The Role of Caffeine in Society Essay

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Caffeine plays an enormous role in society today, from coffee to cokes to candy bars. Companies have made billions off the desire for that extra kick. Caffeine is the most widely consumed behaviorally active substance in the world making it one of the world’s most popular drugs. It’s known for the ability to stimulate the brain and central nervous system. The Chemical structure of caffeine is C8H10N4O2. Before the popular use of caffeine one can assume that people were sleepier, and less alert. Consumption of 1000–1500 mg per day is associated with a condition known as caffeinism. Caffeinism usually combines caffeine dependency with a wide range of unpleasant physical and mental conditions including nervousness, irritability, restlessness,…show more content…
The antidepressant fluvoxamine (Luvox) reduces the clearance of caffeine by more than 90%, and prolongs its elimination half-life more than tenfold; from 4.9 hours to 56 hours. In 1819, the German chemist Friedlieb Ferdinand Runge isolated relatively pure caffeine for the first time; he called it "Kaffebase”. Before the popular use of caffeine people were much less alert to the world. “Caffeine usage dates back to the Stone Age when it is believed that they consumed coffee berries and beans. Around 600 B.C. the Chinese began using the leaves of the bush Camellia sinensis to brew tea, which is the first recorded caffeinated beverage… As Europe began trading with Asia the popularity of tea tremendously expands (Marcovitz 12).” Because caffeine is a psychoactive drug, it is often regulated. In the United States the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) restricts beverages to containing less than 0.02% caffeine. Historically, coffee thus caffeine was illegal for some classes in Mecca in parts of the 16th century, and in the Ottoman empire Charles II of England tried to ban it in 1676, Frederick II of Prussia banned it in 1777, and coffee was banned in Sweden in the years 1756–1769, 1794–1796, 1799–1802, and 1817–1823. The bans on coffee have often had religious, economic, or political reasons rather than being based on concerns for the well-being of the population. Some religions believe that
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