My girlfriend got angry at me when I pointed out drinking coffee is same as taking drugs.
Coffee has a lot of caffeine which has
1) No nutritive value
2) Acts as stimulant (of course a mild one)
3) People repeat it, over time the amount of coffee people take increases to produce the same effect.
Just because everyone drinks it doesn't make it something good.
#Nestle and likely other big brands of coffee have also been known to have dangerously high levels of #glyphosate, which sources have said is to speed the drying of the product. So most coffee today is probably considered #carcinogenic too.
But we know people who are extremely moderate in there intake one a day, and they go days without it. They don't need increasingly more.
Many who abuse…1/3
2/3…caffeine likely abuse it consciously from the start to perform "better" in whatever job they are doing. They may develop an addiction and wreck their own bodies but that is their choice to abuse the substance.
A lot of things have caffeine, eg. #chocolate.
So yes almost anything can be considered a drug or therapeutic, the important thing is whether a person is addicted. If your girlfriend is able to moderated her intake then using the odd stimulant on occasion is likely perfectly fine.
@redstarfish and also important: unlike herb tea or malt coffee production and transportation is deeply rooted in exploitation of labor and nature of poorer countries.
@redstarfish You're forgetting that coffee is rich in the single most important essential nutrient -- water!
Also, probably has some amount of some micro-nutrients as well.
Medical and pharmaceutical studies have concluded that moderate consumption of coffee (2 expressos/day or equivalent) can prevent some heart diseases.
#Chocolate and soda also contains caffeine and sugar. The latter is even more addictive than cocaine.
Point is there are a lot of drugs and addictive substances we consume, and they are able to be consumed in moderation.
A Saturday night toke is no more harmful than someone getting diabetes from eating too many donuts.
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