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You may have seen it: Someone pulls out what looks like a ball of string to light up a pipe or joint. It may seem long-winded, but there are good reasons for it.

You may have overlooked this handy lighting accessory many times before. It often looks like a ball of twine, which is why many people may not give it a second glance. However, hemp wick can seriously change how you enjoy your favourite herb—in the best way! In this article, we delve into how this little ball of string can make your smoking sessions more natural, and more enjoyable. You’ll be surprised at just what this “string” is capable of.

What is Hemp Wick?

What is Hemp Wick?

Hemp wick is a burnable wick made from natural hemp fibres dipped in beeswax. It’s an easy to use alternative to matches and lighters, and, as there are only two ingredients, hemp wick forgoes the chemicals and gases associated with other lighting accessories. It offers an overall more natural way to complement your natural herb. If you’re looking for an alternative to more traditional methods of lighting, this is the accessory for you.

Why Use Hemp Wick?

As mentioned, there are conventional alternatives already. Why not use a lighter or match to blaze your pipe or bong? After all, in order to light the hemp wick itself, you need to use a flame. Why not just cut out the middleman? Well, it boils down to two significant factors: chemicals and taste.

Lighters and matches contain chemicals such as butane that are not good for the human body. It's possible to inhale the fumes of these toxic chemicals when lighting your joint or bowl. For something so straightforward and easy to use, hemp wick offers a chemical-free solution that you’re sure to notice when you try.

Easier to Use

Hemp wick is effortless and easy to use

While most lighting accessories are easy to use, some can be fiddly to work in the middle of a smoking session. Hemp wick, however, is effortless and easy to use. As it’s already balled up, it’s easy to transport and ready to use at the drop of a hat. Being able to unwind the ball allows you to measure precisely how much you need, and keep track of what you have left. Your session will never be cut short by a near-empty lighter again after using hemp wick!

Butane Gas From Lighters Can Pose Health Risks

Butane Gas From Lighters Can Pose Health Risks

Although they’re arguably the most common way to light cigarettes and joints, it’s no secret that the chemicals in lighters can have a detrimental effect on your health. Using hemp wick is undoubtedly a healthier way to smoke, and it can be easier too. Inhaling hemp fumes is bound to be better for you than huffing in the toxins that escape from a butane lighter. Trust us. Your body will thank you.

Smoother (and More) Tokes

Smoother (and More) Tokes when using hemp wick

As the hemp wick burns at a lower temperature compared to a lighter, you get a smoother toke. This, in turn, allows you to appreciate the flavours of your chosen strain. Those who have switched from traditional lighters claim their hits not only feel smoother, but that they can better notice the subtleties in flavour. Burning your weed at a lower temperature will make it go further, too—meaning you can potentially get twice as many hits as you usually would.

More Precise

More Precise and easy when use hemp wick

It can be tricky when you're feeling a little hazy during a smoking session to get your lighter to light your bong. Well, worry no more! Using hemp wick is an easy and precise task. As you’re burning a firm, long piece of wick, it is easier to guide into your pipe or bowl. And, as it is slow-burning, you won’t be burning your fingers as you might with matches or a lighter.

How to Use Hemp Wick

How to Use Hemp Wick

Now that you have your hemp wick, where do you start? Well, you’ll be pleased to learn it’s a straightforward process! As mentioned, hemp wick is often balled up when you buy it. As tempting as it may be, you don’t need to unravel the entire ball. You can simply unwind and stretch out the length of hemp wick you need.

Once unfurled, you will need to light the end with a match or lighter. Now, we know we said these lighting accessories aren’t the best for you, but you’ll be lighting your hemp wick away from your face and long before you inhale, lessening the chance of breathing in any butane or toxins. Lighting the end of your wick is entirely safe, as it’s not combustible.

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Now lit, you can use the hemp wick in a controlled manner to light your bong, joint, or pipe. Because of the beeswax, the hemp wick will keep its rigidity, so you don’t need to worry about it crumpling when you insert it into your smoking device. Moreover, as hemp wick burns at a slower rate, it won’t be a race against time to light your bowl like it would with a match.

Once your bowl, joint, etc. is lit, you are safe to extinguish your hemp wick. This can be done by either dipping the tip into water or wetting your fingers and putting the flame out yourself. Leave the wick for a moment or two to cool fully, and then simply ball it back up, ready for future use.

Hemp Wick Belongs in Every Stoner’s Arsenal

Simple, safe, and with no fuss, what are you waiting for? It’s time to pick up some hemp wick and see for yourself how this ball of string can change what you thought you knew about smoking!

Adam Parsons
Adam Parsons
Professional cannabis journalist, copywriter, and author Adam Parsons is a long-time staff member of Zamnesia. Tasked with covering a wide range of topics from CBD to psychedelics and everything in between, Adam creates blog posts, guides, and explores an ever-growing range of products.
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