Activated Charcoal is derived from processing charcoal in a manner
that leaves it extremely porous. This results in each granule of
activated charcoal possessing an extremely large surface area. Indeed,
as typically determined through the measurement of nitrogen gas
absorption, a single gram of activated carbon has a surface area greater
than 500 square meters. That translates into a single gram of activated
charcoal powder having a surface area roughly one tenth the size of a
football field. This makes activated charcoal quite absorbent. As a
result it is commonly used in spill cleanup, drinking water filtration,
and air purification.
Medically, activated charcoal is used to treat poisoning and
overdoses. In hospitals it is often used in favor of induced vomiting
and stomach pumping techniques. Some also view it as a potentially
helpful in treating various other forms of gastric distress, such as
acid reflux. Topically, it is sometimes used for treating insect bites
such as bee and scorpion stings.
This is a 2 oz packet of activated charcoal powder.