How To Light Your Joint Or Bowl When You Don't Have A Lighter
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What To Do When You Don't Have A Lighter To Fire Up Your Weed

2 min

If you intend of getting high, yet don't have a lighter on hand, fear not. There are numerous ways to generate a flame so you can still sit back, relax, and fire up.

We’ve all been there before. It’s been a long day and now you’re ready for some serious down time. You reach into the stash jar and pull out a smelly and frosty nugget of weed. You process it down and begin to roll a large and impressive joint. The deed is done, you greet your lips with the end of the joint and decide it’s time to blaze up. But wait, where’s your lighter?

This situation is a dire one, especially when it’s late at night and the shops are too far away or worse - closed. But fear not, there are still methods than can be used to spark your joint, or even eat your weed to ensure that you get high. Although most of them are highly unconventional, they are effective.


Use Your Weed To Make An Edible

If your stash is big enough, the next option could be to make an edible and eat your weed instead. This is a lengthier process than merely smoking a joint, but it will result in a more intense and long-lasting high, making all of the effort worthwhile.

It will also give you a chance to get creative with whatever you have lying about in your kitchen. There really is no limit when it comes to making edibles. You can create anything from brownies and cakes to salad dressings and pastas. But before anything else, you will need to make some cannabutter.

Making cannabutter means you will have a base to add to recipes in order to infuse them with THC and other cannabinoids. THC is fat soluble, so butter is a great way of extracting this psychoactive cannabinoid in a way that makes it immediately possible to cook with.

Remember, you must decarb your cannabis before endeavouring to make a batch of cannabutter. This is the process of heating your dried material to the point where cannabinoids become active. For example, precursor molecule THCA will become THC, and CBDA will become CBD. Once your batch of cannabutter has been formed, you can use it in recipes in place of normal butter or fat sources.


Use The Sun For A Solar Hit

Taking a solar hit means utilising the power of the sun in order to set your cannabis alight. Solar hits are perhaps the most organic and renewable way to smoke some herb. They require no fuel, they don’t contaminate smoke with chemicals, and they never run out.

To take a solar hit, you will need a small glass jar, dried cannabis bud, a magnifying glass, and a reasonably warm and sunny day.

Head outside and place the weed nug within the small glass jar. Hold the magnifying glass up and allow the sun's rays to become concentrated and magnified. Aim this powerful beam of light through the glass and onto the weed.

The heat of the day will dictate how fast this phenomenon takes, but with time and patience, your glass will become full of THC-rich smoke. Next, remove the lid of the glass jar and take a well-deserved hit.


Create Some Sparks To Light Your Joint

There are numerous ways to create a spark. Depending on how you make them, it may be hard to aim the sparks directly to the end of a joint or on top of a bowl loaded with bud. In this case, you can also go outside and make sure the spark lands on a small tinder bundle from which you can light your joint. Tinder can be made from dried leaves and wood shavings.

If you are the survivalist type, you may have a firesteel or ferrocerium rod lying around. If so, use these tools to create an instant spark. If you don’t possess this kind of equipment, then you can always use a more makeshift method. Rubbing the positive end of an AA or 9-volt battery against some steel wool will instantly generate sparks. This method requires caution and we do not recommend trying it at home.


Use Dry Spaghetti To Light Your Joint

As it happens, dry spaghetti is quite a flammable substance. It’s been reported than you can press the end of a dry piece of spaghetti against a hot stovetop to generate fire. The end of the piece will light, meaning you can use it as a giant match to light your joint or fire up a bowl.

Luke Sumpter
Luke Sumpter
With a BSc (Hons) degree in Clinical Health Sciences and a passion for growing plants, Luke Sumpter has worked as a professional journalist and writer at the intersection of cannabis and science for the past 7 years.
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