Will hemp protein cause you to fail a drug test?
With its excellent source of protein, fiber and fatty acids, it’s no wonder hemp has been used for hundreds of years as a dietary supplement. But due to its close association with marijuana, it’s only natural for some people to be wary of the benefits of incorporating hemp.
So, is there cause for concern when it comes to everyday ingredients like hemp protein, hemp hearts, or hemp oil?
In short, no. Here’s why.
What is hemp protein?
Hem p protein is the protein content found in hemp seeds, which are derived from the hemp plant. All human beings require protein, but there are nine—the essential amino acids—that make up a complete protein. Hemp protein includes all nine essential amino acids, making it one of the few plant proteins considered to be a complete protein.
This makes hemp very special and powerful in the plant-based protein world. Everyone wants to be hemp protein: pea, brown rice, soy, etc.!
Deficiency in essential amino acids can lead to a myriad of potential health concerns, including: decreased immunity, fertility problems, digestive issues, decreased mental alertness and many other concerns.
What does hemp protein do for the body?
Whether you’re looking to build muscle, lose weight or simply wanting to feel better, increasing your protein consumption is an important step to a healthier life.
Hemp is a great choice for anyone looking to increase protein in their diet, as it’s not only high in protein, but also an excellent source of fiber and healthy fats—including Omega-3 and Omega-6 fatty acids.
Will hemp protein cause you to fail a drug test?
No. It would be virtually impossible to fail a drug test if the only THC in your system is from ingesting hemp food products. Due to hemp’s close association with marijuana, some may be apprehensive about incorporating it into their everyday routines in fear of testing positive for THC—the psychoactive ingredient in marijuana.
Although they may be referred to interchangeably, hemp and marijuana are not the same and it would be virtually impossible for you to fail a drug test if the only THC in your system is from the trace amount found in hemp food products, including hemp protein, hemp seeds, hemp oil or hemp hearts.
Is hemp legal in the US?
Yes, hemp is legal in the United States. Thanks to the Farm Bill, signed into law in December 2018, hemp—a species of cannabis without psychoactive effects—is legal in all 50 states.
Does hemp show on a drug screen?
Theoretically, yes. Due to the trace amounts of THC present in hemp, a low amount could show up on a drug screen. But, again, this would not cause you to fail. Federal guidelines require 50 ng/ml of marijuana metabolites present in order for a person to fail—but, it would not be feasible to reach that amount merely by consuming hemp-based foods.
Hemp and marijuana are both species of the cannabis sativa plant, but their compounds are quite different. Marijuana plants are distinguished with a concentration of THC between 1-20 percent, which will cause psychoactivity, or the user to feel ‘high’. Hemp, on the other hand, has THC concentrations of less than 0.3 percent and has no psychoactive properties.
How long does hemp protein stay in your system?
Hemp protein stays in your system about as long as any other form of protein or food. Depending on your metabolism, and other factors like age, gender, and what other types of foods you’ve eaten, it could take between 24–72 hours to digest hemp protein.
What are the side effects of hemp protein?
Of course, there’s always a question about whether a protein powder will make you ‘bulk’ up or gain weight. Or, conversely, if a protein powder can help you lose weight. According to Women’s Health, hemp protein can be used for either—depending on the quantity you consume and other variants like your physical activity and body chemistry.
Hemp protein has about 10 grams of protein per three tablespoons, about the same amount as one ounce of beef jerky, so those looking to build muscle can easily incorporate it into their routines and maximize their results. For those looking for help losing weight, hemp protein is a great option due to its high fiber content which can help you feel fuller longer, and control cravings.
At Humming Hemp, we’re passionate about delicious, responsible products that provide nourishment and help you live a fuller, happier life. Hemp protein is an excellent way to get the nutrients you need, while also packing in a healthy dose of protein, fiber and good fats.
If you’ve been apprehensive about trying hemp products due to concerns over possibly failing a drug test, or the legality of hemp products, you can rest easy.
Check out our hemp protein feature in Oxygen Magazine here!
Will hemp protein cause you to fail a drug test? Hemp is a legal substance in the United States and is safe for drug screening. Hemp stays in your system up to 72 hours.
Is Hemp Legal?
The answer is simply and truly YES. There is nothing about hemp that is illegal. We do not sell any illegal products. Shipping you the hemp we sell is completely allowed. There are no laws in the US or Canada that make possession of hemp illegal, this includes the sterilized seed, hemp seed oil, hemp seed flour, hemp seed cake, hulled hemp seeds, hemp clothing, hemp fabrics, hemp fuel or any other product made from INDUSTRIAL HEMP.
We grow and supply seed derivative products from one of the many strains of hemp that produce little or no THC, we measure it at 0.00% THC. There are also strains of Cannabis Sativa that produce high levels of THC. These strains would be considered Marijuana. There is nothing similar between marijuana and hemp. They may as well be different plants as they are grown differently, processed differently, are made from different parts of the plant and have grown so far apart genetically that they are, for all intents and purposes, completely different plants.
Will I test positive for THC if I eat your hemp products?
The subject of drug tests have come up many times in the past and we are of two minds on the subject of positive results. Health Canada, which is the governmental body that regulates the hemp industry in Canada, states that we cannot sell a hemp oil product that contains more than 10 parts per million THC. Therefore the oil we sell we can guarantee contains less than 10 PPM THC. We actually test to levels of 4 PPM to be sure that we do not sell products with measurable levels of THC and our oil has consistently tested with non-detectable levels at 4 PPM.
For arguments sake, we’ll say that the oil you ingest has a THC level of 1 PPM THC (though the actual levels are probably a lot lower). It would then become something probably around the 1 part per billion in your body (we presume). If the level of accuracy of the drug test allows for concentrations in the parts per trillion range, you might test positive, though you could have picked up that kind of concentration touching someone’s hand that had traces of THC and then putting your fingers in your mouth.
We then cannot guarantee that if your drug test is able to detect levels in the parts per trillion that you would not test positive because we only guarantee that our oil is less than 10 PPM. Do we think this is possible, yes we do, it is possible to detect parts per trillion THC in blood. Do we think this is likely, no we don’t, but it is up to you to decide.
We have heard that NY police have been told not to eat poppy seed bagels because it is causing false positives for opiates in drug tests. We don’t know if this is true or not, but if there are such severe, draconian testing where you work, we do not recommend that you consume hemp products and risk losing your job.
On another note, we have done tests with an old distributor of ours who got his paralegal secretary to consume 3 pounds of hemp seeds and then go for a drug test. She tested negative for THC in her blood. Sometimes hemp oil tests higher than the hemp seed because it is a concentrated version of the seed but with our rigorous testing, we are confident that our oils have low enough percentages of THC as to not cause a false positive with respect to drug tests. We cannot, in anyway, guarantee this and assume no liability.
Is hemp legal in the US and Canada, yes it is, we produce a 0.00% THC version of the plant which complies with all laws.