Potassium Cyanide Powder and Pills (KCN)
Potassium cyanide is a very poisonous inorganic cyanide salt, which people can use instead of the more popular sodium cyanide. Its chemical formula is KCN. People mostly ship potassium cyanide in tablets, or powder form. If you are shipping from us, the available dosages are a 10mg oral tablet or potassium cyanide powder. Antiemetic drugs are associated to prevent vomiting.
What is potassium cyanide?
A highly toxic product works by releasing hydrogen cyanide gas that is highly toxic as well and cuts your body’s ability to use oxygen. Exposing yourself to potassium cyanide can be fatal. Its effect affects the whole body especially organs systems that are sensitive to low levels of oxygen in your body such as the cardiovascular system (blood vessels and heart), the central nervous system including the brain, and the pulmonary system (lungs). Commercial uses of potassium cyanide are fumigation, extracting silver and gold from ores, and electroplating. The hydrogen cyanide gas has a unique bitter almond odor. However, most people cannot detect it, so it does not give adequate warning, which makes it more harmful.
If you have heard about potassium cyanide before, one of the things that will come into your mind is suicide. The reason is it has become one of the most common ways of committing suicide slowly and painfully. Consuming KCN in large amounts produces a lethal effect enough to kill you.
Potassium helps in the extraction of gold and other precious metals in the mining industry. However, the primary use is organic synthesis and preparation of a variety of useful plastics, chemicals, and pharmaceuticals. Other applications are fumigation, photographic developing, electroplating, and as an insecticide.
How does potassium cyanide work?
It works by affecting your respiratory system such as causing breathing problems. Once it has entered your body, KCN forms a permanent bond with cytochrome c oxidase, which is an electron acceptor and blocks the cells electron transport chain. Because of this, your cells cannot use the oxygen in the blood meaning they also cannot produce the energy that your body needs. Some of the effects of small to moderate doses of potassium cyanide are dizziness,
headaches, and difficulties in breathing. A victim exposed to high doses will probably go into a coma immediately. After the coma, he or she might experience convulsions then death. One way that can help counter the effects of potassium cyanide is taking a significant amount of glucose. Glucose binds to the cyanide fast, disconnecting it to bond with the cells. However, it is not a guarantee that glucose will completely counter the effects of cyanide, but it can reduce the effects.