The other day, I consumed 2 vials of liquid psilocybin, looking to just have a fun afternoon. It actually hit me like a freight train. For about 2 hours, I lied on my bed just tripping my dick off, unable to stand up. At one point, I believe I cusped ego death, and barely avoided it. In this "hole" that I was in mentally, I thought about my problems and how I wanted to change my life. My caffeine dependency was pretty bad, over 1 liter of high strength coffee daily. I wouldn't say I was a "porn addict" but I saw signs that it was heading that way (I have been jerkin' it once a day, every day this year despite wanting to stop). This was not a bad trip by any means, lying on the bed actually gave me some of the most intense euphoria I have ever experienced, even comparable to pure MDMA. In three days, I have had zero desire to watch pornography or drink coffee. I am not even thinking about it, it is almost as if the mushrooms just erased that desire.
Believe it or not these 50 points are not an exhaustive list, but just a few key points.
Caffeine is a powerful drug with dangerous side effects and needs to be used with caution
Caffeine accumulates in the body
Damages the adrenals, blood vessels, breasts, brain, gastrointestinal tract, DNA, immune system and bones.
Caffeine is very taxing on the liver and kidneys who are continuously removing caffeine and it’s many by-products
Caffeine easily crosses the blood brain barrier and enters every organ, tissue and bodily fluid.
Caffeine contains a large amount of chemicals, including polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons (carcinogens)
Caffeine is broken down into 25 by-products that all have detrimental effects on the body
Caffeine contains aldehydes, alcohols and sulfides. All of which have to be removed by your poor liver
Caffeine reduces the effectiveness of your prescription drugs.
Prescription drugs reduce the livers effectiveness at removing caffeine from the body
Some prescription drugs raise blood caffeine levels by as much as 600%.
Caffeine disrupts your normal adenosine receptors, which control the brain, kidneys, gastrointestinal system, cardiovascular system and respiratory system. Caffeine triggers the neurons to fire uncontrollably throughout the body.
Because of this excess neuron activity, it triggers an “emergency’ response from the body. We’ve all heard of the “fight or flight” response. The adrenal glands pump out large amounts of stress hormones. EVERY DAY! This has very bad long-term effects on adrenal function, blood pressure, heart rate, and thyroid hormone levels.
Caffeine’s by-products are reabsorbed into the blood stream. Living in the gastrointestinal tract and causing putrefaction, maldigestion, gas, bloating and increasing your risk of gastrointestinal disease.
Caffeine significantly increases your chance of having a heart attack or stroke by causing vascular resistance (your peripheral blood vessels restrict) and damages blood vessels throughout the body.
Caffeine causes your body to be less metabolically efficient. Less oxygen gets to the cells, therefore less waste is removed from the cells, increasing your risk of every type of cancer.
Caffeine causes the blood vessels in the brain to constrict and blood flow to your brain is literally reduced. One study showed that a single 12 oz cup of coffee reduced cerebral blood flow by 40%.
Caffeine reduces the qu
I found this out by accident years ago at a job I was doing, and still practice it today. I guzzled some cold water trying to wake myself up and it worked. Dehydration will cause fatigue.
If you genuinely can’t function in the morning until you’ve downed three cups of coffee, there’s something wrong with you. People put “don’t talk to me until I’ve had my coffee” on their cups, as if having total dependency on a drug is quirky and cute.
The 18 month sleep regression is a form of torture. Literally. My happy go lucky toddler who has been sleeping through the night since 8months old (I know, I feel bad ranting after just writing that) was up UNTIL 4AM. How?! Oh and is completely peachy this morning- all smiles and ready to party! I don't have enough brain power to understand it. He would stand in crib and cry and cry and cry until hubby or I went into the room. The minute we rocked him, he was quiet. He wouldn't fall asleep though. He would lay there and babble to us. He usually has bedtime routine and put into crib awake and he sleeps 10-11hrs. I tried bringing back his beloved pacifiers, milk, Tylenol, cosleeping- none of it worked. Finally, I let him cry for 20mins straight at 4am and he slept until 8am. I'm not sure if its the sleep regression or a developmental leap because he has major separation anxiety from mama. Anytime I am not in eyesight the past week, he freaks out. I am currently pregnant and its pretty high risk. I am off work on "bed rest" although not much rest going on here without daycare, family to help and hubby working. So I can't even have all the caffeine in the world 😂 Any tips to get me through this without crying all day long?
weeds the easiest because i don’t smoke often anyways. alcohol is a little tough because i like to have a few beers when i get home from work but i don’t have any problems when i don’t drink on my days off. caffeine and nicotine are a bitch though. i usually go through 2 pods of 50 nic juice on my novo a day and i take around 400-600mg of caffeine daily. my anxiety has been horrible and i’m dissociating hard. my head hurts and every little thing is making me so irritated. wish me luck y’all i kind of did this on a wim.
Tommorrow is the day Im gonna quit my caffeine addiction, I have quit nicotine in the past. But I difnt get these thoughts from nowhere, after I started eating cucumber, avocado, a little bit of dark chocolate and apples. I started to think more clear, and a lot of youtubers are saying compulsive addictions like caffeine blocks your manifestations, what are your guys opinion on this?
Caffeine by itself in pill form is incredibly cheap, about 3-4 cents per 200mg if you buy in bulk, while energy drinks and coffee are usually ridiculously overpriced, usually going for well over $1 per 16oz drink which often contains less then 200mg of caffeine. So far, the only thing I miss is the lack of the immediate caffeine hit, which in liquid form is partially absorbed through the buccal mucosa of the mouth. This can be remedied however by cutting open the pill and putting its powdered contents in water, where the caffeine readily dissolves. It is generally tasteless except for a slight bitter flavor.
I’ve been off caffeine for the most part for 6 months. I like being calm, having consistent energy, glowing skin and no longer having stomach issues, but I’ve found that I can’t stand my job. I’m a tax manager at a large CPA firm and am partner track....liked my job prior to quitting caffeine, but since I dread work most days. Then this time of year when I’m working 60+ hours a week I start loathing it. I’ve been looking for a new job but don’t really find anything in accounting that interests me.
Anyways, the past few days I drank coffee and my ‘A game’ came out again. I’ve been cranking harder than I have in the past 6 months and am back to loving it. Great, uplifting mood, not worrying about dating or life outside of work, just totally immersed in my work.
The reason I quit in the first place was for burnout and chronic stomach issues/IBS. I clearly remember last spring being in such an awful mood every single day. I’d be drinking 3 12oz cups of cold brew, 1-2 mountain dews and a few Bublr’s a day just to stay awake. Finally said enough is enough and started weening off. Based on that I feel like going back on coffee is more of a bandaid than a fix as I’m likely going to fall back into hating my job like I did last spring.
This worries me...am I only able to tolerate my job with caffeine? Do I just go back on it or do I quit my job? Has anyone else experienced this?
I had a bad habit of drinking soda and Red Bull way more than I would drink water. I was stalled at a 25 lb weight loss so I cut out all alcohol/caffeine/soda and rode out 2020 SOBER.
now I’m debating a celebratory margarita?
EDITING to add some details to answer some questions and provide some details
I was depending on Unisom and Tylenol PM to fall asleep. I don’t think I have adequately explained how much caffeine I consumed daily.
I am not proud to say this, in fact very ashamed that there was a couple of times where I went an entire week without drinking water. Consuming only soda, Redbull or something loaded with sugar. I had a true caffeine addiction.
In Jan 2020 my mother was admitted to the hospital for nearly an entire month and her health scare and refusal to take it seriously.. was almost.. like a wake up call for me. They would bring her bottles of water at the hospital and she would ask me to sneak her in cans of soda in my purse. I started to drink her bottles of water instead. Initially it wasn’t an active goal for me to make it a whole year without soda. I was at my mothers bedside and would leave to go to work, or head home in time to see my husband put our son to bed. My mind was consumed with my mothers health and worries about her, I didn’t realize that I was just drinking the water I was bring home from her hospital room. It was at 2 weeks of just water, during the middle of a BRUTAL sugar craving.. (I literally wanted to eat every carb in the house) that I REALIZED I hadn’t had soda.
This had been the longest stint for me. I had tried before, made long winded announcements and made calendars and X’d off days.. but I always broke down and had a soda or redbull.
I had to get some sleep to wake up early to see my mom at the hospital before driving in to work the next day. When I fell asleep with all my clothes on. With JEANS ON.. without having to take a Unisom. And I realized that it wasn’t just the sugar in the drinks it was the caffeine I was also addicted too. So I stopped the coffee, the Redbulls and because I love sweet wine and mixed drinks, I added alcohol as well.
I decided to see how long I could make it, I didn’t tell anyone.
(I did start to tell people at 9-10 months into the year)
My mom was released from the hospital after a couple of weeks and is doing well.
I no longer need sleeping pills to sleep. I am in total 51 pounds lighter from the start of my journey. Managing this habit has shown me t... keep reading on reddit ➡
Don't like 64-68% of Americans drink at least one cup of coffee a DAY?
The lines at Starbucks are fucking ridiculous. Like actually ridiculous at 8-10 a.m. where I live. There's like 10 coffee locations within a 2 mile driving span.
Marketing aside, it's super brutal to quit. I've quit every drug thusfar (fairly easily) besides caffeine. I'm on day 2 and it feels like I've been hit by a fucking truck.
Let's talk about this guys. Does coffee mess up your aim? Do you get too twitchy? Does coffee improve your reaction time? For me I haven't really noticed any difference, though if I have more than 1 cup of coffee my aim becomes twitchy as hell. What's your experienced? Let's discuss if It's worth taking or not before a game
for the last month i have been experiencing intense soreness in my back. i have been seeing doctors and chiropractors and none of them diagnose me, but treat it as a pinched nerve. ive been doing stretches, which has helped, but last night was kinda wild.
yesterday was my first day back to work. i drank a cup of coffee, and throughout work i became increasingly more sore. i wasnt doing any lifting, but i was running around so i assumed thats what triggered it. after i got home i had another cup (my boyfriend and i just got a nespresso machine), and after a few hours i was in intense pain again. i tried stretching, icing, cbd cream, and heating the pain but nothing could calm it down.
now, the reason im convinced it is coffee triggering this pain is because the day before yesterday i had a great day. hardly any pain. i actually went out to eat with a friend and i was super nervous about having to sit up for so long, but i was fine. and i didnt have a cup of coffee the whole day.
thoughts? some articles say coffee helps inflammation but many articles also say that caffeine causes it. i hope that i can quit coffee and become healthy again.
I quit caffeine for two main reasons: 1. I don't want to be dependent on an addictive, psychoactive, somewhat expensive stimulant for the rest of my life, and 2. I suspected it was messing with my sleep, and knew it was making me jittery and... intestinally active.
What actually convinced me to quit was this video (which doesn't actually recommend quitting) simply because it made me realise that at the time I went to bed, I still had a non-negligible amount of caffeine in my system. There's no way that wasn't affecting my sleep quality
I was previously having 1-3 cups of coffee a day, most often one in the morning and one in the early afternoon. I know that's not excessive by some standards, but with every cup my bowels would go crazy, and I would start to sweat and feel a little on-edge.
I quit almost cold turkey. I basically had a couple of days of just one coffee, then a couple of days of decaf, then nothing. I've had the occasional decaf since but don't intend to have any more. The first few days were a bitch, but now I feel fine.
Without further ado, here's what it fixed:
My poos are much less violent and more regular. The urge to shit doesn't hit as hard or suddenly as it used to, and I don't get pain if I ignore it for a few minutes. My shits are less likely to feel incomplete as well, and that sneaky hemorrhoid that was sticking around for a while is gone.
I feel less anxious and less jittery in general. Just much calmer, like my thoughts and attention are no longer as erratic.
My mood and energy levels are more stable. I feel more tired when it's time to sleep, which I suppose is because I don't have that ~40mg of caffeine in my body. I'm falling asleep quicker than I ever have. I feel less tired in the morning, although the opposite was true for the first week or so.
I sweat less and smell less. I like this.
And here's what it didn't fix:
My sinuses are still fucked. Someone here recently said quitting caffeine fixed their sinus issues, so I thought I'd mention this.
It hasn't affected my acne. The same person mentioned that quitting caffeine cleared up their acne. Everyone's acne is different, but for me I get it mainly when animal fats or dirt touch my face, usually via my hands. If I avoid those things and wash and moisturise my face daily, my acne ranges from minor to nonexistent.
I thought it might improve my acid reflux, but it seemingly hasn't affected it at all. This
This is not important in any way. Currently drinking a Tararua iced coffee and it would be nice to see how it compares to a V or something. Thanks to anyone who bothers to read this and give an answer!
I have tried a lot of nootropics, but nothing seems to come close to as how good the feeling of caffeine is. It makes me happy, gives me tones of motivation, wakes me up, makes me less introverted because I feel like talking to people. I do try to have breaks and not do it daily because of tolerances. Is there any other nootroipc that might work as good as caffeine does for me? And is there anything to have on off days, to keep me focused and uplifted? And anythings to have that mitigates withdrawals? Thanks!
Also officially completely 100% sober. My last nicotine patch was a few days ago. My last toke of cannabis was a few weeks ago. My last drink of alcohol was a few months ago. Done with all of it!
Now begins the journey of maintaining a completely sober life.
Harmful, helpful, unnecessary?
I started this caffeine free journey on October 7, 2020 (so a little less than four months ago). Initially my partner was the one who decided to go caffeine-free, and I just kind of went along with it because we were trying to save money and I also suspected it exacerbated by anxiety and sleep issues. He ended up giving up pretty quickly but I stayed the course (largely in part to this community that kept me believing I would see positive changes).
My Background I never thought I had too much of a caffeine issue because I was mostly just drinking one to two cups a day, but in hindsight I had a bigger addiction than I realized (I ate a lot of chocolate and drank coke semi-regularly in addition to one to two cups of coffee a day). As a child my parents filled our house with junk food and I was given free reign. I have a very fast metabolism, so I never gained much weight despite eating tons of sugar. I drank several cups of coke a day (our fridge was always filled with 2-liter bottles), even as a young child. My parents also made coffee on the weekends, and let me have a cup. I also drank my mom's black tea filled with tons of sugar almost every day. I ate a lot of chocolate chip cookies, chocolate bars, chocolate ice cream, cocoa puffs, and tastycake cupcakes. My diet was mostly sugar, honestly. I always thought it was the sugar that I craved, but since quitting caffeine I'm realizing the vast majority of my food cravings are for the sugar/caffeine combo. Without caffeine I don't really have much of a sweet tooth (I'm not interested in any caffeine free sodas, for example). In my adult life I always had a bag of semi-sweet chocolate chips in the fridge which I would eat in the evenings before bed. In sum, I thought I was a light caffeine consumer, but I'm realizing I took in a lot more in the form of chocolate and soda.
Improvements Sleep - the biggest improvement has been in the quality of my sleep. I was such a light sleeper before and would wake up frequently in the middle of the night and then have some difficulty falling back to sleep. My sleep rarely felt refreshing and I would have huge energy crashes in the afternoons. I sleep much more deeply, have more interesting dreams, wake up less frequently, fall back to sleep more easily, and feel the overall quality of my sleep has improved. I also have to pee less in the middle of the night, so maybe it was irritating my bladder somehow too?
Energy - I've always been a napper, but since having m... keep reading on reddit ➡
I will be 30 years old in a couple months and I have been struggling with crippling anxiety my entire life. Over the past few years I have tried multiple antidepressants and adhd stimulants and have never really found relief. I just feel crappy ALL the time. I also always wake up tired with anxiety and laziness
I am currently taking 50mg of Zoloft 36mg of Concerta.
The kicker is I dont think I can remember going more than 2 or 3 days EVER without drinking at least 1 or 2 coffees a day. How much could caffeine be causing these problems?
My plan is to stop the caffeine cold turkey, deal with the withdrawal and never look back.
Does anyone have any suggestions? I honestly am beginning to feel suicidal at this point. I think I should maybe stop taking my concerta as well, but Ill start with the caffeine.