What is a lot of work to you?
When you’re talking about “cotton”, there’s a difference between wicking with Cotton Bacon v2 or organic cotton pads. CB is just pull off a bit, roll between your fingers and stuff it in the coil. Organic cotton needs to be cut first, then remove the skins, roll between your fingers and stuff it in the coil.
Hemp is more like CBv2. Just take a bit and stuff it in the coil (and you can really stuff it). But just like with any cotton, rayon etc, it comes a bit with a learning curve and the first time you do it, it will take some more time.
Cotton has a break-in time, hemp has a break-in time. If you don’t like it, with cotton you’re screwed. If you don’t like it with hemp, you can pre-wash it in vodka or any grain alcohol.
Cotton needs to be rewicked much more often than hemp. (I can’t vouch for this yet, but all the hemp users in this thread can). So really, why would you think hemp requires more time or effort than cotton?