New Trends in Substance Abuse: Warning on Caffeine Powder
One of the new substances that consumers need to be careful about is caffeine powder. Available in bulk from online vendors, the use of caffeine powder has increased among young people who want to experience the perk offered by caffeine or those who want to shed off those pounds. The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA), however, has warned against the use of caffeine powder, reporting that these caffeine products have resulted in the death of at least one teenager.
It’s very easy to overdose on powdered caffeine because this is 100 percent pure caffeine and is thus very potent. To give you an idea of the potency of this substance, the FDA said that one teaspoon of pure caffeine is similar to the amount you can get when you drink about 25 cups of coffee. If you are a coffee addict, your daily coffee intake most likely does not exceed 10 cups. If just two cups of coffee in the morning can perk you up, imagine what 25 cups can do.
According to the Mayo Clinic, most healthy adults seem to tolerate up to 400 mg of caffeine each day.
This amount can be consumed in about four cups of brewed coffee. Those who take more than this amount daily can experience insomnia, nervousness, irritability, fast heartbeat, muscle tremors and restlessness.
The effects of ingesting a teaspoonful of pure caffeine can do more than just perk you up. It can result in caffeine toxicity which can cause the heart to beat very rapidly. At the least, overdosing can cause vomiting, diarrhea, stupor and disorientation. At the worst, overdose can cause seizures and death.
What makes powdered caffeine more dangerous is the fact that its effects are more severe than if you were to drink it in beverage form. Moreover, even if you think you know just how much powdered caffeine you need to get its benefits, the FDA warns that “it is nearly impossible to accurately measure powdered pure caffeine with common kitchen measuring tools.” This means that it’s easy to overdose on the substance even if you believe that you have correctly measured the dosage.
Thus, it is much better to heed the advice of the FDA and avoid powdered caffeine altogether. Instead of trying to get your perk through the substance, it is much better to get enough sleep each night, manage your stresses well and eat healthy and nutritious foods so that you can maintain your energy levels throughout the day.