brings a whole new meaning to the phrase... getting baked.
A West Yorkshire cannabis grower died of hyperthermia after halogen lamps in his illicit indoor dope plantation heated his house to a fatal 38°C, the Sun reports. Luke Holmes, 28, constructed "three foil-lined tents each containing marijuana plants", nurtured by a "battery" of halogens. He died in bed and was discovered by …
If you think that's fatal, you'd better not visit Australia. I don't think those police officers would last long here in Melbourne, Last summer I recorded 48°C one afternoon, and it was in the high 30's all week.. Now that's HOT. By the way, we didn't have air con in our house (Air con is for wimps).
Flames because... well, if you've experienced an Australian summer, you'd understand.
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I experienced near 50 degrees C in the Negev desert, but because the humidity was in single figures, your body can get rid of excess heat through sweating. If the humidity is too high, you cannot release the excess heat, your body temperature exceeds 42 deg and you die.
Divers in certain areas carry alarms to tell them the water is above 37 deg C for this reason
The problem with the lights scenario is that the temperature will be constant - no matter the time of day the temp will be 38 deg (or higher).
Normally a body gets to cool down at night. If the temperature never gets below a certain level (I think it's 24 degC) then the body will eventually overheat.
There is also the matter of humidity - if the air is dry and very hot a body can sweat to keep itself cool - if the air is hot and humid then the body cannot cool itself.
It's not only hot - the hummidity is extremely high. It's quite normal to get a full week of 32 - 36 C, and more than 90% of relative hummidity on the air. Try sweating away the heat on these conditions...
You open the cold water on the shower, and it's warm. You think "Duh, I hited the warm tap!". And, no. It's the cold tap that's warm. The warm would burn You. :P
So You take your cold (but hot) shower. You dry yourself up, and put some clothes. And then it's time to work.
15 minutes later there's sweat running down your spine. Your armpits are totally soaked, and You need to take another bath.
Dying of 38C INHOUSE? There's something wrong. He could step out any time. No one in his right mind would go trough this when the street is much cooler and at one doorstep away.
It's all down to the heat balance of the body. IIRC from my biology days the human body spends less and less energy to keep warm up to around 31 or 32 C. After that the body starts spending more and more energy to get rid of excess heat (pumping more blood to the skin kinda stuff). 38 C skin temp and 100% humidity means there's no way to dump heat and the core temperature rises to fatal levels (skin temp is a lot less than core temp). 38 C core temp is a mild fever, 42 C is not.
its not just about brightness its about the levels of light that plants need at certain times of the year (blue and red light to put in laymans terms)
you cant use normal incandescent lighting or halogens. it needs to be HPS (high pressure sodium) etc.
just because a room seems light to us, doesnt mean its getting the quality of light to be able to produce flowers (the buds that you smoke)
anon - obviously!
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Umm, actually you can die of that temperature. Whilst many parts of the world do get hotter than that quite often (I have seen 50c in Saudi) the point is that he was exposed to 38c for a long period. He will have dehydrated quite rapidly and quietly passed away whereas those who have experienced those 38c or higher temperatures who have gone into the shade or an air-conditioned indoors and had nice long cool drinks will tend to survive.
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Erm, these are not grow lamps - Halogen lamps are pretty much useless for growing marijuana - they don't produce the correct spectrum of light and they are far too hot. High Pressure Sodium is the lamp of choice for such activities or if you can't manage that flourescents work but are not as effective (great for the vegetation stage but crap for flowering) - so basically the guy was an idiot.
Also foil is not recommended either, it creates "hot spots" which can fry the plants - mylar is the material of choice.
or so I have heard...
I've seen 'Saving Grace' and she showed no signs of suffering adverse symptoms. Probably as much caused by dehydration as anything heat-related.
Anyway, as any fule kno dope grows best at 30 degrees. Leastways, it does in my greenho....oh, damn. Charles, get the rifle out. We're being phucked.
/coat with extra-long Rizzlas in the pockets
Inquest presumably delayed for police inquiries?
A story online from the Halifax Courier, which might be the origin of The Sun's, seems to be unavailable except for instance in Google's cache ("luke holmes" hyperthermia). That version does not put a figure on the temperature. Notwithstanding the story may have been withdrawn for possible errors, apparently a friend broke into the house using a ladder and, presumably, a window, which would cool things off a bit by the time the ambulance or police arrived, which might not have been straight away. And taking the room temperature might not have been the first thought. I suppose he may have had his own thermometers but an ordinary room thermometer isn't particularly accurate - mine don't match (I have indoor/outdoor thermometers attached to fridge and freezer with the "outdoor" probe in the cool compartment). And according to a recent UK TV documentary, for several reasons when police find an indoor cannabis farm they don't switch off the lamps straight away, but the friend may have done.
Further speculation would be rather disgusting. But while some people do indeed survive temperatures above 37 degrees Celsius, many don't, and taking alcohol or other recreational drugs that affect temperature regulation may be dangerous.
So what have we learned... put the cannabis plants upstairs and sleep in the basement? But bear in mind that the police use helicopters with thermal cameras, they'll find the stuff... too bad that they didn't get around to this fellow before he croaked.
He may have died of dehydration. It's quite likely, in fact. But I can't see how one could die in just one night (You said we can't drink water sleeping - tht's where I got one night from). We have more than enough water to withstand a single night of 38C.
Yes, yes. You can always dehydrate over a couple of days. But then it wouldn't be a matter of drinking water while asleep, would it?
If one is growing legal plants for resale, one has to do other things legally.
Like pay for the electricity you're using to grow them. Like have a business license for one's greenhouse, and locate it out of town where the zoning bylaws allow that sort of thing.
And if your business is legal, you will, of course, have plenty of competitors who can grow what you're growing at the same cost you're paying. So it doesn't surprise me that people are growing marijuana instead of attempting to meet the demand for other more legitimate horticultural products; those who are professionals in the greenhouse business will handle growing the orchids for which there is a demand, and your typical grow-op operator would not have the competency to survive in competition with those professionals.
Are you sure he used halogen lamps? That would be the stupidest way to grow indoors. Too inefficient. But i doubt a sun 'journalist' would know any more than that it was a light bulb.
If you want to tinker with growing, then the cheap and nasty way is to use a few CFL's.
Anyone half-serious will get either a high pressure sodium lamp, or metal halide lamp, or both for larger setups. You need these to approach outdoor daylight light levels indoors.
LED's are still mostly too shit / way too expensive for growing, although research is progressing into this. It holds the promise of combining several different types of narrow-band coloured LED's to target the specific wavelengths needed by the plant.
BTW, most growers are honest enough to pay for their own electricity.
One of these places burnt down recently near where i live on the South Coast.
I'd often noticed a funny sweet smelling aroma wafting on the breeze as I walked past but always presumed it was just some pot head enjoying a spliff or two.
Then on a Saturday morning a few months back two fire engines, police and the local press are there en masse pouring over the wrecked, burnt out remains of a two story house.
Apparently the growing setup had been installed in the roof and the local press reported that dodgy electrics caused caused the fire which completely gutted the whole house and caused serious damage to the adjacent properties.
Nightmare situation really - I don't suppose the landlords insurance would cover the consequences of a criminal act such as drug cultivation and they were most likely completely unaware of what was occuring.
Here is the report with a picture from the local press -
Thats what you could call an EPIC FAIL...
...when a farm was busted just up the road from me. They'd broken into a disused old church and had co-opted the power supply from the street lighting outside.
Funny thing is, it'd been going on for months and nobody noticed. It was only when a police helicopter was looking for something else entirely that they flicked their IR camera on and noticed the church glowing up like Blackpool illuminations...
At least the light outside the church works properly now.
prohibition ended tomorrow.
Pot is so safe, lets do a test. give 1000 people a bag of peanuts and 1000 people a joint and we'll see who's hospitalised first.
Autoflowering weed in the greenhouse. 3+ crops per summer of proper strong weed.
"Thats why i buy my weed from no one, thats why they call me dr greenthumb"
We all have a duty to disobey unjust laws
I've yet to meet an aggressive, violent stoner, but I've encountered a ton of people who get a few beers in them and think they're Rocky bloody Balboa. Potheads aren't the ones you need to be wary of.
Unless you count aggressive cases of the munchies, but having everything in your house that's edible eaten is preferable to being punched in the head by an aggro drunk and his lagered-up mates.
Maybe not, but most of the pot heads I've encountered both during the working day and out of office hours have been one or two steps back from reality, generally vague and not the kind of person I'd trust with an important job. A friend of the family smokes dope and she's paranoid, depressed and has mood swings. Stupid people.
I know no facts at all about this but is pot really harmless (within the bounds of acceptability)?
Is all the negative hoo-haa really just propaganda?
Or is this a case of "done right it's relatively harmless but done wrong it has awful and has far reaching consequences"?
How far does society have to go to protect those that cannot exercise judgement and those that they harm as a consequence?
The law is a blunt instrument; can it be made to work and so distinguish between mostly law-abiding stoners with green fingers growing their own and machete-wielding Yardies dealing to kiddies?
... dunno, pass the bong ...
...despite the usual 'flat earth news' style of reportage around this subject, there is still some sensible debate available, and even a few verifiable hypothesis. Best article i've read on the subject of psychosis vs the varying rates of THC and CBD in modern strains of cannabis and therefore the effect that weed, and the criminalization of weed, may have had on mental health, etc is here:
Don't worry, it's New Scientist, not High Times...
"...The sweet [sic] evaporates so fast it barely cools you off..."
The laws of physics are different there then?
Anyway - as per everyone else - Not drinking for extended periods of time in elevated heat will kill you, this will also exhacerbate heat stroke which in anything other than its most mild forms should be considered a medical emergency as it can be fatal.
Almost fainted stepping in on a warm day? What a bunch of pussies.. you guys and your mild summers. Seriously, it gets up into the mid to upper 90s (about 36) here every single summer with high humidity too, and I don't almost faint every time I step outside. It got up to 120 when I was in Las Vegas (that is 49 celsius).
I've travelled in Asia with some Aussies from part of their desert, where they said temps would easily hit 50 or so, however they both said that they found the temp where we were at about 35-40 considerably more draining just because of the effects of humidity. High temp dry heat takes a lot less toll on your body compared with high humidity.
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