Introduction: Making Hempwick
Hempwick is an amazingly handy thing to have on hand. Is an easily renewable fire source that imparts no flavors as it lights cigars (or other smokables of choice), or char/light the edge of something. It also saves the butane in your lighters, can be stretched out to keep your hand a safe distance say with lighting a camp stove or grill, and waterproof ta-boot! Basically anything a match can light, this can and not worry about burning your fingers in the process.
Step 1: Things You Will Need:
Thankfully you don’t need a lot of things for this, and the stuff is cheap, too!
- A clean glass vessel like a jar that you can dedicate to dipping things in wax (you’ll be surprised how many things benefit from a dip in wax with a little research)
- a thin utensil to bring things out of the wax when done
- Beeswax (You can pick this up at your craft store of choice usually for $10-$12 for a pound, which will last you a VERY long time.)
- Hemp cord (Again something you can pick up cheap at your craft store of choice. Best buy is 400 ft balls of it for $5. )
- a sheet of paper or drop-cloth (not shown)
- Something to wrap it on or in (Usually this will be the lighter you’ll be using the wick with)
Step 2: Cut Your Cord!
First measure out how long a piece of hempwick you want to make. You usually want to start doing this with 5-9 feet, depending on what you want to wrap it on. The length you see in the picture was roughly 9 feet. You will likely want to start with shorter lengths while you get used to using it.
Step 3: Prep and Melt Your Wax
Here is where you make your dipping jar. You will take your jar or glass vessel and break up enough of the beeswax so that the jar is half to three quarters full and place it in the microwave. Run it on high first for 2 minutes, and then use 1 minute increments until the wax is entirely melted like you see in the picture. Remember to use a towel or thermal pad, as the glass will be VERY hot!
Step 4: Dip Your Wick
Here is where we really get going! take your hemp cord and drop it into the wax, us your utensil to make sure the cord is entirely submerged and let it soak in the wax for at least 30 seconds. Once that is done, use your utensil to fish out your now wax infused cord and spread it out on your piece of paper or drop cloth to allow it to cool and the wax to solidify.
Step 5: Start Your Wrap
Once the wick is cool, now you take one end of it and make a slip knot. This is what firmly attaches the wick to what your wrapping. Tighten the slip knot to lock it around the wrapping object and begin slowly turning to spool the wick around the object, try to keep the wraps as tight as possible.
Keep working your way up until you reach the top of the object or until you run out of wick.
Step 6: And It’s Ready!
Once you have it wrapped, you’re all set to go! To use it, just unwrap a length of the hempwick and light the end with the lighter. Once lit, it will continue to burn until you extinguish it with a shake or a quick puffed blow of air. just like the wick of any candle.
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Hemp Wicks 101
What is a hemp wick? – A hemp wick is an all-natural wick made using the fibers of a hemp plant as a base. The fibers are wound tightly together creating a raw hemp wick and then coated with a quick dip in beeswax.
Hemp wick Uses
Most people think of hemp wicks as merely a simple way to burn cannabis. What most don’t know is that hemp wick has a lot more uses than just working as a replacement for your lighter.
Rope – The fibers produced by hemp plants make them incredibly strong, making it the perfect material to use as a rope for things like tying down a load in a truck, or used when camping.
Candle Wick– A hemp wick can be used to make candles and will burn longer with absolutely no scent.
Lighter – Lighters are the most widely used device to burn cannabis. So why use a hemp wick instead of smoking? Well, a hemp wick is all natural and requires no harmful smelly liquids of gasses to continue burning. They do need one light from a lighter to start but will save on lighter fluid and hemp a user to inhale fewer chemicals.
Jewelry – A hemp wick can be used to string beads, or a knot to create a strong break resistant necklace, bracelet, or ring.
Where to get hemp wicks
Hemp wicks are sold all over the world and manufactured by many different companies. Because of this, they are widely accessible and carried by most cigar shops, head shops, dispensaries and online. If you are in Canada check out the links listed below for a few different online options.
How to use a hemp wick to smoke weed
In a Bowl – Hemp Wick will generally come by the roll and need to be cut according to size. The beeswax makes the wick pliable. You will need to cut a piece wide enough to be pressed against the bottom of the bowl with enough sticking out to light. The dried herb should be packed after lining the bowl with a wick. Once you are ready to smoke light it once with any traditional lighter and get ready to inhale, the burn will be slow and continuous allowing you to keep smoking until it’s gone without any further need for a heating element.
In A Joint – Use a hemp wick to keep a joint rolling by lining a rolling paper with a piece that sticks just a small amount out of the end you will light before adding dried marijuana and rolling. Once rolled just like with a bowl a hemp wick can be sparked using a lighter and will burn if your joint does. A wick can help those who have issues with joints burning unevenly by canoeing down one side.
How to make hemp wicks
Making your own hemp wicks at home can be easy with just a few essential ingredients.
- Small pot
- Hemp string
- 1 pencil
Step 1 – Using 3 pieces of hemp string and braid them together. Now set aside while you prepare your wax.
Step 2 – Fill a small pot with three to four inches of water and bring it to a rolling boil.
Step 3 – Lower heat until you reach a consistent bubbling that you aren’t concerned will boil over.
Step 4 – Put a small amount of beeswax into the pot and allow enough time to melt. Approximate five minutes.
Step 5 – Dip the braided hemp string into the pot slowly. You want to fully immerse it before carefully pulling it back out.
Step 6 – Hang hemp string to dry and set for at least two hours before cutting.
Why use hemp wick instead of smoking?
Besides all the practical reasons listed above, the environmental impact of any product you’re buying has become a prominent topic of discussion as of late. Once grown and cultivated hemp plants are known to benefit air quality everywhere. The plant’s usefulness goes above and beyond by providing more sustainable materials that can be used in the production of hemp fiber products with a versatility currently unmatched by any other widely used material like metals, glass or plastic.A hemp wick is an all-natural wick made using the fibers of a hemp plant. The fibers are wound together and then coated with beeswax. ]]>