Caffeine: The Drug of Choice

Essay by KANYEWEST April 2006

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Whether I am having a cup of green tea, or sipping a piping hot cup of coffee in the morning, caffeine just puts that extra bounce in my step and that warm feeling inside. Have you ever wondered when you are having that first cup of java in the morning where coffee, or more importantly caffeine originated?

Today caffeine is one of the most popular drugs worldwide. It has been around for centuries dating as far back as the American Aztecs and the Ancient Chinese. It works with the body to stimulate the brain and to "awaken" you. Caffeine is one of the most important things in my life, it may sound sad, but it has gotten me through some tough times and is one of my best friends.

Caffeine has its roots starting in 2737 BC in China where Buddhist monks used tea for its healing purposes and its mood-enhancing effects.

Though short termed, caffeine boosts serotonin levels in the brain, serotonin is a chemical in the brain that has the major responsibility for mood balance. It was not until around the beginning of the 17th century, and the discovery of coffee in Ethiopia, did Europeans begin to see the positive aspects of caffeine. The trade networks that shipped the coffee bean from the colonies also shipped cacao from south and Central America, and tea and other spices from the orient (Weinberg 3, 4, 27, 41). With a worldwide network of caffeine-related-goods shipped across the globe, people started to wake up and see what was truly going on in the world around them. From the abolition of a tyrannical king in England, to the French Revolution, caffeine fueled the minds of the revolutionaries of those times. It helped to stimulate thought and with all of the extra energy it...