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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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.