About Chocolate Thai
Chocolate Thai is a famous landrace strain of cannabis that has been around for almost 60 years now. For those unfamiliar with landrace strains, they’re essentially the “purebred” equivalents of cannabis strains that have remained unaltered and unenhanced over the years. This strain was originally grown in Thailand and was incredibly popular in the United States throughout the 60s, 70s, and much of the 80s.
As the name suggests, Chocolate Thai nugs are dark in color, often appearing like large chocolate chips. During the 60s, 70s, and 80s, Chocolate Thai was sold in the form of “Thai Sticks” which were essentially buds of Chocolate Thai, tied to the stem of the plant with hemp wick. If you know an old stoner that bought weed during these decades, ask them if they had ever come across any Thai Sticks, it’s likely they’re very familiar with them. This early form of promotional packaging was necessary because the thin, lanky Sativa buds often fell apart in transit, turning into shake and bunk weed.
These days, Chocolate Thai is making the equivalent of a reunion tour. The strain is alive and well nearly 60 years later thanks to a few special growers such as Drawoh dedicated to preserving this ancient landrace strain. This fact cannot be understated enough, as most growers have trouble keeping the plant alive and flowering these days. Although it is no longer the dark brown brick weed tied to stems anymore, it still retains its chocolatey scent despite losing its popular brown color. Although the bud isn’t incredibly pungent out of the packaging, when broken or ground up the chocolate, coffee, earthy, spicy scents are aerated and become very strong. Expect modern Chocolate Thai buds to be dark green in color, with hairy pistils and a thin coating of trichomes.
At an average THC level of just 12%, Chocolate Thai is one of the strains many experienced smokers recommend to new and amateur patients. This isn’t to say the potency is low, on the contrary, most reviews of the strain list its strong potency despite its THC levels to be one of its defining elements. Don’t expect the taste of the hits to be drastically different from the smell, as the only thing burning does to this bud is accent its spiciness and its citrus aftertaste. Many medical patients report using this strain because its high leaves you feeling upbeat, energetic, and creative, without being “too much.” Those who suffer from anxiety and stress know that heavy-Sativa hybrids are often dangerous as they can lead to paranoia and recursive thinking. However, Chocolate Thai is the perfect “beginner’s Sativa” as it manages to make those who suffer from ailments such as depression, insomnia, and PTSD focus on what’s in front of them, rather than worrying about alternatives or other intrusive thoughts.
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I bought my first matchbox of pot for $5 at the age of 15 (1965) and had my first Thai Stick in the late 60's. The Chocolate Thai strain is alive and well. I have lived in Thailand for over 30+ years and you can still find old abandoned Chocolate Thai farms high in the mountains of northern Thailand (Mae Hong Song, Chiangrai, etc.
Even though the original Chocolate Thai went extinct, this was a nice reminder of days gone by. Perfect strain for my wake & bake. The dense dark forest green buds smelled & tasted of chocolate & coffee. Lots of fire brown pistils & twinkling crystal trichomes among the golden peach fuzz hairs. The cerebral high made me upbeat, cheerful, & calm. Medicate On.....
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.