The Infamous “White Lighters Are Bad Luck” Myth: True or False?
Jimi Hendrix, Janis Joplin, Jim Morrison, and Kurt Cobain all have something in common. Other than the fact that they redefined the music as we know it; and the uncanny coincidence that they were all southpaw guitar players. These four musicians are also at the center of a very interesting conspiracy theory: The Notorious Myth of the White Lighter. So, this infamous white lighters are bad luck myth, is it really true? Read on to find out.
A lot of stoners and patients have heard about the white lighter legend. It all started when conspiracy theorists began to point out a similarity among the deaths of three famous rock stars. Hendrix, Joplin, and Cobain were all said to be holding a white lighter during the time of their death. In addition to that, they are the biggest names mentioned on the 27 Club; a grim list of celebrities who died at the age of 27.
The Legend of the White Lighter: Myth or Truth?
So, how exactly did the legend of the white lighter begin? A lot of smokers developed a belief that a device is capable of causing bad luck. Many have claimed that they’ve experienced unfortunate run-ins with the law. In some cases, the unlucky owner would wind up dead.
But the history of the lighter is, as expected, nothing out of the ordinary. It is just a commonly used thing that continues to dominate the shelves of convenience stores and supermarkets. Unsuspecting people pick up the lighter every now and then. To this day, the lighter continues to be produced by its original manufacturer, BIC.
Mythpuffers posted this in-depth look into the dreaded white lighter:
“Although there are several hypotheses as to the origins of the curse of the white lighter, the most notorious is undoubtedly the lighter’s connection to the deaths of three left-handed rock stars in the first years of the 1970s. While the infamous ’27 Club’ is a whole other can of worms, it has been rumored that white lighters are inextricably linked to three of the club’s members—Jimi Hendrix, Janis Joplin, and Jim Morrison.
“As the story goes, the three musicians died of drug overdoses on separate occasions, and according to autopsy reports, white lighters were found on each of the scenes. While it may seem eerie that three prolific, left-handed musicians died with white lighters in their pockets, there is absolutely no way this is possible considering that disposable BIC lighters were introduced in 1973, and Hendrix and Joplin passed away in 1970 followed by Morrison in 1971.”
Apparently, the white lighter myth is what it is: an urban legend. As in life, it all comes down to preference and finding one that suits you best. The best thing about cannabis is the fact that it effects each and everyone of us differently. If someone comes at you with with myths, then it is safe to assume that they don’t know too much about cannabis itself. So, next time you are passed a white lighter, be sure to use your own judgement and not make a decision that is based on nothing more than a fad. Come back to The Happy Campers for all your latest cannabis news and findings.