An Ancient Cannabis Creation, the Thai Stick

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Introduction

There is an ancient cannabis creation that even some of the most experienced cannabis connoisseurs may be unfamiliar with, and it is a unique commodity truly worth experiencing: 

The Thai Stick.

As the name suggests, this complex experiment originated in Thailand back in the 70s and offered people a compelling new smoking experience. It’s also worth noting that Tai Sticks are known for mixing various forms of the highest quality marijuana on the market. 

What Is a Thai Stick?

A Thai stick typically consists of whole-bud cannabis skewered on a bamboo stick, wrapped in fan leaves, and tied together with hemp string. But, when you peel back the layers, you'll find that there's far more going on than meets the eye.

What Strain is Thai Stick?

Thai is a pure Sativa strain and is the grandfather of many famous strains such as Voodoo, Juicy Fruit, and even Haze.

History of the Thai Stick

An ancient creation, Thai Sticks, came from the hill tribes of northeast Thailand, though its origin's exact time frame remains unknown. Thai sticks made their way to the U.S around the 1960s and '70s due to American surfers and Vietnam War veterans taking trips to Thailand and smuggling Thai sticks back. 

Many believed the Thai Sticks had opium in them at that time, although no one knows for sure. Likely, the hash oil used to bind them convinced people they were puffing on something more robust than marijuana. Furthermore, some believe these original canna cigars were more potent than any kind of American marijuana during that time.

Modernization of the Thai Stick

You can trace the modern Thai stick movement back to an Instagram cannabis connoisseur known as afgoo head through online sources. 

Refounded By Afgoo_Head

Afgoo_head was reportedly the first to bring the Thai stick method into the modern age by crafting various cannabis cigars that followed the same pattern—eventually catching the attention of other aspiring cannabis cigar makers as Roger Hinkley and Nathan Zeeb, co-founders of Artisan Kanna Cigars. 

They would take the Thai stick concept and recraft it to make canna-cigars for the modern cannabis connoisseur. 

Is There a Difference Between the Traditional Thai Stick and a Modern-Day Canna-Cigar?

In short, not really. Whether you've seen them in a dispensary labeled as cannabis cigars, you're likely looking at some variation of the Thai stick.

Most modern Thai stick makers use high-quality concentrates or kief for coating the cigar, rather than what the original creators might have done, which is coat the Thai stick in opium.

How Do You Make a Thai Stick?

Making a Thai stick is quite simple, though it does require significant nimbleness. 

First, to make a Thai Stick, you'll need the following:

  • Whole-Bud Cannabis (use the fluffiest buds to optimize airflow for the end product)
  • A bamboo stick or chopstick 
  • Another small stick 
  • Cannabis Oil or Concentrate (can substitute with sugar water)
  • Parchment paper 
  • A refrigerator 
  • A range
  • Hemp string
  • Fan leaves for rolling

Once you have all the tools and ingredients, this step-by-step process will show you how to make Thai Sticks:

  1. Coat the bamboo or chopstick in hash oil and press your bud around it, then wrap your hemp string around the bud to hold it in place. 
  2. Now you've tied the stick up at both ends, wrap it in parchment paper then place the stick in your refrigerator for a few days.
  3. After a few days, unwrap the hemp string from your stick. The goal here is to remove the string with the pressed bud fully intact around the stick. 
  4. Then, coat the bud around the stick in hash oil and wrap it with washed fan leaves. Repeat coating and wrapping two more times, leaving you with three layers of leaves around the stick. 
  5. Once you've finished your leaf wrapping, rewrap the Thai stick in parchment paper and heat it in a pan at a low temperature for a few seconds, allowing the oil to melt through all the layers and run through the entire stick. 
  6. Remove the parchment paper and rewrap in hemp string, then seal the Thai stick in a plastic bag and put it in the fridge for up to a week. 

Traditionally, the Thai sticks were 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 layer of kief.

How Do You Smoke a Thai Stick?

Now that you have your Thai Stick assembled and cured, you untie the string, remove the stick from the center, and smoke in a similar fashion to a cigar. It may burn as slow as a quarter-inch per hour.

The tunnel running through your Thai Stick will allow for airflow. Without it, the inhalation would be impossible.

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