The Thai stick I remember, surely, was opium laced. This was late Sixties to mid Seventies and, other than Mexican dirt weed, there was Columbian, which sold for the princely sum of $35/lid. Occasionally, we'd see good red Jamaican, that was it. Growing up in Colorado Springs, home of Ft (Kit) Carson, during the Vietnam War, when Thai stick hit town, it was...for some of us...like the yo-yo, hula hoop or foosball! The stick we were getting woulld have killed anyone in far less time than six hours!!! Oh, and it was sensimilia, whispily wrapped around a stick. One didn't smoke it the way it's being described, here...rather, it was used to spike regular numbers into, "thinking you can fly," numbers that three people couldn't finish. Some people swore they were laces with pcp or mda. Opium was and still is my best guess. One thing I never saw...and there was little I didn't see, in those days, was one of those giant monstrosities, above. If all one wants to do is get totally wasted, wouldn't it be easier...and a lot cheaper...doing dabs or other easily acquired concentrate? Hell, 32% THC weed is available, 7 days a week, 15 minutes away. No sensimilia, unadulterated, comes close to that. Conclusion: Any Thai stick not laced with opium is obsolete...
THC: 15% - 20%Thai Stick is a rare 100% sativa strain that is native to Thailand and was brought over to the United States during the 70s or 80s, depending on who you ask. This bud gets its name from its unique method of smoking it – typically you skewer the buds on long thin bamboo sticks. These nugs are tied to the sticks using stringy fibers pulled from the cannabis plant itself. After being secured, these nugs are often dipped in hash oil for added potency. Despite the unique method of smoking Thai Stick, it does have a fairly typical sativa high, although it can add a sense of clarity at times. The high starts slowly, infusing you with a growing sense of euphoria that eventually reaches its peak and leaves you feeling uplifted and slightly motivated. As your mind is boosted into complete happiness, your body will be washed over with a feeling of calming relaxation that doesn’t affect your ability to move but can leave you feeling exceptionally lazy. With these effects and its THC level that typically hits about 15-20% on average, without oil, Thai Stick is perfect for treating conditions such as chronic fatigue, inattentiveness, depression, appetite loss, and stress. Thai Stick has a sweet tropical flavor accented by a pungent skunky exhale that’s just a little spicy. The aroma is sweet and floral with a fruity effect that quickly takes a spicy pungent turn as the nugs are burned.
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I got some around 1979 it was a bright light green, buds were rolled onto a stick, it smelled very good. I remember cutting pieces from it like candy. True it was a very powerful high. Never had anything like it since.
1st time I smoked it was in 1974 when I got it from a soldier returning from Vietnam. The stuff I smoked was dipped in opium & was the best Herb that I ever smoked in my lifetime, Unbelievable high & I've smoked almost every strain on the Planet Earth. I would sell my soul for some seed :)
My first time using this strain back in the day, all I could say was WOW! 1970's I could have never made it without Thia stick.
I love this more than ever. I smoked it in the 70's and feel Thai Sti co was the foundation for my taste in music. Progressive Rock. Also my taste in movies and books. Thank you Thai weed.
Best shit I ever had. Best High Best Taste and at 64 Ive had some. None any better ever.
I loved this stuff back in the late '70s whenever it came around. Best tasting bud I ever smoked.
I was in Thailand in the 70's and bought 30 sticks at a time for $25. They were exactly the same smell, taste and high as the Thai sticks i had been buying in California and Washington for a few years. Absolutely the sweetest smelling and tasting marijuana that I have ever had. The high? Powerful and psychedelic. Definitely not a typical sativa high. Colombian weed was an excellent sativa and really the gold standard for a great sativa high. Thai stick took you much farther into psychedelia. Durban poison would be more comparable to the Thai stick high but not nearly as trippy. FIRST: It was NOT dipped in hash oil or opium or anything else. It was just an amazing and pure land race that has been eradicated to extinction by Thailand's king who decided to start executing growers and dealers in the 90's. That incredible flavor and taste (and mind bending high) is why so many people thought it was dipped or rolled in something. But I am here to tell you I bought it from people who were the growers and saw for myself how they did it. It was just a wonderful plant growing in perfect conditions that it had evolved in. I am totally familiar with the "caviar" buds in today's market that are dipped in oil and rolled in kief. Thai stick looked nothing like that. It smelled nothing like any strain sold anywhere today.
It's an urban legend that Thai sticks were "dipped in opium". Not true. They were also not dipped in hash oil. The rural small farmers did not produce hash oil. And if the opium thing was true, a lot of stoners in the US would have developed a degree of opium addiction. That didn't happen. Real Thai sticks were just super strong landrace strains from northeastern Thailand, Laos, and Cambodia. They were enhanced by a long curing process that kind of fermented them in their own resins. The really top quality stopped coming to the US around 1982. Eventually they stopped tying the sticks and just shipped pressed "stickless Thai". That ended in 1988 after a few huge busts on the west coast broke up the syndicates bringing it. By then US domestic production and central American imports had taken over anyway. As it came from a very old region with numerous similar strains, there is no single Thai stick strain.
In the mid to late seventies Thai-sticks consisted of small dense buds wrapped around a sliver of bamboo with hemp-fiber and dipped into an opium solution; weighing about 3-4 grams and costing $30-$40. The US government began spraying paraquat on Mexican fields after the Vietnam war, and the Drug War went full swing as a covert cover for the CIA to relocate its drug smuggling operations into Mexico and Central America. The Vietnam pull-out ended the CIA's use of our military's C-130's for drug smuggling from Asia. Thai-stick quickly disappeared and so did any availability of Red-bud Colombian and Colombian-gold. Domestically grown pot from Northern California, Oregon, and Hawaii became most popular.... But fake sticks began showing-up as Thai-stick, they were made from low quality Colombian buds loosely wrapped around a small skewer-stick with dark red thread. These sticks were bunk, without the distinctive taste or hallucinogenic high one would experience from real Thai-stick. Never have I seen a Thai-stick dipped in hash oil. I lived in Southern California's South Bay area at the time and knew very resourceful contacts that could get any variety of the best drugs I wanted. When the availability of Thai-stick or any good Colombian availability ended, "Grown in America" Sensimilla became the new hit. Today I'm a medical grower, and no strain I've sampled compares to genuine Thai-stick.