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Interesting Facts About Cyanide

A naturally occurring and widely misunderstood chemical. Cyanide has received a bad rap over the years. The truth is without it our daily lives would not be the same.

  • It is one of the most common chemicals in the world
  • It has a reputation that is worse than the toxicity of the chemical itself, perhaps due to infamy gained from B-movies of decades ago.
  • It is used is more industries that can be mentioned here, including: pharmaceuticals, paper, a variety of plastics, gold mining, dyes (the dye in blue jeans, for example), electroplating, heat treating, etc.
  • Common paints and adhesives contain cyanide
  • Cigarette smoke contains cyanide
  • Cyanide gas is the most toxic form of cyanide
  • Cyanide gas outdoors is rapidly dispersed
  • In it's normal high ph state, cyanide gas is not created and is quite safe to breathe and smell
  • If you are exposed to cyanide gas or ingest cyanide, and you are able to talk about it later, you will have no long term or unknown health problems
  • A lethal dose of cyanide is contained in 3.7 pounds of lima beans
  • A lethal dose of water is 17 litres consumed very quickly
  • A lethal dose of gasoline is the same as cyanide
  • Cyanide is contained in 110 different plant families