Stick of weed
The Thai stick I remember, surely, was opium laced. This was late Sixties to mid Seventies and, other than Mexican dirt weed, there was Columbian, which sold for the princely sum of $35/lid. Occasionally, we’d see good red Jamaican, that was it. Growing up in Colorado Springs, home of Ft (Kit) Carson, during the Vietnam War, when Thai stick hit town, it was. for some of us. like the yo-yo, hula hoop or foosball! The stick we were getting woulld have killed anyone in far less time than six hours. Oh, and it was sensimilia, whispily wrapped around a stick. One didn’t smoke it the way it’s being described, here. rather, it was used to spike regular numbers into, “thinking you can fly,” numbers that three people couldn’t finish. Some people swore they were laces with pcp or mda. Opium was and still is my best guess. One thing I never saw. and there was little I didn’t see, in those days, was one of those giant monstrosities, above. If all one wants to do is get totally wasted, wouldn’t it be easier. and a lot cheaper. doing dabs or other easily acquired concentrate? Hell, 32% THC weed is available, 7 days a week, 15 minutes away. No sensimilia, unadulterated, comes close to that. Conclusion: Any Thai stick not laced with opium is obsolete.
I got some around 1979 it was a bright light green, buds were rolled onto a stick, it smelled very good. I remember cutting pieces from it like candy. True it was a very powerful high. Never had anything like it since.
1st time I smoked it was in 1974 when I got it from a soldier returning from Vietnam. The stuff I smoked was dipped in opium & was the best Herb that I ever smoked in my lifetime, Unbelievable high & I’ve smoked almost every strain on the Planet Earth. I would sell my soul for some seed 🙂
My first time using this strain back in the day, all I could say was WOW! 1970’s I could have never made it without Thia stick.
I love this more than ever. I smoked it in the 70’s and feel Thai Sti co was the foundation for my taste in music. Progressive Rock. Also my taste in movies and books. Thank you Thai weed.
Best shit I ever had. Best High Best Taste and at 64 Ive had some. None any better ever.
I loved this stuff back in the late ’70s whenever it came around. Best tasting bud I ever smoked.
I was in Thailand in the 70’s and bought 30 sticks at a time for $25. They were exactly the same smell, taste and high as the Thai sticks i had been buying in California and Washington for a few years. Absolutely the sweetest smelling and tasting marijuana that I have ever had. The high? Powerful and psychedelic. Definitely not a typical sativa high. Colombian weed was an excellent sativa and really the gold standard for a great sativa high. Thai stick took you much farther into psychedelia. Durban poison would be more comparable to the Thai stick high but not nearly as trippy. FIRST: It was NOT dipped in hash oil or opium or anything else. It was just an amazing and pure land race that has been eradicated to extinction by Thailand’s king who decided to start executing growers and dealers in the 90’s. That incredible flavor and taste (and mind bending high) is why so many people thought it was dipped or rolled in something. But I am here to tell you I bought it from people who were the growers and saw for myself how they did it. It was just a wonderful plant growing in perfect conditions that it had evolved in. I am totally familiar with the “caviar” buds in today’s market that are dipped in oil and rolled in kief. Thai stick looked nothing like that. It smelled nothing like any strain sold anywhere today.
It’s an urban legend that Thai sticks were “dipped in opium”. Not true. They were also not dipped in hash oil. The rural small farmers did not produce hash oil. And if the opium thing was true, a lot of stoners in the US would have developed a degree of opium addiction. That didn’t happen. Real Thai sticks were just super strong landrace strains from northeastern Thailand, Laos, and Cambodia. They were enhanced by a long curing process that kind of fermented them in their own resins. The really top quality stopped coming to the US around 1982. Eventually they stopped tying the sticks and just shipped pressed “stickless Thai”. That ended in 1988 after a few huge busts on the west coast broke up the syndicates bringing it. By then US domestic production and central American imports had taken over anyway. As it came from a very old region with numerous similar strains, there is no single Thai stick strain.
In the mid to late seventies Thai-sticks consisted of small dense buds wrapped around a sliver of bamboo with hemp-fiber and dipped into an opium solution; weighing about 3-4 grams and costing $30-$40. The US government began spraying paraquat on Mexican fields after the Vietnam war, and the Drug War went full swing as a covert cover for the CIA to relocate its drug smuggling operations into Mexico and Central America. The Vietnam pull-out ended the CIA’s use of our military’s C-130’s for drug smuggling from Asia. Thai-stick quickly disappeared and so did any availability of Red-bud Colombian and Colombian-gold. Domestically grown pot from Northern California, Oregon, and Hawaii became most popular. But fake sticks began showing-up as Thai-stick, they were made from low quality Colombian buds loosely wrapped around a small skewer-stick with dark red thread. These sticks were bunk, without the distinctive taste or hallucinogenic high one would experience from real Thai-stick. Never have I seen a Thai-stick dipped in hash oil. I lived in Southern California’s South Bay area at the time and knew very resourceful contacts that could get any variety of the best drugs I wanted. When the availability of Thai-stick or any good Colombian availability ended, “Grown in America” Sensimilla became the new hit. Today I’m a medical grower, and no strain I’ve sampled compares to genuine Thai-stick.Thai Stick is a rare 100% sativa strain that is native to Thailand and was brought over to the United States during the 70s or 80s, depending on who you ask. This bud gets its name from its unique method of smoking it – typically you skewer the buds on long thin bamboo sticks. These nugs are ti…
What is a Thai stick?
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- History of Thai sticks
- How to make Thai sticks
- How to smoke a Thai stick
- Modern Thai sticks
A Thai stick is an ancient form of a cannabis “cigar” deriving from Thailand, most popular in the United States in the 1970s. A Thai stick typically consists of cured flower skewered on a bamboo stick, wrapped in fan leaves and tied together with hemp string.
A Thai stick typically consists of cured flower skewered on a bamboo stick, wrapped in fan leaves and tied together with hemp string. Photo by: Gina Coleman/Weedmaps
In the modern age of cannabis legalization and product innovation, the luxury blunt or cannabis cigar has become a more prominent dispensary item in legal regions. But the modern canna-cigar’s precursor, the Thai stick, is of ancient origin, and its basic form has barely changed since the days of its inception.
The construction of a Thai stick is, at its core, fairly simple and straightforward, though the smoking experience it provides may contrast significantly with that of a traditional joint or blunt.
Most cannabis users will be familiar with the essential elements — long stocks of cured cannabis colas skewered or pressed around a bamboo stick, then wrapped in fan leaves. The Thai stick may also possibly be dipped in concentrate and/or sprinkled with kief. When the bamboo stick at the center is removed for smoking, the remaining hole in the center allows for sufficient airflow to properly burn the pressed flower, oil, and leaf wrap.
History of Thai sticks
Thai Sticks are an ancient creation of the hill tribes from northeast Thailand, though the exact timeframe of its origin remains unknown. It wasn’t until the 1960s and ’70s that the Thai stick made its way to the U.S. when American surfers and Vietnam War veterans started taking trips to Thailand and smuggling Thai sticks (possibly dipped in opium at times) into to the country.
The supply chain through which Thai sticks were smuggled to the U.S. fizzled out in the 1980s, and it wasn’t until the current boom of the legalization market that these ancient canna-cigars made a comeback. Most online sources trace the modern Thai stick movement back to a mysterious cannabis connoisseur known as afgoo head on Instagram.
Afgoo_head was reportedly the first to bring the Thai stick method into the modern age by crafting a variety of cannabis cigars that followed the same pattern. His modern Thai sticks eventually caught the attention of other aspiring cannabis cigar makers such as Roger Hinkley and Nathan Zeeb, co-founders of Artisan Kanna Cigars, who would then take the Thai stick concept and recraft it to make modern canna-cigars for the modern cannabis connoisseur.
How to make Thai sticks
The process of making a Thai stick is relatively simple, though it does require significant labor and hand-eye coordination. To make a Thai stick, you’ll need some flower, a bamboo stick or chopstick, another small stick, some cannabis oil or concentrate, parchment paper, a refrigerator, a range, hemp string, and fan leaves for rolling.
First, coat your bamboo or chopstick in hash oil and press your bud around it, then wrap it with hemp string to hold it in place. Make sure you use the fluffiest buds at your disposal to optimize airflow for the end product. Once you’ve tied your stick up at both ends, wrap it in parchment paper and leave it in your refrigerator for a few days.
After a few days, unwrap the hemp string from your stick. The goal is to remove the string with the pressed bud fully intact around the stick. Then, coat the stick in hash oil and wrap it with washed fan leaves. Repeat coating and wrapping two more times for three layers of leaves around the stick.
Once you’ve finished your leaf wrapping, rewrap the Thai stick in parchment paper and briefly heat it in a pan on a low temperature for a few seconds. This will give the oil an opportunity to melt through all the layers and permeate the entire stick. Remove the parchment paper and re-wrap in hemp string, then seal the Thai stick in a plastic bag and put it in the fridge for up to a week.
Traditionally, Thai sticks are also buried to cure for up to three months. Once you’ve finished wrapping the leaves, you may also want to add an outer coating of oil or concentrate, as well as a coating of kief.
How to smoke a Thai stick
Thai sticks and canna-cigars may burn as slow as a quarter-inch per hour. They should be smoked in a similar fashion to a cigar, only with more inhale once the end is sufficiently lit. Using a torch may provide the optimal lighting, though Thai sticks can also be lit with a lighter or hempwick. Once the entire end is glowing red, you can start to inhale. Don’t inhale while lighting because you’ll essentially be inhaling the flame through the hole in the middle.
Modern Thai sticks
What’s the difference between the traditional Thai stick and a modern-day canna-cigar? In short, not much. Whether you’ve seen them in a dispensary and seen them labeled as cannabis cigars, canna-cigars, or cannabis caviar, you’re likely looking at some variation of the Thai stick. Rather than coat the Thai stick in opium, as the original creators might have done, most modern Thai stick makers opt for coating the cigar in high-quality concentrates and/or kief.What is a Thai stick? Copy article link to clipboard. Link copied to clipboard. Contents History of Thai sticks How to make Thai sticks How to smoke a Thai stick ]]>