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Will Eating Hemp Food Products Cause Me To Fail A Drug Test?
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Will Eating Hemp Food Products Cause Me To Fail A Drug Test?

A common question that gets asked on a frequent basis is whether or not the consumption of hemp seed, hemp oil, hemp hearts, or hemp protein powder will cause the failure of a scheduled or random drug test.

The answer varies, but it depends on several factors.

The drug tests for THC and other related compounds and these are usually detectable from 3 days for up to 10 days. Because of the fat soluble nature of the cannabinoids, in patients that heavily use cannabis, there would be positive results for up to 10 months after the cessation of cannabis use. Therefore, the answer to this question depends on whether or not you are actively using cannabis.

If not, and the only source of THC in your body is through the regular consumption of hemp related products, and there is no over-consumption of hemp products beyond regular quantities, it would be highly unlikely for the failure of a drug test based on your hemp consumption alone.

Hemp foods that are available in North America are mostly produced in Canada or Europe. These products have strict regulations that regulate the amount of THC in the grown hemp plant. The allowed amount is less than 0.3% and during harvesting, the products are tested and cleaned of resin to ensure that the federal standards are met. As a result, once the product is on the market, there should be very low to non detectable amounts of THC present.

Some producers regulate their THC content to be even stricter than the recommended standard. Manitoba Harvest Hemp Foods regulates their product to contain 0.001% THC and they make a claim that their products will not be psychoactive and will not cause a false positive drug test.

Look for hemp producers that are part of the TestPledge for food. This is a voluntary initiative to ensure that hemp foods do not cause a confirmed positive drug test for marijuana by limiting the THC to 5.0 parts per million for hemp oil and 1.5 parts per million for hemp nut.

What this means is that in terms of hemp oil consumption, a person would have to eat more than 8 tablespoon servings, which is half an 8 oz. bottle of pure hemp oil to obtain 600 ug of THC, which was the dose that was not found to cause confirmed positive urine tests for marijuana with a wide margin of safety. The current recommended daily serving is one to two tablespoons per day.

In terms of help nut, the daily consumption would be up to 14 ounces (more than a 12 oz. can) of hemp nut daily without reaching the 600 ug THC dose.

For more information, please see the TestPledge details and what the daily limits would entail here:

Furthermore, an evaluation of the impact of hemp food consumption on workplace drug tests found that the THC concentrations that are present in Canadian hemp seed products appear to be sufficiently low to prevent any confirmed positives from the extended and extensive consumption of hemp foods.

However, the United States Air Force did recently ban the consumption of blueberry flavored Chobani yogurt due to the fact that it contains hemp seed or hemp seed oil present in the active ingredients on August 26, 2013.

The passage is as stated here:

Studies have shown that products made with hemp seed and hemp seed oil may contain varying levels of tetrahydrocannabinol (THC), an active ingredient of marijuana which is detectable under the Air Force Drug Testing Program. In order to ensure military readiness, the ingestion of products containing or products derived from hemp seed or hemp seed oil is prohibited. Failure to comply with the mandatory provisions of this paragraph by military personnel is a violation of Article 92, UCMJ.

“The Air Force has not restricted military members from consuming Chobani Greek yogurt; rather, only Chobani yogurt that contains hemp seed or hemp seed oil is prohibited, just as any product which contains or is derived from hemp seed or hemp seed oil is prohibited,” said Capt. Adam Koudelka, who is the legal adviser for the Drug Testing Lab at the Air Force Medical Operations Agency in Texas as per Army Times.

“A Chobani spokeswoman said it isn’t possible to confirm with certainty what effect the blueberry yogurt would have on a drug test. The blueberry flavor contains about 10 grams of hemp seeds. The THC level of the hemp seeds is less than 10 parts per million per 100 grams of hemp seeds, so the maximum amount of THC in the yogurt would be 1 part per million, Chobani spokesman Jessica DiGennaro said in an e-mail. The federal government’s threshold for failing drug tests is 50 parts of THC per billion per 100 grams”, according to Army Times.

What is the bottom line?

The bottom line is that it is unlikely that the consumption of solely hemp food products would cause you to fail a drug test if you are consuming verified Canadian or European products that meet the regulatory standards in reasonable amounts. However, the decision to consume hemp food products is strictly a risk to benefit decision that is determined by how comfortable you are with the risk of the possible consequences of failing the drug test. You must weigh the health benefits of hemp consumption with the possible risk of the consequences of failing the drug test as there is no guarantee that you will pass the test. You must be able to accept the consequences of failing before you make the decision to consume hemp food products.


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