Hemp seeds are becoming increasingly popular amongst Americans
More and more, people recognize the multiple uses and benefits of hemp, the fibers of the cannabis plant’s stem. But if you’re a hemp user worried about testing positive for marijuana, don’t be. Unless that is, you’re in the habit of eating whole bags of hemp seeds at a time.
While hemp has always been used in textiles, from rope to fabric and paper, it’s increasingly turning up in the ingredients list for health and beauty products, cosmetics, and especially organic foods.
Hemp seeds, though, are fast-becoming a very popular as a dietary and nutritional supplement. And it’s no surprise, considering the benefits: it’s a replacement for soy and packs a lot of protein in a small package (about 11 grams per tablespoon).
But ignorance surrounding the different parts of the cannabis plant and its effects on the body is leaving some worried that hemp seeds may be causing false positives on drug tests screening for marijuana.
The facts about hemp seeds
Shedding some light on the situation is Lani Banner, proprietor of The Vitamin Cottage, who explained to Fox31 Denver, ” is a complete protein, containing all of the essential amino acids in the ratio that the human body requires.”
But the concern is that since hemp contains THC, the cannabinoid found in marijuana which gets folks high, products containing hemp seeds or other byproducts may cause some people to fail drug tests.
In response to the concern, the U.S. military banned soldiers from eating products with hemp seeds. The reasoning was that the seeds might skew a soldier’s drug test. The decision echoes similar situations like the one at a USAF base in Alaska, where hundreds of tubes of lip balm containing traces of hemp seed oil were thrown away.
But like much of the fears surrounding cannabis and its myriad uses and applications, worries that hemp seeds would make people fail a drug screening due to THC are mostly unfounded.
“You’d have to eat a whole bag of hemp seeds, possibly more, to test positive for THC,” says Dr. Laura Bechtel, one of the researches conducting a hemp seed study at Forensic Laboratories in Aurora, Colorado.