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This Is What Marijuana Looks Like Under A Microscope

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Tom Hale

Senior Journalist

clockDec 28 2016, 15:26 UTC

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“Man, have you ever imagined what weed would look like if we were like really, really small?” Stoner stereotypes aside, it’s an interesting question that someone has fortunately decided to take on.

The embedded image below shows the bud of a cannabis plant under the gaze of a scanning electron microscope, taken for the book “Cannabis Under The Microscope: A Visual Exploration of Medicinal Sativa and C. Indica” by Ford McCann.

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It’s worth bearing in mind that marijuana isn’t actually as brightly colored as a lit-up Christmas tree. Much of the image is in false color since, as is the case with most images from a scanning electron microscope, computers are used to enhance and highlight certain features so they're easier to study. Nevertheless, it’s still pretty awesome.

To see more images, click here.

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