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The Material Safety Data Sheet (MSDS) for Caffeine:


Nasty stuff, really.



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Nov. 17th, 2005 12:42 am (UTC)
*chuckle* Nasty stuff, indeed. As a chemist, I always have to laugh at some of the legally required but utterly nonsensical things that end up in MSDSs. I once came across an MSDS for a bottle of purified beach sand that was so full of potential health hazards that you wouldn't want to walk on a beach without a chemical hazmat suit on ;-)
Nov. 17th, 2005 03:06 am (UTC)
I guess I have to wear a gas mask whenever I go to Starbucks now.
Nov. 17th, 2005 03:08 am (UTC)
That reminds me of the junk science experiment where a student actually convinced a lot of people to ban "di-hydrogen monoxide" due to its health and environmental hazards.
Nov. 17th, 2005 03:59 am (UTC)
Righto. Keep in mind that the Therapeutic Index for caffeine is something like 720 or something, which means that 1/720th of a dose which is lethal to 50% of the population is considered standard. For something to be generally recognized as safe, it must have a TI of at least 100.
Nov. 17th, 2005 04:22 am (UTC)
Thankfully no cup of coffee will ever come close to containing 10gm of caffeine.
Nov. 17th, 2005 05:01 am (UTC)
No, but that's only a handful of caffeine tablets. Easy enough for kids to get into trouble with.

Though I don't think I've ever heard of anyone committing suicide by caffeine.
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