The Greatest Addiction Ever – Is Coffee The Greatest Addiction Ever?
The Greatest Addiction Ever, Every day, the world consumes 300 tons of caffeine, enough for one cup of coffee for every man, woman, and child.
The world’s largest buyer of coffee, the U.S. has to import nearly all of this as the coffee trees from which caffeine is harvested will only grow at commercial levels between the Tropic of Cancer and the Tropic Capricorn in an area called the coffee belt. Only a single state, Hawaii, is within this belt. However, the United States is only the largest buyer because it’s so populous. The most enthusiastic coffee drinkers per capita are in increasing order the Netherlands, Denmark, Iceland, Norway, and the world champions Finland, where they drink three times as much coffee a day as the average American.
These countries are outside the coffee belt and must import 100 percent of their caffeine supply to get this caffeine first. Bismuth pollinates the flowers of a coffee tree, and these flowers develop into bright red berries. Unlike more cooperative domestic plants, the coffee tree does not ripen on its berries simultaneously, so they need to be hand-picked and sorted. Once picked, the coffee bean is removed from inside the berry. This young seedling is then dried, heated ground, and submerse and boiling water to get out the precious, precious caffeine.
It takes about 40 coffee beans to make one shot of espresso. But why is caffeine in the coffee beans in the first place? It’s not liked the coffee trees want to have humans cutting bits off of them and committing a holocaust of their offspring.
Well, the trees, of course, don’t want or feel anything. They originally evolved caffeine for their own benefit. Caffeine is an insecticide that effectively paralyzes or kills bugs chomping on the tree. Whether or not these insects go out experiencing the greatest caffeine high ever is not known. While caffeine is technically lethal, it’s adapted for one-gram bugs, not monkeys, 100000 times more massive.
So, you’d really have to try to win this Darwin award. But if you must, to calculate the dose of caffeine you’ll need to ingest to have a 50 percent chance of death, take your Massen kilograms and multiply it by 150 milligrams.
Or in terms of coffee, for every kilogram of mass you have, you need to drink one latte to get a visit from the Grim Reaper. That’s a lot of coffee. So it’s not surprising that there are no recorded deaths in healthy adults from this method. And it’s doubtful that it’s even possible because while you are busy getting coffee in, your body is busy getting it out by one way or another, the rarely recorded death from caffeine or diet pills, pep pills, and crazy people who eat the drug in its pure form.
Poison, though caffeine is, you do still develop an addiction to the stuff. And it’s a real physiological addiction, not a wimpy psychological addiction like people claim for video games and the Internet.
But caffeine isn’t heroin. Rapid withdrawal won’t kill you. It might make you cranky and give you a wicked headache. But since caffeine releases dopamine to make you happy and it gets rid of headaches, there’s really no reason ever to stop using the stuff. And who would want to give it up anyway? I mean, aside from converts to Mormonism and Rastafarianism, caffeine is the world’s most used psychoactive drug, and with good reason.
It’s purely awesome. It increases concentration, decreases fatigue, and gives you a better memory. And this isn’t just a placebo. These are real effects replicable in a laboratory.
And contrary to popular belief, drinking coffee isn’t a Faustine bargain with the devil gives you the ability to work faster. But an exchange makes your life shorter. For normal, healthy humans, there are no medical concerns. Coffee and the caffeine within it may even have medical benefits such as protection from cardiovascular disease, diabetes, and Parkinson’s.
Caffeine can even get rid of migraines, but the amount required and the ingestion method is uncomfortable moving right along. Do you know what else you can think?
Caffeine for a little thing called the Enlightenment. In the six hundred, people drank more beer and gin than water. But with the introduction of coffee and tea, people switch from a depressant to a stimulant. It’s not surprising, then, that this time was an intellectual boon compared to earlier centuries. Ben Franklin and Edward Lloyd love their coffee for the same reason that modern workers and students do.
It’s invaluable for staying awake and concentrating when you need to finish a TPS report or get through that boring physics class. Coffee is the fuel of the modern world, so grab a cup guilt-free and get working smarter and faster.
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