What Happens To The Brain On Coffee?

Coffee. For most people, it is the first thing they drink when they wake up in the morning. It so happens to be the most distributed and utilized drug in the world too. Here on The Inquisitr, we reported numerous times on coffee, and how its influence over people has been utilized. McDonald’s knew this when they offered free coffee during the week Taco Bell premiered their breakfast menu.

But why is coffee so popular among many people, especially here in the United States? The answer comes in the form of a video that shows what your brain does when it is on coffee.

Uploaded on the AsapSCIENCE channel on August 28, 2014, the video already has 315,000 views with over 14,000 likes. I guess 90 people don’t like coffee in general. Back on subject, this video is in the Most Popular on YouTube list as of the publication of this article. Not to mention, we reported numerous times on videos by AsapSCIENCE and they are all very entertaining.

According to the video, the brain reacts to a chemical known as adenosine, which makes people feel tire the more we absorb. Coffee, however, has caffeine, which is similar to adenosine and replaces it. Caffeine doesn’t have any of the calming effects of adenosine, thus giving the “awake” feeling most people associate with drinking coffee. The brain, however, notices this and creates more receptors so it can try to get more of the adenosine thus resulting in needing more caffeine to keep the “awake” feeling intact.

Caffeine also has he same elements of adrenaline, which increases blood flow, heart rate, and opens breathing, resulting in the “fight or flight” feelings coffee gives too. This is the same effect cocaine gives, but not to the extent the illegal drug does.

There is more information given in the video, such as the lethal dosage of caffeine, but we think the above are the most important parts of the video. What did you think about the video? Did you learn something that you could utilize in your life about coffee? Please let us know in the comments below.