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Marijuana Under a Microscope: These ultra-close-up images might just blow your mind

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 (thoughВ it wouldn’t hurt). Even with the naked eye, you’ll see thoseВ delicate,В reddish-orange hairs — these are the marijuana’s pistils, which serve a reproductive purpose for the plantВ but don’t much alter taste or potency for the smoker.

Moving in closer, you’ll seeВ the crystalline frost of trichomes, the milky,В clear-white glands growing on the epidermis of the buds and leaves. This resin coat is what makes weed sticky, and it’s what producesВ cannabinoids like THC,В 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.В Ford McCann’s Cannabis Under the Microscope: A Visual Exploration of Medicinal Sativa and C. Indica, a dazzlingВ 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 aВ petiole, one of the little branches that extends off the main stem:

And here, on the underside of a leaf, we can see that trichomes come in more than one shape — the spiky, defensive kind, and the squat, round type, which produces more THC:

Finally, we have theВ amazing view below of aВ bud, or cola, whereВ flowers sprout. The concentration and variety of trichomes here is even richer, accounting for the high levels of THC found in this part of cannabisВ plant. В

So yeah, you could say there’s more to marijuana than you see at firstВ glance. And now that you have a better sense of this miracle plant’s awesome anatomy, you’ll be all the more grateful when 4:20 finally rolls around.

We all know that marijuanaВ 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 (thoughВ it wouldn’t hurt).…