Anhydrous Caffeine Vs. Caffeine
What is Anhydrous Caffeine?
Ahh, the caffeine — our favorite legal drug.
Caffeine, the central nervous system stimulant of the methylxanthine class, is classified as a psychoactive drug; however, unlike other psychoactive drugs, it is legal and unregulated in nearly all parts of the world.
Recently, as Nootropics and Kratoms have gained popularity, there are a few other legal nutritional supplements that are becoming trendy. One of them is caffeine anhydrous — a bitter-tasting, white odorless powder.
Simply put, it is dehydrated caffeine, i.e., essentially it has no water — just 0.5%. For this reason, it is considered more potent than regular caffeine. It is this form of caffeine that is most often found in dietary supplements. It is also found in a number of non-prescription medications such as No-Doze and Vivarin.
Chemically, the regular and anhydrous caffeine have same properties. Anhydrous caffeine is available in pill or powder form. A tablet typically contains 200 mg of anhydrous caffeine. To give you a perspective, a cup of coffee can contain anywhere from 60 mg to 180 mg of caffeine depending on how it is brewed. A cup of tea contains 20 mg to 90 mg of caffeine, and a 12oz. caffeinated soda bottle/can may contain anywhere from 36 mg to 90 mg of caffeine.
Many people, especially athletes, prefer the pill or the powder form of anhydrous caffeine for their convenience and economy.
Caffeine may cause dizziness, nervousness, irritability, trouble in sleeping, or a fast heartbeat. If you experience any of these side-effects, discontinue the use of caffeine-containing substances, and do not eat large amounts of chocolate-containing products. To prevent trouble in sleeping, do not take caffeine-containing substance too close to bedtime.