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History Caffeine has been discovered in the Stone Age. Cave men dicovered chewing the seeds, bark, or leaves of certain plants eased fatigue and made a person feel happier. Much later, the Chinese found that the caffeine’s effect was increased by dunking the plants in hot water.
Classification Legality Analeptic Caffeine is legal in the U.S. (Did you have your coffee today?)
Nicknames for Caffeine 1,3,7-trimethylxanthine Trimethylxanthine Methyltheobromine 7-methyltheophylline Theine Mateine Guaranine Scientific Names Other Names
Long and Short Term Problems Small doses help someone concentrate Larger doses do the opposite Dizziness and disoriented Weak Unpleasant Headaches Boredom of doing something whenever you want to concentrate Can't do one thing for long period of time
Effect on the body Heart rate increases, pupils dilate, muscles tighten up, and glucose is released into the blood stream for extra energy Studies show that caffeine ingestion prior to exercising extended endurance in moderately strenuous aerobic activity
Common Cures for Addiction Best treatment for caffeine addiction is to limit or eliminate the intake of caffeine No other treatment is very effective