Cinnamon supplements and smoking mixture
Introduction and description
Cinnamon is a spice obtained from the inner bark of several trees from the genus Cinnamomum.
Cinnamon consumed in its natural state has health benefits, but at overdose levels it is dangerous. The so called ‘health industry’ have started to produce cinnamon ‘supplements’ which are highly concentrated extracts of cinnamon that supposedly have health benefits. This is one area where the dangers lie.
Even more bizarre is its use in 'smoking mixtures'.
European health agencies have warned against consuming high amounts of cassia bark, in particular - one of the four species of cinnamon, - because of its coumarin content.
According to Wikipedia “the German Federal Institute for Risk Assessment, states that 1 kg of (cassia) cinnamon powder contains approximately 2.1 to 4.4 g of coumarin. Powdered Cassia Cinnamon weighs 0.56 g/cc; therefore, 1 kg of Cassia Cinnamon powder is equal to 362.29 teaspoons. This means 1 teaspoon of cinnamon powder contains 5.8 to 12.1 mg of coumarin, which may be above the Tolerable Daily Intake for smaller individuals”.
There are added dangers posed by some foods for the young....
Risk assessment of coumarin using the bench mark dose (BMD) approach: Children in Norway which regularly eat oatmeal porridge with cinnamon may exceed the TDI for coumarin with several folds - Fotland TO, Paulsen JE, Sanner T, Alexander J, Husøy T; Norwegian Scientific Committee for Food Safety
Intake estimates of coumarin show that small children eating oatmeal porridge several times a week sprinkled with cinnamon could have a coumarin intake of 1.63mg/kgbw/day and may be exceeding the TDI several fold. Adults drinking cinnamon-based tea and consuming cinnamon supplements also can exceed TDI. The coumarin intake could exceed the TDI by 7- to 20-fold in some intake scenarios. Such large daily exceedances of TDI, even for a limited time period of 1-2weeks, cause concern of adverse health effects.
There are clear health benefits from cinnamon at low low doses, but it is very clear YOU MUST NOT OVERDOSE
Toxicology and risk assessment of coumarin: focus on human data - Abraham K, Wöhrlin F, Lindtner O, Heinemeyer G, Lampen A; Federal Institute for Risk Assessment (BfR), Berlin, Germany.
Coumarin is a secondary phytochemical with hepatotoxic and carcinogenic properties. For the carcinogenic effect, a genotoxic mechanism was considered possible, but was discounted by the European Food Safety Authority in 2004 based on new evidence.
This allowed the derivation of a tolerable daily intake (TDI) for the first time, and a value of 0.1 mg/kg body weight was arrived at based on animal hepatotoxicity data.
However, clinical data on hepatotoxicity from patients treated with coumarin as a medicinal drug is also available. This data revealed a subgroup of the human population being more susceptible for the hepatotoxic effect than the animal species investigated.
The cause of the high susceptibility is currently unknown; possible mechanisms are discussed. Using the human data, a TDI of 0.1 mg/kg body weight was derived, confirming that of the European Food Safety Authority.
Nutritional exposure may be considerable, and is mainly due to use of cassia cinnamon, which is a popular spice especially, used for cookies and sweet dishes. To estimate exposure to coumarin during the Christmas season in Germany, a telephone survey was performed with more than 1000 randomly selected persons.
Heavy consumers of cassia cinnamon may reach a daily coumarin intake corresponding to the TDI.
How it works
If you overdose then you are poisoning yourself. Apart from the liver damage done you may die.
" Doses exceeding 2 grams of Cinnamon have been reported to cause convulsions, delirium, hallucinations and death"
which makes the following found on EROWID particularly nasty....
Herbal Concotion - Salvia officinalis (Common Sage), Cloves, Thyme, Oregano, Garlic, Marjoram, Dill, Cinnamon & Chives - by Jtrismegistus [EROWID]
Today I embarked on a shamanic experiment with a combination of household herbs which included sage, garlic, chives, marjoram, thyme, oregano, dill weed, and cinnamon;
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