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As charcoal remedies rise in popularity in Baltimore, questions about its safety, effectiveness

As charcoal remedies rise in popularity in Baltimore, questions about its safety, effectiveness

One of the most requested drinks at Pure Raw Juice in Federal Hill is black lemonade, a concoction of freshly squeezed lemon juice, agave, water and charcoal.

Yes, that's right — charcoal.

Doctors have used the black powder in emergency rooms for years to treat drug overdoses and poisonings. Some pediatricians even tell parents to keep a bottle in their medicine cabinets in case their kids accidentally ingest toilet bowel cleaner or bug spray. And now the ingredient is becoming more mainstream and promoted by some for regular use, with applications that include whitening teeth and zapping acne away.

Adam Armstrong, the general manager at Pure Raw Juice,...

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