The idea of smoking coffee, though not that well-known, is not a new idea; what is new is that it is growing in popularity with teenagers. There are some known dangers for smoking coffee, but there is not enough information available to fully understand the consequences.
A Reddit user posted about their coffee smoking experience two years ago, claiming that it had given them extra energy that lasted through the night. The Reddit user posted the instructions for how they rolled coffee grounds and smoked them. Other sites offer instructions, even videos, on how to roll coffee and other directions needed for coffee smoking.
The options for smoking coffee are vast. One can smoke beans or grounds, and of course there are a variety of blends to try. The comments on the Reddit post included some from an individual who had also smoked coffee. The individual said that it gave them an energy rush as well, and that they wanted to try out different blends. The user also reported smoking tea grounds, and claimed that smoking tea grounds provided the same effect as smoking coffee. The user also commented that they wanted to try smoking tea leaves.
As smoking coffee gains in popularity with teens, one may want a little more information about its effects than the Reddit user offered. What do officials say about smoking coffee? There really is not a lot of information out there about the dangerous effects of smoking coffee.
What has been reported sounds very similar to the effects of an overdose of caffeine. The reported effects include dizziness, vomiting, hallucinations, and breathing trouble. Caffeine overdose can occur when an individual ingests more than the recommended amount, which is around 200 to 300 mg a day. It is very rare for caffeine overdose to cause death. Typically, individuals who are experiencing symptoms of caffeine overdose experience the symptoms until the caffeine is excreted out of their body.
Is this growing trend something to worry about? Time will tell. Right now it is not clear if this is just some passing internet fad, or if it is around to stay. If it is around to stay more research on coffee smoking will need to occur in order to better understand the risks that come with. Some parents and others may find this a cause for concern, due to adverse health side affects. As for others, they do not see it as a cause for concern. There are some who think that if a teen is going to smoke, that perhaps coffee beans are a better choice than other options that are available. “We’re about to legalize marijuana,” said one customer in a coffee shop, “I think we can live with a few bean heads.”
The Reddit user reported in their post that they did not experience any of the unpleasant side effects. The individual also noted that it tasted like coffee without any of the bitter flavor. Parents might want to keep an eye on their teens, and their coffee, until more is known about the coffee smoking trend that is gaining popularity.
By Ashley Campbell