One of the most common questions asked by those considering adding hemp seeds to their diet is “Will Eating Hemp Seeds Cause Me to Fail a Drug Test?”. Of course this can also be asked for any hemp product such as hemp hearts, hemp milk or hemp protein.
While marijuana and hemp both come from the same type of plant, the Cannabis sativa L, they are each from different varieties. Marijuana comes from the high THC content buds and leaves of psychoactive varieties of the Cannabis plant (these are the shorter bushy plants), while industrial hemp is the low THC fiber variety of Cannabis (look more like stalks). Hemp contains less than 1% of THC and with today’s seed-cleaning technology and the incredibly low trace levels of THC in hemp products, producing a positive drug test result would require an unrealistic amount to be ingested into your body.
As long as the only source of THC that enters your body is from hemp foods and products that are produced and grown from reputable companies and that they are consumed in reasonable quantities, it’s virtually impossible to fail a drug test from ingesting hemp foods. One way you can be sure that your hemp products are safe is to only buy from companies who are part of the TestPledge program. This is a completely voluntary program that is designed to limit THC concentrations to levels where they cannot result in positive drug tests.
The TestPledge requires companies to commit to limiting the THC in their products to 5.0 parts per million for hemp oil and 1.5 parts per million for hemp nuts. With this criteria in place, a person would have to eat in excess of 8 tablespoon servings of pure hemp oil per day or 14 ounces of hemp seeds per day to ingest 600 ug of THC, the dose found not to cause confirmed positive urine tests for marijuana with a wide margin of safety.
If you’re also concerned about the impact of your use of hemp lotions or soaps, don’t worry. You’re safe there too. An article in the MRO Update, which is a medical publication, has already confirmed that using hemp body products cannot cause a false positive drug test.
Leave your worries behind and enjoy your hemp seeds!