Trying To Fail A Drug Test On Purpose

4 jan 2021
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Check out Trace's channel! - start with brain-computer interfaces or going to space • There's an urban legend that poppy seeds can make you fail a drug test. Is it true? And if so: why? I ate a few bagels, and set out to flunk an opioid test.
Drug tests don’t just work as a buzzkill, they can keep doctors and patients honest regarding some of the more dangerous drugs known to man. The problem is, poppy seeds can throw a giant wrench in that circle of trust! Poppy seeds come from the papaver somniferum flower native to Turkey, and even though they don’t contain opium, consuming the seeds has historically caused the tests to register opiate use!
In this video, I explore how these tests work, what they look for, and how something as simple as a bottle of seeds available at any grocery store, can cause a false positive for painkillers, heroin, morphine, and other drugs.
Encyclopedia Britannica: Poppy Seed
Poppy seed, tiny dried seed of the opium poppy, used as food, food flavouring, and the source of poppy-seed oil. Poppy seeds have no narcotic properties, because the fluid contained in the bud that becomes opium is present only before the seeds are fully formed. The plant, Papaver somniferum, is an herbaceous annual native to Greece and the Orient. Poppy seed is an ancient spice; the seed capsules have been found in Switzerland in the remains of prehistoric lake dwellings.
Can Eating Poppy Seeds Give You a Positive Drug Test?
It’s possible that even just one bagel or muffin highly loaded with poppy seeds can lead to a positive urine drug test.
LabCorp: Testing Methodology,drug%20present%20in%20urine%20samples.
Quest Diagnostics: Testing Insights,can%20indeed%20produce%20a%20positive
Did you know that morphine, codeine, and heroin are produced from the seeds of certain kinds of poppy flowers? Morphine and codeine are often used as medications for treating pain, and all three-known as opiates-can be abused
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  • It isn´t a false positive, if it positivly tests for the substance it actually is looking for. It tests for opiates, and you have indeed consumed opioides. That it has a low treshold and doesn´t distinguish which class specifically is an issue... But not a "false positive" one.

    Toby LegionToby Legion13 klukkustundum síðan
  • I did it! I failed a drug test!

    AbsolutePhoenixAbsolutePhoenix14 klukkustundum síðan
  • Who tf is this

    Moldyapples 693Moldyapples 69314 klukkustundum síðan
  • It's not a myth, it's also not an excuse that's gonna work for you if you're on probation or talking to a court, it's also a way you can reasonably catch a buzz. Edit: Poppy seed tea or just eating poppy seeds by the spoonful I mean

    Ben CheeversBen Cheevers17 klukkustundum síðan
  • How to do a drug test “do drugs“

    Nugebug _Nugebug _Degi Síðan síðan
  • 5:56 That would be perfect for an out of context playlist.

    Flat Mars SocietyFlat Mars SocietyDegi Síðan síðan
  • A poppy seed positive is not a ‘false positive’ it is a true positive as you are consuming opiates just in very low doses (but explainable through legitimate means). A false positive is when one has not consumed the drug but the instant test shows a line (which can happen in the case of some prescription medications). In a properly conducted drug test the sample should be sent to the lab after so that it can confirm through gcms the concentrations and specific compounds detected. With the concentration levels (and the ratio of codiene to morphine as well as the absence of a metabolite specific to heroin) the probability of the test coming from poppy seed exposure can be determined. This should be done by a medical review officer (a doctor who is specifically trained in interpreting drug tests).

    Christine SmithChristine SmithDegi Síðan síðan
  • I find it disturbing how many people are saying that he's actually a user, even if in jokes. It's not funny when you consider the political climate.

    starchimstarchim2 dögum síðan
    • Nice background music!

      dcoog anmldcoog anml22 klukkustundum síðan
  • On a completely unrelated note, I wonder what the metabolized byproducts of semen are...

    Adam MillerAdam Miller2 dögum síðan
    • 👍😍

      dcoog anmldcoog anml22 klukkustundum síðan
  • Hol' up

    勇樹勇樹2 dögum síðan
  • I saw Jon Tickle this on Brainiac: Science Abuse years ago.

    PaddyofScotland - TV ArchivePaddyofScotland - TV Archive3 dögum síðan
  • Such a healthy blue hue.

    CARNY 666CARNY 6663 dögum síðan
  • we flew a kite in a public place

    Classic Cian's AnimationsClassic Cian's Animations4 dögum síðan
  • Is Tom on vacation and why do we have to watch this other guy? Meh, pass...

    Stephan DoironStephan Doiron4 dögum síðan
  • I honestly did fail the drug test as a participant on a clinical lab trial having eaten a bagel sprinkled with poppy seeds!! (CMAX in Adelaide Australia)

    John DonaldsonJohn Donaldson4 dögum síðan
    • I was happy I found a new channel too bad this guys a liberal.

      Ailsa NiAilsa Ni2 dögum síðan
  • One time I ate a bunch of heroin to try and test positive for bagels but, it didnt work

    J.D.A.J.D.A.4 dögum síðan
    • I've heard a myth in my school that Casey's Pizza (From Iowa) contains so much yeast that you can fail a breathalyzer test. Not sure if that's possible thought

      Ailsa NiAilsa Ni2 dögum síðan
  • This guy looks like a mix of David Harbour and Nick Kroll

    dcoog anmldcoog anml4 dögum síðan
    • I was expecting police drug brigade at the end

      dcoog anmldcoog anml3 dögum síðan
  • this guy took heroin and made us belive its false positive

    FlopFlop5 dögum síðan
  • the same time in here somewhere, I just can't think of one.

    Ailsa NiAilsa Ni5 dögum síðan
  • As a truck driver in Germany i was advised to avoid Mohnkuchen (poppy seed cake) for this exact reason when i was at driving school.

    Gary 35Gary 355 dögum síðan
  • That's crazy

    Anon AnonAnon Anon6 dögum síðan
    • My mom makes really good cake with opiate seeds :)

      dcoog anmldcoog anml4 dögum síðan
  • America: Drug testing is expensive UK: you have to pay for a drugs test???

    Roko’s BasiliskRoko’s Basilisk6 dögum síðan
    • Filming with a mirror lens, I see there Tom.

      Ailsa NiAilsa Ni5 dögum síðan
  • 👍😍

    Unair OnlineUnair Online6 dögum síðan
  • Nice background music!

    Greeny GreryGreeny Grery6 dögum síðan
  • It would have been weird if the dude was straight up doing drugs.

    Faraz MazharFaraz Mazhar6 dögum síðan
  • For those curious, poppy seeds often contain 50 or so alkaloids, with 47 of them being in trace amounts. However the big 3, Morphine, Codeine, and Thebaine, are often present in quantities that can indeed get you rather high when consumed or... "extracted via H2O". HOWEVER! It is very likely all major brands you can buy at the store or at major online retails have been washed and/or treated to remove the vast quantity of the alkaloids or neutralize them. So, do not think you can just go to walmart, buy a bunch of McKormic, and get buzzed. You'll just waste time and money.

    Knoxerboy101Knoxerboy1016 dögum síðan
  • is it wrong to like it when tom takes a well-earned break, since it can result in learning about awesome channels that you haven't seen before? (don't worry, tom, i'm also happy when you're back) :)

    barb norenbarb noren6 dögum síðan
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    Jessica JessicaJessica Jessica6 dögum síðan
  • I've heard a myth in my school that Casey's Pizza (From Iowa) contains so much yeast that you can fail a breathalyzer test. Not sure if that's possible thought

    Yhowbyjytub310Yhowbyjytub3106 dögum síðan
  • I was happy I found a new channel too bad this guys a liberal.

    Jake JohnsonJake Johnson6 dögum síðan
  • That's why it's called being 'Baked'

    Sheepy15Sheepy156 dögum síðan
  • I was expecting police drug brigade at the end

    Jędrek JanikJędrek Janik6 dögum síðan
  • Oh my , my Russian Baba makes SUCH Poppyseed Cake .Now I know why we love it SO much.

    wnnalis cioovwnnalis cioov6 dögum síðan
  • Interesting. If the government in Poland would test the population after Christmas I bet the false positives would skyrocket!

    nbnb6 dögum síðan
  • My mom makes really good cake with opiate seeds :)

    KeeskiKeeski6 dögum síðan
  • what kind of tests are these where you fail getting a positive?

    SanSan6 dögum síðan
    • Wow this dude has personality

      wnnalis cioovwnnalis cioov6 dögum síðan
  • Filming with a mirror lens, I see there Tom.

    Michael ShickMichael Shick6 dögum síðan
  • This is a good argument for avoiding poppy seeds.

    Lucius ChiaraviglioLucius Chiaraviglio6 dögum síðan
  • F word so hard

    nullnull6 dögum síðan
  • Plot twist: he’s on drugs and this is an excuse

    anonymationsanonymations7 dögum síðan
  • When I was in elementary school my favourite thing to do was ripping open dried poppy pods and eating their seeds.... And I believe I was eating waaaaay more than the appropriate amount. Watching this video, the thought of a 7 years old failing a drug test is so funny to me

    Ld AlexandriteLd Alexandrite7 dögum síðan
  • Lansing?

    Lansing MediaLansing Media7 dögum síðan
  • Anybody else get an update saying this was just uploaded like a day ago?

    wardrichwardrich7 dögum síðan
  • I saw this on QI. Anglea Rippon failed a drug test because of this, right?

    Sophie FrancisSophie Francis7 dögum síðan
  • Just take drugs. Easy fail.

    DaTroll18DaTroll187 dögum síðan
  • What seems to be the officer, problem?

    NachtschattenNachtschatten7 dögum síðan
  • Thats, among other reasons, is why your employer is not allowed to drug test you in most of Europe.

    ameisee4ameisee47 dögum síðan
  • Just smoke som shite

    R ahinR ahin7 dögum síðan
  • I feel like there's an easier way to fail a drug test

    Cadence StewardCadence Steward7 dögum síðan
  • plot twist: dude is actually a drug addict and used the poppy seeds as a cover to do more drugs

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  • Wow this dude has personality

    AverageDoggoAverageDoggo7 dögum síðan
  • Interesting

    FalkrimFalkrim7 dögum síðan
  • Surely the best way to fail a drug test is to just take some Heroin? I really think that could have made a viral hit if you had gone down that route, but instead, you decided to go for poppy seeds...

    Karl VocodaKarl Vocoda7 dögum síðan
  • enjoy your break tom!

    finlay hendersonfinlay henderson7 dögum síðan
  • I had a dream tonight. I was recording a video in a shop and Tom Scot was holding me the camera. Then I found out that I forgot my wallet and text, so I just couldn't record anything (aspecialy not in english). I haven't such nightmare in a long time.

    Jindřich JochecJindřich Jochec7 dögum síðan
  • ...this guy doesn't own a doghouse.

    barfyman362barfyman3627 dögum síðan
  • Anyone else ever get bartenders arm

    raisedheartraisedheart7 dögum síðan

    Clark SchebelClark Schebel7 dögum síðan
  • Trace is in denial of his drug abuse. Jk

    doire aintudoire aintu7 dögum síðan
  • Now i want a bagel

    HG 80HG 807 dögum síðan
  • I got a false opioid positive years ago. I wouldn't have been surprised by weed but oddly enough that didn't show up.

    IcantSignInIcantSignIn7 dögum síðan
  • Check out the choculeta bridge

    Mason MackinnonMason Mackinnon7 dögum síðan
  • Oh so they are supposed to fail it, but not me?

    RabbitRabbit7 dögum síðan
    • this stuff real, happened twice to me

      doire aintudoire aintu7 dögum síðan
  • Plot twist: this video was a lie except the tests

    David VasDavid Vas7 dögum síðan
  • Well... Just to make sure its a fair test, we should probably try to take all of the opiods just incase

    Hamish McPhieHamish McPhie8 dögum síðan
  • I don’t know what I’m watching but I’m addicted Edit: this was the wrong video to say this on

    Mohamed MahabaMohamed Mahaba8 dögum síðan
  • tip: keep the receipt on you for a day

    ConstrictorZConstrictorZ8 dögum síðan
  • Thanks for hosting these cool videos while you're away! This one was amazing

    littlefrank90littlefrank908 dögum síðan
  • You gotta remake the two drums and a cymbal video you made in 2009.

    Peanutbenny BenPeanutbenny Ben8 dögum síðan
  • Well, Beigli (poppy seed roll) is a traditional Christmas food in some parts of Europe. They're full of seeds, so probably half of the continent would produce false positive tests around this time.

    NyOS GombocNyOS Gomboc8 dögum síðan

    El GloboEl Globo8 dögum síðan
  • Wait, your workplace can drug test you in the US?

    The God Emperor of MankindThe God Emperor of Mankind8 dögum síðan
  • Followed trace after about 2 minutes. Funny, informative, well edited. Niiice

    DanDMWGDanDMWG8 dögum síðan
  • why do i feel like "passing a drug test sober" is more of a challenge?

    MSMCGOMSMCGO8 dögum síðan
  • you didnt false-positive, you tested positve, you would test false-positive if you didnt have anything in your system

    MateuszMateusz8 dögum síðan
  • Yes! I've been redeemed! Years ago I failed a drugs test for having trace amounts of opiates in my urine and, not being one of the cool kids, I'd never touched anything that wasn't alcohol or prescription in my life. What I had done however was eaten bread with poppy seeds in it the day before. I knew that was the cause!

    Video PersonVideo Person8 dögum síðan
  • this stuff real, happened twice to me

    batterycockbatterycock8 dögum síðan
  • Wouldn't baking them alter the "experiment" though?

    BerserkerBerserker8 dögum síðan
  • everyone's talking about your opiate addiction that you've attempted to mask

  • This will work with unwashed poppy seeds. Look into poppy seed tea

    James DixonJames Dixon8 dögum síðan
  • Have you tried drugs yet

    ClumpClump8 dögum síðan
  • Fun Fact if you type "Fun Fact" people will read the whole thing (Now I want my like)

    BEBE NINOBEBE NINO8 dögum síðan
    • I'm not giving you my shite like

      R ahinR ahin7 dögum síðan
    • No

      CratosCratos8 dögum síðan
  • Drugs should just be legal.

    EdwardvansloanEdwardvansloan8 dögum síðan
  • The easy trick: Take illegal drugs DON'T DO IT KIDS!

    Plant eaterPlant eater8 dögum síðan
  • 0:23 I was wearing headphones, and that genuinely startled me... somehow.

    CocoCoco8 dögum síðan
  • "Next week we're headed to Australia to talk about satellites with someone who reminds me a little bit of younger me." There's a joke about Tom looking both old and young at the same time in here somewhere, I just can't think of one.

    I before A except after KI before A except after K8 dögum síðan
  • Why do you put a red bar or triangle in some of your thumbails? is this some stange, long running experiment on thumbnails and viewership, or possibly something larger and much more sinister. or, its just how tom sorts his videos. the world may never know

    Patrick DPatrick D8 dögum síðan
  • mi a fasz náluk az a mákus süti amikor két csipet pipacsmagot rászórnak a tetejére? 😳😳

    VAJVAJ8 dögum síðan
  • How to fail a drug test on purpose: Take drugs

    justokay107justokay1079 dögum síðan
  • It’s NOT a false positive. It’s a true positive, just at a very low concentration. Poppyseeds contain traces of morphine no different chemically to morphine used in prescription painkillers. A false positive is a genuine error that occurs when the substance being looked for isn’t there but the test erroneously says it was. In this case the test was made to look for morphine (and other metabolites) and it found morphine. Not a false positive.

    Skywalker SoundsSkywalker Sounds9 dögum síðan
  • I've known people who fail their blowbox after eating certain pizza dough which had fermented

    RR9 dögum síðan
  • One time I failed a drug for meth...because I did some

    Fig BatFig Bat9 dögum síðan
  • Surely this is a how to: fail a drug test and get away it ("oh I just had some poppy seed bagels")

    Shauka HodanShauka Hodan9 dögum síðan
  • Why can't you show the urine part?

    Даниел КулевскиДаниел Кулевски9 dögum síðan
    • @Yohn Royce Okey but why?

      Даниел КулевскиДаниел Кулевски8 dögum síðan
    • ISpast Terms of Service: "Don’t post content on ISpast if it fits any of the descriptions noted below. [...] - Footage or imagery showing bodily fluids, such as blood or vomit, with the intent to shock or disgust viewers. "

      Yohn RoyceYohn Royce9 dögum síðan
  • Why are the seeds put on the buns? It’s not like they actually taste of much. Seriously

    David BrassingtonDavid Brassington9 dögum síðan
  • Anyone else remember DNews?

    Michael TorresMichael Torres9 dögum síðan
    • Methadone is not made from anything the Poppy produces it is 100% synthetic created by the Nazis in case they ran out of morphine. 1:20

      Shauka HodanShauka Hodan9 dögum síðan
  • Is it really a false positive though?

    Adam KendallAdam Kendall9 dögum síðan
  • So when you test positive, you fail the test, if the positive is false, the result is untrue, which is negative because negative times negative is positive and the failed test is true because you can positively say a negative is really positive and you falsely failed positively, true? or false?

    Rob81kRob81k9 dögum síðan
  • You're not "supposed" to toast fresh bagels? THAT is the best reason to toast them. Do whatever you want with YOUR food that YOU are going to est.

    Uki MalefuUki Malefu9 dögum síðan
  • I find it funny that in my country we make cake that is around 30% ground poppy seeds. And no its not enough to get high.

    Marek MartínekMarek Martínek9 dögum síðan