compared BICs and hemp wicks many dozens of times. read about products of combusting butane. then look up the products of combusting a typical “hemp wick”. yeah, after learning about that, it’s not difficult to figure out why when using any “hemp wick”, you’re getting the hemp wick taste which will obscure the taste of any flower. of course, if you like taste of shitty hemp and wax mixed in with your flowers, be my guest.

    ps perhaps quit smoking cigarettes and get your taste buds back
    pps no Zippos pls.

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  7. Brandon June 17, 2013 at 3:42 PM - Reply

    so for anyone reading this, I have done research on such as I was as curious as most, I came up with the conclusion in research that BIC lighters, and even worse, cheaper lights, do not completely burn all butane, the heat isn’t actually enough to burn 100% of the gas (Learned about gases in college as well). The effects I have seen from this are astonishing, the highschool i went to had a very large amount of stoners, other than using a drug while developing isn’t the wisest, I think back now to see how they got stupider and stupider through the years (noone knowing about hempwick); the fact is that you’re already burning a plant substance, which could be treated with chemicals or not. I personally find I have avoided head aches, harsh tokes (still get the odd one) and my ability to smoke has not went down. Especially if you smoke every day or more often, YOU CAN see the results after a week of switching and trying a lighter again, I challenge you to use hemp for a full week, EVEN if you smoke cigs! no butane for a week, and i promise you’ll see a difference.

  8. Dom August 2, 2013 at 3:18 PM - Reply

    I absolutely have no idea which of these comments make more sense than which. I guess I’ll have to try the wick out for myself, then.

  9. Redhotpoker June 8, 2014 at 12:51 PM - Reply

    High All,
    I only learned about these awesome wicks, a few days ago. Now, can’t wait to try one. Thanks to the guys with the positive comments above, you have convinced me, that I can actually improve my herbal experiences another rung, by removing the nasty butane taste and smell alltogether.
    I used to just keep a tee light candle burning while smoking, and reuse wooden matches, untill they were too short to relight them. Even that is a vast improvement over straight butane lighters, once you burn off the sulfer and other crud.


  10. Ignatz August 19, 2014 at 8:56 PM - Reply

    What the author fails to mention, stupidly, is that these hempwicks (which may or may not contain pure hemp as the base) are soaked in wax, or otherwise it’d just be twine and would burn at the same rate. Like a lot of this industry, many people assume that just because it’s cannabis-related it’s automatically got to be good for you, and like most of these products there’s no independent testing so you really don’t know and all of this is speculative bullshit.

  11. Luigi January 23, 2015 at 6:16 PM - Reply

    Thing I like about hemp wick is that I don’t get headaches and whenever I use a butane lighter I always get a pounding headache when I’m stoned and it makes the high no fun :c

  12. Priska April 19, 2015 at 11:02 PM - Reply

    I just was recently given hemp wicks, and I definitely can tell a difference between my experiences with butane lighters. I’m using these every time from now on.

  13. R August 10, 2016 at 11:53 AM - Reply

    Another benefit is your glass bowl isn’t covered with a layer soot.

  14. happyhippie September 20, 2016 at 12:52 AM - Reply

    re: tardmo

    You’re just addicted to butane dude.

  15. sreeo March 9, 2017 at 10:34 PM - Reply

    Its true, hemp wick makes the smoking experience way better. You get a better toke and it tastes better and less harsh/ toxic.

    Coming from someone who has used a lighter for years. Try it!

  16. ytivarg May 7, 2017 at 5:23 PM - Reply

    The only thing Butane gives off when burned is CO2 and H2O, carbon dioxide and water. It’s actually the safest way to light anything.

  17. Jan Roy July 3, 2017 at 8:49 AM - Reply

    I use hemp Wick when I’m playing the piano and the black cat is usually sitting on top of the piano sometimes it’s hairs get in there so I don’t know what the difference is really sometimes I use hemp Wick and butane lighter at the same time and they counterbalance each other and the weed won’t light. Anyways I love Sublime and my dog rolls my joints. He’s really cool and me and my mom Smoke Joint once she was pretty cool to always knew she was okay I guess. And it’ll be just throw frisbee at the beach. Yeah

  18. George January 10, 2012 at 12:54 AM - Reply

    !!!!!!! The question above was probably the most ignorant posts I have ever read… It explains the answer right above dude. I am not trying to be an Asshole or a Dick but its almost as obvious as getting a piece of paper and knowing where to write your name. You are probably a pretty cool kid, and that’s cool.. But besides all the bullshit, I will tell you this:

    “Hemp Wick is probably the best way to smoke your Medicinal Flowers. Hemp Wick will bring the REAL TASTE out of your stuff. Do this for me, use a hemp wick one day and smoke with it for the day. The next day smoke with a butane lighter and you will see the difference in taste, harshness, and toxicity . ”


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