Uses of Medical Marijuana and Recreational Marijuana

Cannabis Industry

The rise in the cannabis market also brings safety concerns. Right now, in the U.S. more than half of the states have legalized cannabis in their states to be used for recreation purposes, and not only that the states are permitted to grow cannabis plants in their own home, buy it, and sell it. This all will be discussed in today’s article.

States who have legalized cannabis are enjoying yearly profits of billions of dollars. The cannabis industry has provided 243,700 full-time jobs to people in January 2020.

Let us have a look at Cannabis industry hazards.

Cannabis Industry Safety Risks:

Many of the safety hazards found in the marijuana industry are the same as those known to be present in workplaces throughout many industries, specifically the greenhouse industry.

These hazards can be divided into three main categories that are biological, physical, and chemical hazards.

 

Biological Hazards

Biological hazards for the cannabis industry include improper ventilation, skin exposure while handling plants, exposure to THC, and mold exposure from the greenhouse.

 

Chemical Hazards

Cannabis industry workers face chemical hazards the most as they are confronted with chemical hazards not only in the production process but also in the period of housekeeping procedures. chemical hazards of the cannabis industry include:

 

Carbon dioxide 

Workers who are exposed to high levels of carbon dioxide suffer burns.

 

Carbon monoxide

Exposure results in the poisoning of carbon monoxide.

 

Pesticides

Cannabis cultivation facilities use insecticides and fungicides and they have multiple health effects, which include cancer as well.

 

Volatile organic compounds. 

These compounds can cause nose, throat, and eye, irritation along with vomiting, headaches, dizziness, and asthma symptoms. Long-term exposure to Volatile organic compounds could cause additional health hazards such as kidney, liver, and respiratory effects and cancers.