Neutralizing Cannabis Odors with Laboratory Products

Neutralizing Cannabis Odors with Laboratory Products

When it comes to vapor and odor control, various laboratory products are available to the modern cannabis cultivator and researcher. Small-footprint benchtop fume hoods meet the needs of low throughput handling and testing applications, while specialized HVAC (Heating Ventilation Air Conditioning) systems can assist with even the largest-scale indoor growth and testing facilities.

These laboratory products are primarily used to maintain the wellbeing of workers according to Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) standards. However, despite the complex health and safety concerns of the modern marijuana industry, there is currently little-to-no concern associated with the pungency of cannabis.

At worst, cannabis odor problems are considered a nuisance, but this does not mean they should be dismissed out of hand. Several attempts to establish a legislative precedent regarding the odors generated by cannabis cultivation facilities and research laboratories have been levied in court. These are generally spearheaded by neighbors concerned that odors are affecting their property values. While each of these efforts has proven unsuccessful, as there are currently no toxic or public health concerns associated with exposure to aromas produced by the plant, costly court proceedings can take years to settle.

Neutralizing cannabis odors at the source before they become a problem should be a priority for any cannabis specialist, even those working indoors. This is fully achievable with the right selection of laboratory products for emissions control and regulation.

Laboratory Products for Odour Control: Heavy Duty Air Purifiers

Laboratory products like fume hoods and HVAC systems can reliably circulate air into working environments and remove airborne particulates or vapors from a facility. The number of air changes per hour (ACPH) required for optimal odor control depends upon the room dimensions and the uniformity of air within the space versus the cubic foot meter (CFM) capabilities of the air blower.

In a working environment measuring 12 x 12 x 8, the gold standard for air purification is 6 ACPH. This is less a prescribed standard than an accepted rule of thumb, particularly for nuisance odors as opposed to restricted substances with potentially harmful implications. As a result, an air purifier with a ventilation rate of 184 CFM with a 2” carbon filter installed could reliably control the odors of working environments with dimensions of 12 x 12 x 8. It would be possible to reduce the blower flow rate to save energy or reduce processing turbidity and qualitatively determine desired conditions. It could also be used to assist in odor control of larger spaces using multiple air purifiers – which would have the added benefit of increasing capture points to improve the likelihood of mitigating cannabis odors across the room.

Glas-Col suppliers the Airfiltronix HS-3000A4 Room Air Purifier, a high-performance range of laboratory products designed for filtering of airborne pollutants and nuisance odors. It can provide 6 ACPH in rooms with 2000 cubic feet of air volume without requiring outdoor ventilation. This is achieved by the FR-4 activated charcoal filter, which can absorb up to 50% of its own weight in some cases.

If you would like to learn more about our laboratory products for cannabis odor control, simply contact a member of the Glas-Col team today.