What if a three-year-old accidentally eats all the leaves on that cannabis plant that’s growing in your flower pot? Or what if the air quality in your home becomes so bad that people in your home start getting problems such as respiratory infections, asthma, coughing etc?
The truth is if you grow marijuana indoors all that might happen. The consequences may be a huge fine, jail and if you are in Saudi Arabia a good flogging will do. Today, weedbrief will teach you how to keep both your plants and the people in your home safe. That’s enough fluff let’s get to it.
The presence of cannabis in your home increases the risk that someone could be your grandmother, child or even dog, may inadvertently consume weed with detrimental effects. Think about it, one of the leading causes of death and injury in the home is slip and fall accidents. While Under the influence of weed, your child or someone who has never tried weed before may suffer serious injury, and since it’s your home and your weed. The lawman will come after you. Just ask Fiona Gallagher.
The problem with homegrown cannabis is. Growers are not subject to safe production, testing packaging, labeling and recall requirements that have been established for commercial cannabis. That means that it is up to you to come up with safe practices for cannabis plants and its products at home, make provisions for waste disposal and make sure that no one accidentally ingests cannabis. If you fail at any of that and the right or wrong people find out, you may find yourself in a lot of trouble.
As your kids get older, locking the grow room or hiding your stash will not be enough to prevent them from accessing marijuana and/or its products in the home. This makes it very important to have open, honest conversations with your kids as they grow up.
Lock and Key
In some states including Colorado, the law requires marijuana grows to be in a separate, enclosed locked area. In simple terms, the law requires you to keep marijuana and its products out of sight and reach of children. Ask yourself this, what if a neighbor or someone else calls the cops on you?
Remember that marijuana is still illegal on the federal level, because of that, if you are careless, someone might call the cops on you. Depending on the agency the person calls, a representative of child protective services or a police officer might show up at your door. If you are found violating set laws or requirements for example if you are found in possession of more than the legal amount, there will be consequences. So the point is, keep your kids away from your stash and don’t smoke or expose them to weed.
When marijuana is grown in occupied spaces in large amounts, the air quality of the space will be impacted in the following ways:
- Increased odor: marijuana odor is harmless; however, it can impact wellbeing through annoyance, stress, and disruption.
- Unsafe levels of carbon monoxide: if you haven’t modified your grow room, carbon monoxide which is a hazardous gas may build up in there. To prevent that happening you should modify your home’s ventilation capacity to suit its needs.
- Increased relative humidity: this is the key determinant of the growth of mold or fungi in the home. According to the National Collaborating Center for Environmental Health, indoor dampness and mold are associated with conditions such as upper respiratory tract symptoms, wheeze, cough, and other respiratory health issues.
How to Keep the Air Fresh in your Home
#1 grow outside
If the law allows you or if you can find a safe place to grow weed outdoors, you should move your marijuana garden outdoors. By doing that you will avoid cultivation related humidity and solve the mold and fungi problem.
#2 Limit plant numbers
If you have no option but to grow indoors, don’t overdo it. Keep the number of plants within manageable limits. It’s worth noting that even a few plants can create moisture issues in some homes. So pick your grow room wisely i.e. make sure you have enough space and good ventilation.
You can also improve air quality by investing in high-quality indoor air cleaners.
#3 Choose Low Odor Strains and Properly Package your Harvest
Masking agents and ozone generators don’t get rid of the odor problem, they only mask it. This can be a problem if you are growing weed in large amounts. The best solution you have here if you are growing indoors is to pick low odor strains and to store finished dry product in airtight containers.
Inappropriate use of Pesticides
Insects, blights, fungi, and molds may attack your cannabis plants when that happens the first thing most people do is spray pesticides. Some pesticides will get the job done but at a cost. The thing is pesticide ridden marijuana is not good for you. Look at it this way, if you or someone else smokes excessive amounts of pesticide-ridden weed or if you spray pesticides without taking the recommended precautions, the consequences may be:
- Brain damage
- Birth defects
- Infertility and sterility
- Endocrine complications
- Skin irritation
- Organ failure
The good news is you can make your own organic pesticide at home. For example, you can make a very effective pesticide by combining onion, garlic and cayenne pepper. You can also use neem oil or garlic oil as pesticide.
Standing water, yard waste, building materials, and trash cans attract pests, what you have to do is remove all attractants near your cannabis plants or alternatively you can cover your plants with mosquito nets or Agfabric if you are growing outdoors.
Fire and Radiation Hazard
High wattage grow lamps, dried cannabis leaves, and you, yes I said you, are all fire hazards. The thing is, most people choose to install grow equipment on their own, the problem is, some don’t do the job right. Improperly installed equipment and carelessly stored combustible materials (dry weed) are an accident waiting to happen.
There are growers out there who use high-intensity ultraviolet light with the aim of increasing THC content. The problem with UV lights is it can damage your skin and eyes depending on the amount of time you are exposed to it. If you choose to use UV lights, make sure that you buy safety glasses and clothing.
You should also limit UV exposure by turning off UV emitting lamps while in the grow space.
Generally what I am telling you is, when it comes to safety in your home. Don’t be careless; make sure that anything including electricity that can cause serious injury or property damage is well taken care of.