My brother wanted to study ecology by the time he took AP Biology in the 10th grade.
We took some of the same high school courses as we are only a year apart, and I remember the excitement he had everyday when it was time for him to walk to that class.
He used to help our mother in the garden and we just assumed that he had found his passion in flowers and vegetables, but that was a misunderstanding on our part. In fact, my brother’s true passion from the beginning was in marijuana. He was secretly smoking it with his friends after school once he completed his homework for the night. While some people would argue that my brother was being foolish, he got all of his work done before he got high. If it wasn’t for his amazing school performance, I suppose someone could criticize his teenage marijuana use. On the other hand, it wasn’t just his ability to get good grades. His passion for cannabis translated into a lucrative career. He studied ecology and botany in college and eventually got a job in the cultivation department at a large cannabis company. He loves to talk to me about cannabis genetics whenever I’m at his house. One of our mutually favorite strains is Girl Scout Cookies, in part because it shows up in the genetic lineage of so many other amazing cannabis strains. One example is the strain Space Age Cake, which is the result of crossing Snow Lotus with Forum Cut Cookies, which is a particular phenotype of Girl Scout Cookies.