electroyzed water in cannabis

Electrolyzed Water: New H2O for Thriving Weed Plants

by | Mar 15, 2024

electroyzed water in cannabis
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Environmental cleaning, disinfecting, and protecting play pivotal roles in preventing contagious pathogens. In today’s virus-plagued world, where there’s renewed emphasis on disinfection and sterilization, cultivation facilities face several major challenges. Industrial chemical-based cleaners and disinfectants used today by most businesses have well-known health impacts.

Say hello to electrolyzed water. This innovative and powerful technological solution challenges our traditional ideas about cleaning and disinfecting and its positive effects on plant health and growth. Sure to pique curiosity, this simple process of charging normal water with electricity has a multitude of practical applications.

One promising area for the application of electrolyzed water is cannabis cultivation. Using electrolyzed water like Aquaox 4000 and Aquaox 5000 to increase plants’ metabolic processes by directly providing them with ions or minerals in the dissociated form rather than searching for minerals in the soil. 

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The concept is not new, and it has already been clearly shown that electrolyzed water can be suitable for use in multiple pre-harvest and post-harvest applications. Plant irrigation using electrolyzed water has successfully mitigated pathogens and has shown antibacterial effects against pathogens.

Understanding the Science of Electrolyzed Water

So, why are businesses worldwide opting for using Hypochlorous Acidbased electrolyzed water as their disinfectant solution of choice? First is that now, Hypochlorous Acid (HOCL) is proven to be magnitudes (10x by some estimates) more potent at inactivating viruses and bacteria than Quaternary Ammonium Compounds (QACs). Additionally, HOCI is 60 times more efficacious than most chlorine-based disinfectants. It’s no wonder that HOCL is one of the disinfectants recommended by the US Environmental Protection Agency.

Numerous conversations through multiple sources indicate a push to avoid harsh chemical-based disinfection protocols. Unfortunately, most alternatives are either commercially infeasible or are cost-prohibitive. As a result, many businesses have chosen to install in-house Hypochlorous Acid generators, like those from our vendor Aquaox, that use an electrochemical activation process that aims to reduce risks to our health and the environment while improving a facility’s environment and hygiene.

Onsite generation empowers you to produce exactly what you require precisely when it’s needed. This robust and exceptionally efficient oxidant is created without the necessity of producing or transporting hazardous chemicals, thus guaranteeing the safety of personnel involved. Electrolyzed water is produced through a method known as electrolysis, which utilizes a combination of water, salt, and electricity. This process entails applying a direct electric current (DC) through a set of electrodes submerged in an ion-containing solution, stimulating a chemical reaction that wouldn’t occur spontaneously otherwise. The key aspect of this process lies in the manipulation of electrons, leading to a shift in the oxidation-reduction potential of the solution

.A saltwater solution (H2O + NaCl) and an electrolytic process. Salt. Water. Electricity… that’s all that’s involved!

HOCL is an oxidizing agent due to a mixture of free radicals, giving it an antimicrobial effect. Studies have shown that HOCL is highly biocidal and can substantially reduce common pathogens such as mold, fungus, and bacteria without using costly toxic chemicals.  In addition, it offers the added benefits of removing biofilm, thus significantly minimizing a major contributor to contamination problems.

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HOCL has a neutral charge; therefore, it does not repel bacteria but attracts them. HOCL easily penetrates bacteria walls, resulting in the quick killing of cells. Due to its potent microorganism-destroying properties, microorganisms cannot develop resistance to HOCL as they can with alternative cleaners and disinfectants. Traditional toxic chemicals have the potential to foster strains of pathogens that evolve resistance over time by expelling or neutralizing the chemical before it can eliminate them. This phenomenon leads to a considerable reduction in the overall effectiveness of chemical cleaners and disinfectants.

Real World Benefits of Electrolyzed Water

HOCL generators can produce neutral-to-acidic electrolyzed water (anolyte) for surface cleaning & disinfecting. The anolyte is composed primarily of the free chlorine molecule hypochlorous acid (HOCL), a powerful oxidant, and is available for a wide array of applications, from small businesses to large industrial and commercial complexes. HOCL generators allow businesses to manufacture unlimited quantities of disinfectant in-bulk and in-house at a lower price than commercially available products and solutions.

Solutions For Irrigation Systems and Watering

With so many issues surrounding water and fertilizer usage being critically important to the grow house and greenhouse industries, Sodium Hypochlorite generators (NaOCL) are becoming the most widely used solution for irrigation and watering. NaOCL generators safely generate sodium hypochlorite on-demand, using only salt, water, and electricity.

It is well suited to keep mineral salts and biofilms from accumulating on growing surfaces such as irrigation systems and tanks. NaOCL at an appropriately reduced level can produce stable concentrates specifically made for drip or trough watering applications that can be added to hydroponics reservoirs, and can be added to water storage systems to help keep water supplies hygienic. 

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Substances such as biofilms and other naturally occurring residues, if left unchecked in irrigation systems, can lead to crop failures. In extreme circumstances, irrigation system removal and replacement can be required. Both are expensive prospects and important considerations for the professional grower. 

Biofilms form as complex collectives of exudate and microorganisms, competing with roots for resources like minerals and oxygen, often serving as a vector for various crop infections. Studies demonstrate that these films begin to form when the water comes into contact with surfaces, especially irrigation pipes in warm, well-illuminated places.

 Over time, they can develop faster and with a higher level of persistence when there is a constant source of moisture and microbial food. Organic debris, nutrients, aerobics, and aerobic microbes, among others, are vital contributors to the existence and formation of biofilms.

Advantages of Utilizing Hypochlorous Acid (HOCl) and Sodium Hypochlorite (NaOCl) Solutions

1. Reliable Outcomes – Minimizes the accumulation of minerals and biofilms within pressure-compensating drip emitters, ensuring precise administration of the nutrient solution with consistent results.

2. Boosted Return on Investment – Extends the operational lifespan of irrigation plumbing, leading to significant savings on maintenance and replacement expenditures.

3. Uniform Crop Growth – Maintains the high solubility of nutrient solutions, guaranteeing optimal availability for plant absorption and consistent crop development.

4. Elevated Water Quality – Enhances the overall quality of water by elevating Oxidation Reduction Potential (ORP), promoting healthier plant growth.

5. Balanced Chemical Composition – Compatible with various nutrient and fertilizer programs without altering the pH levels of the nutrient solution, ensuring seamless integration into existing cultivation practices.

6. Safety Assured – Non-corrosive and poses no hazards during handling, fostering a secure working environment for cultivation personnel. Safe for use across all stages of plant development.

7. Cost-Efficiency – Featuring highly concentrated Hypochlorous Acid at the most competitive cost per use, particularly suited for large-scale commercial operations. With a mere $0.01 per gallon cost, it represents an incredibly economical solution for cultivators.

Time To Embrace the Technology

The potential of HOCL-electrolyzed water is truly profound. From sanitizing your everyday surfaces to aiding in plant growth, its applications are comprehensive and versatile. As we increasingly focus on health and hygiene in our lives, this simple yet powerful tool could play a pivotal role.

It is time to pioneer in helping your environment, plant health, and bottom line. Take part in this extraordinary journey and elevate your business with cost-effective sustainability. Take the first steps towards a healthier, more prosperous future for your cannabis venture and join the growing number of people who are shaping the future of the cannabis industry.

Contact SafetyNet today at info@safetynetamerica.com to discover how we can help empower your cannabis business with this fantastic new technology.