As a cannabis cultivator, there are two aspects of your business you need to protect at all costs: your product and your employees. These are the things that keep your business running and allow it to thrive in this ultra-competitive industry. But what if you learned there was an invisible threat to both? Poor air quality puts your people and your plants at risk, and can even make your customers sick. Fortunately, there are ways to keep contaminants at bay before issues arise, and make sure you’re producing the highest quality, clean cannabis.

With our new WillowAir, you can capture and remove airborne contaminants like Aspergillus to ensure a safer workplace and healthier plants.

What impacts air quality?

Several elements can have a negative impact on air quality, such as gasses, odors, volatile organic compounds (VOCs), bacteria, and mold spores. Insects can also spread bacteria and mold, so it’s important to control any insect populations within your work space and grow room.

What is the risk of contaminated air in a cultivation room?

If cannabis is exposed to poor air quality throughout the growing process, your products could contain mold, bacteria, or fungus. In a grow room setting, where humidity levels are often elevated to support plant growth, these spores find ideal conditions to germinate and spread.  

As a result, customers who consume it could acquire infections, such as aspergillosis or mucormycosis.

  • Aspergillosis is an infection caused by the mold aspergillus, which is primarily harmful to those with weakened immune systems.
  • Mucormycosis is a fungal infection that impacts the lungs or sinuses, mainly affecting people with preexisting health conditions or who take medications that weaken their immune systems.

Protecting your employees

Your workers keep your business thriving. But what if they are unknowingly exposed to poor air quality? Research has shown that cannabis industry employees could be at greater risk for asthma and other lung diseases related to their work conditions. Additionally, ground cannabis dust and other airborne contaminants can lead to allergic reactions or adverse side effects.

Don’t wait to take action

Since air contaminants in the cultivation room are invisible, it’s easy to dismiss the risks related to poor air quality. How do you really know it’s there when you can’t see it? As a business owner, the last thing you want to do is wait until your employees or your customers suffer the consequences. Maintaining a clean environment with an air purifier like WillowAir can ensure the quality of your cannabis and the health of your workers.

The cannabis market has grown extremely rapidly, and the demand for legal cannabis is higher than ever before. Cultivators are responsible for producing high-quality cannabis that is contaminant-free. Ensuring that your production facilities have proper air quality and airflow is imperative, as it is a matter of public health and safety.

Preventing issues with air quality

There are several ways to mitigate poor air quality in your work space. In order to prevent airborne contaminants, these are a few areas to address:

1. Air circulation

Keeping the air inside your facility moving is a positive way to curb the development of bacteria, microbials, mold, and insects. Commercial fans and vents can help ensure your space has good air circulation at all times.

2. Air filtration

By using an air filtration system like WillowAir, you can rest assured that you have clean air in every room. Designed specifically for cannabis cultivation environments, WillowAir actually captures and removes particles as small as 0.3 microns – including bacteria, Aspergillus, mold spores, and other contaminants – from the air, enabling you to keep your plants and your employees safe. The system features five air changes per hour for optimal growing conditions.

3. Air quality testing

You may be taking measures to improve air quality, but without testing the air quality of your grow room, how will you know whether they are effective? Air quality analysis should be conducted regularly to make sure the systems in place are working.

Learn More about WillowAir and Our Cannabis Decontamination Solutions

Think your cultivation space could benefit from WillowAir? 

While WillowAir helps purify the air in your cultivation space, a system like the WillowPure can be implemented into the harvesting process as a one-of-a-kind cannabis kill-step. Together, our cannabis decontamination technology reduces or eliminates aspergillus species, microbials, and total yeast and mold counts while retaining the medicinal properties of the product.

Purchase WillowAir today or visit our product page to learn more about the benefits of this system.