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A caffeine detox destroyed me || Test Dummy Ep. 3 || Popular Science (#stayhome and #learn #withme)

Caffeine is the most widely used psychoactive drug on the planet. Like all good things in this world, it should be consumed in moderation—but PopSci editors Jess Boddy and Claire Maldarelli were definitely not following that unwritten rule, guzzling between six and ten cups of coffee per day. That put them at risk for disrupted…

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Caffeine is the most widely used psychoactive drug on the planet. Like all good things in this world, it should be consumed in moderation—but PopSci editors Jess Boddy and Claire Maldarelli were definitely not following that unwritten rule, guzzling between six and ten cups of coffee per day. That put them at risk for disrupted sleep, heart palpitations, unusual nervousness, and more. So they decided to detox. Will their torturous 14-day cut regulate their sleep patterns and teach them to respect caffeine for the powerful drug that it is? Find out on this week’s episode of Test Dummy.

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    theylied1776

    April 14, 2020 at 2:42 pm

    I have never seen the point in overalls?

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    Steven H

    April 14, 2020 at 2:46 pm

    There is much, much more to the mechanism behind what caffeine does to the brain, adrenals, and the cascade of hormones behind it all…. Cortisol, aldosterone, insulin, and a mariad of others.

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    Benjamin Jerew

    April 14, 2020 at 2:56 pm

    every few years or so i have to detox. stopping cold turkey is a horrible experience, but then i can go back to a single cup of espresso after 3 weeks. “i don’t feel dead inside” hahaha! but it has to be done!

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      Scarlett Morrocco

      September 7, 2020 at 2:29 pm

      Lo e natural medicine, this week is ladys nite @ telegram vallartopia.org
      Cya

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    Arnav Shukla

    April 14, 2020 at 3:18 pm

    I just hope the “science” part of this show would be more articulate and organised in the future. Have been a reader of popular science since my school days and would very much like to see the channel grow. I know the production team is trying to cater to a broad viewership and it’s hard to balance empirical analysis with entertainment. Still step up your game girls😊

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    BnORailFan

    April 14, 2020 at 3:34 pm

    I’m in trouble. I just drank some tea and had a caffeine pill before I saw this video was available. Though I only have about 120 mg per day not 400!

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      Scott Concertman

      December 26, 2020 at 12:01 pm

      Do they still make speed? _Black caddies were my favorite Bing Bing Bing pill._ 🤪

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      Jell O

      January 26, 2021 at 10:04 am

      caffeine pills completely wrecked my adrenals after a year of continuous use @ 100-200mg. I say stop while you’re ahead. Once you start feeling massive fatigue no matter how much caffeine you take is when you know your adrenals are stressed the hell out. If you must I’d just stick to coffee or tea because it takes longer to drink.

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    gregory burczyk

    April 14, 2020 at 3:40 pm

    when i quit i cant get out of bed for a few days.

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      Scott Concertman

      December 26, 2020 at 11:55 am

      _Well you better keep away from morphine then because you’ll be addicted to bed._

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      gregory burczyk

      December 27, 2020 at 2:46 am

      @Scott Concertman tried that as a teen. not a good experience.

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      Jell O

      January 26, 2021 at 9:53 am

      @Scott Concertman I was fed liquid morphine at the hospital and it didn’t work that well compared to benzos.

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      Jell O

      January 26, 2021 at 9:55 am

      I’m 17 days caffeine free and it’s still very hard to get out of bed. It takes me 5 hours for the grogginess to go away. I heard it take 6 months – 1yr for your hormones to get back to normal once you quit caffeine but some people experience moderate improvement in 2-5 months.

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    becomepostal

    April 14, 2020 at 4:24 pm

    That’s not how you stop coffee. You must do it gradually.

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    kd1s

    April 14, 2020 at 8:17 pm

    There’s also caffeine in black tea, coca-cola, etc. So a lot more people are addicted to caffeine, including me. That said here in the U.S. we’ve been drugging ourselves with both illicit and non-illicit drugs for nearly 100 years now.

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    Musikaravaa

    April 14, 2020 at 9:02 pm

    Would you guys post transcripts? I don’t like to watch videos. I know this is an inane place to say that, but I frequently just don’t consume content because it’s in video format when I could read it in 1/3rd the time.

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      Jamie White

      April 14, 2020 at 10:40 pm

      You can change the video speed.

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    DaytimeSpecial

    April 15, 2020 at 1:51 am

    This channel should be called anecdotal science

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    Daniel Vance

    April 15, 2020 at 5:24 pm

    I cut out caffeine nearly 25-years ago now because of a rare kidney disease diagnosis. When at a restaurant, I often order root beer, expecting it to be caffeine free. There are those rare times however that I’ll get my drink and it’ll be Barq’s (which has caffeine). Feeling what it does to me, I have no clue how people drink caffeine every day, multiple times per day. And Barq’s has very low caffeine compared to most drinks on the market. Now if you’ll excuse me, I must go take a nap. All this typing tired me out.

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      Jell O

      January 26, 2021 at 10:06 am

      I read Muggs rootbeer is caffeine free but Barqs has about as much as a cup of green tea.

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    Kent Hambrock

    April 15, 2020 at 6:08 pm

    I was consuming around 400~mg of caffeine a day for months. Gave it up in February when I discovered the effects high cortisol (caused by excessive caffeine consumption) has on the immune system. During a pandemic, the last thing I want is a controllable habit to make things worse on me. Took me at least two weeks to get over the worst of it. xD Been doing fine, since, though.

    100mg is roughly 10oz of fresh brewed coffee or 20oz of instant coffee. I however take my caffeine in the form of gum. 100mg per piece.

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    Chris Kenny

    April 15, 2020 at 6:44 pm

    I ain’t watching 16 minutes of this. What’s the TL;DR?

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    Jeremy Marko

    April 15, 2020 at 6:48 pm

    Are you kidding. Talk about dumbing us all down. This is not informative. Please have some credible people discussing science…

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    Michael Ireton

    April 15, 2020 at 7:14 pm

    Well this was profoundly disappointing and even in these socially isolated times with a lot of free time on my hands, a complete waste of 10 minutes (I skipped over a lot). A lot of giggly anecdotes and precious little substance or actual “science”. Caffeine is indeed a psychoactive drug. There’s still debate about whether it is truly “addictive”–substantive discussion of which might have made this at least somewhat more interesting. At least SOME exploration of the (psycho)pharmacology of caffeine would have been interesting. (Is it possible to overdose on caffeine?) Maybe some discussion of the history of coffee and coffee culture might have added some heft as well. (Who figured out that you could take (toxic) berries, then remove the flesh, then roast the seeds, then grind the seeds, then pour water over the ground seeds to produce a beverage? It seems quite bizarre!) Or perhaps a contemplation of how glibly so many people (including these ones) talk about “needing” coffee, while simultaneously condemning other psychoactive substances might have been interesting. It’s not just hypocritical–it also reveals something about social attitudes toward psychoactive substances in general. Again, some exploration of that might have made this more worthwhile to watch. WHY is coffee so widely socially accepted, while other substances aren’t? WHY do so many people feel like they “need” coffee to get through their day?

    Of course, coffee allows workers to be more “productive”–to work harder, faster, and longer. This, of course, is beneficial to business. It allows businesses to extract more (surplus) “value” from their workers. In other words, coffee makes people better worker bees. It has also become big business in and of itself. Some exploration of the economics and labor practices of the coffee industry–including the move toward “fair trade” coffee might have been welcome.

    On the purely anecdotal level, I quit all sources of caffeine about 25 years ago, after being a very heavy user. Yes, I went through some “withdrawal”, but I’m glad I did it. Don’t miss it a bit.

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      David Hays

      April 16, 2020 at 12:48 am

      (I skipped over a lot) of this wall of text.

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    Pople BackyardFarm

    April 16, 2020 at 2:09 pm

    I only drink 2 cups a day

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    Kevin Anderson

    April 16, 2020 at 5:51 pm

    It is like so helpful to like be able to have like this like science based information like available like on YouTube! You like wouldn’t believe like how many other like science YouTubers leave out the totally like relevant celebrity take on these like important like issues. I mean, I was like OMG! Like J’lo doesn’t even like drink caffeine because she like says that it like destroys her skin! I was like, OMG is that true?!?!

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      Scott Concertman

      December 26, 2020 at 12:05 pm

      Thanks so subscribe, give me a thumbs up after a 5 minute yada yada yada intro.

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    Keith Olson

    April 17, 2020 at 1:07 am

    Watching this drinking my afternoon coffee.

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      Scott Concertman

      December 26, 2020 at 12:06 pm

      Afternoon coffee enema?

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    Popular Science

    May 7, 2020 at 3:58 pm

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    John Ferguson

    May 13, 2020 at 9:09 pm

    I got derealization/ depressed when I quit for 2 month . It was horrible. I’m back drinking coffee

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    David R

    June 3, 2020 at 7:12 am

    That’s good psychoactive ASMR

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    David Resetar

    June 3, 2020 at 7:12 am

    That’s good psychoactive ASMR

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    Spontaneous Snowflake

    July 24, 2020 at 2:31 pm

    This is possibly the most irritating video I have ever watched.

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      Scott Concertman

      December 26, 2020 at 11:57 am

      I second that seasick motion. Nails across a chalk board would have been more pleasurable 😳

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    Scott Concertman

    December 26, 2020 at 11:54 am

    Caffeine detox headache? Just take an Excedrin. Not to manage the headache, but because Excedrin contains caffeine.

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