Steep Hill Lab offers comprehensive medical cannabis safety screening and an independent certification system — including the “SafeCannabis™” certification seal identified to customers with labels and stickers provided to participating dispensaries and growers — to self-regulate their processes in order to assure safe and clean medicines and advance the cause of cannabis therapeutics. Independent testing can reduce the risks of contamination, and thereby improve the overall quality of the cannabis distributed as medicine through the dispensaries. Steep Hill’s certification program helps medical cannabis patients know the quality of the cannabis they are using as medicine.The SafeCannabis™ Seal assures the patient that the medicine is pure, pesticide-free, and properly measured for potency.
We definitely give preference to vendors who SafeCannabis certify and package their products.
Dave Spradlin, Magnolia Wellness
Standardized Nitrogen Sealed Packaging
The SafeCannabis™ nitrogen sealed program increases quality control for the industry by changing the model to give producers the opportunity to certify and package their products before they come to market. The tamper-proof packaging keeps the cannabis as fresh as the day it was sealed, substantially reducing mold and bacterial growth, and significantly reducing degradation and discoloration. To ensure safety, each package includes oxygen and humidity indicators to show if the package has been compromised.
Steep Hill makes arrangements with growers to put medical grade cannabis into one-pound bulk mylar packages injected with nitrogen. At the point of packaging Steep Hill collects 4-gram samples for analysis. Each package is labeled with identifying numbers that correspond specifically to samples analyzed for quality control. Any product that has unsafe detectable amounts of microbiological contaminates or pesticide residue is rejected. Results are provided within 10 business days.
The grower can use Steep Hill’s Certificate of Analysis results to label their tamper-proof packages of medical grade cannabis. The grower can then distribute the product with the SafeCannabis™ seal to dispensaries along with the results log and the information for documenting and validating the analysis. The dispensaries can use the supplied information to contact and validate the authenticity of the SafeCannabis™ seal directly with Steep Hill Lab. With the identifying batch and lot numbers on each package, the dispensary can track the results and ensure that the products have been analyzed. As a result, the packaging meets the chain of custody requirements linking the contents to lab testing results, and patients are assured that the medicine they receive has been tested.
In addition, Steep Hill Lab supports the efforts of dispensaries and collectives offering SafeCannabis™ products by linking patients to providers on the Steep Hill web site. Collectives also benefit from Steep Hill advertising, education materials and posters.