Air Purifiers for Marijuana Smoke

air purifiers for marijuana smoke

Why You Need an Air Purifier for Marijuana Smoke

Whether you’re an apartment-dwelling marijuana smoker trying to keep the peace with your neighbours, or a concerned resident that wants to protect loved ones from marijuana smoke filtering in from next door, a high-quality air purifier may be part of the solution.

Like tobacco and wood smoke, marijuana smoke is a lung and throat irritant. Although it doesn't contain nicotine, second-hand marijuana smoke contains many of the same toxins and carcinogenic combustion products that second-hand cigarette smoke does (e.g., benzene, benzopyrene, formaldehyde, ammonia, nitrosamines), and often in greater concentrations. This has raised concerns about the potential health risks of chronic exposure to marijuana smoke. Like other types of smoke, second-hand marijuana smoke also contains fine particulates that can be inhaled deep into the lungs, possibly leading to respiratory issues down the road.

Because marijuana has been illegal in many parts of the world, very little research has emerged on the health effects of second-hand cannabis smoke. However, a recent study found that second hand exposure to marijuana smoke impairs blood vessel function in rats to the same degree as tobacco smoke does and with longer-lasting effects. Although further research is obviously needed, it is possible that second-hand marijuana smoke could have the same deleterious cardiovascular effects that second-hand tobacco smoke is known to have.

According to CDC research, 75% of children exposed to their parent’s second-hand marijuana smoke showed traces of THC in their urine.

Another debate is the question of “contact highs,” i.e., the extent to which second-hand marijuana smoke can cause non-smokers to get high (or lead to a false-positive test result). In a pioneering study, the Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine examined the effects of second-hand cannabis smoke exposure on behavioural and cognitive performance. They reported that exposure to second-hand marijuana smoke in an unventilated chamber the size of a small room produced detectable cannabinoid levels in blood and urine samples, mild to moderate psychoactive effects, and slight behavioural/cognitive impairment in non-smokers. The good news is that the study also showed that proper ventilation (e.g., opening windows) reduced these effects to virtually nil.

When keeping windows open is not an option for controlling marijuana smoke, a high-quality air purifier can significantly reduce the harmful build-up of marijuana toxins, as well as diminish some of the lingering odours. A better-than HEPA air purifier is recommended as marijuana smoke particles can be much smaller than the .3 microns captured by conventional HEPA air purifiers. Having a substantial activated carbon bed in the air purifier is also critical for adsorbing the gaseous components of marijuana smoke.

Modern Alchemy Air Purifiers Recommends...

Blueair Pro M air purifier

Blueair Pro M Air Purifier
Apartment-Sized and Whisper-Quiet

When equipped with Blueair's advanced SmokeStop filter, the Blueair Pro M air purifier provides whisper-quiet, wide-spectrum air cleaning. Blueair’s better-than-HEPA filtration system removes ultra-fine particles down to 0.1 microns (3 times smaller than a medical-grade HEPA filter can), while the 1.7 lbs. of specially blended activated carbon effectively adsorbs the chemicals and gases associated with marijuana smoke. The Pro M air purifier is only 17 inches high and 10 inches deep, with no wall clearance required, making it perfect for any apartment.

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AllerAir Pro 5 HD Smoke air purifier

AllerAir Pro 5 HDS Smoke Air Purifier
Designed With Smokers in Mind

Built to capture heavy tobacco and marijuana smoke, the Canadian-made AllerAir Pro 5 HDS (Heavy-Duty Smoke) air purifier is the ideal unit for those who smoke indoors. This air purifier offers one of the largest activated carbon filters on the market, featuring 24 lbs. of specially-blended granular carbon in an extra deep carbon bed to create more “dwell time” for the adsorption of gaseous toxins. Equipped with AllerAir's high-performance Super-HEPA filter, the HDS air purifier is capable of removing combustion particles, fine ash and smoke particulates down to 0.1 microns at 99.99% effectiveness.

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IQAir MultiGas GC air purifier

IQAir MultiGas GC Air Purifier
Unsurpassed Performance for Smoke of Any Kind

The Swiss-made IQAir MultiGas GC is one the best air purifiers on the market for capturing both the gaseous toxins and ultra-fine particulate matter in marijuana smoke. Four large gas canisters containing 12 lbs. of specially-blended activated carbon provide the broad-spectrum chemical and gas adsorption necessary to handle the complex make-up of marijuana smoke. The MultiGas GC air purifier also contains a HEPA Pre-Filter and four Post-Filtration Sleeves that work in tandem to remove even the smallest smoke and combustion particulates (an incredible 0.003 microns) from the air.

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