When talking about how tea and coffee consumption can cause hallucinations, we are not talking about teas or herbs known to have a high hallucinative effect, such as ayahuasca tea, Iboga Bush, yopo leaves and seeds. Tea, coffee, energy drinks and even chocolate, which we consume the most per capita in the world, to stay awake and concentrate, can cause hallucinations!
These drinks, which are sine qua non in our daily lives such as tea and coffee, have been proven to have many benefits. Again, it is useful to remind that even if a substance is beneficial in certain amounts, it always brings risks and disrupts our health after certain doses are exceeded. This is of greater importance, especially when it comes to mental health.
Studies show that high caffeine rates can cause us to hear nonexistent sounds, see images. Too much caffeine consumption, even when you are alone in the environment, feeling someone else, seeing blackouts and unprovoked fear can be thought to cause.
Caffeine taken above 300 milligrams (7 cups of coffee) per day has been shown to increase the likelihood of hearing strange noises and hallucinating. Taking caffeine increases the rate of cortisol in the body. Cortisol, which our bodies secrete while under stress, is released in response to stress when caffeine is taken and is thought to cause hallucinations. It is said that rising adrenaline may also have an effect. It is also explained that those who drink at least 3 cups of brewed coffee a day also experience mild hallucinatory symptoms such as hearing non-existent noises. Studies have shown that hallucinations are caused by caffeine, not coffee, so it is important to use all caffeine-containing drinks carefully.
The study conducted on 214 students (70% female, average age 20) (non-smokers) reported that although we were alone, they experienced hallucinations such as feeling someone else, seeing shadows, hearing voices whose source is unknown. Dr. From The Department Of Psychology At Durham University. Charles Fernyhough had this to say:
Our study shows an association between caffeine intake and hallucination-pronesite in students. Further studies are needed to determine whether caffeine consumption and eating in general have an effect on hallucinations.
Simon Crowe, professor of Psychological Sciences at La Trobe University, said after studies on the possibility of caffeine hallucinating
There is a link between high levels of stress and psychosis, and caffeine has been found to be associated with a tendency to hallucinate. The combination of caffeine and stress affects an individual’s likelihood of experiencing a psychosis-like symptom.
Dr. From The Department Of Psychology At Durham University. Simon Jones explains that seeing these hallucinations does not mean that we are mentally ill.:
Hallucinations are not necessarily a sign of mental illness. Most people can have the experience of hearing short noises when no one is there. Most people deal with it well and go on with their normal lives. However, there are organisations that can offer support and advice to those offended by these experiences.
If we experience hallucinations that make our lives difficult and unsettling, or if we experience events that cause us to suspect, we should immediately seek expert advice. Experts believe that people who hallucinate often use caffeine-containing products much more.