Update: Today, 4/20, marks the release of Green: A Field Guide To Marijuana, a pot handbook featuring Erik Christiansen's photography. Continue to our original story below to see more of his amazing images, along with three brand-new gifs.
This article was originally published on March 3, 2015.
While working for Magic Flight (known for its line of handheld vaporizers), Erik Christiansen started photographing different marijuana strains in incredibly high resolution, beginning with one called "Snowcap." Now, Christiansen's taking photos for dispensaries, rolling out a line of T-shirts, and has his photos in a soon-to-be-released book; Nugshots is his full-time job.
Because Christiansen works hard to keep everything but the strains the same in all his photos, they make it easy to compare the differences between those strains. As he explains to us total squares, the eye-catching orange bits aren't actually that interesting. What you want to look for are the little white fibers. It's inside the tiny bulbs of these trichomes that THC and other cannabinoids are produced, or as Christiansen says, "the good stuff."
Although a strain's potency depends on many factors, including genetics and growing conditions, clearer or whiter trichomes tend to deliver a more uplifting effect, while amber ones often produce a heavier sensation. However you feel about marijuana, you have to admit that seeing it this way is pretty darn cool. Click through to check out the weird, wild world of close-up spinning weed. (Time)