Caffeine! What's your weapon of choice?

Kenny (@kenny) 9 years, 9 months ago

I’ve been into caffeine for a while now and have tried many forms of it. coffee, gum, energy drinks, tabs, etc. I’ve found my favorite method thus far has been tabs. Here’s how I wire myself.

On amazon you can get 100 200mg tabs for $6. That will last you a good amount of time.

and just picked up a FOB to keep on my key chain and keep tabs in them so I have them on me when I need them.

I cut the tabs into four even pieces, resulting in 50mg each. After research and testing I’ve found that taking smaller doses spread out over time works best for me opposed to the whole 200mg tab. It is also the Yerkes Dodson Law.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Yerkes-Dodson_law

Finally, a guide on how to wire yourself effectively
http://scienceblogs.com/developingintelligence/2008/02/optimally_wired_a_caffeine_use.php

March 29, 2012 at 7:29 pm
ZionBorn (89) (@irievibes) 9 years, 9 months ago ago

I’ve been “addicted” to caffeine for quite a while now. I too use the 200mg tabs, which are clearly the most economical form of caffeine available. I just ran out of them actually and I’ve switched back to coffee. I’m trying to ween myself off of it slowly to be honest. It’s getting a little out of hand and I don’t like being so dependent on it.

I usually took them split in half and over a period of time. One time I decided to take 400mg at once and it was pretty intense. I could have taken more safely(600mg), but this almost compared to an adderall equivalent.

And one day, long before I had the pills, I consumed a disgusting amount of caffeine. I felt like the floor was tilting and I felt kind of “out of body.” It was like I was disconnected a little bit. This is probably what one would consider a caffeine overdose. I drank lots of water after and quit caffeine the next day for about 6 months. Those first few days were TOUGH.

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Anonymous (13) (@) 9 years, 9 months ago ago

I don’t really have a big caffeine intake since I don’t drink coffee or pop. But I like the taste of that carmel flavored coffee from starbucks, I’ll take a sip everyonce in a while when someone gets one.

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Ray Butler (1,423)M (@trek79) 9 years, 9 months ago ago

Sorry guys, but I find that insane. I love a cup of ol joe but shit, you have problems if drinking it does not cut it. I have double double, but my coffee spoons are a little bigger than my sugar spoons. And I thought I had a problem, thanks I feel much better :)

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Shredder (16) (@shredder) 9 years, 9 months ago ago

Dude, $4 for 80 at walmart lol

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sibyl (243) (@sombersibyl) 9 years, 9 months ago ago

I’m going to have to agree with Ray. I’m an incredibly lethargic person, and I usually need to down an energy drink or a cappuccino or something just to handle most important social functions, but needing to carry around pills just so you can constantly stay up and with it is insane. Just pick a nice sunday afternoon and sleep all day. I mean, sometimes I sleep until almost 6pm, it’s a very relaxing experience.

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Kenny (5) (@kenny) 9 years, 9 months ago ago

@big kev
how much caffeine are you ingesting daily?!?!?


@ray
and sibyl
I’m aware of how much caffeine I intake. I never go over 400mg a day. That is equivalent to two caffeine tabs. To put it in perspective. One venti (20oz) coffee from starbucks has around 415mg of caffeine. I know people that drink way more than that just in the morning and I’m sure you know people that drink one or two cups of coffee a day so I don’t see how my habits would be considered “insane.” I cycle my caffeine intake regularly as well so I don’t develop a tolerance. To be honest I think it’s different strokes for different folks. Life is short I would rather be awake for it :)

sidenote: I am also a fitness enthusiast so I have done my fair share of research on supplementation/diet and it’s effects on my body. The athletic boost and fat burning effects of caffeine also play a role in my habits. I am currently dieting down to sub 10% body fat and caffeine is in my arsenal.

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sibyl (243) (@sombersibyl) 9 years, 9 months ago ago

If you’re taking so little caffeine, how does that even help you?

A more pressing question: As a fitness enthusiast, why would you ever think foregoing sleep for extended periods is a good thing? Or that dieting through the use of caffeine is at all healthy?

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Ray Butler (1,423)M (@trek79) 9 years, 9 months ago ago

@kenny, Sorry, but I was not criticizing your intake but your method, I had not really been aware that there are alternative methods of consumption of caffine, it is an unusual thing for me.

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Anonymous (30) (@) 9 years, 9 months ago ago

Coffee- 2 cups, every day. It’s the best. Plus I like the ritual of waking up a bit earlier and drinking it. I’ve never taken caffeine pills. I don’t think I’m opposed to the idea of it- but I just love a good cup of coffee, and would rather get it that way.

ALSO any 80’s 90’s kids out there? Saved by the bell did an episode on caffeine pills..funny. as. all. getout.

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Brandon (44) (@unstoppableobject) 9 years, 9 months ago ago

Monsters. hundreds of them. Delicious, terrible, nasty, wonderful monsters.

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Jason (111) (@thinknowlivenow) 9 years, 9 months ago ago

I have reduced my caffeine intake to one coffee daily (typically a 20oz iced coffee in the morning) and the occasional after-dinner raspberry tea. My exercise and diet are enough to provide me with the energy to stay awake and active for 18 hours a day, and I now only need 6 hours of sleep a night to feel fully refreshed and rested.

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Ali (0) (@lolita) 9 years, 6 months ago ago

I had no idea caffeine came in tabs. This makes my life a whole lot better. I’m anemic and have a serious iron deficiency that even taking iron supplements doesn’t help with. Pair that with bouts of genuine insomnia, and I’m a tired gal. It affects my life greatly – for years, I can’t recall a time I haven’t been at least a little bit tired. I never feel fully awake, and coffee and soda just never HIT me. Energy drinks are okay, but awful for you. I’m so glad I saw this post. I hope to be a more awake Ali soon!

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Ellie (1,363)M (@tangledupinplaid21) 9 years, 6 months ago ago

I’ve taken the caffeine pills and coffeed the fuck out too… and let me tell you, nothing compares to just eating right and being active/hydrated and feeling natural energy that doesn’t make me feel tense and doesn’t have a crash.

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David (325) (@zeitro) 9 years, 6 months ago ago

i used to drink more than a few “grande” cups of coffee every day when i was in uni, then after i graduated i stopped drinking coffee as a whole, the need to stay awake in class and to work your ass off forced me to take all that coffee every day..

so now that i’ve graduated, i almost never drink coffee, maybe just a cup of Starbucks once a week, and that’s how i realized my heart racing really fast every time i had it, so yeah coffee is probably bad for the heart (depends on who you are) it’s the elixir of students, to keep them in an awake zombie-like state while they go through that purgatory called college or uni

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