Demystifying 5 Cannabis Stock Images


Businesses and the media often turn to photography collections when trying to fill cannabis related content with an image. A high-quality, professionally produced photograph can be a fantastic way to add to written content to help drive a narrative or complement the details of a story.

However, many of these images are misleading, and due to their widespread use, misconceptions about cannabis are perpetuated and spread to readers. It is important to present the correct image and information about cannabis, especially since there are still so many questions about it and its many benefits.

Here are some common cannabis stock images that need a bit of debunking.

The bouquet of cannabis

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In theory, the idea of ​​using freshly harvested cannabis flowers carefully grouped together in a bouquet sounds like fun. Considering the growing popularity of friendly cannabis weddings (even cannabis themed ones), it would make sense that instead of flowers, the bride tossed a bundle of colas into a crowd of enthusiastic hopefuls. Unfortunately, the reality of this scenario would be a bit, well, sticky.

Unlike a classic flower arrangement that would be used in a traditional bouquet, the ripe, ready-to-harvest cannabis flowers are dripping with sticky, resinous trichomes. These little heads of milky glands cover the surface of flowers and sugar leaves. Thousands upon thousands of miniature sticky resin capsules wait to explode at the slightest touch. With each trichome comes a blend of rich, pungent aromas along with a sticky residue that can be compared to sweet tree sap.

You don’t want this on your fancy wedding attire. Cannabis takes stickiness and aroma to a whole new level. While the smell of cannabis is amazing, having it on your wedding clothes for the rest of the day might not be ideal and washing off the resin isn’t easy.

Stick with real flowers in the bouquet.

Hand pot

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If you type cannabis or marijuana into a photo search engine, there is a good chance that you will find these types of images more than any other. It’s the classic pot punch, with someone standing in the wild holding a small ball of soil with a young cannabis plant germinating.

As popular as this archival photograph may be, it is incredibly misleading. All the hope and longing gained from watching this young plant will quickly wane once you realize that death will soon welcome this poor, mishandled seedling.

At this point in its development, the root ball of this cannabis plant is extremely sensitive and since it sits loosely in the palm of someone’s hand, it risks a myriad of issues, from contamination to root damage. Transplanting cannabis plants is a delicate task that requires proper care and sanitation. Even in the worst-case scenario, no one who legitimately cares about the livelihood of a young plant will handle a plant in this way.

Fan leaf trim

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This archival photograph wants to send the message that cooking with cannabis can be aesthetic. While this is absolutely true, and using fan leaves as a garnish is by no means a bad decision, adding the plant matter directly to a dish won’t work as well as this photograph suggests.

Fan leaves are coarse, mealy in texture, and taste like cut grass. They are not aromatic in the same way as buds, and they cannot replace herbs as an ingredient in a dish.

Also, adding a fan leaf to a dish will not make it psychoactive in any way. Cooking with cannabis requires the buds to be decarboxylated in order to activate the plant’s THC. To do this, you have to add sustained heat, which would effectively destroy a fan leaf.

Again, fan leaves can make a nice garnish, but try using an oil, cannabis butter, or at least a decarboxylated flower if you want to incorporate cannabis into your dish.

Dripping oil

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Cannabis concentrates are often misunderstood. Stock photographs such as this image of an oil tincture shown next to a vegetative cannabis plant don’t help dispel this confusion.

Contrary to what a picture of this nature can give (there are many available), the process of extracting oils from a cannabis plant is difficult and requires a certain level of expertise.

Extracts made with solvents like butane, propane and CO2 must be done in a laboratory by professionals and are regulated by the state. Solvent-free extracts can be made at home, but the process is a bit more complicated than pictures like these. You certainly can’t approach a young cannabis plant and expect it to be dripping with golden oil.

Not a suitable pot

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Cannabis stock photography tends to take a lot of creative liberties with the container options, often at the expense of accuracy. This image of a cannabis branch placed in a decorative vase is a perfect example. Cannabis is an aesthetic plant, that’s true, but that being said, cutting a plant any time before its buds are ready to be harvested and putting them in a vase isn’t ideal for the plant itself. or the decorator.

Granted, letting these cuttings sit in water for a week or so won’t be a death sentence for the plant, but these flowers died the second they were cut and they won’t last long in that state before they grow. wither. Like other flowers, these cuttings will eventually deteriorate completely as they will not be in a suitable environment for development.

Patrick bennett

Patrick lives with his wife and daughter in Denver, where he spends his time writing, photographing and creating content for the cannabis community.

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