The Botany Of Desire, By Michael Pollan

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Every garden has their own purposes that make gardeners devote a great amount of time to take care of them. Gardeners are coming up with their own unique ways of taking care of their gardens, especially when they make profits out of it. In his book, The Botany of Desire, Michael Pollan claims the best gardeners of his generation have devoted themselves to growing cannabis, popularly known as marijuana. Intrigued with Pollan’s argument, I completely agree with him. Marijuana growers are the best gardeners because they perfected the plant in growing them indoors, they make good business out of it, and the plant itself fills the need of humans for transcendent altered states of consciousness.
The modern prohibition against marijuana led directly to a revolution in both and the culture of the plant. It stands as one of the riches ironies of the drug war that the creation of a powerful new taboo against marijuana led directly to the creation of powerful new plant (105). Every plant develops certain mechanical defenses, in this case chemical, to protect themselves from potential harm. The chemical that marijuana made humans, perhaps even certain animals, go crazy that they even willing to take risks just to plant them to fulfill their desire of intoxication to help them forget faster. Despite the fact that it is illegal to grow marijuana, people have created a way, or maybe the plant created the way, to continue growing them. When Pollan talked about what he heard from a friend of his friend he said,
"I listened to him talk about his work one evening, dilating on the relative benefits of sodium and metal halide lights, the optimal number of clones to plant per kilowatt, and the intricacies of hybridizing indicas and sativas, it dawned on me that this was what the best gardeners of my generation had been doing all these years: they had been underground, perfecting cannabis" (Pollan 105).
Before the crackdown on marijuana growers, the delta-9-tetrahydrocannabinol (THC), a molecule that the plant had developed, levels in ordinary marijuana ranged only from 2 to 3 percent, but now that the plant has been move indoors the THC levels have become 20 percent and upward. This is only one reason why marijuana growers are the best gardeners of Pollan’s generation.
After many years of trying to make the plant grow, perfectly, indoor, growing marijuana have become lucrative and more desired. Though marijuana growers know that planting the plant is dangerous and can even lose their house or all their property, they are taking the risk because it is a good business. The prohibition made the plant more profitable because growing them indoors takes a great amount of time and money. Growers needs to use high technology to perfectly monitor the new environment that human have created for the plant. As a result, the plant, from being naturally grown outdoors and cheaply and accessibly, became expensive. There is so much money with this business because, one of the...

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