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Spicy exchange / 2022

What is PURE capsaicin (and is it legal)?

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What is capsaicin?

Capsaicin is the natural chemical found in chili peppers that makes them HOT.

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There is no commercially available product that is 100% pure capsaicin, but products labeled as “pure capsaicin” typically range from 96%-99% purity.

Can you get PURE capsaicin?

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How hot is it?

Pure capsaicin lands at 16,000,000 SHU, which is EXTREMELY spicy. At 99% purity, the capsaicin you can buy is around 15,760,000 SHU

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15,760,000 SHU compares to...6,400x spicier than jalapeños, ranging from 2,500-10,000 SHU160x spicier than habaneros, ranging from 100,000-350,000 SHU

Putting it into perspective...

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Is capsaicin the spiciest thing on earth?

A substance called Resiniferatoxin maxes out the scale at 16,000,000,000 SHU, and is the hottest substance currently known.

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Pure capsaicin is legal and sold commercially in the United States as an extract. In the UK it may not legally be sold as an ingredient or used in any food product but is sold as a collector’s item.

Is it even legal?

Where to buy it

You can buy 99% pure capsaicin online on eBay and some specialty online stores

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