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What is a Thai Stick and How to Make One

Looking for a new experience when it comes to smoking weed? First, you must be forewarned, once you take this journey you can never go back to your joints and small water pipes and look at them the same way again.

If you are ready to take a journey back to the 60’s, grab holds your hat and listen with caution.

Once you understand more about what a Thai stick is and how to make your own, you will become one with the weed and dazzle and amaze all your friends as a result.

If you are still ready, you have been warned, so let us take this trip to where it all began.

The History of the Thai Stick

Makes sense that the Thia stick was originally crafted in Thailand, popular back in the hippie days of the 1960’s and 1970’s.

The Thai stick was a result of sticking extremely high-quality marijuana on to long skewers. Hemp fiber was used to bound the marijuana to the stalks to keep everything tight in place.

These long sticks were then dipped into opium, giving the marijuana a kick unlike any other weed on the planet.

The Thai stick of today, although similar is design, is no longer dipped in opium, it refers more to the marijuana bound to the stick and dipped in hash oil.

The hash oil will provide a more potent high from the stronger smoke.

Making Your Own Thai Stick

Unlike the days of the hippies, making your own Thai stick does not require you having an opium farm nearby.

That being said, if you want to enjoy the best weed smoking experience of your life, you have to be willing to put in the work up front.

Creating your very own Thai stick blunt requires some serious time because it can be quite complicated to make.

In time you will get better and faster at production, but regardless how long it takes from wrapping to smoking, it will be worth every minute of your time.

The entire blunt is going to be made from cannabis, and will only burn at about an inch per minute. That is a lot of hits from one blunt, especially if the party is small and intimate.

The Process for Making Your Thai Stick

1. Grab a hold of the fluffiest buds you have in your stash. The fluffiest buds work best, they are easier to pack and compress to the bamboo stick.

Fluffier buds also make it easier when you have to bind the buds. Don’t go for really dense buds or the smoke will be quite harsh.

2. Use hemp-line to bind the buds to the stick, this is important because when unwrapped you will not have to worry about your buds coming off on that line.

Bind the buds securely but not too tight. Wrap the stick in parchment and store in the refrigerator.

3. Leave in the refrigerator for a couple days, then remove that hemp-line from the bamboo stick.

The buds will stay in place on that stick without the string. Coat the buds with some cannabis oil, using a lighter to thin out the oil as applied.

Now start applying the first layer of cannabis leaves to that blunt, which basically takes the place of smoking paper or tobacco.

Keep wrapping the leaves around the stick, use oil to keep everything secure. Be generous with applying the oil but do not go overboard or the blunt will be dripping wet as you try smoking.

4. Continue to put the stick back in the refrigerator for a few days, then wet with oil, add more leaves, put back in the frig.

The goal here is to eventually create three layers of leaves, so this process is going to take you at least a week to finish.

Once you complete the third wrapping, place in parchment paper again and warm on a hot plate for just a couple seconds.

The hot plate will warm the oil and allow it to spread under the leaves for making the perfect seal.

5. In the last step, gather up your sticks and place them in a plastic bag to be buried under the ground somewhere.

They need to be at least three feet underground for a month, this allows the curing process to run its course.

This curing is going to deliver that taste you want while solidifying the blunt so it holds together while smoking.

Making your own Thai stick is certainly going to take practice and patience for sure. Once ready to smoke, slide out the stick from your blunt and you are good to go.

The void left by the stick makes the perfect venting system, providing a smooth smoke you will certainly enjoy.

Got some experience with Thai stick? Share it with others in the comments.

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What is a Thai Stick and How to Make One Looking for a new experience when it comes to smoking weed? First, you must be forewarned, once you take this journey you can never go back to your joints

How To Make Thai Sticks

Looking to bring a new level of craftsmanship and originality to your weed smoking? Consider exploring Thai Sticks—a method which uses four different cannabis plant products to create blunts of unprecedented power and beauty. We’ll delve into the complex history of Thai Sticks, and offer detailed instructions on how to make them at home.

Tired of your run-of-the-mill spliffs? If you’re looking for a new way to roll joints, why not look towards an ancient tradition—that of Thai Sticks. Thai Sticks have been around for centuries, perhaps millennia. They’re an ancient way of rolling joints, that involves tying weed to a skewer, curing it, and then wrapping it in cannabis fan leaves. Thai Sticks use various parts of the marijuana plant to produce a high of tremendous potency. Before we dive into instructions on how to make Thai Sticks, let’s take a look at the history of this unique product.

HISTORY OF THAI STICKS

As you may have gathered from the name, Thai Sticks originated in Thailand. No one knows how old they are, but it’s certainly many centuries, likely since soon after the introduction of cannabis to Thailand. Thai Sticks were one of many cannabis innovations which came from Thailand, along with the bong.

Thai Sticks were introduced to America after the Vietnam War, when soldiers came home loaded with these potent blunts. They were a smash hit in America, lauded for their potency. Many believed that the Sticks contained opium. No one knows for sure, though it’s likely that their potency came rather from the hash oil used to bind them, and the strains used to make them. These were likely more potent than the typical American weed of the day.

Thai Sticks remained popular in the US through the ‘70s, but by the ‘80s, trade had dried up. This occurred for two main reasons: one, the war in Vietnam ended in 1975, and so the main supply chain bringing Thai Sticks to the US was severed; two, the Controlled Substances Act came into effect, classifying marijuana as a Class I Narcotic alongside heroin, LSD and MDMA. This made importing cannabis products a much less appealing activity.

In the following decades, Thai Sticks remained a distant memory in America. But more recently, they’ve seen a comeback in the West due to a number of reasons. As the world has become more globalized, those who travelled to Southeast Asia brought back stories of these incredibly potent and uniquely constructed blunts. Also, the internet has allowed for the information on Thai Sticks to spread, along with instructions on how to make them at home. Finally, more and more Westerners grow their own plants, and consequently Thai Sticks become appealing as a way to consume weed without letting any part of the plant go to waste.

BEST STRAINS FOR MAKING THAI STICKS

When it comes to Thai Sticks, strain is everything. Here are a few that will produce Thai Sticks of a quality that will hearken back to what made them so popular in the ‘70s. Thai Sticks of the past were likely a combination of multiple powerful strains, so feel free to mix and match to increase the authenticity of your Thai Sticks.

FRUIT SPIRIT

With Thai Sticks, flavour is the key ingredient. You’ll want to pick great tasting strains, as the long curing process will bring out every nuance of flavour. If you want a strain that will relax you in the most delicious way possible, check out Fruit Spirit. This strain comes from White Widow and Blueberry genetics, is a balanced 60% sativa hybrid, and combines a sweet, berry flavour with a heady but relaxing high. An excellent strain to figure out what Thai Sticks are all about.

Fruit Spirit
Blueberry x White Widow
375 – 425 g/m 2
80 – 120 cm
7 – 8 weeks
THC: 18% (aprox.) / CBD: Low
60% Sativa, 40% Indica
475 – 525 g/per plant (dried)
175 – 220 cm
Early October
High (sweet taste)
Fruit Spirit
Blueberry x White Widow
500 – 550 g/m 2
80 – 120 cm
7 – 8 weeks
THC: 18% (aprox.) / CBD: Low
60% Sativa, 40% Indica
500 – 550 g/per plant (dried)
175 – 220 cm
Early October
High (sweet taste)

PINEAPPLE KUSH

If you’re more into the indica side of things, Pineapple Kush is a great choice. This strain is a combination of Pineapple Express and OG Kush, and combines the best elements of both its parents. It’s got a mesmerizing flavour, with notes of what some describe as caramel or vanilla. Turning this strain into a Thai Stick would be the perfect way to enhance these nuanced undertones. At 18% THC, this 80% indica-dominant strain packs a powerful punch, making it the perfect choice for anyone who wants their Thai Stick to come with a generous dose of chill.

Pineapple Kush
Pineapple x O.G. Kush
500 – 550 gr/m 2
70 – 120 cm
7 – 8 weeks
THC: 18% (aprox.) / CBD: Low
20% Sativa, 80% Indica, 0% Ruderalis
500 – 550 g/per plant (dried)
120 – 180
Late September
Relaxing and full of flavour
Pineapple Kush
Pineapple x O.G. Kush
500 – 550 gr/m 2
70 – 120 cm
7 – 8 weeks
THC: 18% (aprox.) / CBD: Low
20% Sativa, 80% Indica, 0% Ruderalis
500 – 550 g/per plant (dried)
120 – 180 cm
Late September
Relaxing and full of flavour

GREEN GELATO

As the name suggests, Green Gelato tastes like a smooth dessert. It’s far from saccharine, however. At 27% THC, this strain will rock you to another level. It’s the ideal choice for building a Thai Stick with all the incredible potency that had Vietnam soldiers writing home about, and bringing Thai Sticks home by the bucketful. Green Gelato is 45% sativa and 55% indica, producing a powerful but balanced high. Not recommended for beginners, but perfect for seasoned users looking to max out on potency.

Green Gelato
Sunset Sherbet x Thin Mint Girl Scout Cookies
500 – 700 gr/m 2
80 – 120 cm
8 – 10 weeks
THC: 27% (aprox.) / CBD: Low
45% Sativa, 55% Indica, 0% Ruderalis
750 – 800 g/per plant (dried)
150 – 200 cm
Early October
Physical, clear high
Green Gelato
Sunset Sherbet x Thin Mint Girl Scout Cookies
500 – 700 gr/m 2
80 – 120 cm
8 – 10 weeks
THC: 27% (aprox.) / CBD: Low
45% Sativa, 55% Indica, 0% Ruderalis
750 – 800 g/per plant (dried)
150 – 200 cm
Early October
Physical, clear high

Without further ado, here are instructions on how to make Thai Sticks.

HARDWARE AND INGREDIENTS

  • A wooden skewer
  • Hemp string
  • Hash oil
  • Buds from your strain of choice
  • Large fan leaves from a cannabis plant
  • Parchment paper
  • Ziploc bag (optional)

INSTRUCTIONS

1. Go through your weed stash and pick out the fluffiest buds. These will condense well to produce an intense and smooth high. Set these aside.

2. Coat your skewer with a layer of hash oil. Press the buds collected in step 1 to the stick. They should cover the stick in a uniform layer around its circumference. The ends of the stick should show on either side and this should be the only place the stick is visible.

3. Wrap your weed-covered stick tightly with hemp string. Wrap and tie at both ends. The string should form a uniform covering over the stick, with a similar girth from top to bottom.

4. Wrap the tied-up stick in parchment paper. Place this whole contraption in the fridge, and leave it for a few days. This is the first of several stages of curing: a process to remove the moisture from the Thai Stick in order to prevent rot, enhance flavour, and help the stick set and harden.

5. After at least 2–3 days, remove the Thai Stick and carefully unwrap the hemp string. Note: you want the buds to remain on the stick, not to come off with the string. Once this is done, coat the tube of bud with more hemp oil, and wrap a fan leaf around it. Apply more hemp oil as necessary to get everything to stick.

6. Traditionally, this stage would call for another three-day process of curing. However, many modern users will compress the process and instead get all the fan leaves on at once, which is what we’re recommending here. Use more hash oil to coat your fan leaf-wrapped tube of bud, and apply another leaf. Repeat this process one more time, until your Thai Stick is wrapped in three leaves.

7. Wrap your Thai Stick in parchment paper and heat it on a hot plate or in a pan for a few seconds, making sure the whole thing gets heat throughout. This will cause the hash oil to melt and seep through all layers of leaves, creating a tight seal.

8. Remove your Thai Stick from the parchment paper used to heat it in, and wrap it in hemp string once again. Wrap it in a new piece of parchment paper, and leave it in your fridge for another few days.

9. Here, practices may diverge once again. Traditional Thai Stick makers bury their Thai Sticks underground for a month to improve curing. You can replicate this by putting your Thai Stick in a plastic bag and burying it in your yard. You can also do a “medium intensity” curing by vacuum-sealing your Thai Stick in a plastic bag and leaving it in the fridge for a week (an easy way to vacuum seal is to place you Thai Stick in a Ziploc bag, open it a crack, and suck all the air out with your lungs). If you feel you’ve waited long enough, you can smoke it without a final stage of curing.

10. Be sure to remove the hemp string and the skewer from the middle of the Thai stick before smoking.

We hope you enjoy your Thai Stick! This method of consuming weed is truly unique, and offers benefits you won’t find anywhere else. Best of luck creating blunts with this traditional method!

Looking for a new way to roll your weed? Check out Thai Sticks—a method from Thailand that will help you create unique blunts.