Central nervous system stimulant.
A brown powder or granules, but caffeine is also contained in many soft drinks and edible products.
mild stimulation, alertness.
insomnia, tolerance, overdose.
restlessness, acute anxiety, dependence, withdrawal symptoms if stopped abruptly, irritability, headaches, anxiety. Aggravation of the digestive system and heart problems.
Legal to grow, produce, traffick, supply, possess and use.
How is it taken?
Mixed with hot water and brewed into a drink (sometimes sugar and milk may be added), or as a flavouring in various foods.
'Coffeepot' for brewing, cups, saucers, spoons, sugar bowl, milk jug.
Various caffeine containing products.
Where does it come from?
Cultivated in many parts of the world, with main commercial production in \P\K5map\kSouth America and East Africa\p.
Some people do have serious problems with caffeine. Counselling agencies may be appropriate and have had clients reporting drinking large quantities - many litres daily - of cola drinks containing caffeine.
Heavy coffee drinkers often report headaches and other withdrawal symptoms if they switch to decaffeinated versions. These are temporary and it is very rare though not unknown for coffee "addicts" to present at drug agencies.