Someone contacted me recently to share that her place of employment has it in the co policy, Employees can’t EAT HEMP because it will prove positive for cannabis!?
All I coud think was are you kidding me?
Nope. No Joke.
WHAT next!?? Hemp is so healthy for the heart and brain! It is considered a ‘Super Seed!’ I eat hemp daily and I love hemp oil - the nutty taste - I drizzle it on almost everything! I have hemp smoothies, put it in stir-fry and salads and cookies.. It is endless.
How unfair! I was taking a drug for stomach ulcers that tested false positive for Cannabis! It’s in this blog somewhere... I did a bit of research and did you know:
Drug Testing - False Positives
In drug testing, a false positive is defined as a drug free sample falsely being reported as showing positive for drugs. This can occur for a number of reasons including: improper laboratory procedure, mixing up samples, incorrect paperwork and passive inhalation. But the most common cause of drug testing false positives are cross reactants. A cross reactant is a substance which because of its similar chemical structure to a drug or its metabolite can cause a false positive result.
The following substances can cause cross reactivity on an Immunoassay screen but are unlikely to be mistaken on a Gas Chromatography/Mass Spectrometry test (for more information on these tests and others, visit the types of test page):
Ibuprofen is a common pain reliever and anti-inflammatory which even in low doses used to cause a false positive for marijuana/cannabis on the EMIT test. The EMIT has been changed to use a different enzyme to eliminate these drug test false positives. But recent evidence suggests that Ibuprofen taken in very high doses, along with other anti-inflammatories such as Naproxen will still interfere with the EMIT test.
Decongestants and Cold Remedies
Phenylpropanolamine and ephedrine are both substances found in many over-the-counter cold remedies. They can result in a drug test false positive for amphetamines on the EMIT test. Antitussives, to suppress coughs, such as dextromethorphan and perylamine may cause a drug test false positive for opiates.
Aside from when this class of drugs is specifically tested for, some of them including amitriptyline can test positive for opiates for up to three days after use. Even quinine in tonic water can also cause a positive result for opiates.
Poppy seeds which are usually found on bread contain traces of morphine and can lead to positives for opiates. Codeine, which is found in many pain relievers, may cause a false positive for morphine or heroin because of its similar chemical structure.
Certain newly developed antibiotics including amoxicillin and ampicillin have been reported to cause false positives for cocaine.
This treatment developed for use by AIDS patients will cause a false positive for anabolic steroid use.
Diazepam may cause a false positive for PCP.
A small fraction of the population excrete large amounts of certain enzymes in their urine which may produce a positive drug test. The enzymes in question are endogenous lysozyme and malate dehydrogenate, which according to research may run as high as 10% of positive samples.
Melanin is the pigment which protects skin and hair from UV light. It is also very similar in chemical structure to THC (Tetrahydrocannabinol, the active component in cannabis) and some data exists claiming it causes false positives for cannabis. Unfortunately, an equal amount of data suggests that there is no link whatsoever.
Then I started to look into actual specific Medicines that interact with Cannabis
there are so many! Too many! Thats a whole other blog and LIST!
Ibuprofen the most common pain reliever out there.... false positive.
If someone is preforming the job you hired them to do- AWESOME!
You have NO say, as to what goes into their body UNLESS it proves a danger to them other others around them or heavy machinery.. ;)
If you want to fire someone - know why. Don’t try to use some bullshit fake test to do it.
*On the medicinal note- Shame on any company that forces someone, not well to use chemicals if natural is the desired and believed preference. Especially when we know how many prescribed pharmaceutical drugs harm and kill and Cannabis has not. That is Criminal.
If not for the people who work your company you would have no company.
With all the research, facts, WHAT employer does not want HAPPY, Healthy employees!?? It’s a win, win.
I do not expect this person to quit. I think she likes her job;) BUT... when do we just say no? I am grateful for her to even share this with me, just when you think it can't get any crazier... I hope either way a copy of the toon ends up on the employee message board.
How many are we?