Can hemp seeds make you fail a drug test?
Can hemp seeds really make you fail your drug test?
Hemp seeds are sourced from the hemp plant, which is widely used in industry and cultivated mainly for its fibers and seeds. Hemp is usually confused with marijuana, and the confusion stems from the fact that the hemp plant looks quite a bit like the marijuana plant, and is, in fact, derived from the same plant species (Cannabis Sativa L).
Hemp has lower levels of THC, the psychoactive element of Cannabis, than marijuana. While marijuana has about 5% to 30% of THC, hemp has less than 0.3% of it. Being a good source of omega-3 fatty acids, phosphorus, magnesium, iron and zinc, hemp seeds are frequently used in many of the health foods. But, the question is will hemp seeds make you fail a drug test? Let’s dig deeper into it.
Hemp seeds and drug tests
To clear the air once and for all, the hemp seeds will not make you fail a drug test. You know all those other food such as poppy seeds that have trace amounts of opiates that can actually make you fail a opiates test. In fact, there are drug testing facilities that actually ask if you have eaten a poppy seed muffin or bagels before testing. But, you can be assured that poppy seeds will not lead to any such trouble.
Several studies have shown that having hemp seeds had little to no effects on the THC levels of a person. At least, it is never enough to exceed the cut-off levels that the federal drug test programs look for. The fact of the matter is that the hemp seeds have less than 0.3% THC in them, which is acceptable according to the laws of most states. In fact, some of the cannabis oil also has the same level of THC and that has been legalized in many states, while more states are in the process of legalizing it.
You can relax and incorporate those hemp seeds in your health drinks and recipes as often as you want. With all the nutrients that they have, minus any chance of you getting problems when passing a marijuana drug test, you have all the more reasons to include it in your food.
So, hemp seeds do not make you fail a drug test, but, will they get you high? Now let’s explore that question!
Hemp seeds and getting high
The short answer to this question is a no, they won’t. As mentioned previously, hemp seeds are sourced from the hemp plant and not the marijuana plant, which makes sure they have very low amounts of THC. With such low levels of THC, hemp seeds are basically non-psychoactive, which means you cannot get high by eating them.
In simple words, you can eat hemp seeds without any worries about getting high or failing a drug test for weed. So, you can go ahead and mix them in your puddings, milk, snacks, and more, and enjoy all of their benefits.
Hemp seeds are sourced from the hemp plant, which is widely used in industry and cultivated mainly for its fibers and seeds. Hemp is usually confused with marijuana, and the confusion stems from the fact that the hemp plant looks quite a bit like the marijuana plant.
These foods can make you test positive for drugs
There’s nothing worse than when your dog actually did eat your homework, but you’re still not believed.
Unless of course you’ve tested positive for opiates and your alibi is that you ate some bread rolls.
This is the claim of a 58-year-old pipe fitter, suspended from work for 11 weeks after testing positive for morphine – an extract from the opium produced by poppies.
Speaking to the Liverpool Echo, the father of two, who wishes to remain anonymous, insists the test reading was the result of him eating poppy seed bread and buns the day before the test.
After receiving the positive results, the Liverpudlian paid £120 for a private hair-follicle test, which came back negative, and obtained a letter from his GP stating he had never been on any prescribed medication, such as morphine or painkillers – which contain opium.
“I am a married dad and have two grown-up children. I have never taken drugs,” said the Liverpool man.
“I thought to myself ‘I have something in my body that I have no idea where it has come from’ – it was very worrying.”
The pipe fitter’s online research led him to an experiment on BBC One’s Rip Off Britain: Food, which aired in May. Over three days, 72-year-old presenter Angela Ripon ate a loaf of poppy seed bread and a poppy seed bagel to see if a drug test would pick up opiates. The results showed the presence of morphine.
The construction worker added, “I knew straight away that it had to be the poppy seeds I had eaten and I actually thought ‘Great that explains it.’”
His company have since taken him back, although the contractor that he failed the test for has refused to accept his return to work.
So, can eating poppy seeds really lead you to fail a drug test?
“If you eat a poppy seed roll, it could give rise to a positive result on a urine drug test for morphine,” says Atholl Johnston, Professor of Pharmacology at Queen Mary University.
While the morphine content of poppy seeds can vary by a factor of nearly 600, drug tests are highly sensitive, and could return a positive result even after a relatively small number of the seeds.
However, Professor Johnston makes it clear that eating poppy seeds will not get you high any time soon.
“It is unlikely that a single poppy seed roll, or even a dozen rolls, would result in an individual ingesting enough morphine to have a pharmacological effect.”
Nevertheless, it’s advisable to wait up to three days after eating poppy seed products before taking a drug test.
And in case you’re wondering what other kinds of foods could lead you to fail a substance test, we’ve got the answer for you: the best kinds.
Like pizza and pastries.
Now a fair number of people would probably testify that pizza is effectively an addictive drug anyway.
But according to a breathalyser manufacturer, food products that use yeast can in fact make you fail a breathalyser test. This is because yeast makes dough rise by fermenting sugars into a number of substances, one of which is alcohol.
And if you’re unlucky enough to be breathalysed immediately after eating pizza, then this could cause you to fail the test.
According to the same source, this also applies to ripe fruit and fruit drinks. These can ferment and produce just enough alcohol for you to test positive.
Thankfully, because the alcohol is in your mouth rather than in your digestive system, you should be fine after about 15 minutes. Alternatively, you can rinse your mouth out with water.
Then there’s hemp seeds (often found in granola bars), hemp seed oil and hemp seed milk.
These can lead you to test positive for THC, the principal psychoactive chemical in weed. After all, hemp is itself a type of cannabis.
And even poor, innocent, tonic water can help you to fail a drug test.
Tonic water was originally drunk for its quinine, an antimalarial drug derived from the bark of the South American cinchona tree.
This led to the invention of gin and tonics by a British official in 19th-century colonial India, who found a way to liven up the anti-malarial prescription.
But having a few G&Ts could also liven up your drug test results.
So you could actually end up failing both a breathalyser and a drug scan. Which would give you one heck of a hangover.
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