If you could dream up your perfect atmosphere for smoking cannabis, what would it look like? You might dim the lighting, cozy up on your favorite chair, and light some candles. Setting the appropriate ambiance is key, if you're truly trying to chill.
Did you know that candles for stoners exist? It's true and you're in luck. We think the best candle for weed smell is clean-burning and made up of soy wax. Whether scent-free or filled with aromas that complement your weed strain, we're sharing some of our favorites with you!
Soy wax is exactly what it sounds like. Candle wax made from soybean oil. So, what are the benefits of soy wax candles, exactly? They are made from natural, renewable resources and not from petroleum like most candles (called paraffin candles). Not only are they eco-friendly, they also last longer than paraffin candles because soy wax burns at a slower rate!
Here are three reasons why soy wax candles are a better option than paraffin wax candles:
According to the American Cancer Society, benzene is a colorless, flammable liquid with a sweet odor. It is formed from natural processes, but most exposure to benzene is caused by human activities, like lighting paraffin candles.
It's been used as an industrial solvent and a gasoline additive and can also be found in cigarette smoke. The bottom line? Benzene has been known to cause cancer, specifically leukemia and other blood-related cancers.
Have you ever heard someone complain that the strong scent of candles gives them a headache? Chances are, the cause of the headache isn't actually the scent, it is in fact the chemicals in the paraffin wax. As the wax melts, the chemicals slowly release into the air. This indoor pollutant can easily cause headaches by affecting the central nervous system.
As we shared above, paraffin wax candles are derived from petroleum, a non-renewable resource. While petroleum is naturally occurring, petroleum, and paraffin wax by extension, is produced by refining oil. If you're trying to reduce your carbon footprint and increase your eco-friendly cannabis practices, you can start by simply looking for ingredients like soy, beeswax, rapeseed, or coconut wax in the ingredients list.
In your search for more natural candles to enjoy with your favorite cannabis strains, you may come across the term "clean-burning." Clean-burning simply means that the candle does not produce soot. The next time you blow out a candle, watch for a trail of black smoke coming off of the wick. That's your first sign that the candle is NOT clean-burning.
Clean-burning soy candles and candles made from natural ingredients will not emit black soot, or much soot at all. Soot can trickle out of the candle jar and into the air of your home, creating potential stains and residue on surfaces. No thanks!
In addition to health benefits, clean-burning soy candles also last longer than candles made from paraffin. Pro-tip: make sure to trim your soy wax candle wick short before each use to minimize the smoke trail once blown out! This will also promote a more even burn and increase the lifespan of your candle.
Just like candle wax, cannabis strains also come with different scents created by organic compounds called terpenes. If you find yourself purchasing the same cannabis strain over and over again, do a little digging to find out exactly which terpenes it contains. During your next sessions, light a candle with a complementary fragrance to boost the flavor and scent profile of the current strain you're enjoying.
For some pairing tips, check out our recommendation for clean-burning soy candle scents that complement the most common terpenes:
For Limonene (Citrus) Strains: pair with vanilla, sandalwood, or a fresh-scented soy wax candle
For Mycrene (Mango, Lemongrass) Strains: pair with a sage or citrus soy wax candle
For Pinene (Pine) Strains: pairs with balsam, clove, cinnamon, or basil soy wax candles
For Caryophyllene (Pepper, Clove, Spice) Strains: pair with vanilla, apple, or "campfire" soy wax candles
For Terpinolene (Floral, Pine) Strains: pair with soy wax candles that have lavender, lilac, or citrus scents
As we've said before, everyone has their preferred way and environment to enjoy cannabis. If you prefer to fully appreciate the natural scents and flavors of a beloved strain, or if scented candles just aren't your thing, you can still enjoy the benefits of soy wax candles with a scentless option made from natural ingredients.
Cannabolish Cannabis Odor-Removing Candles are specially-formulated to safely remove weed odors during or after a smoking session. How? Cannabolish's clean-burning soy candles use plant oils to remove smoke odors naturally without introducing additional scents into the air as it burns.