Steep Hill, considered as the global leader in cannabis testing and analytics, published a report on the lab’s latest testing for quantified pesticides in cannabis. The tests are done on samples assessed by the triple quadruple mass spectrometer and they were found to contain pesticides that would have failed the crops under the Oregon regulations.
Marijuana Business Daily reports the shocking findings of Steep Hill lab in California testing medicinal cannabis over a 30-day period. The report says 84% of cannabis in the state is contaminated with pesticides containing chemicals such as myclobutanil. Myclobutanil is usually sprayed on California grapes, almonds and strawberries, and is legally listed as a “general use pesticide,”
A chemical often favored by marijuana growers, the brand Eagle 20 is used to prevent powdery mildew, and it contains myclobutanil. When heated, it becomes hydrogen cyanide, a Schedule 3 substance under the Chemical Weapons Convention. If cannabis flowers were sprayed with myclobutanil and then smoked, hydrogen cyanide is inhaled.
Ensure cannabis is safe
Don Land, Chief Scientific Consultant for Steep Hill said Steep Hill wants to ensure that cannabis is safe for people to use, and wants to give the community the tools to make it safe for everyone.
Steep Hills took years to perfect the testing procedures and equipment. Its tests are so advanced that they can determine the concentration of pesticides down to the 10’s of parts per trillion, which is between 100 to 1,000 times more accurate than tests available from other laboratories.
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The state of Oregon is well-respected for its cannabis-related pesticide regulations and guidance while California will only have testing regulations in place by 2018. Steep Hill would like to work with the newly established Bureau of Medical Cannabis Regulation on statewide limits for residual pesticides, as California will vote on Proposition 64 next month.
The President and CEO of Steep Hill says that with the state of California preparing to enact the Medical Cannabis Regulation and Safety Act by January 2018, now is the time to get pesticides under control. If any adult is going to be supplied with cannabis, the lab wants it to be clean and safe.
Many growers in the industry are moving away from pesticides, opting for organic ways of fighting pests. The soil quality where cannabis is grown is also very important, as the plant absorbs toxins from the soil. This makes cannabis ideal for clearing contaminated places where the soil has been spoiled by industry or by radiation, but not for medicine.
The results obtained by Steep Hill were significantly more ominous than were expected, and are a cause for concern for California cannabis consumers, Steep Hill reported.
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