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Cannabis Production

Ozone: the best option for Cannabis Industry!

Cannabis was one of the first plants cultivated by man. For a long period of time, the few therapies available to the human species were plant-based. Due to its psychoactive effects, cannabis has been used for medicinal purposes for thousands of years, however, studies of its properties and clinical potential have only recently begun.

With increasing acceptance, many countries debate how best to approach the issue and regulate substance use. This acceptance has led to a growing increase in the number of regulated cannabis plantations. Ozone, due to its numerous properties, is an indispensable ally for any cannabis plantation, because when technology is used to increase the means of production of a specific agricultural crop, it results in higher yields at a lower price.

Curious about it? Read the article below and learn more about how effective Ozone can be!

Ozone is a powerful disinfectant with a strong oxidative power, significantly more powerful than chlorine-based solutions.

Ozone can be used to remove all kinds of harmful free-floating molecules, as the third atom of oxygen, when released from the molecule, binds to new substances changing its original chemical composition.

When we expose a cannabis field to ozone, it will eradicate bacteria, fungi, mold, spores, terpenes (evaporated molecules only) and virtually any biological components that can damage the plants.

Ozone is an unstable gas that can destroy bacteria and virus. It is a powerful oxidizer and a potent germicide, with no risk of resistance, build up, immunity or toxic residues.

Ozone treatment is considered a safe and effective disinfectant tool for decontamination of water or air. The combination of microbial disinfection and effective removal of microorganisms makes ozonization an attractive alternative to clean surfaces, sterilizer facilities and equipment, as well as removes bacteria and virus present in the air and controls bad odors. There are many applications and potential uses for ozone in the cannabis industry, both in the growing and processing of cannabis.

How does it work?

Ozone possesses much higher disinfection capabilities than chlorine and other commonly used disinfectants. Because of its short lifetime, when it breaks, returns to its natural form of oxygen, leaving no residual. As this process occurs, the free atom of oxygen seeks out and attacks any foreign particles in the water or air, while destroying bacteria or any organic matter. During this reaction, ozone does not produce compounds like the toxicity of chlorinated compounds.

Aplications

Cannabis is susceptible to a variety of fungi, bacteria, viruses and other contaminants. Ozone is an effective and proven disinfection method for treating water and air used in cannabis production to disinfect surfaces, equipment, recycle water for reuse, and control odor in and around the facility.  There are many applications and potential uses for ozone in the cannabis industry, both in growing and processing.

    • Irrigation water treatment – Ozone can treat the water, removing harmful minerals and bacteria present in it, and also increasing its level of oxygen that is beneficial for the development of any plants. This type of treatment, applicable in the cannabis industry, does not require major changes on the existing systems or technologies.

    • Surface sanitation – Ozone gas dissolved into water at high levels, increases the ORP (oxidation-reduction potential) and can be used as a sanitizer for surface sanitation, equipment, and even plants if required.

    • Room disinfection and tools sterilization – Ozone gas can be used in rooms to inactivate pathogens, reaching all points in a room. As a gas, it can reach places that are difficult to access and normally neglected. Ozone can be used to sterilise surfaces, equipment, tools or an entire grow room in minutes, without any lasting impact to your cannabis plants.

    • Cannabis Disinfection – Ozone molecules are 2.5 times more effective than chlorine at tackling mould, pathogens, fungi and that dreaded bud rot and can kill a variety of pathogens that are commonly found on cannabis. After ozone destroys bacteria and mold cells, only oxygen remains, so no residue, chemicals, or solvents are left behind on the cannabis product. This organic process allows us to effectively decontaminate the product without altering potency, cannabinoid concentrations, or terpene profiles on cannabis. At the time of harvest, the final harvested product must meet specific standards of bacteria and fungi to be sold to the final consumer for consumption (there are specific standards and manufacturing processes regarding fungi and bacterial counts in the final products). Ozone can be used to ensure the disinfection of the final product to meet the most stringent standards for fungus and bacteria.

    • Exhaust and Odor Control – Ozone is extremely effective in reducing organic odors and is used in many odor reduction/elimination applications. The oldest and most common use of ozone in cannabis crops is for odor control. Placing an ozone system in the exhaust pipes of a ventilation system in order to capture the evaporated terpene molecules. Terpenes are the compounds responsible for giving cannabis a sweet and seductive aroma.

Benefits

    • Powerful and effective disinfectant

    • Kill Bacteria, Fungi, Mould and Powdery Mould Spores;

    • Prevent Bud Rot;

    • Kill Spider Mites and all other pest insects and destroy their colonies;

    • Kill Mildew;

    • Eliminate Microbes, Algae & Root-Born Pathogens;

    • Its strong oxidizing properties make ozone one of the most efficient and fastest microbicides;

    • Disinfection treatment of water and air;

    • Prevents the regrowth of microorganisms after ozonization, unlike ultraviolet and chlorine disinfection;

    • It is more effective than chlorine in destroying virus and bacteria;

    • Ozone decomposes rapidly – no harmful chemical residues are left behind;

    • Must be generated onsite, it is mean that there are fewer safety concerns associated with shipping and handling;

    • No measuring, monitoring, or handling of chemicals;

    • Eliminate Hydrogen Sulphide;

    • Provides additional oxygen to the water and soil;

    • Removes odors permanently;

    • Promotes healthier plants;

    • Environmentally friendly.

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