Here’s the drug that powers most of the Internet. Yep, it’s a drug and a psychoactive one at that. But it’s perfectly legal, and for that matter, quite lucrative. Just ask Howard Schultz.
Most people take their caffeine in either coffee or tea, but soft drinks, particularly cola drinks like Coke and Pepsi, have a lot of caffeine as well. Based on an eight-ounce serving of each, brewed coffee has the most caffeine, at 80 to 135 mg. Tea is next, with 47 mg, and Coke comes in at 34 mg. Now there are some soft drinks, like Mountain Dew and Jolt cola, that have a lot more caffeine, and the energy drinks like Red Bull and Monster, are loaded with it. I used to drink lots of those drinks before my stroke. Sometimes I think that might have brought on the stroke. Caffeine is “contraindicated” (as the doctors day) for people with high blood pressure. Mine was astronomical, and I was just making it worse.
Since then, I’ve switched to decaffeinated coffee, and after this long I can barely tell the difference, although I’m sleeping much better and don’t walk around feeling like my head is about to explode. For years, the only brand of decaf was Sanka, in the orange can. Back in the Fifties, Sanka used to sponsor the TV show The Goldbergs, and Gertrude Berg, who played Molly Goldberg, used to stand at the window in her kitchen and tell you to drink it.
By the Seventies, Robert Young, who played the title character in the TV show Marcus Welby, MD, did the ads for them.
When I was in college and again when I started working third shift (11 PM to 7 AM), I used to use NoDoz, which was a pill that gave you as much caffeine as in two cups of coffee. There was another caffeine pill called Vivarin, which was about the same thing.
In moderation, caffeine is all right and can help you think better. More than that, not so much.
When I moved to the south, I discovered Goody’s headache powders. They were a mix of aspirin and caffeine, and really did work, though taking them was nasty, because you tasted the aspirin. But they worked great. They used to advertise on Braves games. Here’s retired NASCAR driver Richard Petty for Goody’s.
Anacin was pretty much the same thing: a big dose of aspirin and as much caffeine as in a cup of coffee.
So, enjoy your coffee, in moderation.