Hemp Wick: The Ultimate Guide

A hemp wick roll is next to a pair of scissors on top of a table.

You may be familiar with the fragrant, stimulating buds the hemp plant produces, but there is more to it. This cannabis plant is an extremely sustainable crop that has been around for decades. Items like hemp cord, textiles, biofuels, and hemp wick are becoming popular as a more eco-friendly alternative to the articles we normally use. The latter is getting a lot of attention, as it works as a sustainable alternative to lighters.

If you are a cannabis lover, hemp wick might be just what you need to step up your smoking game. Get to know all about this twine and its uses with this guide that Botany Farms has specially made for you.

What Is Hemp Wick

In essence, hemp wick is hemp twine coated in beeswax. This twine can be used for almost any activity imaginable. However, its uses are often related to smoking. It has been proven to be much better than butane lighters or matches since it does not produce any toxic substances when burnt.

Moreover, hemp wick was known as a “slow-match” back when people used to light cannons. Thanks to the beeswax coating, the twine burns slowly and makes it easier for you to light your bud. For this reason, it is also convenient; each hemp wick comes bundled up to 420 feet in length, which will last a good amount of time given its slow burn.

How To Use Hemp Wick

Ironically enough, you will need a lighter to get hemp wick working. However, don’t worry about the substances of butane going into your cannabis; it will only be used to get the fire started. 

To start using your hemp wick, you need to unravel it, although not completely. The majority of brands will hold down the first tendril of the wick with a sort of tape, which you will peel back. Then, make sure you are away from any source of wind and light the tip of your hemp wick using a regular lighter or a match. Let it burn for a little while to get rid of any substance coming from the butane. 

Once it is burning nicely, simply burn the tip of your joint or the bowl of your pipe. A great benefit of hemp wick is that it holds its shape when you hold it up and it can be easily manipulated. Unless you aren’t cautious, hemp wick will hardly flop down and be a dangerous fire hazard.

When you are finished with your smoke, extinguish the tip of your hemp wick by blowing or wetting your fingers and pressing the fire out. Make sure it is completely out before re-wrapping the bundle of hemp wick.

How To Put Hemp Wick On Your Lighter

As stated before, hemp wick can be easily shaped. For this reason, many users like to wrap hemp wick around their lighters to have it at hand. 

Begin by taking a strand with the size of your preference and wrap it tightly around your lighter. Start at the base and twist the twine around the lighter until you reach the top. Because it is coated in beeswax coating,  the wick will stay in place and it’ll be easy to light a bowl or water pipe. 

Once your hemp wick is wrapped around your lighter, ignite it and allow the tip of your hemp strain to catch a flame. Once it has burnt enough, follow the steps described above and then just blow the flame out.

Hemp Wick For Candles

Besides lighting a tasty cannabis joint, hemp wick is a great alternative to the common candlewicks. Since it is a completely organic fiber, the smoke produced by hemp wick is not toxic and pairs up perfectly with scented candles. Additionally, since it is a slow-match, the candles last longer than those that have generic wicks. 

Hemp Wick vs Lighter 

So you have an efficient, classic lighter, why would you switch to hemp wick? Although butane lighters are handy and have been around for decades, they are not safe at all. Inhaling hot butane from a lighter or even the chemicals from a match is a risk for your lungs, which is one of the reasons why hemp wick is used for this purpose. When exposed to butane for a long period of time, you can suffer from symptoms like drowsiness, narcosis and suffocation.

Hemp wick burns cleaner, with no toxic fumes, and eliminates the risk of taking flint dust from a normal lighter. By using hemp twine instead of a lighter, you will use 100% natural hemp, and you can even experience a more flavorful and smooth smoke. Additionally, hemp wick burns at a lower temperature than a lighter. For this reason, the smoke is not as harsh and the terpenes contained in your strain will not be burnt. 

Some benefits you can get from using hemp wick for your joints or pipes are:

  • Slow-match and low temperature: due to its beeswax coating, hemp wick burns slowly, which makes it extremely efficient. Moreover, hemp wick burns at low temperatures, reducing the probabilities of the cannabinoids being destroyed.
  • Natural: hemp wick does not produce any toxic fumes and is biodegradable, making it a much better option for those who want to be more friendly with the environment.
  • Taste: because it comes from hemp, you are basically lighting the plant with a plant. Some users have even reported tasting an enhanced flavor after lighting their cannabis with hemp wick.

Hemp Wick vs Cotton Wick

Cotton wicks are used in candle production, as they are lower cost and easy to burn. Although they do not create any toxic fumes, hemp wick is a much better option due to its sustainability. 

On an annual basis, you can get as much fiber as 2 or 3 acres of cotton from a single acre of hemp. Moreover, hemp fiber, which is the material hemp wick is made of, lasts twice as long as cotton and is stronger. Cotton also requires large quantities of water, pesticides, and herbicides, while hemp doesn’t. 

It may not seem like too much of a problem, but given the current environmental crisis we are living in, switching to more sustainable options is a great choice. Hemp nourishes soil back to health, replenishing it with nutrients and eliminating toxins. For these reasons, hemp wick is a more sustainable and durable option than cotton wick.

Hemp Wick Alternatives 

If you don’t like the idea of carrying long strands of hemp with you, there are some alternatives to both lighters and hemp wick. The cannabis market is expanding non-stop, and many different tools for lighting your buds are being created to give you new smoking experiences.

  • Glass Wands: this is certainly a very unique way to smoke flowers. They come in many different sizes and colors and can be found in any cannabis dispensary that sells glasswork. If you want to light your pipe with a glass wand, you will need to heat it up until it is red hot. Usually, this process is done with a butane torch. Let the wand cool for a few seconds and then press into your bowl. Since there is no combustion taking place, this option is a great alternative to avoid the fumes of butane.
  • Magnifier Glass: we know this one sounds weird, but it’s definitely worth a try if you want to turn heads at a party. Find a sunbeam and hold the magnifying glass about 10 inches away from your bowl. Then, wait patiently. The result will be a small but effective flare that will help you enjoy a good smoke.

If you want to enhance your smoking experience, we definitely recommend you trying hemp wick to light your joints. This way, not only will you enjoy a smooth, toxin-free smoke, but also keep the environment a little bit safer. Additionally, hemp wick will last a good amount of time, thus becoming a cheap alternative you can find in several dispensaries at the moment.

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