After two cups of strong coffee with brunch and a jittery drive home, I’ve been inspired to post about something that’s been on my mind for a long time…will caffeine become the next controlled substance?
I’ve mentioned the thought to friends on occasion–the unanimous response is, “Of course not!”. But I don’t think it’s that clear-cut.
With today’s social trends, we’re seeing more and more children and teens using their allowance to buy copious amounts of Starbucks. Energy drinks have flooded the market. Caffeine is a drug (sometimes an addictive one) that we see used recreationally every day around the globe. We’re starting to see alcoholic drinks that include caffeine being pulled from the shelves due to the potentially dangerous combine effects of the two drugs.
Consider cigarettes or alcohol for a moment. Watch and episode of Man Men, and you’ll see a time when smoking and scotch were common place at the office…during working hours. Mind-boggling now-a-days, but perhaps 30 years from now, we’ll have just as hard a time imagining the coffee thermoses lined up in the break room and the steady influx of caffeine we’re accustom to in today’s office. High schools use to have areas where students could enjoy a cigarette–but now, most campuses are “drug-free”.
Will my kids or grandkids one day be amazed to hear that my grandma started serving me black coffee when I was 12 years old? That coffee shops were common place on college campuses and virtually all college students would study with a substantial supply of performance-enhancing caffeine within arms reach? That anyone could buy these things called “5-Hour Energy” and “Red Bull” from any gas station or grocery store in America…without I.D.!?!
Maybe this sounds far-fetched, but I think this could be a future reality, more so than most other will believe.
What do you think?