A pure strain from the Ko Chang archipelago in Thailand, her THC levels are among the highest in the world. She’s highly prized by Thai growers who smuggle her into Bangkok despite the severity of the country’s penal system. This strain’s value derives from it being the result of continual interbreeding using the best examples of this Thai Ko Chang lineage undertaken over many years by the area’s expert growers; local inhabitants who have been cultivating it for generations. She’s one of Thailand’s most productive strains and has a relatively short flowering cycle for a pure Thai Sativa. Very vigorous, sometimes uncontrollable growth. If grown in a pot, leave plenty of room for the root zone to develop for optimum yields. Like the authentic Thai she is, her taste and smell will bring Asia to your palate while her effect will spirit you away to the indescribable temples of Bangkok.
‘Highland Thai’ can grow exceptionally tall outdoors, given space, potentially reaching over 4 metres. Plants can have notably broader leaflets than typical Sativa-type Thai ganja domesticates. Seeds are large and stems are hollow, also suggesting a genetic connection to Yunnanese seed and fibre plants. Planted close or in restricted areas, plants grow to a single stem.
This accession was being cultivated by various ethnic groups in the highland border regions of the north, including the Lahu, a trans-border hilltribe living in northern Thailand, northern Laos, Burma and Yunnan. The appearance and effect of the strain are markedly different from those of the Thai – Lao ganja genepool of the Mekong region of Isan, Northeast Thailand.
Bracts are large and resinous, with denser bud formation than is usual for ganja strains. There are two phenotypes, namely green and purple. Green types often have a musky, citrus aroma, and purple-blue phenotypes can exhibit mango – carrot scents.
Genetics: Highland Thai Ganja Domesticate (“Landrace”)
Sourcing: The Real Seed Company, through collectors at source in northern Thailand
Latitude: 19° N
Regional Harvest: December
Height: 3 – 6 metres
Characteristics: Tall, green and purple, unusual aromas, centred high
Classification: C. sativa subsp. indica var. indica x C. sativa subsp. sativa var. sativa
Grow Type: Greenhouse or outdoors
The high was described by a grower in Hawaii as “potent but unique in providing a clear conscious expansion with a calm quality.” More centered effects, in other words, than the Isan and Lao strains which produced ‘Thai stick’.
An unusual Thai strain from the highlands of Northern Thailand and the nearby border regions of Burma. The line may have resulted through hybridisation of Yunnanese hemp and Thai ganja domesticates, a process through which some Indochinese strains are believed to have originated.
NOTE: These seeds are second-generation, reproduced through open-pollination outside Thailand.