People have been growing cannabis in their homes and on their properties for years, but it has only been recently that such activities have become legal. However, there are still many bumps in the road to overcoming when it comes to understanding the benefits and risks of being able to own and grow cannabis plants in North America. If you are considering hydroponic indoor cannabis growing in your own home, consider how to minimize the risks for yourself, your family, and your property.
First, Know the Risks.
In order to minimize the risks, you need to get clear about what the risks actually are involving indoor cannabis growing. Some of the main risks associated with growing cannabis indoors using hydroponic equipment include accidental ingestion or poisoning of children or pets; changes to the quality of your indoor air; increased or improper use of bug repellant or pesticides; obvious electrical fire hazards; and radiation hazards. While not all of these risks will be present at all times and may not apply to all home-growers of cannabis, you’ll want to have a game plan for keeping your growth efforts optimized and productive.
Reduce the Risk of Accidental Ingestion or Poisoning
A few cannabis plants never hurt anyone, right? While the average adult can handle their cannabis ingestion, for the most part, kids and animals react differently to substances. So if you have little ones or pets, you’ll want to make sure you keep your plants out of reach. It’s a good idea to keep them in a locked room or somewhere the kids and animals don’t have access to; you’ll want to make sure that they are supervised when you are in the room with the cannabis plants so they can’t reach up and grab some. Kids and animals, dogs especially, put everything in their mouth and it might not be long before your few plants turn into no plants. It’s also good practice to keep your tools, such as glass bongs, out of reach as well.
Reduce the Risk of Poor Air Quality
It’s highly unlikely that a few cannabis plants are going to change the dynamic of the air quality in your home, but just in case, you’ll want to make sure that you use a properly ventilated area and ensure that your plants aren’t exposed to direct sunlight. This could cause the plants to ferment or rot, which can release gas into the air. Growing cannabis indoors is generally very safe, but you’ll want to take proper precautions to ensure your home stays smelling and feeling fresh and clean.
Reduce the Risk of Improper Use of Pesticides
Unless you have your entire home filled with cannabis plants, you probably aren’t going to have too much use for pesticides; even still, it’s important to ensure you know how to keep bugs off your plants in a way that doesn’t cause harm to you or your family. Be sure to do some research about how you can keep your plants bug-free, and still grow healthy cannabis plants in your home using the hydroponic equipment.
Reduce the Risk of Electrical Fires
Hydroponic indoor cannabis growing is very safe, especially when you are growing only a few plants for personal, recreational use. But there are some things you can do to reduce the likelihood of fire or shock. If your hydroponic grower is battery-powered, ensure the batteries are fresh and in good working order. Change them regularly and don’t use old batteries. If it hydroponic grower is electric, make sure the outlet is not jammed with other plugs and don’t leave your grower near other sources of electricity that could cause a spark. Don’t smoke near your grower.
Reduce the Risk of Radiation Hazards
Again, growing small plants in your home for recreational use is not going to cause a great deal of concern as far as radiation hazards go. But being prepared for anything is the best way to approach growing cannabis indoors. If your hydroponic grower emits UV light, you might want to keep it secure in a room where nobody goes. This is just a precaution because it can be difficult to manage UV light in home settings. Commercial growers have strategies in place to reduce the risk of radiation exposure, but if your grower is cheap and uses bad lighting, you could be exposing yourself and your family to unwanted radiation.
Last Thoughts about the Indoor Growing Risks
Whether you have been growing cannabis indoors with hydroponic gear for years, or you are just getting started, consider the ways to keep yourself, your home, and your family safe. The tips provided here are not labor intensive and so there is no reason not to follow them. Play it safe and you can enjoy your cannabis without worry.