Post By dan77
The perils of caffiene
There has been plenty written about the evils of coffee over the ages, most of it untrue, but in the tragic story linked below, a teaspoon of pure caffeine (equivalent to 28 cups of coffee) can kill you. The victim had also been out partying so you would wonder if alcohol also played a part.
No surprises there, pretty much any drug taken out of it's natural state and purified is extremely dangerous.
Common sense is really not that common anymore. So many pointless deaths lately.
It appears that it wasn't a lack of commonsense in this case, rather an excess of alcohol leading to a fatal mistake. Anyway, anything of that toxicity should only be available by prescription but not sure what medical condition would require it.
Originally Posted by dan77
"Just one teaspoon of pure powdered caffeine can contain the same amount of caffeine as 28 cups of coffee,"
"Please warn your friends, talk to your children… and perhaps check your kitchen cupboards…pure caffeine powder looks just like any other white powder… but a heaped teaspoon of it will kill you."
So was it a heaped teaspoon or a teaspoon?
Might have been equal to 2 teaspoons if it was heaped and maybe he lost count and added 2 heaped teaspoons?!?!? Not really enough information here to know more than too much caffeine is dangerous. He did comment that his shake was bitter so I guess it's likely he at least doubled the dose he normally used and no mention if he was drinking something like Vodka and Redbull all night prior to making the shake.
From: Cornell University
How Much Caffeine is Too Much?
Experts agree that you should avoid having more than 400 milligrams of caffeine per day. One Grande Starbucks coffee (16 oz.) has about 500 milligrams. A 12 oz. Diet Coke has 45 milligrams. Because caffeine is a drug, its effects can vary from person to person depending on weight, gender, medications and overall health. High amounts of caffeine can lead to an increased risk for cardiac arrhythmias, palpitations, seizures, strokes or even death.
Can You Overdose on Caffeine?
Deaths caused by caffeine overdose are rare, but they do happen. Five-thousand to 10,000 milligrams of caffeine is considered the lethal amount. There is 5,000 milligrams in just one small tsp. of caffeine powder. Mixing two spoonfuls of the powder into a drink is the same as drinking 70 Red Bulls at once, which could kill you.
How tragic that a person loses their life by doing such a stupid thing.
Bad enough that a dangerous substance that is lethal in small quantities is sold at all, let alone in a shop that caters to body-builders and sportspeople.
Why would anyone put it in a "protein shake" to drink before trying to sleep? Without having any idea what they were taking, and in what quantity.
I guess many people in our society are thoroughly de-sensitised to the use of drugs.
All my life I have been very careful about what I take and this includes anything that may be prescribed by my GP.