About Chocolate Thai
Discovered in Thailand, Chocolate Thai is an entirely Sativa landrace that has a distinct terpene profile, giving it its chocolate flavor. Thanks to the combination of its flavor, coffee-colored buds, and a cerebral high that sent users floating, the strain was very popular from the 1960s through 1980s. Eventually, the strain's popularity began to fade due to its lower THC count and difficulty to grow. Some even claim that true Chocolate Thai went extinct in the mid-to-late 1980s.
The strain has been used in several hybrids in an attempt to save its particular flavor and effects. Real Chocolate Thai seeds were dark, often jet black, tiny, and spherical. Hard to come across and equally hard to sprout, this strain tended to hermie and died very easily. A dark plant, it had long and slim leaves growing in an asymmetrical fashion. It would have to survive 14 weeks to produce a small yield. In its heyday, the buds of this strain were sold tied to a stick, hemp, or bamboo with hemp rope like buds of another popular Thailand landrace strain Thai Stick.
I'm growing this plant right now. Got some seeds from a bad pound bag. It wasn't too bad to get it to pop and sprout. Right now it's about a foot tall now maybe a little less, hopefully the flowering will be smooth
After reading the other review posted, I had to agree, but wanted to shed some more thoughts on this strain. He's spot on with his timeframe. The early eighties, from around 82-85 is when I remember it being available in eastern U.S. The buds were not, however, spindly. They were solid dark brown, sticky and had an unforgettable strong toffee like aroma. The most luscious smell that I've ever come across in 50 years of this lifetime. The high was mellow. Not soaring. Not red eyed, but nice. It was all about the taste and smell. It was by far the best weed on the market at the time and in MHO the best terpene profile ever, including anything available today. This was weed that I would pay an incredible amount to have again, let alone obtain the genetics to. I never came across a single seed in the many ounces we bought back then. It would not surprise me if this weed had indeed been treated with some sort of smell and taste enhancer. It was that distinct. But it seemed like it was completely natural, as if it was just something extremely exotic and fragrant. What gave it that incredible smell? I would love to hear from some old school folks as to their recollection and thoughts.
In 1983 I bought one joint of real chocolate Thai but was grown carefully in Jamaica by Rastas. It was $10 for 1. I was told one hit an your done. I systematically sought out all friends I could call to meet me for one hit. They all said no weed is that good . Wrong !!!! I got so hammered Bc I took one hit for every friend I gave one pull and yes it was that good. Real Thai weed was smooth sativa distinct in smell n taste so much it was hard for bullshitters to pass off anything else as the real McCoy. If you burned it in the 80s you knew it.