Bust­ing hemp de­tec­tion

The Northern Star - - NEWS -

MANY are rev­el­ling in the new laws that al­low hemp foods to be legally con­sumed in Aus­tralia, but the com­mon ques­tion on ev­ery­one’s lips – will I test pos­i­tive for drugs? – is caus­ing con­fu­sion.

This can be asked for any hemp prod­uct such as hemp milk, seeds, oil or more solid foods such as bread.

HEMP Party and HEMP Em­bassy Pres­i­dent Michael Balder­stone said saliva test­ing was up in the air.

“State po­lice forces, es­pe­cially NSW po­lice have force­fully ar­gued and main­tained that hemp seed food con­sump­tion will in­ter­fere with their saliva test­ing and peo­ple will pro­vide pos­i­tive re­sults,” he said.

But it’s been con­firmed many times THC lev­els in hemp foods are ex­tremely low (or non-ex­is­tent), rang­ing from 0-0.5%

Lis­more so­lic­i­tor Steve Bolt said if the con­sump­tion of hemp foods were to be used as a de­fence to a pos­i­tive read­ing on a drug test, the an­swer was not a sim­ple yes or no.

“No one re­ally knows what ex­actly is de­tected by that test­ing,” Mr Bolt said. “It de­pends how much THC you con­sume over what time frame.

“It also de­pends where the seed comes from, there could be lit­tle bits of cannabis in it if some of the leaf or husk got in, al­though it’s not enough to no­tice.”

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