Substance Abuse – Alcohol, Caffeine, and Marijuana Effects

Caffeine

Caffeine increases energy metabolism throughout the brain but decreases at the same time cerebral blood flow, inducing a relative brain hypoperfusion. Caffeine activates noradrenaline neurons and seems to affect the local release of dopamine.

A decrease in cerebral blood flow can cause tissue loss. Some doctors say it’s only temporary, but why risk it?

Caffeine also can effect the grey matter in the brain. Grey matter contains most of the brain’s neuronal cell bodies. The grey matter includes regions of the brain involved in muscle control, and sensory perception such as seeing and hearing, memory, emotions, speech, decision making, and self-control.

The reason why caffeine works is because it blocks adenosine receptors in the brain, leading to more dopamine production and alertness because you’re simply processing less due to the decrease in cerebral blood flow. Adenosine is one of four nucleoside building blocks to DNA and RNA, which are essential for all life. Adenosine also is a big factor in the digestive process, which is why you don’t feel like eating when you drink caffeinated beverages.

Caffeine withdrawal alone takes between two and 10 days. So understand you won’t feel all that great during detox, especially if you have unhealthy habits and are extremely reliant on the substance.

If you feel like you need energy, you need to:

  1. Change your diet. Period. There is no way around this. Your diet is a huge factor in everything you do, because your gut acts as a second brain, so you are what you eat. You cannot overcome the SAD diet(Standard American Diet) with pharmaceuticals, substances, and workouts.
  2. Get better sleep. CHOOSE to get off your phone, media devices and dim your lights. If you can’t dim your lights then buy some red and orange lights, as they help set the mood.
  3. Workout. Not regulating energy use in the body will cause you to not be able to rest. Your brain spends enough time trying to clean out your mind from the events of the day, discarding what is unnecessary and filing away what it will keep in the memory stores.

Grey matter is important because it’s associated with memory, emotions, muscle control, speech and decision-making, among plenty of other functions. Don’t destroy your grey matter with caffeine. Eat well – preferably condensed sun energy – workout, and sleep. You’ll have all the energy you need.

Marijuana

With the endocannabinoid system, natural cannabinoids act to fine tune the communication between neuron receptors.

THC makes this system work backwards.  It can slow down a person’s reaction time (which can impair driving or athletic skills), disrupt the ability to remember things that just happened, cause anxiety, and affect judgment. THC also affects parts of the brain that make a person feel good—this is what gives people the feeling of being “high.” But over time THC can change how the EC system works in these brain areas, which can lead to problems with memory, addiction, and mental health.

As a former smoker, I highly suggest this article from Acupuncture today on recreational cannabis use.

Alcohol

Give this up. The CDC, the same people you all trust for the vaccine, declared in 2018 that NO AMOUNT OF ALCOHOL is healthy to drink. Any consumption increases your risk of cancer.

Period.

Conclusion

Honestly, having battled substance use since college when I started drinking coffee, I can attest to a few things:

  1. Using one leads to use of another: Alcohol/marijuana brings you down, coffee brings you back up. The cycle will never stop, and the funny thing is that right in the middle of the up and down is your actual equilibrium. You destroy is by hopping on the rollercoaster of substance use.
  2. Your body wants to be in equilibrium, but the use of substances puts your body in a state where it’s constantly trying to get BACK to equilibrium. This is stressful and every single organ suffers, and when things are constantly suffering, they die bit by bit.
  3. Your liver, pancreas, brain, lungs, digestive system, kidneys all do the job of filtering out toxins, cleansing the blood, and getting nutrients where they are needed. You stop this process every time you indulge.
  4. Sobriety isn’t anything but appreciating the body in its state of equilibrium.

If you don’t like your circumstances, change them. If you want to feel something, go outside and get some sunshine, smile at a stranger, or go pump out some endorphins with a workout.

Your body, mind, and soul will thank you, maybe not now, but definitely in the future.

Published by James Taylor

Dedicated to changing the world by changing myself. Actions speak louder than words and the mind is the battlefield through which all wars are won. It cannot happen outside before it happens inside. What you believe, you can achieve.

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