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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  • This is interesting! A few years ago I suffered from depression and I was drinking too many energy drinks. In order to get help I had to do a drug test and I tested positive for 3 different drugs (at this point I had been clean for about 9 years). I got tested a week later and it was all negative. I’ll definitely show my parents this video since they still doubt I was telling the whole truth!

    DampeNDampeN7 klukkustundum síðan
  • how to fail a drug test. take drugs

    Curly LlamaCurly Llama13 klukkustundum síðan
  • how to fail a drug test on purpose drugs

    Zane LazarZane Lazar19 klukkustundum síðan
  • 2:22 unlabelled graph axes.. you know it's getting scientific edit: well to be fair one of them is labelled, so only half the points off

    y u be lik disy u be lik dis21 klukkustund síðan
  • This isn't Tom Scott in the video btw. It never was.

    Carl JacksonCarl JacksonDegi Síðan síðan
  • kind of awkward to be watching this video in the big bad Lansing lmao

    Ellie LancasterEllie LancasterDegi Síðan síðan
  • 1:11 shows Papaver Rhoeas, full of nopium.

    Dr Gamma DDr Gamma DDegi Síðan síðan
  • Finally I can hide my crippling heroin and opioid addiction

    Mason perkinsMason perkinsDegi Síðan síðan
  • 3:16 what? You’re not supposed to toast fresh bagels? Who came up with this rule and where do I find them? 😂

    ARTiculationsARTiculationsDegi Síðan síðan
  • if you're going for the wr just take drugs

    letyrletyrDegi Síðan síðan
  • How high are you? 6"1

    SomebigfatmanSomebigfatman2 dögum síðan
  • Never seen someone so happy for getting positive in a drug test

    ArvinArvin2 dögum síðan
  • Who is weed going to hurt? Why don't we ban cigarettes and alcohol?

    DoctardDoctard2 dögum síðan
  • Just take some drugs

    higher per5pectivehigher per5pective2 dögum síðan
  • Instagramming my food for legal reasons

    Falxie_Falxie_2 dögum síðan
  • I was wondering where trace went after i never saw him on seeker. So i looked for him and now i found him.

    ReiRei2 dögum síðan
  • That door opening at 00:23 near enough gave me a heart attack. Headphones will be the death of me

    LewisMcVicar03LewisMcVicar032 dögum síðan
  • The whole notion of drug testing people for regular job interviewing is so invasive and wrong. I'm sure if you drug test powerful political or corporate leaders, you'll find it. Enforcing arbitrary rules against people is a foundation for biased treatment. Now, if it's a very crucial safety job, like a pilot, or surgeon, for examples, I could see the value.

    Andrea RossAndrea Ross2 dögum síðan
  • Maybe we should stop drug testing people. Only hurts working class people.

    Dawson HorahDawson Horah2 dögum síðan
  • very useful video

    Ethan Lowe-WerrellEthan Lowe-Werrell3 dögum síðan
  • Aight thanks for the tip [eats poppy bagels after using opiates]

    alifia !alifia !3 dögum síðan
  • So kids. Today Im gonna show you how to fail a drug test. Step One: Inject yourself with massive amounts of Heroin

    KonstiKonsti3 dögum síðan
  • anyone else forget this was a Tom Scott video half way through?

    SparkyRedstoneSparkyRedstone3 dögum síðan
  • If you're trying that hard to fail a drug test, you're better off just doing drugs.

    ian1231100ian12311003 dögum síðan
  • me playing the vid backwards

    chmindjachmindja3 dögum síðan
  • me being like, copy this down and reverse quick

    chmindjachmindja3 dögum síðan
  • Why don't you just do real drugs to fail a drug test..just'll have way more fun

    Meddle MasterMeddle Master3 dögum síðan
  • Methadone made from opium? Its was created as a substitute for opioids not from it. That is why you passed for methadone and not morphine codeine because they are opium based

    dan wbdan wb3 dögum síðan
  • 5:10 why not buy the bagels...before?

    BenevolentBenevolent4 dögum síðan
  • say no 2 gays yo.

    Biggest Knob To Ever Live.Biggest Knob To Ever Live.4 dögum síðan
  • i dont even have to try to fail my drug tests

    Riley CollettRiley Collett4 dögum síðan
  • I never know when to believe if you're actually outside or not

    C XC X4 dögum síðan
  • could try, hops flowers ( humulus lupulus ) then try test for cannabis

    patt erpatt er4 dögum síðan
  • Greed

    Bart Van DammeBart Van Damme4 dögum síðan
  • How to use, buy drugs in public

    sub me pls or nothingsub me pls or nothing5 dögum síðan
  • Sounds like covid testing. 😂

    Tim STim S5 dögum síðan
  • Imagine failing a drug test and creating an entire video to get out of getting arrested

    Optimus PrimeOptimus Prime5 dögum síðan
  • Big bad schools in lansing, that was a very region specific joke

    Preston HowellPreston Howell5 dögum síðan
  • Just bloody legalize drugs...

    DiggnutsDiggnuts5 dögum síðan
  • Next time i do heroin i'll just tell my mom i ate a poppy strudel. Thanks.

    LP BeatsLP Beats5 dögum síðan
  • Alright now get high on codeine to compare and contrast the data

    Joseph O'SheaJoseph O'Shea5 dögum síðan
  • some people don't have to try so hard to fail drug tests lul

    fear oldbloodfear oldblood5 dögum síðan
  • Impossible in my country, since cultivation of poppies is illegal, here. You can't have bagels with poppy seeds period. Once we planted them in our garden without knowing what flowers they were and we received a nice visit by the police as soon as they spotted them.

    ShendueShendue5 dögum síðan
  • I wanted to see if you would fail the newer test?

    YeCannyDaeThatYeCannyDaeThat5 dögum síðan
  • Is this the Test and Trace system I keep hearing about?

    BalsiefenBalsiefen5 dögum síðan
  • when you're back) :)

    qopoy dnonqopoy dnon6 dögum síðan
  • step 1: *heroine*

    EnazEnaz6 dögum síðan
  • 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 Legion7 dögum síðan
  • I did it! I failed a drug test!

    AbsolutePhoenixAbsolutePhoenix7 dögum síðan
    • This guy looks like a mix of David Harbour and Nick Kroll

      qopoy dnonqopoy dnon6 dögum síðan
  • Who tf is this 6937 dögum 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 Cheevers7 dögum síðan
  • How to do a drug test “do drugs“

    Nugebug _Nugebug _7 dögum síðan
  • 5:56 That would be perfect for an out of context playlist.

    Flat Mars SocietyFlat Mars Society7 dögum 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 Smith8 dögum 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.

    starchimstarchim8 dögum síðan
    • Nice background music!

      dcoog anmldcoog anml7 dögum síðan
  • On a completely unrelated note, I wonder what the metabolized byproducts of semen are...

    Adam MillerAdam Miller8 dögum síðan
    • 👍😍

      dcoog anmldcoog anml7 dögum síðan
  • Hol' up

    勇樹勇樹9 dögum síðan
  • I saw Jon Tickle this on Brainiac: Science Abuse years ago.

    PaddyofScotland - TV ArchivePaddyofScotland - TV Archive9 dögum síðan
  • Such a healthy blue hue.

    CARNY 666CARNY 6669 dögum síðan
  • we flew a kite in a public place

    Classic Cian's AnimationsClassic Cian's Animations10 dögum síðan
  • Is Tom on vacation and why do we have to watch this other guy? Meh, pass...

    Stephan DoironStephan Doiron10 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 Donaldson10 dögum síðan
    • I was happy I found a new channel too bad this guys a liberal.

      Ailsa NiAilsa Ni9 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.11 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 Ni9 dögum síðan
  • This guy looks like a mix of David Harbour and Nick Kroll

    dcoog anmldcoog anml11 dögum síðan
    • I was expecting police drug brigade at the end

      dcoog anmldcoog anml10 dögum síðan
  • this guy took heroin and made us belive its false positive

    FlopFlop11 dögum síðan
  • the same time in here somewhere, I just can't think of one.

    Ailsa NiAilsa Ni12 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 3512 dögum síðan
  • That's crazy

    Anon AnonAnon Anon12 dögum síðan
    • My mom makes really good cake with opiate seeds :)

      dcoog anmldcoog anml11 dögum síðan
  • America: Drug testing is expensive UK: you have to pay for a drugs test???

    Roko’s BasiliskRoko’s Basilisk12 dögum síðan
    • Filming with a mirror lens, I see there Tom.

      Ailsa NiAilsa Ni12 dögum síðan
  • 👍😍

    Unair OnlineUnair Online12 dögum síðan
  • Nice background music!

    Greeny GreryGreeny Grery12 dögum síðan
  • It would have been weird if the dude was straight up doing drugs.

    Faraz MazharFaraz Mazhar12 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.

    Knoxerboy101Knoxerboy10112 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 noren12 dögum síðan
    • No, it’s ok

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    Jessica JessicaJessica Jessica12 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

    Yhowbyjytub310Yhowbyjytub31012 dögum síðan
  • I was happy I found a new channel too bad this guys a liberal.

    Jake JohnsonJake Johnson12 dögum síðan
  • That's why it's called being 'Baked'

    Sheepy15Sheepy1512 dögum síðan
  • I was expecting police drug brigade at the end

    Jędrek JanikJędrek Janik13 dögum síðan
  • Oh my , my Russian Baba makes SUCH Poppyseed Cake .Now I know why we love it SO much.

    wnnalis cioovwnnalis cioov13 dögum síðan
  • Interesting. If the government in Poland would test the population after Christmas I bet the false positives would skyrocket!

    nbnb13 dögum síðan
  • My mom makes really good cake with opiate seeds :)

    KeeskiKeeski13 dögum síðan
  • what kind of tests are these where you fail getting a positive?

    SanSan13 dögum síðan
    • Wow this dude has personality

      wnnalis cioovwnnalis cioov13 dögum síðan
  • Filming with a mirror lens, I see there Tom.

    Michael ShickMichael Shick13 dögum síðan
  • This is a good argument for avoiding poppy seeds.

    Lucius ChiaraviglioLucius Chiaraviglio13 dögum síðan
  • F word so hard

    nullnull13 dögum síðan
  • Plot twist: he’s on drugs and this is an excuse

    anonymationsanonymations13 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 Alexandrite13 dögum síðan
  • Lansing?

    Lansing MediaLansing Media13 dögum síðan
  • Anybody else get an update saying this was just uploaded like a day ago?

    wardrichwardrich13 dögum síðan
  • I saw this on QI. Anglea Rippon failed a drug test because of this, right?

    Sophie FrancisSophie Francis13 dögum síðan
  • Just take drugs. Easy fail.

    DaTroll18DaTroll1813 dögum síðan
  • What seems to be the officer, problem?

    NachtschattenNachtschatten13 dögum síðan
  • Thats, among other reasons, is why your employer is not allowed to drug test you in most of Europe.

    ameisee4ameisee413 dögum síðan
  • Just smoke som shite

    R ahinR ahin13 dögum síðan
  • I feel like there's an easier way to fail a drug test

    Cadence StewardCadence Steward13 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

    AverageDoggoAverageDoggo14 dögum síðan
  • Interesting

    FalkrimFalkrim14 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 Vocoda14 dögum síðan