The revolutionary development of cannabis production and usage throughout many countries, particularly in the United States, has catapulted and transformed into a large emerging industry. This booming industry has taken over to provide both medical and recreational marijuana use within the permissible states that deem the consumption of this drug acceptable within their state borders. According to the National Institute of Drug Abuse (NIH), in the United States alone, at least 14.8 million people use cannabis (a.k.a. marijuana, weed) – and an estimated 6,000 people a day try it for the first time. These increasing number of cannabis users has led to the more than doubling of cannabis manufacturing grow operations and dispensaries throughout the United States, making legal cannabis one of the world’s newest and most dynamic industries.
Cannabis Grow Room Odor Control
As the manufacturing and production of cannabis has increased, these cannabis grow houses and dispensaries have come under heavy scrutiny for lack of odor control maintenance within their indoor facilities’. A lack of odor control within these cannabis businesses has led to the chemical odors produced from the growing of these cannabis crops to spread rapidly through the air of neighboring residential areas. Thus, the implementation of odor control solutions in cannabis grow facilities have become state mandated in some areas, as these facilities require the need for an engineered odor-controlled solution to be set in place throughout their business area to stay within compliance of these regulations. Odor control plans are submitted to governing bodies and are based on industry best practices and the minimum requirements set by ASHRAE.
Chemical Compounds in Cannabis Growing
The cannabis plant produces a unique class of chemical compounds that are called cannabinoids, a chemical that is responsible for the plant’s therapeutic and psychotropic properties. This chemical compound contains hydrocarbons that consist of bound atoms of hydrogen, carbon, and oxygen. The cannabinoids, however, are not responsible for the strong chemical-odor emitted from these crops, and rather the production of terpenes from this crop is primarily responsible for the distinct odor that cannabis plants emit into the air.
In addition, during the cannabis crops growth phase the plant will also produce and release volatile organic compounds (VOCs) into the air that can impact indoor air quality and even have the potential to stir health effects in those exposed to these chemicals in the air. These chemical compounds will be released into the air as a gas and will have adverse reactions in the environment of the cannabis grow facility or dispensary. Volatile organic compounds will react with oxides of nitrogen in the presence of sunlight and this reaction will inhibit the creation of ground-level ozone – a pollutant that is highly dangerous to human health if and when exposure occurs in the environment.
Limitations of a Carbon Filter for Cannabis Odors
When it comes to controlling and removing those strong-terpene odors and chemical compounds that are produced from cannabis crops in the air of a marijuana dispensary or grow room operation and cultivation site, no other odor solution is offered more than carbon air filters. Carbon filters are the traditional odor control air quality solution for cannabis odors in this industry due to the filters capability to absorb odors and gases that are present in the indoor air space. These types of air filters contain a high surface area filter media that is capable of capturing and collecting different odorous compounds and pollutants onto the filter media – making the carbon technology a favored solution for implementation in an odorous cannabis grow house and/or dispensary.
Carbon filters for cannabis odor removal, however, have limitations that will ultimately contribute to the unwanted and potentially hazardous re-releasing of chemical pollutants and odors back into the indoor air of the environment overtime. While the carbon air filters are usually utilized in either an air handling system or portable air purification system the filter will work to collect those airborne pollutants from the air. As the filter begins to fill-up and the surface area of the media filter becomes full, then the chemical compounds and odorous pollutants will start to release off of the filter and back into the airspace of the environment that the filter once cleared the pollutants from such as the cannabis grow facility and cultivation site.
How Often to Replace Carbon Filter in Grow Room
When carbon filters are installed into a cannabis grow room, these filters will continually work to collect odors onto the filter until the filter media is full. Once the carbon filter is too full to capture and remove toxins from the airspace the filter will begin to release pollutants from the carbon filter into the air. The lifespan of these carbon filters is often ambiguous and will often be hard to gage when it’s time to replace these filters, specifically when utilized in a cannabis grow facility. Typically, the replacement times of a carbon filter in a grow room could range depending on the conditions in the grow room such as changes to the temperature and humidity – the filter could last a week, a couple weeks, a month, or even months.
EnviroKlenz Air Purifier for Weed Odor Control
The EnviroKlenz technology is a revolutionary, non-invasive, odor elimination process that can rapidly restore an odor-compromised property such as a cannabis grow room facility and dispensary. The EnviroKlenz air filtration process is the scientifically and field proven choice for the safe, rapid, convenient, and cost-effective restoration of indoor spaces from noxious odors and other toxic vapors in the air. The composition of the EnviroKlenz technology utilized in the EnviroKlenz Air Purifier or EnviroKlenz HVAC filter favorably interacts with the diverse chemicals found in the smoke and residuals of cannabis growing in a cultivation facility.
When the chemical composition and odors of cannabis interact with the EnviroKlenz technology on the filter it will not only contain the odors like carbon air filters do, but it also chemically interacts and breaks down a wide variety of chemical compounds without releasing any harmful pollutants or chemicals back into the environment. Additionally, the EnviroKlenz technology can reduce labor and overhead costs, will not affect the cannabis crops quality, and it is a tested, proven, and validated technology. The EnviroKlenz technology has been third party tested by many leading laboratories such as; Battelle Memorial Institute, Edgewood Chemical Biological Center, Organization for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons, and other laboratories.
Mobile Air System
The EnviroKlenz Mobile Air System utilizes hospital-grade technology to provide maximum air cleaning efficiency for your home and office. It combines certified HEPA filtration along with our patented EnviroKlenz Air Cartridge to remove airborne pollen, dust, odors, mold, gasses, fragrance, VOCs, allergens, bacteria, and more.
✓ Patented Earth Mineral Technology works to attack the VOC and break down on a compound level.
✓ Powder coated metal housing – Made in the USA
✓ No chemicals or masking agents
✓ Will not release any chemicals back into your environment
✓ Safer and faster at removing VOC’s than traditional carbon filters and Peco air purifier