The 8 Most Dangerous Caffeinated Products

There are some highly dangerous caffeinated products on the market and some have even proven deadly.

We want to raise more awareness of the dangers of too much caffeine, so we scrolled through our extensive database to come up with the 7 that we feel are the most dangerous for consumers.

1. Pure Caffeine Powder

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Pure Caffeine Powder is the deadliest caffeinated product available and it has received a lot of media attention due to it being linked to several deaths.

It is sold in, at least, 124 gram packages and is gram per gram caffeine making it clock in at an astounding 124,000 mg of caffeine per package.

As reported by ABC news, the FDA recently warned powdered caffeine manufacturers with this statement:

“It is inherently irresponsible to market such a potentially dangerous product. I would hope that people would get the message that they just ought to stop selling it and the agency will pursue all legal options against those who don’t.” – Michael Taylor, FDA’s deputy commissioner of foods

The FDA recently sent warning letters to 5 distributors of bulk powdered caffeine products.

The amount in one small package is enough to kill 13 healthy adults.

lethal dose 13 adults

2. Pure Liquid Caffeine

Caffeine is also sold in liquid form to dissolve easier. While this is less concentrated than the powdered form, it is still highly dangerous.

This product is sold in several sizes but a gallon jug of Liquid Caffeine (also called 5150) contains 64,000 mg of caffeine!

This is a lethal dose for 7 healthy adults.

lethal for 7 adults

3. Pre-Workout Supplements

pre workout supplements

A ripped physique is in and pre-workout supplements are a billion dollar industry.

Most of them contain large amounts of caffeine as one of their primary ingredients and they come in large containers.

Here’s how some of the most caffeinated measures up.

  • Mr. Hyde 16,760 mg of per container.
  • BSN N.O. Explode 11,250 mg of caffeine per container.
  • GAT Nitraflex 9,750 mg of caffeine per container.

Mr. Hyde has enough caffeine to be toxic for almost 2 adults.

lethal-for-2 adults

4. X-Mode Energy Shot

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X-Mode is basically an energy shot sold in bulk. It comes in a box with a tap similar to boxed wine and each 1 fl oz shot of X-Mode has 150 mg of caffeine.

The product is sold with two empty 2 fl oz bottles clearly marked in 1 fl oz increments, but it could be extremely easy for someone to overdose on this product, especially those who may not understand how to measure or properly dispense the product.

This product is sold on Amazon without any age restrictions and would be especially dangerous for children due to its drinkability.

A whole box of X-Mode would contain 15,000 mg of caffeine which is enough to kill almost 2 healthy adults.

lethal-for-2 adults

5. Caffeine Pills

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There are many different brands of caffeine pills available for sale to anyone who wishes to buy them both online and over-the-counter.

Most have around 200 mg of caffeine per pill.

Caffeine pills have been a factor in a few recorded deaths to date.

One of the most popular is NoDoz Extra Strength, which contains 200 mg per pill or 12,000 mg/per 60 count bottle.

A bottle of NoDoz has enough caffeine to kill a person and then some.

lethal for 1.3 adults

6. Stakk’d Caffeine Mixer

stakk'd caffeine mixer
This product consists of liquid caffeine and vitamins that is meant to be mixed into your favorite drink or alcoholic beverage. It comes in a 25.5 fluid ounce bottle, so it is up to the consumer to measure each serving accurately.

Each 1 fluid ounce serving of Stakk’d contains 180 mg of caffeine or about 4590 mg per bottle.

While this isn’t enough caffeine to be lethal for an average adult, it certainly would be enough to induce severe overdose symptoms and could be lethal for children or smaller adults.

7. Death Wish Coffee

death wish coffee
Death Wish Coffee has become popular over the last year or so due to some pretty savvy marketing techniques. However, it isn’t like regular coffee since it is made from robusta coffee beans and contains 200% more caffeine than standard arabica bean based coffee.

A 64 fl.oz. pot of Death Wish Coffee made according to their guidelines would contain about 3,881 mg of caffeine!

This isn’t a lethal dose for an average adult, but more than enough to cause severe overdose symptoms. Those that typically drink a pot of coffee a day could be caught off guard by this product.

8. Chameleon Cold Brew

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Chameleon Cold Brew Coffee is a popular brand of concentrated cold brew coffee.

This type of coffee is becoming popular with consumers, but many don’t realize that these products are highly concentrated. Cold brew is smooth and easy to drink.

A 32 fl.oz. bottle of Chameleon Cold Brew contains 1013 mg of caffeine.

While this isn’t enough to kill an average adult, it is enough to produce moderate to severe overdose effects on those who try to drink a whole bottle in a short period of time.

How These Made the List

While many products would have more caffeine per serving than some of these, we took into account the number of servings per container or bottle, since not stopping after the recommended serving on purpose or by accident could have deadly results.

The lethal dose (LD50) of caffeine for an average adult human (62 Kilograms) is on average 150 mg/kg of body weight or 9,300 mg. This is the formula that we base our Death By Caffeine Application on.

However, moderate to severe caffeine overdose symptoms can set in at around 600mg and caffeine-related deaths have occurred with as little as 1000 to 2000 milligrams of caffeine. Even less if underlying heart conditions were present.

Should Products Like This Be For Sale?

Some of these have no business being in the hands of consumers, especially minors and should be reserved for commercial use only. Others perhaps should be restricted for sale to adults only.

The coffee products aren’t too concerning since these products tend to be sipped rather than consumed rapidly as is the danger with most of the other products on this list.

We urge consumers to use caffeine responsibly and treat this drug with respect as not doing so can potentially be dangerous, if not deadly.

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  • Palexk

    If by “dark brew”, you mean dark roast, then you’re actually getting not as much caffeine as you think. Lighter roasts have more caffeine. The darker the roast is, the more inert the caffeine becomes.

    Trust me, I’m a guy typing stuff on the internet. (But it’s true though)

  • TheRealityIs

    “Science progresses one funeral at a time” Max Planck 1918

  • FAZE BOOCE

    faze billy g HIT A SHOTTTTTTTTTT ON MEEEEEEHH!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  • Aha

    That’s why they write how much is one portion. So those people who chug the whole bottle are just retarted.

  • DealWithIt

    Good god people! Those who die from such products should do it with haste. Darwin had a theory about this. It is best we get people that stupid out of the gene pool. To ban these products would be like banning cars. These items are meant to be used in moderation and anyone dumb enough not to realize it and die from it deserves a Darwin Award.

  • Kheldan

    These products are only ‘dangerous’ if you’re being incredibly stupid with them. Caffeine is a DRUG, plain and simple, it is NOT a food item, regardless of how ubiquitos it is, and like any drug if you don’t respect it, it’s going to bite you in the butt. I’ve got a bottle of pure caffeine anhydrous I bought several years ago, and a milligram resolution scale to measure it with. If you’re just blindly dipping a teaspoon into a pile of caffeine powder, then sure, you’re going to end up in the ER, or at least very sick, or maybe dead, but I’d call that ‘evolution in action’, not the caffeines’ fault at all. Should some of these products be sold to minors? No, they’re not responsible enough to take them seriously, but take them off the market entirely? Hell, no. I don’t need or want to live in a childproofed world, just because some people are stupid, and because kids are (usually by definition) making stupid choices.

  • Jason

    How many people have died this year from Alcohol, tobacco or Obesity?? These are the real dangers but everyone wants to jump on the band wagon in the fitness industry when 1 person dies. I do recognize that all stimulants should be taken with caution and with common sense but to come down on caffeine in supplements is just the wrong Avenue to go down. You can’t stop people from drinking 10 cups of coffee a day but no one has a problem with Starbucks or Dunkin Donuts. Just like you can’t stop people for eating fast food or making bad decisions with their eating habits. Let’s just attack the fitness industry where most people are actually trying to be healthy. Use you energy to attack the real dangers, but that market is protected so let’s just have a sewing circle about supplements when the FDA turns a blind eye to the real monsters.

  • Max

    This is easily the stupidest thing I’ve ever read. Reading this makes me feel like I digressed to the mental capacity of a 7 year old. It is extremely disappointing that morons, like the author of this, are given civil rights such as freedom of speech.

  • RNCK

    Your measurements are inaccurate. Yes, the ENTIRE BOTTLE of Chameleon Cold Brew could be dangerous to swig down in one sitting, but they clearly say you’re supposed to have a mere 4 ounce serving of it at a time.
    Shouldn’t be banned. Just put warning labels on it.
    Now compared to the number of overdose deaths on cannabis…

  • Paul Christopher

    I love Death Wish Coffee, been drinking it from the companies beginnings three to four cup size servings a day, when i work day shift and 4 to 5 for overnights.
    I don’t want to loose via a govt ban heavily caffeinated products brought on by morons and poorly supervised children.The internet is a wonderful thing, do the research before taking a swan dive into a pile of powdered caffeine.

  • Mattes Cog

    All I’ll say is that because of the obvious negative affects of caffeine overuse it should be made very clear on the label how much caffeine is in the product. And not just in the listing of ingredients. That way you’ll satisfy the whiners who think it should be put into the category of something like an over the counter drug. Or worse. Like being made illegal. I will also add that very early on a buddy of mine and I found out about too much caffeine. We were kids and our favorite drink was Mountain Dew. I believe before all of these energy drinks came out The Dew was one of the sodas with the highest content of caffeine. But we used to chug the stuff. And he was hyperactive anyway. Was taking Ritalin. And he would have 4 or 5 of The Dew’s and start to slam the cans into his forehead. Lengthwise. He’d yell BAM! when he’d hit himself. BAM! BAM! BAM! LOL. And his forehead would be bleeding. It was funny as heck then. I now realize he had a bit of a problem with the hyperactivity AND abusing the caffeine. He’s married and has kids now. Didn’t beat his own brains out. LOL.

  • Rachel love

    how stupid are you…. you don’t drink the whole bottle of liquid caffine…you use like 1-2tsp at a time…

  • DontBeDum

    *retarD.

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  • IM Acowww

    No stupid obviously we HAVE drink the whole gallon. duh get a clue

  • Me

    Which is exactly 0 deaths (from direct overdose).

    “U.S. Administrative Judge Francis Young determined that one would have to consume 20,000 to 40,000 times as much marijuana as contained in a single joint for the dose to be lethal. In layman’s terms, that means an individual would have to smoke around 1,500 pounds of marijuana in about 15 minutes.”

    As a note, I’m not condoning it’s use in any way, never touched the stuff and I never will. Although you won’t die of overdose it’s likely you’ll get cancer from smoking it or fall off a roof because you forgot you can’t fly.

    Link to website I got my quote from.
    http://www.medicaldaily.com/marijuana-overdose-real-23-year-old-woman-arrested-after-swallowing-several-bags-weed-320130

  • sudon’t

    Ridiculous. What is it with the media and recreational drugs, (if you can call caffeine that)? I guess this is why so many people drop dead from drinking coffee, since coffee has the highest level of caffeine of any of these products, (unless you’re the kind of idiot that would consume a whole container of work-out supplement or, God help us, pure caffeine).
    You know what else is dangerous? Water. Yeah, water. Kills people everyday. Warn the consumers!

  • Ray Scott

    Who the fuck needs pure caffeine powder other than a food manufacturer?

  • ZeroJanitor

    These comments are terrible.

  • CoffeeCrave

    You forgot fearless black from CoffeeCrave. Has about 200mg more caffeine than the other coffee: http://www.thecoffeecrave.com/products/fearless-black?utm=caffeineinformer

Last Modified: October 30, 2017

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