Is My Coffee Pot Drug Paraphernalia?

Is My Coffee Pot Drug Paraphernalia

Caffeine | Use & Abuse

This mild stimulant has been added to different types of beverages for added flavor for many years. These beverages have been known to improve the alertness and enhance the concentration of the drinker. There are absolutely no negative side effects from its use; so many people across the world drink caffeinated beverages in forms such as coffee, tea, and sodas (carbonated drinks) on a daily basis for simple refreshment. Some use it as a source of energy for early morning or late evening activity as well. Caffeine addiction is an ever-growing concern with all the inventive methods of brewing a cup and leaves many wondering is my Coffee Pot Drug Paraphernalia? Read on and decide for yourself ;^)

Caffeine Effects: Since caffeine is a mild stimulant and improves alertness and enhances concentration of the drinker. As the intake is greater other side effects may arise. Some of these other effects may make the drinker jittery and unable to sleep correctly. For most caffeine users, this is a positive effect, but for others, not so much.

Caffeine increases rapid information processing by almost 10%. It has proven to greatly affect performance in timed reaction studies. This can be used favorably in almost any situation, but is primarily wanted during late evening hours to early morning hours. This is a reason why caffeine consumption is, on average, greater in those who stay awake to late hours of the night for their occupation, education, recreation, or other reasons.

Some caffeine research has also identified athletic physical performance being enhanced by the use of caffeine. Studies in the United Kingdom have found that caffeine users, mainly coffee drinkers, have greater performance levels that do not decline as long as caffeine intake is steady.

Rather than developing a tolerance to the drug, it has shown in many coffee drinkers that they will continue to feel the effects of caffeine and perform better than non-consumers in many different studies and tests.

In some cases, a tolerance can occur, especially those who consume at least ten cups of coffee a day and use this to stay up very late hours into the night, and higher doses of caffeine will be required for the same “kick” to occur.

In some people the effects of caffeine alone will aide in avoiding sleep and may even cause problems when the drinker does in fact desire to have a full nights sleep. Yet for others, they can drink an entire cup of coffee before their rest and have a complete nights sleep. Research shows that caffeine’s effect on sleep is much different in various drinkers.

Many people agree that the doses of caffeine in the evening prevent sleep and they might be better off without the use of caffeine, but they continue to use it. Decaffeinated beverages such as decaf coffee are available for those who want to continue to drink these beverages in the evenings without effects on their sleep.

Coffee consumption has also been proven to reduce car accidents. It is encouraged for tired drivers to take a thirty minute break during the course of driving long distances, especially during the evening hours; during this break the driver should drink two caffeinated cups of coffee (150mgs of caffeine) and possibly take a short rest. The caffeine together with the rest should supply the driver with enough energy to prevent possibly car accidents caused by non-alert drivers.

Caffeine temporarily increases the metabolism of the drinker. This can be used to aide in energy use from that already stored in your body.

One thing that makes caffeine different from all other drugs is how it affects your body’s cardiovascular system. Most drugs will condense your blood vessels and slow down your blood traveling throughout your body, but caffeine will “open up” your blood vessels for much faster blood flow. It has not been proven by any sources, but this may aide in the prevention of heart attacks in certain situations.

The concern that caffeine has negative effects on the body has been researched by many different groups, but all results have turned up with nothing. Some try to link caffeine to problems such as aggression, heart problems, cancer, and diabetes, but none of these claims have been proven.

In rare cases, large and rapid intakes of caffeine have had led to undocumented side effects such as the drinker viewing flashes of bright light and hearing unnatural noises. This has not been proven, but has been confirmed from more than one source.

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Caffeine Dangers: The standard dose of caffeine is only around 200mgs which can be consumed from two cups of strong coffee or about three cans of a caffeinated soft drink. Those who repeatedly exceed this amount on a regular basis by drinking many different highly caffeinated products such as strong coffee can find symptoms of withdrawal when their intake goes from this high amount to none.

This proves that a physical or psychological dependence on caffeine may occur in some drinkers. As many as 30% of regular coffee drinkers claim that they “could not get by without it”. If you drink many caffeinated beverages each day and feel that you need that intake, you are most likely addicted to the drug.

This addiction is not very strong, but it is not recommended to every cut off caffeine from your body if you have been drinking large amounts of it each day. This sudden drop in caffeine levels in your body is very unhealthy.

It is recommended to only eliminate one half of a coffee a day (for example) until the desired amount of caffeine is being consumed a day.

If you do not consume the average caffeine that your body has been dependent on, some withdrawal symptoms may include headache and other minor effects. This withdrawal will only occur with about half of caffeine users, but those who do not find these withdrawal symptoms may find problems when returning to caffeine use. These problems may include headaches as well.

Caffeine Overdose is Possible: An overdose can even be fatal. As stated before, the average intake of caffeine is about 200mgs in one dose. The hypothetical fatal overdose would be around ten grams of caffeine. Considering that a very strong coffee may contain 100mgs of caffeine, one would have to drink at least one hundred cups of coffee in a very short time period for this fatal effect to even be possible.

These beverages come in many different forms. Caffeine can be found in coffee, tea, soda, and more. Below is a chart which displays many different brands and forms of these beverages as well as their contents of caffeine measured in milligrams.

 BEVERAGE:  AVG CAFFEINE: *
 Coffee Brewed (drip method)  115mgs
 Red Bull  80mgs
 Coffee Brewed (machine)  80mgs
 Coffee Instant  65mgs
 Coffee Decaffeinated (brewed)  03mgs
 Coffee Decaffeinated (instant)  02mgs
 Tea Brewed (United States)  40mgs
 Tea Brewed (import)  60mgs
 Tea Instant  30mgs
 Tea Iced  70mgs
 Mountain Dew  54mgs
 Mellow Yellow  52mgs
 Coca Cola  23mgs
 Cherry Coke  23mgs
 Vanilla Coke  23mgs
 Diet Coke  31mgs

* Coffee and tea cups are measured at 5oz, iced tea is measured in a 12oz serving, and soda is measured at 8oz servings.

The chart above can be used for your own benefit if you find that your caffeine intake is unhealthy (for the average person, over 900mgs of caffeine intake per day is in the unhealthy zone) and you wish to lower it to an amount which is healthy. If you do wish to lower your daily caffeine intake, we recommend that you follow the steps in the previous section Caffeine Dangers (above) to reduce the caffeine consumption gradually and enter the healthy zone with a healthy method.

Conclusion: The concern that caffeine has negative effects on the body has been researched by many different groups, but all results have turned up with nothing significant. Some try to link caffeine to problems such as aggression, heart problems, cancer, and diabetes, but none of these claims have been proven. In rare cases, large and rapid intakes of caffeine have had led to undocumented side effects such as the drinker viewing flashes of bright light and hearing unnatural noises. This has not been proven, but has been confirmed from more than one source. Your Coffee Pot may be considered Drug Paraphernalia but, no more nefarious than say a beer mug.

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