What is a Thai Stick? A Crazy High Experience
By Canncentral Editor
The history and the creation of a Thai Stick. Historical origins of a Thai Stick. Vietnam soldiers caused the Thai Stick popularity in the United States. Popularity of a Thai Stick.
The Use and History of a Thai Stick
The cannabis industry has a long history of over 4500 years. Nowadays, marijuana consumption methods differ all over the world. Some enjoy the more traditional method of rolling it into joints or blunts, while others prefer to eat it as an edible. Others may wish to consume it as a concentrate made from oil. However, all that being said, there is one method which is not as well known as the joint or vape pen but is still a great way to get high for a few hours throughout the day and that’s the Thai Stick. Apparently this is something that harkens way back as a blast from the 1960’s past.
The dictionary defines a Thai Stick as
“High-quality marijuana bud that is wrapped around a thick stem from a cannabis plant with hemp rope. This is done to compress then buds and dry it at a slower pace then is done otherwise. This slow drying process allows for a greater potency of marijuana. However, contrary to popular belief, it is NOT dipped in opium or some other drug”.
First crafted in the 60s in Thailand, in its most basic, traditional form, a Thai Stick is a blunt made entirely from cannabis with no rolling papers or pipes involved whatsoever. Simply put, a Thai Stick is buds of marijuana skewered on a stem. Akin to a shishkabob, the skewered marijuana buds are then wrapped in fibres pulled from the cannabis plant itself. To increase its potency, buds are sometimes dipped in hash oil. This will burn much more slowly than a regular blunt because it’s made entirely of cannabis. In essence (no pun intended), you’ll experience a whole lot of bang for your bong. The adventurous may want to give this a try. A Thai Stick is fairly high in Sativa. Although it is typically an upper level high, your body will be most relaxed throughout.
No one knows for certain the actual history or how old it is, but the Thai Stick has been smoked recreationally since before the Europeans discovered America. What is known is that the Thai stick is one of many cannabis innovations that came from Thailand, along with the bong.
America was first introduced to the Thai Stick during the Vietnam war as American soldiers returned home loaded with these blunts. Consequently, these Thai cannabis sticks were a huge hit in America as they had much more potency than the typical U.S. weed commonly used. Their popularity spanned all across the USA and the Pacific. Thai Sticks enjoyed their heyday popularity throughout the 1970s. However, by the 1980s, several contributing factors contributed to its demise. Basically, chief amongst those factors was the disappearance of the supply chain and stricter policies. It stood to reason that the movements of the troops during the Vietnam war was the means of export between the Thai stick growers in the East and the smokers in the West. As the Vietnam war ended by 1975, this supply chain of Thai Sticks disappeared and led to the disappearance of them altogether in the United States. To control drug abuse, the U.S. adopted a policy change. The Controlled Substance Act (CSA) was created in the early 1970s. As such, Thai Sticks were being classified in a category along with LSD and heroin. The distribution of cannabis became a more severe offence than it was before.
A marijuana cigar (also known as a Thai Stick) is akin to the same process used for making a traditional Cuban cigar. Tobacco or marijuana bud is rolled in plant leaves instead of using regular rolling paper. The marijuana buds are first skewered on a stem to stay in place during the process and make it more convenient for the smoker to hold the Thai Stick. From the marijuana plant, the whole package is wrapped in the fibrous material from its stalk. To facilitate it being easy to light and smoke, the Thai Stick is then dried over a low fire. And for those who wish to experience a higher hit and subsequent psychoactive properties, the entire skewered joint is dipped in hash oil.
Curious to try a Thai Stick? Well, you’ll not have to travel to Thailand to find one. Here’s what you’ll need for making your own Thai Stick in the comfort of your own home:
- A wooden skewer (like chopsticks)
- Hemp string
- Some of your favourite marijuana buds
- Large leaves from a cannabis plant
- Hash oil (optional)
Here’s how to do it:
- Since they are easier to pack and compress, select the fluffiest buds from the rest of your stash.
- Coat your Stick with hash oil or some sugar water (to make it more sticky). Then press your selected buds to the Stick. Try to keep it as uniform as possible all through the Stick.
- Hemp string is then used to bind the buds to the skewer.
- Leave your Stick for 2-3 days to get it thoroughly and completely dried. This curing process removes the moisture from the Thai Stick, enhances the flavour and helps the stick set and harden. (Note: a parchment paper will be helpful to the curing process.)
- Carefully unwrap the hemp string from the Stick. (Note: The hash oil -or sugar water- coating in the first step will help you not to get your buds to fall off the Stick at this stage.)
- When the hemp string is removed, coat the bud stick with another layer of hash oil or sugar water to make it sticky. Then wrap the whole Stick in a washed leaf of the marijuana plant. Add more oil or sugar water to get everything to stick. Add another leaf cover and repeat the process to have a total of 3 layers of coverage.
(Note: Some traditional producers suggest that you leave the Stick in the refrigerator for 1-2 days between each covering step, but that’s your choice, your preference and your call. It’s entirely up to you to wait and get a smoother smoke, or just enjoy the high immediately.)
And lastly, warm the entire Stick. This will facilitate the hash oil spreading under the leaves and permeate the bud. At this stage, here you will need a curing process and this method can vary. You can put your Stick in a plastic bag and bury it under the ground for at least 1 month, or you can vacuum seal your Thai Stick and let it sit for a week, or you can even spark up and enjoy your Stick immediately. We suggest that you try all 3 methods and see which one works best and what you prefer.
Remember to remove the hemp before lighting your Stick.
Sit back. Relax. Enjoy!