Timeline and Symptoms of Caffeine Withdrawal

Caffeine is hands-down the most widely consumed and unregulated psychoactive drug. For years, the term addiction was used sparingly when referring to caffeine and was only used when referring to the likes of cocaine and heroin. However, an increasing body of research is finding links between continued caffeine consumption and a number of health problems, including addiction (Meredith et al., 2013).

Development of Caffeine Addiction

Adenosine is a chemical element produced in body cells. In the brain, adenosine works as a central nervous system depressant that helps your body wind down in preparation for sleep. When consumed, caffeine binds to adenosine receptors in the brain and confers the opposite effect. It makes cells excited and blocks any adenosine from being absorbed, which makes you more alert. This is why many Americans depend on their morning cup of coffee to start the day.  [Read more…]



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