Cannabis and its consumption is a fairly simple industry. It hasn’t gained or lost much since it was introduced in writing by a Chinese emperor. Because all you need is grass and a flame to burn it down. Relatively simple, right? Of course, cannabis use can also go as deep as the legendary Thai stick, which is the focus of our discussion. The amazing and unique thing about marijuana is that the whole process relies on the person taking it. Whether simple or complicated; the choice is yours.
Since time immemorial, there have been new methods of consuming cannabis. You can decide to use a bong, pipe or roll it in a joint. Still, for people looking for a more exotic and unique way to smoke their weed, you may choose to embrace the “Thai stick”.
I guess you’ve never heard of it before, because it’s not as popular as some others. Even some believe that Thai stick refers to the tantalizing Thai Sativa landrace strain that grows in the hills of Northern Thailand. Although this may be shocking, it is a fact. The high potency sativa strains used to make a Thai stick originated in Thailand. We will look at the history of this stick and how you can make Thai sticks.
What is a Thai stick?
The term Thai stick (otherwise known as Buddha stick) refers to a unique method of making a sativa blunt by stringing seedless cannabis buds onto a stem, then wrapping it with marijuana threads. After that, the blunt is then dipped in cannabis oil to increase potency.
The flower is filled and tightly wrapped with the leaves sealed as soon as the wrapping is complete. Most Thai sticks are dipped in concentrates and topped with kief to achieve that powerful finishing touch.
Regarding the smoking of Thai Stick, the bamboo stick is removed first, then the remaining hole allows optimal airflow and efficient combustion.
History of “Thai Stick”
Generally, marijuana has a long history of recorded use in Thai culture. The natives resided in Thailand and all grew marijuana in their various gardens. It was rarely used as a fiber for clothing, treatment for different diseases and as a spice in traditional dishes (till this day it is used as one of the important ingredients when cooking traditional Thai noodle soups) .
Thai sticks first gained popularity in the late 1960s and early 1970s, initially smuggled into the United States of America by Vietnam War veterans. By the end of the war, the entire supply chain for this substance was created. During this time, as some might suspect, Thai sticks were dipped in opium, which is different from the current practice, where the sticks are dipped in cannabis concentrates before being dusted with kief.
After a few decades, around the 80s, the way Thai sticks were supplied to the United States of America lost steam and slowly faded away. Until the resurgence and pervasive acceptance of cannabis, along with the unknown cannabis connoisseur who goes by the name “afgoo head”, Thai sticks were able to find their way back into the fold.
How is a Thai Stick made?
Make a thai stick, you have to be prepared for labor-intensive work. Although the process can be simple, it requires careful attention to detail, time, and good hand-eye coordination. A person looking forward to making a Thai stick should take note of the following:
- A bamboo stick or chopstick
- cannabis flower
- hemp chain
- fan leaves
- A small stick or toothpick
- A refrigerator and a stove
- A parchment paper
First, you need to coat the bamboo or wand with cannabis oil. You need to squeeze the buds around the bamboo stick while wrapping it with hemp twine to keep it firm and in place. Using soft buds will allow for the optimum level of airflow at the end of the Thai stick. As soon as the bamboo stick is securely attached at both ends, you wrap it in parchment paper and store it in the refrigerator for a few days.
After a few days, you need to unwrap the parchment paper and undo the hemp twine while keeping the bud pressed into place. Additionally, you may need to coat the stick in oil again and then wrap it in prepared, washed fan leaves. If possible, repeat this process two more times to total three layers of leaves around the Thai stick.
Next comes the final wrapping of the Thai stick in parchment paper, but this time you need to insert it into a pan and heat it on low for a few seconds. This is only for the oil to permeate and blend with all the layers. After a few seconds, you need to remove the parchment paper and rewind the hemp twine. Finish by putting the Thai stick in a plastic bag and keep it in the fridge for a week. As was the custom in ancient years, the Thai stick was buried to be cured for no more than three months before it was ready to be smoked. During this step, the option to coat the outer part of the Thai stick with concentrate is considered free play, and it’s always a bonus to sprinkle kief for the excellent measure.
How to Smoke a Thai Stick
Like canna cigars, some Thai sticks burn slowly and sometimes take up to an hour or more to burn a quarter inch.
Like cigars, Thai sticks can be lit and treated like a cigar by inhaling only when the stick has been lit. An individual may choose to use a torch, an effective method; however, using a lighter or hemp wick works the same way. Ensure the end of thai stick is lit and warm before inhaling. Smoking this substance can be a more luxurious and potent experience that can provide a unique diversion from popular methods of smoking cannabis.
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