Grow Your Own Drugs

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Grow Your Own Drugs
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Format Documentary
Presented by James Wong
Country of origin United Kingdom
Original language(s) English
No. of series 2
No. of episodes 12 As of 20 April 2009
Production
Running time 6x30 mins, 1x60 mins
Production company(s) Silver River
Broadcast
Original channel BBC Two
Original run 6 January 2009 (2009-01-06) – present
External links
Website

Grow Your Own Drugs is a British television documentary series, first broadcast on BBC Two, exploring the many remedies which can be provided by plants. James Wong, an ethnobotanist, presents the series and takes the view that people should start making their own remedies in order to save money and feel healthier plus providing simple remedies to everyday ailments. Wong tries out his remedies on members of the public in order to demonstrate the beneficial effects of natural remedies, adding appropriate safety warnings. He is careful to stress that viewers should always seek medical advice before trying natural medicines, and in discussing the outcomes of treatment always states "It's not a clinical trial..." and acknowledges that results might be attributed to a placebo effect.

Proving a huge ratings success for the BBC, the programme quickly became the highest rated gardening programme in the UK, producing an internationally best-selling book, by the same title, as a spin-off. In 2009, the series also won "Best Television Programme" at the UK Garden Media Guild Awards.

Wong's says:[1]

I want to make people think differently about plants – growing all around us are plants that could make you feel better.

and:

Making your own natural remedies for minor complaints can be easy, cheap and fun. But you must know exactly what you’re using and how to use it. I’m not against conventional medicine and it’s really important you get yourself diagnosed by a doctor before trying natural remedies.

A special edition, Grow Your Own Drugs for Christmas, focusing mostly on the applications of plants associated with the season such as holly, ivy, mistletoe and pine, aired on 16 December 2009.

A second series began airing on 23 March 2010.[2]

Episodes[edit]

Season 1

Episode Title
1 Fruit
2 Flowers
3 Trees
4 Herbs
5 Roots
6 Vegetables

Special

Episode Title
- Christmas

Season 2

Episode Title
1 Garden Herbs
2 Incredible Edibles
3 Exotic Plants
4 Petals
5 Shrubs & Trees
6 Wild Plants

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