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Marijuana buds get their beauty photographed.

Admin; Great article about new book out with detailed pictures of buds from more than 300 strains using a very detailed photography technique.

Looks Good Enough To Smoke: Marijuana Gets Its Glamour Moment

MAY 20, 201512:52 PM ET



  • GDP (Granddaddy Purple). Smell/Taste: grape, creamy, berry. Common effects: euphoria, relaxed, body buzz. Top medicinal uses: appetite and pain.

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  • Blue Kush. Smell/Taste: floral, berry, spicy. Common effects: body buzz, relaxed, alert. Top medicinal uses: pain and muscle tension.

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  • Black Cherry Soda. Smell/Taste: cherry, creamy, berry. Common effects: relaxed, euphoria, lazy. Top medicinal uses: stress and pain.

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  • Skunk #1. Smell/Taste: skunky, pungent, acrid. Common effects: uplifting, pungent, acrid. Top medicinal uses: stress and anxiety.

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  • Sour Amnesia. Smell/Taste: spicy, fuel, skunky. Common effects: energetic, uplifting, cheerful. Top medicinal uses: fatigue and mood enhancement.

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  • Strawberry Cough. Smell/Taste: strawberry, cedar, earthy. Common effects: sociable, cheerful, focused. Top medicinal uses: fatigue and mood enhancement.

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  • Sugar Daddy. Smell/Taste: peppery, lemon, earthy. Common effects: relaxed, mellow, lazy. Top medicinal uses: stress and nausea.

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When Erik Christiansen started smoking pot, he became fascinated by the look of different marijuana strains. But the photographs of marijuana he saw didn’t capture the variety.

So he went to the hardware store and picked up two lights and a cardboard box. “I didn’t even have a macro lens — I was shooting through a magnifying glass,” he says.

High-Def Views

Christiansen has created high-resolution 360-degree views of some strains of marijuana, including this one of Platinum Bubba.

Platinum Bubba

Credit: Courtesy of Erik Christiansen

The California-based photographer tinkered with his macro technique until he had created a consistent way to capture highly detailed images of marijuana.

Then Dan Michaels, a cannabis aficionado and strategist for the growing legal pot industry, contacted Christiansen about collaborating on a field guide. The result is Green: A Field Guide to Marijuana (Chronicle Books, $30). The high-end coffee table book documents over 170 strains of cannabis, explaining their medicinal and recreational attributes. (Though it’s worth noting that the medicinal benefits are based on subjective reports rather than randomized clinical trials.)

The book is meant to appeal to the growing artisanal marijuana industry, describing each bud’s tasting notes and effects much like a sommelier would describe a vintage wine.

We asked Christiansen about becoming a professional weed photographer, and what we can tell about a marijuana bud’s effects by looking at it. The conversation has been edited for length and clarity.

How did you source all of these buds?

I had a library of probably 300 to 400 strains that we were able to pull from. There’s your popular strains that most people who enjoy cannabis have heard of, like your Blue Dreams and your Girl Scout Cookies. But we also wanted to include the rare ones. I searched through hundreds of dispensaries in San Diego, L.A., and the Bay Area to try and track down all of them.


Seeing the buds close up accentuates the variations — some have these wiry golden threads and others are tightly coiffed, like beehive hairdos. They seem to take on personalities. What does this tell us about the plants?


A Field Guide to Marijuana

by Dan Michaels and Erik Christiansen

Hardcover, 395 pages

You can take the same plant and give a clone to six different growers and at the end of that grow cycle each will be unique in its own way, based on the nutrients that the growers us, the CO2content of the air and the temperature of the room. Being able to get up close and see those differences is important.

If you look at any of the pictures, there are these little balls on the end of each plant— that’s where the THC is stored. The more little balls, or trichomes, that are present on the buds, the more potent it can be. The color will also tell you a lot about the effect it will deliver. More amber-color trichomes will deliver a more body effect, where lighter-colored trichomes will be more of a head-y effect.

Do you have any favorites?

My favorite in the book is the strain called the Shire. I’ve only been able to find it once. The effect was so uplifting. It’s the only strain that’s ever given me the stereotypical effect where you’re just sitting there laughing. I went back to that dispensary trying to get it again and was never able to find it again.

There’s a certain legitimacy to field guides, or any reference book that documents variations of a species. Was legitimacy the intention?

Absolutely. It’s not this stoner druggie culture anymore; it’s becoming a real industry.

It’s like the wild, wild West. Or craft beer. It’s a bunch of little guys tinkering and creating new strains. Some of them totally take off and blow up and you see them all over the place.

What happens to the buds after you’ve shot them?

I usually get to sample them. Not all the time, but that’s a perk of the job.


Marijuana lifestyle for Valentines Day.

Admin; Flower bouquet for your special person and friends are now available to be customized for your marijuana lifestyle.  What a great idea for a niche marijuana business! Perhaps the bud delivery services should include this at holidays. Christmas boxes stuff for Santa’s helpers, 4th of July with a few fireworks, Thanksgiving turkeys stuffed with bud!

For your stoner sweetie, put some bud into that Valentine’s Day bouquet

There’s no holiday more cliché than Valentine’s Day, and there’s no gift more cliché than red roses. But in the new world of legalized marijuana, bud bouquets are now a reality, which might just make us reconsider. 

The concept of incorporating cannabis into floral design was officially introduced this past summer in a New York Times trend-spotting piece on marijuana at weddings in Colorado and Washington State. Denver Highlands-based Plum Sage Flowers was featured for its cannabis inspired florals at the request of couple Lauren Meisels and Bradley Melshenker. As an award-winning, event-focused florist, owner Erin Hornstein says her goal is “to create flowers that complement our clients’ preferred aesthetic. It was important to them that we included the plant … we did, and it was fun and gorgeous! But this isn’t something we’re specifically aiming to do.”

One florist slightly ahead of the trend is Buds & Blossoms owner Bec Koop. After getting her start in the biz at her mother’s Washington D.C.-area flower shop, Koop is now based out of her eco-friendly home studio in Centennial, Colo., where she creates custom arrangements for weddings and special events, often featuring marijuana flowers. As a part-time budtender at High Country Healingin Alma, Colo., Koop started experimenting with marijuana and traditional flowers in 2013.

“I was cutting down my own (marijuana) plant and had some extra flowers from an event laying around. I sort of had this ‘aha’ moment where I realized there was this perfect fusion of the two,” Koop says. “It’s really exciting to bring this new theme of freedom and legalization into the wedding industry. I’m planning on expanding to daily bouquets for customers in the next year.”

Babylon Floral in Denver’s Uptown neighborhood has experimented with custom cannabis creations for a select few clients, but it’s not something they’re currently offering. “The marijuana leaves just don’t hold up enough and make the rest of the flowers look a bit lifeless,” says owner Arthur Williams. “Unless the leaves are enormous, they don’t really add much design value.”

For the quintessential neighborhood flower shop that will put bud in your bouquet, head to The Perfect Petal — also located in the Denver Highlands. Owner Cindy Ollig got her first marijuana floral request for a wedding last summer, and has since opened the door for individual customers to come up with their own creations. Known for her imaginative and chic aesthetic, Ollig is excited about the new opportunity to use the cannabis plant in everyday arrangements.

“It’s just kind of cool how the bright greens of the plant and buds go so well with fuchsia and hot pink tones. Marijuana just kind of naturally lends itself to a perfect Valentine’s Day palette,” she says. “Plus, there’s so many different strains now. A lot of them are so delicate and beautiful and really work well with floral composition.colorado-florists-marijuana-flowers-bud-bouquetsThis is a weed-free creation from The Perfect Petal flower shop, which will happily incorporate some cannabis into an arrangement. (Annette Slade, provided by The Perfect Petal)

Ollig also thinks roses are actually making a comeback due to the explosion of different hues and varietals that nurseries are propagating right now.

“Garden roses are huge too, so we’re seeing a lot of people becoming interested again and requesting contemporary romantic pieces. That’s thanks in part to Pinterest!” laughs Ollig.

She recommends keeping it simple when opting for a cannabis-adorned arrangement. “One nice bud is plenty to make a statement — any more than that is just overkill.”

As far as the legality of it all? Customers must obtain their bud beforehand and bring it directly to the shop (the cannabis cost is not included in the price of a floral arrangement). The Perfect Petal also restricts cannabis orders from delivery, so in-store pickup is required.

There’s still time to mark the occasion with the best Valentine of all, Mary Jane. The Perfect Petal is taking orders as late as Saturday morning for same-day turnaround, starting at $55.

The Perfect Petal is located at 3600 W. 32nd St., in Denver. 303-480-0966, theperfectpetal.com


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