How to Make Activated Charcoal and Use It Correctly


Can I take too much activated charcoal?

While you can technically take activated charcoal daily, there are some factors to consider. For example you should not take charcoal within 2 hours of taking other medications or multivitamins since it can cause them to not absorb properly. Of course taking too much could cause stomach or digestive issues just like with any other supplement. If you take other medications you should discuss with your doctor how much activated charcoal is safe to take and how you should space out doses.

Does regular charcoal have any health benefits?

Regular charcoal that you buy in the store does not have the absorbent qualities of activated charcoal. Without the activation process, the surface area of the molecules cannot trap toxins sufficiently.

Does activated charcoal expire or go bad?

No. Activated charcoal will last forever if kept in a water tight container. If some water does come into contact with activated charcoal, you can dry it out and it will still be good. If any other liquid comes into contact with your activated charcoal, you should replace it.

MEET Samantha Biggers

Samantha is Ready To Go Survival's lead editor, a life-long outdoorswoman with a Bachelors in Environmental Studies. She learned the foundation of preparedness from her father who saw heavy combat in Vietnam during the Tet Offensive. An avid outdoors woman and survivalist, her articles have appeared in various homesteading magazines such as GRIT, Back Home, Backwoods Home, and Countryside.

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