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Got Weed, But No Light?

Wednesday September 9, 2015

T here is only one thing sadder than running out of weed: having some but no way to smoke it. If you’ve ever been caught with a packed bowl but no lighter, then this one’s for you. For this week’s Ask Pot Guide, we’re going to show you some stoner hacks to get you smoking even without a lighter.

How can I smoke weed without a lighter?

Whether there’s been a lighter thief in your home or you’ve just burnt out your last one, no flame plus a fresh sack of ganja always equals a bummer. But don’t worry! We’ve got some clever ways to smoke marijuana without having to use a lighter at all.

Try a Knife Hit

Knife hits (a.k.a. “spots”) are a simple way to heat weed using only a few simple supplies: butter knives (not the good ones), an electric burner, a soda bottle top and, of course, little “spots” of weed. To take a knife hit, position the butter knives in between the burner coils then heat. Once heated, touch one knife to a small piece of marijuana then smash it between the other heated knife. Hold the soda bottle top in your mouth (or have a friend help) and inhale the vaporized weed slowly.

Use Dry Spaghetti

This one also requires a stove top burner, though ideally this one will be gas-operated. All you have to do is heat a piece of uncooked spaghetti on the stove until it catches fire then use the flame to light your bowl. You can also use hemp wick if you’re out of spaghetti, but the spaghetti trick reminds me of my college days, so I felt compelled to share it anyway!

Harness the Power of the Sun

Last year, I found a YouTube video that blew me away: it’s a how-to video that shows how to use the sun, a glass jar and a magnifying glass to heat a piece of bud to smoking point. You can watch the video here, but it basically just tells you to put a small bud into a glass jar with a tight-fitting lid then use the magnifying glass to concentrate UV light directly onto the bud. Soon, the bud will begin to smoke and the smoke will fill the jar. When full, just pop the top and take a rip. You can omit the jar, but you’ll probably lose some of your smoke in the process if you do.

Create Sparks

My budtender taught me this trick. In an attempt to light his dab torch, he came across a crazy way to make a spark using only his car’s cigarette lighter and a nickel. After heating up the car lighter, he placed a coin upright then snapped it to the side to create a spark. This was enough to light his torch so he could be on his merry way. Thanks for the idea, Matt!

Bake your Bud

You don’t have to smoke your weed to get high, just infuse it into a little butter or oil then use it in your favorite recipe. Begin by decarboxilating your weed in the oven (to bring out its psychoactive properties) and then use your stove top to infuse cannabinoids into lipids. I suggest using the Mota Pot to take the guesswork out of the process so you’ll end up with the perfect infused product every time.

No need to run out to the corner market for a fresh flame. Use these simple stoner hacks to help you get high even without a lighter on hand.

No need to run out to the corner market for a fresh flame. Use these simple stoner hacks to help you get high even without a lighter on hand.

How to light a joint

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Contents

  1. What is the correct way to light a joint?
  2. How do you light a joint without canoeing?
  3. Is it bad to light a joint with a lighter?
  4. Can you light a joint with matches?
  5. How do you put a joint out to save it for later?

Lighting a joint is not as simple as it may seem, especially if you’re new to smoking weed. Here you’ll learn the correct way to light a joint, along with the safest and healthiest flame sources for your next smoke session.

What is the correct way to light a joint?

One of the safest and most environmentally friendly ways to light a joint is to use a hemp wick, which is coated in beeswax. Hemp wicks provide a healthier alternative to traditional lighters since you will not be inhaling any butane. This organic alternative preserves the flavor of your joint and continues to burn even after you start smoking. Hemp wicks are also good options for lighting bongs and pipes.

One of the safest and most environmentally friendly ways to light a joint is to use a hemp wick, which is coated in beeswax. Photo by: Gina Coleman/Weedmaps

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Here is how to light a joint with a hemp wick:

  1. Light up one end of the hemp wick
  2. Angle the hemp wick slightly up or down to stay in control of the burn
  3. Twist the joint to create an even flame all around
  4. Be careful of dripping beeswax
  5. Smoke the joint
  6. Put the hemp wick out after your joint is lit

Using a hemp wick means doing something that can benefit your personal health as well as the health of the environment.

How do you light a joint without canoeing?

When you light a joint you want to create a perfect balance of flame all around the cherry (the glowing tip). Canoeing, or only lighting the top half of the joint lengthwise, is not the desired outcome. The key to avoiding canoeing is to twist your joint slowly to ensure that you are lighting up the whole tip equally. Patience will help you create a long-lasting, fully lit cherry so you won’t have to relight.

Lighting your joint carefully should help it burn evenly, but if your joint keeps canoeing, it may not be rolled tightly enough. Photo by: Gina Coleman/Weedmaps

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Once the tip of the joint is evenly lit, inhale a few short puffs to make sure that the cherry is fully formed. The joint should stay lit without any effort on your part. Lighting your joint carefully should help it burn evenly, but if your joint keeps canoeing, it may not be rolled tightly enough. Our advice? Keep smoking, don’t despair, and remember practice makes perfect.

Is it bad to light a joint with a lighter?

Butane lighters are by far the most popular way to light up a joint, but they’re not the best choice if you are health-conscious. For some people with sensitive respiratory systems, butane can be an allergen. Further, the fumes from butane can irritate your eyes, skin, and lungs. It would take a large amount of butane to do serious damage to the lungs, but these types of lighters still pose some risk.

Likewise, the fumes from candles, which some smokers use as lighters, can contain some of the same types of irritants (unless you are using an organic candle). But any type of candle could pose a safety risk as they are designed to be lit, not to light other objects.

Can you light a joint with matches?

Technically, you can light a joint with a match but you might not want to. For starters, matches contain sulfur. So, unlike hemp wicks, matches may alter and corrupt the flavor of your weed. In addition to sulfur, matches contain other chemicals such as potassium chlorate and phosphorus, neither of which you want to inhale.

If you must use a match, let it burn for several seconds before you light the joint. Waiting this short interval helps the sulfur burn off so that the chemical doesn’t interfere with the taste of the joint. Pausing also gives the other chemicals a chance to burn off, though they may not do so entirely.

Whenever possible, choose a hemp wick rather than a pack of matches. Unlike matches that cannot be used in the rain, hemp wicks are good options for outdoor smokes in all kinds of elements. As always when smoking outdoors, be careful not to start a forest fire.

How do you put a joint out to save it for later?

If you want to take a break from your smoke session and save your weed for later, you can put the joint out without much hassle. Simply find an ashtray or other non-flammable surface (such as concrete) and very gently press the burning end of the joint down the way you might do with a tobacco cigarette. Don’t press too firmly or you will risk crushing the joint and making it unusable later.

To save your weed for later, find an ashtray or other non-flammable surface and very gently press the burning end of the joint down. Photo by: Gina Coleman/Weedmaps

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Alternatively, you can let the cherry break off and tumble into the ashtray without applying any pressure. You can also “suffocate” the joint in a tightly sealed joint tube. In every scenario, the smoke from your leftover joint will have an ashy flavor profile the next time you light up, but rest assured it will still get you adequately stoned.

Lighting a joint is not as simple as it may seem, especially if you’re new to smoking weed. Here you’ll learn the correct way to light a joint, along with the safest and healthiest flame sources for your next smoke session.