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.
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.
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.
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.
What Are the Thai Strains?
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 strains are potent and have the ability to induce a pleasant euphoria and energetic cerebral high.
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.
Thai Strain: Aroma, Flavor, and Appearance
Aroma: The aroma of raw Thai marijuana strains has been described by many as being herbaceous, earthy, spicy, and woody. Sometimes, you can get undertones of pine and a sweet candy smell as well.
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.
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 Strain Grow Info
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.
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.
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.
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.
The highest THC content from the Thai cannabis strains has come in around 22%. Again the variation is great because it is a landrace.
Typically Thai strains have 0% CBD.
Medical Benefits of Thai Strains
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.
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.
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.
Possible Side Effects of Thai Strains
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.
Due to the high levels of THC, those prone to anxiety will want to be especially cautious and start small.
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.
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.
Final Thoughts on Thai Strains
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.
The grassy and diesel-like flavor of the Thai strains is without a doubt unique. In combination with the sweet, candy-like tropical flavors that accompany it, it produces a profile to behold. Thai strains help mood disorders such as depression and bipolar disorder. This is down to their ability to lift, relax, and create a mild euphoria.
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.
Overall, if you are looking for a strain that can bring you energy and lift your mood while helping with some muscle-related pains, the Thai strains are a great option. Combined with their fruity yet diesel-y flavor, you’ve got yourself an easy choice for your next smoke!