New Study Links Coffee To Hallucinations

January 14, 2009

UK (ChattahBox) – A new study conducted by the University of Durham suggests that you could get more then the shakes from too many cups of coffee.

The research, which was performed on 200 students at the university, shows that those who had a higher coffee intake (of more then seven cups a day), were more likely to hallucinate, including hearing disembodied voices, then those who have a lower intake.

The most common experiences reported by those who drank more caffeine were voices, shadowy figures, and feeling the presence of the dead, all indications of paranormal activity.

The results don’t point to mental illness, rather, they show coffee’s ability to exacerbate an already normal occurrence, which is caused by a release of the hormone cortisol.

“One interpretation may be that those students who were more prone to hallucinations used caffeine to help cope with their experiences,” Dr Charles Fernyhough, the co-author of the study, explained.


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