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

pure caffeine powder

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.

Do you think about these potentially dangerous caffeinated products should be for sale?

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  • Ted

    We didn’t forget about it, we didn’t know about it. 🙂 It will appear on this list soon!

  • Piercing Discernment

    I thought freedom of speech was a constitutional right. Oh well, live and learn.

  • Leander Christensen

    Well, a knife is also dangerous, should we stop selling them?

  • Kageri Miyako

    It is…

  • Kageri Miyako

    THANK YOU! You can die from high concentration of just about anything, you want us to ban those things? Because then we’d all be breaking the law.

  • BigTim1975

    Great posting all around. Now I know which supplements will work. Since I am a responsible adult, I can make a decision to use/not use any one of these products. Stop trying to keep dumb people from hurting themselves… they need to run with scissors and face plant into a bag of caffeine powder; it will thin out the herd.

  • Frostbitten

    “Should Products Like This Be For Sale?” Uh, yeah, actually. What I put in my body is none of your business. Idiots shouldn’t be buying anything off the beaten path for them anyway.

  • Frostbitten

    Doubtful on both negative sides. Hopefully the person you replied to was being ironic or something.

  • Frostbitten

    Nah, people are tired of being regulated, jailed and fined over stupid shit. I don’t care if my neighbor died from caffeine powder or something, that’s their fault. I’ll still use it myself.

  • ZeroJanitor

    OK.

  • Ford4ever

    Quite true. Water intoxication can be fatal. Several years ago a radio station contest ended in a tragic fatality when contestants competed to see who could drink the most water.

  • Ford4ever

    Sadly, you’d be surprised how many “progressive” types would love to ban private automobiles for all kinds of reasons.

  • sudon’t

    Yeah! And that kid that washed up on the Turkish shore a while ago? Yep, water.
    But, thankfully, the media won’t hyperventilate about the dangers of water because people are so familiar with it.
    Drugs are a good target for sensationalization because most people are fairly ignorant about them, even those who use them. This is in part because people have been fed a lot of disinformation on the topic already. Add that to the American obsession with eliminating all risk from everything, and you’ve got your media panic click-bait. Of course, the fact that they’ve moved on to caffeine doesn’t bode well for the future.

  • Michael Gale Hardy

    Just use common sense.

  • fdsfs

    you put 200 mg in water. Heather than energy
    drinks

  • Jeremy Ellington

    more people die from the flu shot than caffeine consumption and the FDA encourages, and in some cases forces people to take them. Why don’t use your time to get that info out instead of wasting it on caffeine.

  • Jeremy Ellington

    I had no idea you could buy pure caffeine, I’m so glad these idiots posted this list so can get online and use it as a shopping list! Enjoying my mug of deathwish coffee reading about this.

  • Jeremy Ellington

    Yep. I’ve been drinking Monster energy drinks for about 10 or 12 years now faithfully. I got down to the suggested 3 a day and occasionally have a couple more. Love how the demonize it and the media jumps on one death of some kid with heart disease dying from a can. I’ve had in the neighborhood of 15 and 20 thousand cans over the years and I’m still going.

  • Timothy Bishop

    Good Information.. . this will help responsible people, but do little for those that, shall we say, “Require more assistance” to make it thru life without putting others at risk. Let’s consider waking up late, gulping down a couple Death Wish cups, hitting the commuter lanes, and the ensuing “road rage” with collateral damage. It’s the balance between individual rights and community protection that’s difficult to manage. This “could” be considered in the same category as Drunk Driving. When, and how rigorously, do we restrict individuals on the off / infrequent chance that they’ll harm others? Not an easy question.. . no black and white solutions! There’s Pot, Alcohol, Guns, Opiates, Meth, all manner of legal/recreational and illegal drugs.. . and what about Driving with full faculties. That’s still quite dangerous. Take away all risk, and life would be greatly diminished! Did you ever try to define Utopia? Let me know how that works out!
    Discussion and awareness are steps in the right direction, so keep the information and dialog flowing.

  • Poshbegosh

    sudon’t not true, 1 scoop of Mr Hyde has 419 mgs of caffeine while coffe has 50 mg, that makes it equal to 8 1/2 cups of coffee, plus other stimulants are added, making it much more potent/dangerous.

Last Modified: October 30, 2017

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