Bring forth your shake

A California nail designer has sparked the latest trend in high-end nail fashions, literally. Louisiana Pham has been creating beautiful nail art using real cannabis and her customers can’t get enough. It might seem like a great idea to have cannabis embedded into a manicure, but in all honesty, wouldn’t we rather just ingest it?


At the Orchid Nail Lounge in Santa Clara, California customers are lining up to have salon owner, Louisiana Pham, create a one-of-a-kind manicure using their own personal medical cannabis. Pham began creating the unique nail art just over two years ago when a regular customer wanted a special design for Hemp Con.

After deciding that painting cannabis leaves onto the nails would look too cartoonish, Pham suggested sprinkling real cannabis into the manicure. Her customer was delighted by the idea and quickly crushed up bits of her own medical cannabis.

Then Pham encapsulated the shake into each nail using gel polish, she painted altering colors of green and black, with gold dripping down meant to represent concentrates.

People were stopping by her booth at Hemp Con just looking at her nails. – Pham.

Pham knows this is a niche clientele, and doesn’t charge any extra for a cannabis manicure, but she does have a few rules. All customers requesting the high-end manicure must have a legal California medical cannabis card. Residents must bring their own cannabis to the shop and it has to have been purchased legally.

If these criteria’s are met, weed manicures begin at $65 depending on how intricate the design.

Weed manicures are trending nationally

As cannabis legalization spreads from state to state, more and more people are following suit with this trending nail fashion. Many manage to include the cannabis in an elegant, nonchalant way. Some, however, have combined the worst of the worst nail trends, incorporating cut up money, a $100 bills in this case, and crushed cannabis; one expensive manicure!


Pham said she didn’t realize her idea of using cannabis in the nail art was popular across the country. She was only trying to achieve a more sophisticated cannabis manicure for her client, and the idea of using the natural stuff seemed only logical.

The manicures might only last two weeks or so, but those will be an enjoyable two weeks.


I have a BFA in English, with a concentration in Writing. Journalism has always been my passion. Creating unique and informative articles, with some nonsense and humor dribbled about, is my strong suit.

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