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Contributed by Harrell Graham on November 21st, 2010

Woodstock Was Not Stoned on Starbucks

Taking a stroll down memory lane I watched the movie, “Woodstock” and also “Taking Woodstock” and “Across the Universe”, all of which give a glimpse into the 60’s spirit. The thing that strikes me more than anything else is the calmness of the people, all three hundred thousand of them. And I can’t help but wonder if not having a coffee craze then wasn’t part of the reason there were so many ‘good vibes’ in the air. Caffeine is a Central Nervous System (CNS) stimulant, causing the body to produce ‘fight or flight’ neurotransmitters—basically making the body ready for….action, for battle.

In the 60’s people walked slower and talked slower and, in general, were more mellow. Now everyone seems in a hurry, talks fast, is super ‘focused’ and hyper. Starbucks is the drug of choice now, giving a speedy counterweight to the antidepressants being swallowed daily. Just like the pot being sold today, today’s coffee is much higher in its active ingredient. Which is one reason I won’t smoke pot anymore, as the stuff today is so strong as to be able to sedate an elephant.

But coffee is another matter. I’m a junkie, I confess. Any cosmic consciousness I had coming out of the sixties hs been replace with hyper alertness and a readiness for…action.

I was Cosmic Man. Now I’m Action Man, eyes alert, foot tapping, mind hopping from one thing to the next.

How much is this super-caffeinated ‘lifestyle’ affecting the body politic? There may be no way to quantify it precisely, but examining the effects of caffeine on the CNS is helpful.


“Caffeine is the world's most widely consumed psychoactive substance, but unlike many other psychoactive substances it is legal and unregulated in nearly all jurisdictions.” (Wikipedia)

Caffeine increases attentiveness and alertness but that begs the question: what, exactly, do we have to be increasingly attentive and alert to that requires us to risk so much by consuming a psychoactive drug in ever-increasing amounts? What, exactly, are we ‘fighting and flighting’ from?

Starbucks surely must rank high on the list of all time great drug pushers. Starbucks sells its own drug—caffeine—and helps Big Pharma sell billions more in drugs to calm us down from all the caffeine Starbucks sells.

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Re: Woodstock Was Not Stoned on Starbucks (Score: 0)
by Anonymous on Monday, July 04 @ 05:21:09 UTC
Thats so true the system is making more money , it gets us addicted to things.. coffee and then like you said , to cure us from them it makes us addicted to what is supposed to cure us from them . . .

good thing i hate coffee :)

Re: Woodstock Was Not Stoned on Starbucks (Score: 0)
by Indigo Tree on Wednesday, December 28 @ 19:25:20 UTC
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i had never considered this before...something that makes you sick is more likely to be legal than something that does not.

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