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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 AR, CA, HI, MD, NJ, OK, OR, PA, and DC.

Leading the Science of Cannabis

Express Potency

Steep Hill Express™ Delivers a Lab-Certified Potency Report in 60 Seconds for just $50.

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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.

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.

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: Abamectin, Bifenazate, Bifenthrin, Daminozide, Etoxazole, Fenoxycarb, Imazazil, Imidacloprid, Myclobutanil, Paclobutrazol, Pyrethrins, Spinosad, Spiromesifen, Spirotetramat, and Trifloxystrobin.

Residual Solvent Analysis

Comprehensive solvent screening for manufactured cannabis products is offered for both R&D and compliance testing.

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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 manufactured cannabis products. Our methodology and instrumentation are the most advanced used in the cannabis industry today. We currently screen for the following solvents: acetone, butane, ethanol, isobutane, isopropanol, methane, propane, pentane, and hexane PPM values.


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

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

Heavy Metals

Cannabis collects heavy metals. It absorbs them from the soil, water and air. The cannabis plant is an excellent bioremediator, soaking up a large majority of whatever the roots come in contact with. Even at extremely low levels, heavy metals such as lead and cadmium can be extremely hazardous to one’s health. Without uniform regulations for heavy metal testing, medical cannabis patients have no way of knowing whether their products are laced with cadmium, lead, arsenic or mercury – all of which pose serious health risks. Steep Hill can detect heavy metals at concentrations as low as one part per billion, giving patients and their caregivers an accurate profile of their medicine.

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Not all regulators require heavy metals testing at the moment. Where applicable, Steep Hill tests for arsenic, cadmium, lead, mercury, barium, chromium, selenium and silver (depending on specific state regulatory guidelines).