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Activated charcoal

What is activated charcoal?

Activated charcoal and poison absorption

Activated charcoal warnings

What is activated charcoal?

Activated charcoal is made by heating coconut shells in the absence of air. The charcoal shells are then crushed to a size that provides for optimum absorption. This vegetable form of active carbon is safe for human consumption.

Activated Charcoal is one of the most potent absorptive agents known. When consumed orally, these fine black granules have the ability to extract and neutralise many times their weight in gases, heavy metals and a variety of other chemicals. Due to their high degree of microporosity, just 1 gram of activated carbon has a surface area in excess of 500 m2.

You can buy activated charcoal at pharmacies and some health food stores.

Activated charcoal for poison absorption

Its most common medical use is in emergency treatment to stop specific kinds of poisons and drugs from being absorbed from the stomach or digestive tract into the body.

Activated charcoal powder can also be used on the skin to absorb various toxins.

In a poisoning emergency, first phone your doctor or poisons information centre, who will advise as to the use of charcoal after taking account of the type of poison, allergies, and other factors.

Activated charcoal should not be used to treat some types of poisons (such as lye or alkaline solutions, acids, fuel oil and other petroleum products, alcohols).

Active charcoal is most effective if used immediately after taking the poison, the sooner the better.

Activated charcoal warnings