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Yes, apricot kernels are toxic but are still eaten, it's also known as bitter almonds. My friend, who is Italian, uses it in a traditional Italian cookie recipe. It's also used in Chinese medicinal soups, which my mom often made until the Chinese herbal shops stopped selling them due to misuse. That woman might have eaten them like normal nut/kernels or simply used too much. But you can still get them (just a few grams) as part of a medicinal package, after seeing a Chinese medicinal doctor, if your prescription calls for it. The packages don't contain only apricot kernels but also other herbs which you boil with water into a tonic for drinking.