Thai stick strain
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 Conclusion: Any Thai stick not laced with opium is obsolete.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…
The History of the Thai Stick
Artisan Canna Cigars was created by my partner Nathan and myself, only after acknowledging how much we could accomplish by working together within this amazing way of life. It developed into something much greater than we could’ve anticipated or imagined.
A year and over 50 collaborations later, we’ve developed a franchising company. I’ve gotten to meet incredibly talented and wonderful friends along the way, much like the remarkable @h1tmanlou. His skill trait is something of wonders, and we will always be building our craft and positivity to its fullest potential.
The strain “Thai Stick,” grown by the hill tribes in northeast Thailand, was some of the highest quality marijuana found in the ’70s. The hill tribes of Thailand generally used silk line to hold “Thai buds” together around either bamboo sticks or hemp stalks.
I’ve heard many incredible stories from various veterans, my father included, who engulfed himself within this rich untold history. I would hear stories of such sensational highs about these opium dipped thai sticks.
In the book Thai Stick: Surfers, Scammers, and the Untold Story of the Marijuana Trade, Peter Maguire and Mike Ritter explain how surfers who were declared “Draft Dodgers,” were moving shipments of Thai sticks from farms in northeast Thailand to the states.
These guys ended up creating one of the most complex smuggling channels in history, not to mention opening the states up to one trippy ride!
The Modernization of the Thai Stick
To me, it seemed impossible for this particular craft to have completely fallen out, even with the taboo that comes along with it. I then discovered a character known as Afgoo_head, who had been lingering on the social media site Instagram for a while creating in-depth posts regarding basic work with this medicine, along with the day-to-day fun that comes along with cannabis exploration.
Using the basic method of applying cannabis to a stick, he was able to transition this old school trade to the clean and all natural pure cannabis cigars you can find today.
The moment he posted a description and image of his first attempt, I was hooked! I engulfed myself within this way of life and spent hours discussing techniques with Afgoo_head.
For several weeks and months, we had conversations that opened new doors, within vastly different realms I had not been mentally exposed to yet. From the detailed personal descriptions he graced me with, to my first few failed attempts at forming it, I was able to truly educate and mold my own style in this new craft.
As he proceeded on with creating specialty designs and multiple stick crafts, I took in every detail and began to understand my own capabilities. Through constant effort and intense amounts of time, I began to notice a flow or rhythm to my own art form.
The most important thing I learned was to not put a cap on my abilities.
Only he and I, at that point, had formed cannabis cigars using this technique and as to how far this might extend around us, I was personally not prepared for.
Each craft is vacuum-sealed after each leaf layer is applied, which allows the craft to solidify at a quicker rate. This layering process is repeated three times within a two and half week period.
By giving each stick time to compress and solidify even further, you allow each craft to enter itself through an infusing process. At this point, the oils and concentrates begin to seep within the hardened stone-like cannabis cigar, which allows each person to feel an almost indescribable high.
The most frequent statement I’ve heard people say when inhaling the rich smoke is, “I feel like I’m high for the first time again!”
The effects that these formations have on the body and mind are a powerful thing; in just a few hits, you’ve open yourself up to even more healing capabilities—and in a completely natural way.
We all hurt and heal for different reasons, but pain still remains with us all. For any person who is remotely interested in cannabis and its many uses, be sure to follow up soon for more in-depth blogs and summaries.
Special thanks to out friend @Afgoo_Head for the inspiration! Your work lives on! A lot would have not been possible without you!
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