What Does It Take to Be Kush Certified
Kush.com’s Certification program helps consumers, retailers, distributors, and more make safer decisions when choosing hemp and cannabis products.
Kush Certified is the only independent, third-party certification program in hemp and cannabis is also recommended by traditional distributors and many other organizations seeking to mitigate the risks of hemp and cannabis products.
Brands that pursue Kush Certification must undergo a full-panel product test for banned substances, a formulation and label review, production facility and supplier inspections, and ongoing monitoring in line with federal and state prohibited substance lists.
Steps to Kush Certification
Brands that wish to pursue Kush certification must go through these steps:
Step 1 – Application
First, brands must submit an official application to Kush.com and signup for a free, basic account on Kush.com. Once submitted, brands will be reviewed by a brand onboarding specialist who will review qualifications and ask for additional information such as:
- Samples be sent to Kush.com team
- Review of MSA
- Additional documentation such as COAs, licenses, and more
- Review of sourcing and traceability procedures
- Review of training and qualification programs
- Review of internal SOPs
- Review of product recall procedures
- Review of brand marketing tactics
Step 2 – Product Testing
Brands who pass initial screening must be collected for independent, third-party review. The first step of this process includes a recorded video call in which a Kush.com Rep directs a sample pull from the brand’s inventory to ensure a truly random sample.
When a sample is selected it must stay in the video frame until placed in the tamper proof bag, the bag is sealed, and a barcode is recorded on camera and for record. Once sealed in the tamper-proof bag, each sample is labeled with the sample number, SKU title, and is signed by the employee coordinating the sample.
This information is processed by a Kush.com Rep will create a Chain of Custody document to go in the box with the samples to the QA lab. Labels are placed on the bag of each sample.
Independent testing QA labs will confirm when samples are received and when the full panel tests have been completed. Kush.com will review the test results with each brand ensuring they pass all criteria:
Cannabis and Hemp Laboratory Testing Analysis
- Label content verification
- Microbiological and heavy metals
- Contain less than .3% Delta 9 THC
- No more than 35mg of Delta 8 THC per serving
- Serving size must be labeled with a warning
- Nutritional label must be legible
- UPC Codes / Barcodes must be present on packaging
- No medical claims are made by the brands
- Ongoing monitoring
- Review of formulation/supplier changes by Kush.com, including documentation
- Ramdom samples of products without notice to brands
Step 3 – Kush Certified Product Status
Once products have passed all Kush.com Certification qualifications and have been reviewed by an advisory council, they are deemed Kush Certified Products. These products are readily available for sale on Kush.com and are made available to traditional distributors throughout the United States.
Ready to Become Kush Certified?
Ready to show your commitment to safety, reliability, and consistency? Apply to be Kush Certified today.