Caffeine or trimethylxanthine, which is its chemical name, is the world’s most
This somewhat unnoticed chemical is consumed daily by about ninety
percent of Americans (Brian).
Found in coffee, it is used to start many people’s day, and
it stays present throughout their day in soda, chocolate, and tea among others.
a stimulant and provides heightened alertness.
It achieves this by infiltrating the central
However, as a stimulant, caffeine does carry with it a high possibility of
People who feel that they cannot function or concentrate without it are
probably addicted to the drug.
Caffeine does carry concerns with over consumption.
With scientific research spanning more than a century, caffeine is the most study drug in
Through studying the chemical makeup of caffeine and its effects on the
human body, caffeine’s health risks if any will be made known.
Located in tea leaves, caffeine is a residue of coffee decaffeination, and is
“produced by methylating the organic compounds theophylline or theobromine, or
synthesizing from dimethylurea and malonic acid” (Weinberg 216).
formula of caffeine is C
(as seen in the picture
to the right)
These four elements, carbon,
hydrogen, nitrogen, and oxygen, are some of the most
common elements found on earth. Caffeine sublimes,
which is it changes from a solid directly to a gas state,
at a temperature 458
It appears as a white fleecy
powder and is odorless and slightly bitter. Caffeine has three chemical variations,
theophylline, theobromine, and paraxanthine, which are primary products of caffeine