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Food Highs: Can Some Benign Ingredients Really Take You Higher?

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This is the most obvious and most widely acceptable form of self-medication practiced today. With the popularity of coffee culture being at its apex, being habitually medically stoned from coffee is the now the norm for millions. For example, a “grande” cup of Starbucks coffee (16 oz) delivers 330 mg of caffeine, and technically, caffeine intoxication begins at around 260 mg. Potentially dangerous caffeine intoxication happens around 500 mg (depending on your weight and tolerance) and can produce hallucinations, paranoia, convulsions, confusion, and diarrhea. If anything, this would not be a high anyone would want to take to the extreme.


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Eric Steinman

Eric Steinman is a freelance writer based in Rhinebeck, NY. He regularly writes about food, music, art, architecture, and culture and is a regular contributor to Bon Appétit among other publications.


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2:44PM PST on Feb 7, 2012

The best, healthiest, all-natural, non-addictive, non-toxic means of accessing a loving, peaceful feeling is cannabis.

8:49PM PDT on Sep 16, 2011

esp. interesting re: nutmeg

3:18AM PDT on Sep 14, 2011

This was interesting, thank you.

4:16AM PDT on Sep 13, 2011

thanks for sharing...interesting...hope no one is getting any ideas...

12:39AM PDT on Sep 13, 2011

Just a few of many things which can cause bad side effects when you ingest certain items enough to cause toxicity poison which can be thought of as a high.

8:28PM PDT on Sep 12, 2011


2:26PM PDT on Sep 12, 2011

Hilarious! Never heard the one about rye before.

6:45AM PDT on Sep 12, 2011

very to have some nutmeg toast now..

4:57PM PDT on Sep 11, 2011


1:14PM PDT on Sep 11, 2011

Well, surprising...
I guess "everything in moderation" is good advice! :-)

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