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Typically Thai strains have 0% CBD.

Thai strains are potent and have the ability to induce a pleasant euphoria and energetic cerebral high.

Thai strains of cannabis commonly refer to 100% sativa strains native to southeast Asia. Through many years of growing and selective breeding, Thai strains have incurred a pungent aroma and flavor – as well as a potency that induces a very euphoric high.

They are also very popularly used to help people with mood disorders or any sort of mood problem. So, they may be useful for those who suffer from depression or bipolar disorder, as they may help to feel more motivated and positive about your day and life.

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The Thai strains have origins beginning way back in the seventies and eighties. They were brought back to the United States with returning servicemen from the Vietnam War. Its flowers don’t look like traditional marijuana buds, but rather they have a small, fluffy profile.

Due to the high levels of THC, those prone to anxiety will want to be especially cautious and start small.

The THC content of the Thai strains is usually between 16 to 22%. Due to the way in which they are prepared in Thailand, they are sometimes called ‘Thai sticks.’ This is because locals twist the leaves around the plant’s branches to dry them.

Appearance: Thai strains don’t look like your typical cannabis plants; they have a lot longer, wispy sort of leaves and they don’t really form buds or nugs on their branches as well. They are often light green in color with streaks of brown popping up in between the leaves.

Thai marijuana can also induce feelings of paranoia, so if this is a problem for you, exercise caution. The other side effects that you may experience are dry mouth (cottonmouth), dry eyes, headaches, and also dizziness. Eat before using, keep hydrated, and have eye drops available.

You can buy Thai strain seeds from very niche growers and breeders, but generally, they are not available online since they are more of a landrace, found growing in the jungles of Thailand rather than on the commercial market. But, there are many hybrids that do come from a Thai parent, such as ‘Haze.’ You can also get clippings if you find a good Thai strain plant and grow your own.

In addition, Thai strains are good for muscle-related problems. This includes muscle cramps, muscle spasms, and muscle pain. Thai plants can also be great for those suffering from chronic fatigue, as their energizing potential is second to none.

When speaking about Thai strains, it’s typically referring to all of the landraces that grow natively in Thailand. A landrace is a mixture of similar genetics. These landraces are purely sativa, with very high percentages of THC reaching up to 22% and 0% CBD.

The Thai strains have been crossed with many other hybrids on the CBD market, and have remained popular to this day (one of them being ‘Haze’ – a fan favorite). The Thai strains of cannabis are potent and have the ability to induce a pleasant euphoria and energetic cerebral high.

Thai Strain: Aroma, Flavor, and Appearance.

They are also used against stress since they have the ability to relax and set your body at ease. The Thai strains relieve physical pains such as muscle aches, cramps, muscle spasms, headaches, and migraines. This makes them helpful for those who suffer from chronic pain and any sort of mental suffering as well, such as depression or mood disorders.

Since they are 100% sativa strains, they are very good for increasing your sense of well-being and giving you energy. They can also help fight against fatigue and are therefore recommended for those who have trouble with chronic tiredness.

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They are light green in color with some shades of brown being noticeable and lots of resin. The Thai strains smell very fruity and citrusy, and often contain undertones of strong diesel odors. When you crush and grind the buds, they will turn a slightly sour smelling. The smoke from the Thai strains is very harsh and many people will cough, but upon exhale, there are very floral and grassy undertones.

The highest THC content from the Thai cannabis strains has come in around 22%. Again the variation is great because it is a landrace.

Flavor: When smoking Thai strains, you may notice a pungent, diesel-like flavor as well as a woody and earthy taste. Since it is a landrace there will be significant differences in flavor and aroma between plants.

What Are the Thai Strains?

Growing your own Thai strains requires a little more expertise than most strains in order for a successful harvest. Being that they are from Thailand, they need a really hot and tropical sort of environment in order to prosper well. They typically thrive in very humid and moist environments, and luckily they are resistant to most molds and mildews.

Thai strains are popular as ever due to their potent cerebral high and energizing, euphoric effects. They’ve even been used to cross with other strains to produce hybrids such as Haze and AK-47 .

They will usually be ready for harvest around late October-early November and can yield about an average of 320 grams of bud per plant. Depending on your environment, growing time may be a little easier or a little more difficult for you than for others.

With the Thai strains being 100% sativa, they can be very potent when it comes to their mental effects. Although side effects are minor, you should take caution when smoking Thai — they can produce a few adverse effects. Due to the high levels of THC, those prone to anxiety will want to be especially cautious and start small.

If you would like to grow your own Thai, you should probably do so indoors if you do not live in a very hot and moist environment that resembles that of Thailand. With the indoor growing method, they can take up to about 11 weeks to start seeing buds, but they yield about an average of 370 grams per square meter, so it’s worthwhile. If you do live in an area or region of the world where it is hot and humid and very Thai-like in nature, you can grow these strains outside without a problem.

The flavor is very fruity and citrusy due to its particular terpene chemical profile. The strains like to be grown in tropical climates, and many who do not have this sort of humid, moist, and hot atmosphere may have trouble growing them by themselves. But if you have a greenhouse, this may make the growing process a lot easier; just be aware that these plants are slow to flower and need a lot of attention.

While these side effects are minor, you should be aware of them. Overall, it’s just important to be aware of the side effects so you are well prepared in advance for whatever may arise, but the side effects are very minor.

Thailand’s slow shift towards marijuana legalization stands in stark contrast to America’s anarchic “Green Rush,” the greatest exhibition of human greed since gold was discovered in California in 1849. Unlike Vietnam, Cambodia, and Laos, a foreign army has never occupied Thailand and they have staved off foreign invaders for centuries. Generations of Western businessmen have been baffled by their unique and refined Buddhist sensibility that often seems to value mental equilibrium and social grace as much as profit.

The Royal Project Foundation was established and funded by King Bhumibol Adulyadej in 1969. An early advocate of sustainable farming, the king sought to improve the quality of life of Thailand’s hill tribes by replacing opium with other crops and also revitalizing Thailand’s forests and safeguarding their water resources for future generations. Cannabis fits very neatly into the Royal Project Foundation’s mandate given that Thailand’s hill tribes were once the world’s premier marijuana growers. The nation is already exporting packaged food, beverages, essential oils, pharmaceuticals, medical devices, and cosmetics. Why not marijuana?

After the United States built military bases in Thailand during the 1960s and stationed tens of thousands of U.S. soldiers there, the marijuana industry exploded and cheap, powerful pot became as readily available as beer.

Thai Marijuana Farm c. 1977.

“Almost every corner, every house, they have it in the yard growing. The older people, they will like it. The working heavy guy, he will like it,” said one retired Thai grower, “but they use for medicine also, when you really feel fever. So if you have nothing there, you can get like one branch, and ground it up.”

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Recently, there have been signs that the Thai government is softening its stance on marijuana.

While the Thai Cannabis Corporation hopes to include the marijuana that Thailand was once world famous for in their product line, they will only go as rapidly as the law and Thai government will allow. “The mission of the Thai Cannabis Corporation,” said CEO Timothy Luton, “is to provide an excellent return to shareholders by partnering with Thailand’s farmers and scientific researchers to make, at high volumes and affordable prices, cannabis products that are above reproach.”

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“Who can forget the first strange-looking Thai Sticks a decade ago! Dense, seedless, stronger than a bull elephant. Years before sophisticated sinsemilla techniques were incorporated into the crop management of U.S. growers,” wrote High Times magazine, the journal of record for pot connoisseurs, “the Thais were, without effort, turning out a superior product.” What sold for $3 per kilo at the farm in Isan, easily fetched $4,000 a kilo in any city in the United States in the early 1970s.

A load of Thai Sticks Intercepted by Thai police. Photo Bangkok Post.

The first Thai marijuana to reach the United States came in the 1960s via the Army Post Office. The difference between Thai marijuana and most Vietnamese and Cambodian cannabis, was the difference between bathtub corn whiskey and single malt scotch. In 1967, one amazed DEA agent to called it “the Cuban cigar of the marijuana world.”

“They know how to grow so nice, I mean how to take care of the flower, how to take out the male plant,” said one retired Thai marijuana broker. After they harvested and dried the cannabis sativa flowers (buds), the farmers and their families neatly and uniformly tied them to small bamboo sticks and secured them with threads of hemp fiber.

“They tie together. Put the stick. Make it nice. Sell for GI easy. One, two, or five for one dollar,” recalled a Thai smuggler who got his start selling pot to U.S. soldiers. “Whatever place GI go, it started whenever they need.”

What made the criminalization of marijuana particularly difficult, not just in Thailand, but certain parts of Southeast Asia, was that it was considered little more than a medicinal or cooking herb with little or no local legal or moral stigma attached. The plant had grown in Thailand, Laos, Cambodia, and Vietnam for centuries and various preparations were used to treat: migraine headaches, cholera, malaria, dysentery, asthma, digestion, parasites, and post-childbirth pain.

However, behind the smile and behind the wai are some of the toughest people on earth. Rapacious western marijuana speculators looking to get rich quick would be wise to heed the words of Townsend Harris, the American envoy to Siam (Thailand), who wrote in 1856: “It is an old saying here [in Bangkok] that those who come here for business should bring one ship loaded with patience, another loaded with presents, and a third ship for carrying away the cargo.”

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“The United States has been able to send men to the Moon. It has built sophisticated weapons for its own defense. Why can’t it do anything effective about narcotics getting to its shores,” Prime Minister Kriangsak Chamanan said in 1977. He reminded the Americans of the rules of capitalism, “Where there are markets, there is bound to be trade, either legal or illegal.” This point was echoed by Alfred McCoy, in his magisterial study, The Politics of Heroin in Southeast Asia , “Driven by myopic moralism, U.S. policy ignores the fundamental dynamics of the drug trade. Over the past two centuries, narcotics have become the major global commodities that operate on fluid laws of supply and demand not susceptible to simple repression.”

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Last week, a private company called the Thai Cannabis Corporation announced the start of a five-year cannabis project that will cultivate 5,000 hectares (12,355 acres) of the plant in the next five years. T he Royal Project Foundation will oversee this effort and Maejo University will provide research support. Thai Cannabis Corporation’s objective is to establish a low-cost model to grow, harvest, and process cannabis plants into oils and extracts. Initially, they will focus on breeding high CBD (cannabidiol) cannabis strains that contain minimal amounts of THC (tetrahydrocannabinol) in order to comply with the laws of Thailand. “The mission of the Royal Project Foundation is to research and develop appropriate technology to sustainably improve the quality of life for Thailand’s highland communities. I quite agree with the Thai Cannabis Project,” said the director of the Royal Project Foundation Dr. Vijit Thanormthin .

For decades, Thailand was one of America’s most resolute allies in the war on drugs. After zero tolerance policies left the Kingdom with the highest rate of incarceration in Asia and a methamphetamine ( ya ba ) epidemic that not even the most draconian measures could stop, Justice Minister Paiboon Koomchaya shocked the nation in 2016 when he conceded that “the world has lost the war on drugs.” Not only did he suggest legalizing methamphetamine, Koomchaya urged his countrymen to view the drug epidemic through the lens of public health, rather than law enforcement. Today, many hope that this new laissez-faire approach will lead to the legalization of the legendary marijuana that was once among the Kingdom’s most famous and valuable exports.

Under Thailand’s 1934 Marijuana Act, penalties for any amount of the plant could not exceed one year in prison. When criticized by American officials for tolerating cannabis, Thailand leaders were quick to remind them that drug abuse was not part of their culture.

The foreign demand for marijuana produced a boom in Thailand’s poorest region during the 1970s and 80s. North of Udorn on the banks of the Mekong sits Isan, a plateau as large as many American states (62,000 square miles) that floods during monsoon season and is arid and dusty during the dry season. Although rice fields are hard to irrigate and do not yield much, marijuana thrives thanks to the Mekong River, whose tributaries replenish the region with rich, silty soil. Farmers in Northeast Thailand take the same care with their cannabis plants that French vintners take with their grapevines.

Recently, there have been signs that the Thai government is softening its stance on marijuana. A research team at Rangsit University received permission from Thailand’s Narcotics Control Board and made a cannabis extract spray for cancer patients. In April, Dr. Arthit Uraitat, the rector of Rangsit University, called on Thailand’s military leaders to legalize medical marijuana.

“With an eighty-cent bottle of gin purchased at the PX,” one Vietnam veteran remembers, “you could trade for a pack of twenty Thai sticks.”

Thai Sticks c. 1974. Photo Michael Ferguson.

“Be brave. Let us use medical marijuana legally regardless of the method,” he said in a press conference, “Those who have cancer, they cannot wait. They need the help now, so I think we need to take every shortcut possible.”

During the 1980s, the U.S. government was able to convince and coerce Thailand to partner with them in a war against marijuana. In 1988 alone, the U.S. Coast Guard intercepted eight “motherships” that carried 463,000 pounds of Southeast Asian marijuana bound for American shores. However, in the end, the “victory” was Pyrrhic because Thai drug users replaced cannabis with methamphetamine that is today responsible for 90 percent of that nation’s drug arrests.

Peter Maguire is the author of Thai Stick: Surfers, Scammers, and the Untold Story of the Marijuana Trade , Facing Death in Cambodia , and Law and War: International Law and American History . He has taught history at Columbia University, Bard College, and the University of North Carolina Wilmington.

Of course I’m a newb and a half just mid-way through my first grow. but that’s my opinion.

Any advice at all will be really helpful, Cheers.

I’d read through some of the different DIY threads. probably use the surge protector multi-outlet method with just some good bulbs in it on an adjustable chain, a cheap timer. As far as just keeping it in your windowsill, I think you will wind up being disappointed.

Hey everyone, dont really know absolutely anything about growing, but I bought a bag of thai weed and I found a seed so I thought fuck it ill plant it for a laugh, I banged it on my windowsill and hey ho its about 3 inches long, 3 weeks oldish, I know its the wrong season, plus im the uk. but, Just wondered what is going to happen? Am I going to get any bud? is there any cheapo techniques to helping it grow?

Just growing it at your windowsill will leave u subject to the natural light. If you really want that thai to blossom, you’re gonna have to put a little bit of work into it. There’s a million and one cheap, inexpensive ways to put together a little grow – especially for just one plant.


U will get a pain in ur neck. Thai is sativa all the way! Will be very very tall and lanky and very very very long flowering period! I tried some and I finished one grow and was half way through the next and still the plant was not even close to done. Thai may be great in the outdoor forever flowering world but never will u get a think from your way of doing this giant, forever, sativa.. Sorry but I figure u might want the right answer so u don’t wonder what is wrong.

Hey everyone, dont really know absolutely anything about growing, but I bought a bag of thai weed and I found a seed so I thought fuck it ill plant it for a laugh, I banged it on my windowsill and hey ho its about 3 inches long, 3 weeks oldish, I know its the wrong season, plus im the uk. but, Just wondered what is going to happen? Am I going to get any bud? is there any cheapo techniques to helping it grow?

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