One of the most popular ways to smoke cannabis nowadays is by rolling up and smoking a blunt or cannabis cigar. Rather than smoking out of a joint or bong, the added element of the cigar or blunt provides a richer, long-lasting experience that some cannabis connoisseurs thoroughly enjoy. However, that is by no means, a new invention, in fact, the modern-day’s cannabis cigar or blunt predecessor, the Thai stick, draws from ancient origins and practices.
Little has changed to the Thai stick from its inception, still providing users with a rich and enjoyable smoking experience that is much more potent. For individuals seeking to learn more about the Thai stick or try it out for themselves, stay tuned. This article dives in and explores everything there is to know about the Thai stick, including background information, how to make a Thai stick, and how to smoke it.
What Is A Thai Stick?
A Thai stick one method for smoking cannabis that originates from ancient Thailand. They are created by weaving together long stalks of cannabis colas skewered or pressed tightly around a bamboo stick which is then wrapped in fan leaves. Once the wrap is done, the cannabis flower is filled inside and tightly packed with the leaves sealed. Most, if not all, Thai sticks are also dipped in concentrates and topped off with kief as a potent finishing touch. When it comes time to smoke the Thai stick, the bamboo stick is removed which the remaining hole allows for optimal airflow and efficient burning.
A Brief History of The Thai Stick
As mentioned previously, the Thai stick originates from ancient Thailand from various hill tribes in the northeastern region of Thailand. Unfortunately, the exact time frame of when the Thai stick came into being, remains unknown. Thai sticks did not enter the United States until the 1960s and 1970s after Thai sticks were smuggled into the states by Vietnam War veterans and, by the end, an entire supply chain was created. Back then, and as some suspect from ancient times, the Thai sticks were dipped in opium unlike the practice today of dipping the stick in cannabis concentrates and sprinkling with kief.
After a few decades, towards the end of the 80s, the supply chain of smuggling Thai sticks into the US lost its vigor and slowly fizzled out. It wasn’t until the resurgence and encroaching acceptance of cannabis in recent years, as well as a mysterious cannabis connoisseur known by the name of “afgoo head”, that Thai sticks have found their way back into the fold.
Modern Thai Stick vs. Ancient Thai Stick: Is There A Difference?
So, this begs the question: are there any significant differences between the modern Thai stick and the ancient Thai stick? Frankly, not much has changed at all with the only major difference being that opium is no longer used to coat the exterior of the Thai stick, thankfully that has been replaced with cannabis concentrate and kief. Although some ancient techniques or practices may have been lost to time, ultimately, how the Thai sticks are made and smoked today is nearly the same as is what back then.
How Is A Thai Stick Made?
The process for making a Thai stick is relatively straightforward but requires labor-intensive work. good hand-eye coordination, attention to detail, and time. Individuals looking to make a Thai stick themselves will require the following things:
- Cannabis flower
- Bamboo stick or chopstick
- A small stick or toothpick
- Cannabis concentrates and/or oil
- Parchment paper
- A fridge and range
- Hemp string
- Fan leaves
First, coat the bamboo or chopstick with cannabis oil, press the buds around the bamboo stick while wrapping it with hemp string to hold it all in place. Using the fluffiest buds will allow for the optimal level of airflow when the Thai stick is complete. Once the bamboo stick is tied up at both ends wrap it in parchment paper and leave it in the fridge for a few days.
Once a few days have gone by, unwrap the parchment paper and unravel the hemp string while leaving the pressed bud in place. Then coat the stick, once again, with oil and wrap it with the washed and prepped fan leaves. Repeat this process two more times to total 3 layers of leaves around the stick.
After that, wrap the Thai stick in parchment paper again, but this time place it in a pan and heat at a low temperature for a few seconds. This is so that the oil can permeate and blend with all the layers. After a few seconds, remove the parchment paper and re-wrap the hemp string. Finish off by placing the Thai stick in a plastic bag and leave it in the fridge for about a week. As was customary in ancient times, the Thai stick would then be buried to cured for around 3 months before it was ready to smoke. At this stage, the option to coat the exterior of the Thai stick in concentrate is free game and it’s always a bonus to sprinkle on some kief for good measure.
How To Smoke A Thai Stick
Thai sticks, like canna-cigars, are slow-burning and can take up to an hour to burn through a quarter inch. Like cigars, Thai sticks should be lit and treated like a cigar by only inhaling once the stick has been effectively lit. Using a torch is likely the most efficient method, but using a hempwick or lighter works all the same. Make sure the entire end of the Thai stick is lit and read hot before inhaling. Since there is a hole directly in the center of the stick, it would be like trying to inhale fire directly to try and take it hit prematurely. Smoking a Thai stick can be a more potent and luxurious experience that can provide a unique diversion from the usual methods for smoking cannabis.