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The weed under particle microscope

"Cannabis: Marijuana Under the Microscope" is a book by a professor of photographic sciences, revealing the magnificence of the cannabis plant

Ted Kinsman, a professor at the Rochester Institute of Technology and a science photographer, captures an unprecedented aspect of cannabis in his new book, "Cannabis: Marijuana Under The Microscope".

A scientific photographer details the cannabis plant

A cannabis seed, 24h after germination

Ted Kinsman, a professor at the Rochester Institute of Technology and a science photographer, offers us these microscopic images in close-up view of the cannabis plant. These fascinating images taken with a scanning electron microscope (particle) show us a new aspect of our favorite plant.

The scanning microscope used for these extraordinary images, draws electrons on the cannabis samples. This creates a high resolution image, scanning the topography of the surface.

Ted Kinsman: "I like to imagine what a person would see if it was only a few micrometers tall when walking through these forests."

The average size of the glandular trichome head is 60 micrometers. It is the glandular trichomes that are responsible for the smell of a plant. When these spherical cells open up, the chemicals quickly turn into vapor and are detected by our sense of smell.

Photography process

The underside of a two-week-old plant shows a very different view of the leaf. This place is protected by long hairy trichomes.

Then, the image is treated with a bright color to distinguish the various aspects and complexity of the cannabis plant. All the difficulty of this kind of shots, comes from the fact that the preparation of the samples. And it takes several hours ...

  • First, cannabis must be dried to prevent water vapor
  • Then they must be placed in a vacuum chamber
  • The samples are coated with gold by conduction
  • And are then bombarded with electrons ...
  • Thus the computer records the electrons that are scattered at each point of the sample.

Sampling or scanning takes about 4 minutes, and reveals incredibly striking data.

This is what the skin of a five-week-old plant looks like along the stem. Thus, the trichomes in the form of hairs form a carpet of horns which protect the center of the stem of the attacks of the insects ...

Ted Kinsman: "I choose visually exciting colors. I try to make science visually exciting and appealing to the general population. "

The pollen is tucked into the female stigma and is transferring genetic material to create a seed. To reach this image, the female plants were grown right next to the male plants in full bloom.

Ted Kinsman: "I like to think of what a person would see if it only measured a few microns"

Ted Kinsman concludes that he is interested in many other media than cannabis, including insects. His book, "Cannabis: Marijuana Under The Microscope" is already available; so that you know what it really looks like.

The weed under particle microscope
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