About Thai Sticks: weed to use, what is it, how to make it.
Table of Contents
- What is a Thai Stick?
- Thai weed going global!
- What are Cannabis Cigars?
- How To Make Thai Sticks?
- How to Cure Your Thai Sticks.
- Smoking Your Thai Stick.
- Frequently Asked Questions
What is a Thai Stick?
A bit of history; Thai Sticks are the original cannabis cigars from the Hill Tribes of Northeast Thailand, hence the name. The original Thai Sticks were made with a type of pot called Asobinaka, which is a very potent marijuana strain.
Technically; It's cannabis buds on a bamboo stick covered in hash oil, wrapped in cannabis leaves, and covered in hardened hash oil. Has a nice ring to it, something similar to the BBQ freaks who made pig in turkey in pig in beef. But then just from one plant!
Thai weed going global!
Thai Sticks made it to the USA when soldiers fighting in the Vietnam war got familiar with them during their R&R and decided to export this delicacy to their home country. Making them very popular in the United States in the 1970s & 1980s. Thousands of kilos of weed and hash were smuggled into the US at that time. Boosting the marijuana trade in Southeast Asia to all-time highs by inventing the most complex smuggling channels in the process! Some great stories those must be.
Once the supply of the Thailand native very potent Asobinaka strain of marijuana that is a key ingredient in the original literally went up in smoke, so did the popularity of the blunt itself.
These days, you can still find Thai Sticks being made and smoked in cannabis-friendly places like our beloved home of Amsterdam. If you're ever in our Dutch capital, be sure to look for one! And if you're feeling really adventurous, you can always try making your own Thai Stick at home. Just don't forget to take a picture and post it on Instagram, tag us so we can all live vicariously through you.
What are Cannabis Cigars?
A cannabis cigar is a type of cannabis blunt that is made with hemp wick instead of tobacco. Hemp wick is a natural and eco-friendly way to enjoy your smoke, as it does not contain any of the harmful chemicals that are found in tobacco. These Cigars are becoming increasingly popular as the marijuana industry is growing and more people are looking for a healthy and sustainable smoking experience.
If the cigar would be dipped in hash oil it would be a modern version of the Thai Stick but without the Stick ;)
How To Make Thai Sticks?
Materials needed for making Thai Sticks
You will need to gather your materials to roll a Thai Stick. There can be some variance in a few of the extra ingredients, but the main materials are pretty straightforward.
If you want to produce a Thai Stick, you will need the following: Whole weed buds, cured cannabis leaves, bamboo skewers, hash oil or sugar water (for a mellow version), a hemp wick to hold it together, and some parchment paper.
Shatter wrap may also be convenient for your Thai Stick. Some people also like to add extras like kief or even hash, but it isn’t necessary for your traditional Thai Stick blunt. Gather your materials together and get ready to start wrapping.
This is the main ingredient, you can make it yourself! It's another process you have to follow which involves dissolving the weed in a solvent and then filtering it.
We will add a link to a "How To" soon, so we can guide you through this step by step. As caution is advised due to the flammability of the solvent. We don't want you to burn anything but a blunt ;)
In the meantime with a bit of luck and the right connections you might be able to purchase it.
How to Put Your Thai Stick Blunt Together
You will begin to construct your Thai Stick following the procedure in the images below:
To start you will need to gather all of your materials.
Next, you will need to take your bamboo stick and coat it in hash oil. This will allow the bud to stick to the skewer while you finish the process (you can also use sugar water for this if you do not want to get too high).
You will then skewer your buds on the stick, being careful, and leave 1 cm at each end of the skewer. Being careful not to break off any buds, tie your hemp cord to one end of the stick and start to shape them evenly while wrapping them tightly – this produces an even burn throughout the Thai Stick.
Wrap the stick in your parchment paper and put it in the freezer for 24-48 hours. Some people will choose to leave it in an extra day, but it should not stay for more than 3 days.
Take the skewered buds from the freezer and carefully unwrap the parchment. Remove the string at this point – taking extra caution to not break any off of the stick.
- Once you have the string off, get your prepared leaves ready.
- You will want to prepare your leaves by washing them and letting them dry ahead of time.
Now you want to begin wrapping the stick with your fresh cannabis leaves.
- Coat the buds with hash oil or sugar water.
- Carefully wrap the buds with the cannabis leaves.
- You will want to do this three times so that your stick is wrapped up in three layers of leaves.
Wrapping the stick in parchment paper again and heat it lightly in a pan or hot plate. This will cause the hash oil to melt and seal everything together. Be Careful! DO NOT BURN IT!
Remove the paper and gently wrap the Thai Stick in the cord again.
Wrap it in the paper again in preparation for curing.
How to Cure Your Thai Stick
There are two methods to cure your Thai Stick Blunt – an earth-based way or a modern way.
- The first process is an earth-based way of curing things. This method involves your Thai Sticks wrapped in a plastic bag and burying them in the earth. You would leave it underground for a few weeks. Once the few weeks are up, you can dig up your Thai Stick and take it out of the paper.
- The modern curing process involves Putting your Thai Sticks in a plastic bag and putting it in the fridge for 3-4 days.
Why would you want to do this? There are a couple of reasons:
- One – because of various elements at play with the earth-based method (plant material, an enclosed non-breathable bag, temperature fluctuations, etc), you can develop mold on your Thai Stick. You have put time, money, and effort into this project and you do not want it ruined by mold.
- Two – Do you want to wait a few weeks to smoke your Thai Stick blunt when you can have it in 3-4 days with this curing process?
Smoking Your Thai Stick
The process of smoking your Thai Stick is pretty simple.
Thai Sticks in a pipe
Thoroughly clean your pipe before packing Thai Stick into the bowl. Pack Thai Stick into the bowl and light as you would any other cannabis product. Enjoy your Thai Stick!
Thai Sticks in a bong
Stick is perfect for smoking in a bong! The process is pretty simple, Fill your bong with water and Thai Stick. Light it and enjoy!
Thai Stick in a joint
This stick is perfect for smoking in a joint! Simply roll up Thai Stick in some rolling paper and enjoy. No need to overthink it!
Regardless of how you choose to smoke it
Important thing is to take your time and enjoy it. It can be a heavy hit so be careful and make sure you are in a safe and relaxed environment. We have seen too many tourists in our beloved Dam taking a good thug and getting smoked with the high and all the madness around them.
We recommend that you find a comfortable spot, a relaxed area with chill surroundings sit back, light it up and enjoy!
Thai Sticks burn longer than normal joints.
It can burn up to 6 hours on average. You will want to remove the skewer from the center of your Stick. This will leave a hollow tube in the middle of the stick, which would allow for good airflow and a path for the smoke to travel down. Thai Sticks burn slowly. Make sure you enjoy it responsibly. You will not smoke the whole thing it's okay to take a rest, but put the stick in an ashtray we do not want you to fall asleep with a lit one in your hand.
Frequently Asked Questions
How much do Thai Sticks cost?
At approximately $20/gram, a Thai Stick can cost $75 - $200 per stick. Each contains four to ten grams of weed. The cost of a Thai Stick varies depending on how much weed you use and how much the weed you use costs. An expensive strain will cost you more than lower-quality weed.
Are Thai Sticks still around?
Thai Sticks are still around and have regained popularity. The original Thailand Stick was popular for a while but It declined in popularity at the end of the 80s. With the advent of the global legalization of marijuana, it has become more popular in recent years.
How was a Thai Stick made?
A Thai Stick is made by skewering the weed buds and pressing them onto the skewer. Then the resulting stick is wrapped in leaves and cured. It is cured for 3-4 days in a fridge and after it is removed and enjoyed.
How long does it take to make a Thai Stick?
Traditionally it takes about 2 weeks before you can start smoking. This does not include the time it takes to grow the buds of course!
Is Thai Stick a strain?
Yes! There is a strain of marijuana called "Thai Stick" or “Thai Sticks”. However, this is not the original Thailand Strain as that was the Asobinaka strain which has gone extinct.
How old are Thai Sticks?
A Thai Stick is a form of a cannabis “cigar” obtained from Thailand. There is no clear history or data which can help us pinpoint the exact age. I will ask around next time when I'm in Thailand on my favorite Island Ko Chang, it's been a while! And now that they have legalized our beloved plant even more reason to go. Maybe now they dare to tell us an untold story of their old smuggling ways.
Can I use any type of leaf to wrap my Thai Stick?
No, you will want to use fresh cannabis leaves, they are easier to handle and overall better taste.
Does Thai Stick get you high?
We will separate the strain from the product as they can be used differently. The Thai Stick strain should be more than able to give you a nice high at 15-20% THC. Both the Thai Stick or “Cannagar” when smoked will definitely take you places as this is a multi- layered-oil-infused-Mother Of Blunts!
Where can I buy Thai Sticks?
The best is to check cannabis dispensaries near you and see if they have it. Thai Sticks are a specialty and can differ greatly in quality so check the reviews too. What you need to ensure is that you are getting a real Thai Stick (100% Sativa strain). So it requires a bit of research but believes us if you find a good and you start smoking it, it’s WORTH it!
What is the difference between a Thai Stick and a Cannabis Cigar
The main difference is the time it takes to make one or the other. A cannabis cigar, or cannagar (as the young kids call them), is a joint that is rolled with cannabis leaves instead of rolling paper. Made without the bamboo making it a basic form of the Thai Stick which is made by skewering buds and pressing them onto bamboo sticks bound by a hemp string and dipped in oil.
Are Thai Sticks made from an Indica or Sativa Strain?
All through history Thai Sticks have been made from a pure Sativa strain!