Weed Is Officially Fancy: Coffee Table Book Offers 'Field Guide to Marijuana'

Weed Is Officially Fancy: New Coffee Table Book Presents 'Field Guide to Marijuana'

Image of Grandaddy Purple (GDP) from Green: A Field Guide to Marijuana.

Weed is getting its very own coffee table book. (Finally.)

Green: A Field Guide to Marijuana is the brainchild of California-based photographer Erik Christianson and cannabis industry strategist Dan Michaels. The $30, high-end coffee table book includes more than 170 strains, featuring high-resolution photographs and descriptions of both their medicinal uses and recreational characteristics.

In an interview with NPR, Christianson said he always fascinated by the visual differences between strains, yet noticed a lack of high-quality photographs highlighting these variations. He went to the store, bought two lights and a cardboard box, and started shooting choice nugs through a magnifying glass.

After much tinkering (and we can only assume taste testing), Christianson developed what he believes to be the best way to consistently capture the visual qualities and differences of strains, producing high-resolution, 360-degree views.

Michaels noticed Christianson’s work and approached the photographer about developing a high quality field guide to marijuana. Christianson agreed (wouldn’t you?) and Green: A Field Guide to Marijuana was born.

The theory behind Green is to appeal to the higher brow of the burgeoning cannabis industry and present the visual, sensory, and effectual variations between strains in a classy way — like a weed sommelier in print.

Can’t you just see it, stylishly fanned out between Ansel Adams In Color and Architecture of the Future?