Coffee linked to hallucinations
Most people know that the caffeine in coffee increases heart rate and keeps one awake as it is a stimulant drug but this latest research links drinking over three cups of coffee a day to hallucinations including hearing voices, seeing visions and smelling things that aren't there.
Rather than suggesting that people in general should refrain from drinking coffee in case they get hallucinations scientists are concentrating their efforts on working with patients already suffering psychosis to see if reducing the imtake of certain foods such as coffee might reduce their psychotic episodes instead of having to use medication.
These are symptoms of psychosis and it could be that coffee could cause or trigger certain types of mental illness in some people.
People who consume coffee and other caffeinated products are more likely to have hallucinations, according to a study published today.
The more caffeine students had, the more likely they were to hear voices, smell things and see things that were not there, researchers at Durham University found. They suggested that increased levels of the hormone cortisol caused by caffeine could be behind the link.
Although caffeine found in coffee, tea and chocolate can cause heart palpitations, there is patchy evidence of a relationship to psychotic behaviour such as schizophrenia.
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