A Close Up Microscopic Look at Weed
A Close Up Microscopic Look at Weed By Miles Klee – MIC
We all know that marijuana is a miracle of nature. But when was the last time you looked at it — I mean really looked at it — before sparking that bowl?
You needn’t be stoned to appreciate the biological beauty of weed (though it wouldn’t hurt). Even with the naked eye, you’ll see those delicate, reddish-orange hairs — these are the marijuana’s pistils, which serve a reproductive purpose for the plant but don’tmuch alter taste or potency for the smoker.
Moving in closer, you’ll see the crystalline frost of trichomes, the milky, clear-white glands growing on the epidermis of the buds and leaves. This resin coat is what makes weed sticky, and it’s what produces cannabinoids like THC, the psychoactive ingredient in marijuana.
At higher magnification, trichomes resemble some kind of mushroom out of your favorite sci-fi movie. Which they may as well be, honestly.
It only gets cooler from there. Ford McCann’s Cannabis Under the Microscope: A Visual Exploration of Medicinal Sativa and C. Indica, a dazzling collection of everything “from macro photography to scanning electron microscopy,” makes weed seem entirely alien. Check out this cross-section of a cannabis leaf that includes a petiole, one of the little branches that extends off the main stem: