Caffeine Withdrawal Headache
I don't like being unnecessarily addicted to stuff. Air, food, water, sure, but being addicted to some irrelevant plant substance is just silly. Caffeine is a funny compound from an evolutionary point of view, though. It's present in several plants with no close evolutionary relationship. They must have evolved the ability to make the stuff independently. According to Wikipedia, it works as a pesticide. I guess a drug just potent enough to paralyze an insect will tickle a human brain sufficiently to keep it alert. I wonder what the natural purpose of the alkaloids in ergot are.
I don't like tea. What I like, actually, is milk and sugar flavoured with tea. And in the evenings I have taken to drinking rooibos flavoured with bits of orange peel. If I wean myself off caffeine, will rooibos start tasting as good as tea? Only one way to find out. And I could probably still have tea once a week.
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