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Testing & Analysis

Steep Hill is the premiere analytical laboratory for testing the potency and safety of cannabis products. Our lab services have been validated by third-party groups like Emerald Scientific for accuracy and dependability. We employ state-of-the-art technologies and creative thinking to license the highest standards of cannabis analytics to states like AK, CA, NM, NV, and WA.

Leading the Science of Cannabis

Express Potency

Steep Hill Express™ Delivers a Lab-Certified Potency Report in 60 Seconds for just $40.

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Every Steep Hill Express potency report includes THCA, ∆9THC, CBDA, CBD, and Moisture. Most flower purchases are motivated by THC and CBD figures - that's exactly why we created a lab test that reports the essential ratio of THC:CBD in a timeline that just makes sense.

Read Our White Paper Comparing Near-Infrared Spectroscopy to HPLC Accuracy

Cannabinoid & Terpenoid Profiling

High-Performance Liquid Chromatography (HPLC) or Gas Chromatography (GC) is used to analyze active compounds found in cannabis flowers, concentrates, and infused products.

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Steep Hill provides one of the most comprehensive cannabinoid and terpenoid profiles available. We employ premium instruments and qualified methodologies to quantify up to 20 cannabinoids, as many as 42 terpenes, microbiological/ pesticide contaminants, and residual solvents.

Microbiological Screening

The Steep Hill microbiological screening program ensures the safety of cannabis by identifying the type and level of microorganisms present in each sample. Our procedure follows the USP 61 method and all samples meet AHPA microbial standards.

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The Steep Hill microbiological screening program ensures the safety of cannabis by identifying the type and level of microorganisms present in each sample. Molds are ubiquitous, and small amounts are found in almost every sample. However, exposure to high levels of microorganisms such as molds and bacteria are known to cause health problems and can be particularly dangerous to patients that have existing medical conditions. Cannabis that contains bacteria should be destroyed. Most states have establish tolerance limits for microbiological contamination in cannabis.

*Steep Hill Colorado is not currently certified by MED to perform microbiological testing.

Quantified Pesticide Testing

Steep Hill provides quantified pesticide reporting, which offers sharper understanding of a given contamination issue. Know exactly how much pesticide is present, down to the part per million.

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Steep Hill currently provides quantified pesticide testing for the following chemicals: Avermectin B1a, Avermectin B1b, Bifenazate, Bifenthrin, ChlomequatCl, Daminozide, Etoxazole, Fenycarb, Imazazil, Imidacloprid, Myclobutanil, Paclobutrazol, Pyrethrin I, Pyrethrin II, Spinosad A, Spinosad D, Spiromesifen, Spirotetramat, and Trifloxystrobin.

Steep Hill Colorado is not currently certified by MED to perform pesticide testing.

Residual Solvent Analysis

Comprehensive solvent screening for cannabis solvent concentrates is offered for Research and Development purposes.

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Steep Hill uses gas chromatography and mass spectrometry, along with a headspace autosampler to quantitate N-butane and other residual solvents in cannabis concentrates. Our methodology and instrumentation are the most advanced used in the cannabis industry today. We currently screen for the following solvents: acetone, butane, ethane, ethanol, isobutane, isopropanol, methane, methylbutane, propane, pentane, and hexane PPM values quantitated to below 20 PPM.

Consulting

We offer consulting services in the areas of cannabis safety, regulation, testing methodology, packaging and labeling, scientific development, processing and regulatory management.

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As experts in the cannabis industry since 2008, our team has the experience necessary to help new businesses and entrepreneurs navigate the ever-changing landscape.