Your heartbeat feels like it might pump out of your chest, you can't sleep, your skin is crawling and you're nervous and restless. You've overdosed on a the world's most widely consumed psychoactive drug, and it's not what you think.
After several people accidentally overdosed on caffeine supplements in the past few years, the FDA has warned consumers of ill side effects, but the supplements are currently still available and widely unregulated online.
Caffeine naturally occurs in coffee and tea, but can also be synthetically made, typically imported to the U.S. from China, Germany and India. Most of that powdered caffeine goes towards the soda and soft drink industry.
According to The New York Times, one teaspoon of caffeine powder is like drinking 16 to 25 cups of coffee. In case you're wondering, that is definitely a lethal dose, assuming your body tried to process all that caffeine at once.
Lawmakers are starting to take notice of the negative effects of caffeine powders, requesting the FDA to take stronger action to protect consumers. We'll be sticking to our daily cup of coffee and skipping the powder, thank you very much.