What caffeine actually does to your brain

Lifehacker explains that it’s not really an upper, but an impersonator which mimics adenosine – the byproduct or “excrement” produced by neurons as they fire, the build-up of which nudges your body towards sleep or taking it easy.

The brain’s adenosine receptors get tied up, freeing the brain’s natural stimulants – dopamine and glutamate – to do their thang.  Their sweet, sweet thang…

“Like taking the chaperones out of a high school dance” or “putting a block of wood under one of the brain’s primary brake pedals” (as opposed to stepping on the gas).

I loved the cartoon – more on its origins and effects at The Oatmeal.


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