Are You Lighting Your Joint Correctly?
Along with so many other parts of the joint rolling process – everyone has their own style of lighting a joint. Not only do you have some choices when it comes to the ignition source, but there is a bit of a technique involved in achieving an even burn with a powerful cherry right from the start. Some prefer traditional lighters while others favor the more natural hemp line. Preferences aside, I can help you properly ignite the slow burning joint you worked so hard to roll.
No matter what you ignite with, it's all about patience.
Do: Create the Cherry Slowly
To light a joint that smokes slowly and evenly, start by applying flame to only the tip while slowly rotating your fingers.
The objective is to create a cherry at the tip of the joint that will burn evenly as the joint is smoked. Be patient! Creating a cherry without inhalation typically takes a bit more direct heat.
Once the majority of the cherry has been lit you can use a combination of inhalation and additional flame application (at separate times) to even it out as needed.
After the first few hits, the joint will continue to burn evenly as illustrated below.
Don't: Inhale During Ignition
Applying flame to the joint tip while inhaling is a popular lighting method because it is similar to how cigars and cigarettes are lit. However, we are dealing with cannabis, not tobacco.
As cool as it looks, I don't recommended lighting while drawing on the joint during ignition as it often results in an uneven cherry and a higher likelihood of canoeing. This can be especially problematic with twax joints and blunts as you can ignite the BHO and ruin your hard work. Follow these links to learn more about the different types of cannabis concentrates, and how to safely make your own dabs or hash oil at home.
Whatever you do, just make sure you have a heat source at your disposal! While it may sound obvious, I can almost guarantee that the lack of a lighter has halted more than one of your joint sparking operations. I will admit that the cigarette method is fair game in high-wind scenarios (an uneven cherry is better than no cherry at all) but there are some alternatives, like a one hitter.
Pro Tip: Lighting a One-Hitter
A one hitter is a weed pipe that's a great alternative when you don't have a joint handy. You should use a grinder card to load it, and then feel free to take the quintessential ciggy-style rip! With a pipe like this, you do not need to worry about cornering the bowl. It's easier to light a bowl without burning your fingers when using the one hitter!