SEM Canna Trichomes


Color-enhanced Scanning Electron Micrograph (SEM) of the surface of a marijuana (Cannabis sativa) plant leaf, showing glandular cells, called trichomes. These are capitate trichomes that have stalks. They secrete a resin containing tetrahydrocannabinol (THC), the active component of cannabis when used as a drug. The spherical cells at the top of the trichomes are 60 um in diameter.

The Kinsman Project

Art meets science in this uniquely stunning photograph created by Professor Ted Kinsman of the Photographic Sciences Department at the Rochester Institute of Technology, where he teaches High-Speed Photography and Scanning Electron Microscopy (SEM). His expertise in cutting-edge scanning electron microscopy,light micro graphs, x-rays, and computational photography, combine to reveal the extraordinary microscopic beauty of the world’s most controversial plant: cannabis Sativa.

Professor Kinsman has compiled 140 images, over the course of three years, into a book, Cannabis: Marijuana Under the Microscope, which describes the great precision, planning, knowledge, and skill required to produce these incredible Images.

We, at Nu-Venture, LLC, are proud to have taken professor Kinsman’s SEM photographs to a new, distinctive level by producing them in 3D Lenticular imagery. We sincerely hope that this series of stunning Scientific Cannabis Photo Art pleases you enough to share the beauty.

About the Artist

Author of Marijuana Under the Microscope, Ted Kinsman is an associate professor in the Photographic Sciences Department at Rochester Institute of Technology in Rochester, New York. He teaches high-speed photography and scanning electron microscopy, while also holding degrees in optics, physics, and science education.

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