“Drug” is a powerful word, and it is also a word that has been taken for granted. When we think of drugs, we think of some illicit drugs as how Hollywood shapes our perspective. For many years we have been spoon-fed by our governments’ propaganda about the dangers of drugs. Usually, the campaign only says “Say no to drugs” or “Drugs ruin lives” instead of explaining the drugs descriptively and neutrally.
It’s an oxymoron to the core. After all, alcohol and tobacco are giving employments to billions of people and consumed by many people. In the last article about drugs, we discussed the dangers of alcohol. This one will be focused on the drugs that are consumed by roughly 90% of American adults every day which is coffee especially the substance that makes coffee coffee which is caffeine.
This article is inspired by my experience drinking coffee and consuming nicotine as many people use it hand in hand. I usually drank 2 to 4 cups a day and consume roughly 0.5 ml of nicotine. Primarily, consuming those feels pretty good. I feel energized as what I purposed and as nicotine and caffeine is stimulant. But about a couple of months after starting that lifestyle, I felt that my hands are trembling uncontrollably and I felt agitated and fidgety. At first, I started to ignore those feedback because I think it doesn’t really annoy me. But after weeks, my tremors are at the point which I could type and I even couldn’t hold my notebook properly.
First of all, coffee is a drug, caffeine is a drug. Drugs don’t always mean like how “requiem of a dream” pictured it. Drug is basically any substance that alters the body’s function psychologically or physiologically. According to the popular drug wheel,
Caffeine just like nicotine acts as a stimulant to the body. Stimulants have effects that accelerate the body’s process. In this case, people are seeking coffee to speed up the pace in which our brain communicates with the rest of our body. Which gives us this euphoric, awake, and energetic feeling. Just like every substance, there are side effects. One of the main side effects of caffeine is fast heart rate, feeling restless and anxious.
If abused, caffeine overdose could be lethal. Of all the 92 recorded caffeine fatalities, most of them are caused by over the counter products that are legal and accessible. To take it to the next level, in the Netherlands just like cocaine and MDMA, there are caffeine powders that are used and designed as recreational drugs. Because caffeine actually almost acts identically as what cocaine did in our body.
Therefore, people are starting to consider regulating caffeine. Currently, there are still raging debates about the regulation of coffee as captured by thetylt where 64% agrees in the regulation of caffeine:
and as debate.org surveyed it. where the results are still about 50/50.
Me myself that consumes caffeine regularly sees this as something almost redundant and preposterous. But looking deeper, caffeine has a serious risk especially for infants and children that could be easily poisoned by caffeine. Neither less caffeine is a silent killer drug that many people don’t realize because of all the coffee culture or even energy drink marketing.
Hence, to learn more about caffeine, here are several chart and facts that could give a rule of thumb picture about caffeine:
To conclude this post, I want all of us to be mindful of the substances that we all consume. Just because its common doesn’t and everyone is consuming it means it is safe and gives us the rights to take it for granted.
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Should the FDA regulate caffeine? (n.d.). Retrieved from https://www.debate.org/opinions/should-the-fda-regulate-caffeine
Sissons, C. (2019, January 16). Caffeine overdose: Symptoms, treatment, and how much is too much? Retrieved from https://www.medicalnewstoday.com/articles/322933.php#what-is-caffeine
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What are drugs? (n.d.). Retrieved from https://drugaware.com.au/getting-the-facts/faqs-ask-a-question/what-are-drugs/