What is a Thai Stick?

Thai sticks, an ancient form of cannabis “cigar” originating from Thailand, have been a part of the cannabis culture for centuries. They gained popularity in the United States during the 1960s and 1970s.

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With the modern age of cannabis legalization and product innovation, they have made a significant comeback. This article will explore Thai sticks’ history, construction, and smoking experience.

What is a Thai Stick?

A Thai stick is essentially a cannabis cigar. It typically consists of cured cannabis flowers skewered on a bamboo stick, wrapped in fan leaves, and tied with hemp string. Some Thai sticks are also coated in THC concentrate and/or kief, adding to their potency.

The construction of a Thai stick is fairly simple and straightforward. However, it provides a smoking experience that contrasts significantly with a traditional joint or blunt.

The History of Thai Sticks

Thai sticks are an ancient creation of hill tribes from northeast Thailand. The exact timeframe of their origin remains unknown. Their journey to the United States began in the 1960s and ’70s. American surfers and Vietnam War veterans started taking trips to Thailand and smuggling Thai sticks into the country.

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Some Thai sticks were possibly dipped in opium, adding to their allure and potency. However, the supply chain through which Thai sticks were smuggled into the U.S. fizzled in the 1980s.

It wasn’t until the current boom of the legalization market that these ancient canna cigars made a comeback. Most online sources trace the modern Thai Stick movement to a mysterious cannabis connoisseur known as afgoo_head on Instagram. His modern Thai sticks caught the attention of other aspiring cannabis cigar makers, leading to the resurgence of this ancient form of cannabis.

How to Make Thai Sticks

Making a Thai Stick requires some flowers, a bamboo stick or chopstick, another small stick, cannabis oil or concentrate, parchment paper, a refrigerator, a range, hemp string, and fan leaves for rolling.

The process involves coating the bamboo or chopstick in hash oil, pressing the bud around it, and wrapping it with hemp string to hold it in place. The stick is then wrapped in parchment paper and left in the refrigerator for a few days.

After unwrapping the hemp string, the stick is coated in hash oil and wrapped with washed fan leaves. The Thai stick is then sealed in a plastic bag and put in the fridge for up to a week. Traditionally, Thai sticks are buried to cure for up to three months.

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How to Smoke a Thai Stick

Thai sticks and canna cigars burn slowly, often as slow as a quarter-inch per hour. They should be smoked similarly to a cigar, with more inhale once the end is sufficiently lit.

A torch may provide optimal lighting, though Thai sticks can also be lit with a lighter or hemp wick.

Whether you’ve seen them in a dispensary labeled as cannabis cigars, canna cigars, or cannabis caviar, you’re likely looking at some variation of the Thai stick. The main difference lies in the coating – while the original creators might have coated the Thai stick in opium, most modern Thai stick makers opt for coating the cigar in high-quality concentrates and/or kief.

This ancient form of cannabis offers a unique and luxurious smoking experience worth exploring for any cannabis connoisseur.


What makes Thai sticks different from regular cannabis joints?

Thai sticks are unique due to their construction process, which involves skewering cured cannabis colas around a bamboo stick, wrapping them in fan leaves, and often dipping them in concentrate or sprinkling them with kief. This results in a potent and luxurious cannabis experience.

Are Thai sticks legal to purchase?

Yes, in regions where recreational cannabis is legal, Thai sticks can be purchased from licensed dispensaries.

Can I make my own Thai sticks at home?

A: Absolutely! You can create your own Thai sticks with the right materials and patience. However, remember that the process is labor-intensive and requires a certain skill level.

How long does a Thai stick typically burn?

A: Due to their construction and the amount of cannabis they contain, Thai sticks burn very slowly. They can burn as slowly as a quarter-inch per hour, perfect for sharing or relaxing.

Can Thai sticks be made with any strain of cannabis?

A: Yes, Thai sticks can be made with any strain of cannabis. This allows for various flavors and effects depending on the strain used.

What is the best way to store a Thai stick?

A: After making a Thai stick, it’s recommended to rewrap it in hemp wick, seal it in a zipper bag, and store it in the fridge. This helps to preserve its potency and flavor.

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