Caffeine

All you need to know about caffeine

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The use of every drug has its long term and short term effects and some of the physical side effects of stimulants include dizziness, tremor, headache, flushed skin, chest pains with palpitations, excessive sweating, vomiting, and abdominal cramps.

These may occur because of taking large doses at one time or taking large doses over an extended period of time.

The psychological effects include agitation, hostility, aggression, panic attacks, suicidal or homicidal tendencies. Paranoia, sometimes accompanied by both auditory and visual hallucinations may also occur.

Let us look into some of the common stimulants that people expose themselves to, the most commonly found in every home is caffeine which is found in many products like our soft drinks, coffee, tea, chocolates, candy, pain relievers and other over the counter products .

Caffeine is a nervous system stimulant, although it is found in many products it is considered a drug because of its stimulatory effects, the mental and physical changes we get after taking some in.

Caffeine provides that early morning a�?jolta�? by stimulating the central nervous system hence the love of an early morning pick me up cup of coffee.

Caffeine is produced naturally by various plants, it can also be produced artificially and added to food.

The effects of caffeine are increased urination, shakiness or jitters as its physical effects, with the psychological effects including feeling of increased mental alertness and also feeling nervous and jumpy.

The dangers of the physical and psychological effects of caffeine include withdrawal symptoms which include headaches, tremors and mood swings, the increased urination can lead to dehydration, caffeine can aggravate certain nervous disorders, the shakings and also heart problems due to the high pumping. Caffeine can also disrupt sleep, sleep patterns are distorted.

Caffeine is not considered an addictive drug like cocaine, heroin, or alcohol because it does not produce the same compulsive drug seeking behaviour.

However, like addictive drugs, caffeine produces greater tolerance in people who consume it regularly. These users have to take higher doses to achieve the same results they have had in the past and they may experience withdrawal symptoms if they do not regularly consume caffeine.

So as you consume your caffeine products be mindful of these long and short term effects of caffeine, and if you find yourself getting into any of the above mentioned withdrawals that is an indicator that you need help. A drug free life begins with you.

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