Cyanide (CN), in its simplest form, is a molecule consisting of carbon and nitrogen, however Cyanide is commonly sold as a sodium salt (NaCN).
It occurs naturally and can be found in many foods, such as cassava, cherries, almonds (cyanide gives off a strong “almond” odor), beans and apricots. There are more than 2,000 naturally occurring sources of cyanide, including various species of insects, bacteria, algae and plant forms, that produce cyanide as a defense mechanism against predators. It is also the basis for amino acid formation, therefore it is the building block of all life forms.
Cyanide is also manufactured and used as a building block for a wide variety of products including animal feed supplements, rubber additives, herbicides, dyes, paints, coatings, countertops, acrylate polymers (plastics), chelating agents and water treatment polymers