Of many mind altering substances, I have found that caffeine is a good stimulant when used in small doses. However, one thing I don't like about caffeine is the way it is usually taken: coffee. While I do savour the smell of coffee, the taste is unenjoyably bitter and the processing of ingested chemicals is dependent on how much food you have eaten beforehand. This means that one cup of coffee can make one very jittery if he/she hasn't eaten 4 hours beforehand or hardly affect one at all if he/she has eaten a lot recently, making coffee drinking a variable experience. Also, I just don't have an inclination towards coffee, I prefer tea.
I like exploring different ways of using chemicals. One method I have found that works for me and that I enjoy is transdermal administration of caffeine (through the skin). These caffeine patches give a more controlled release throughout the day and make the experience smoother, plus all I do is slap on a patch and forget about it.
This instructable will show you an alternative to the traditional method of ingesting caffeine from coffee: caffeine patches!
Step 1: Materials (Inexpensive)
Items you will need:
-Large Bandages (small ones work too but are less effective, found at your local pharmacy for ~4 dollars)
-Pure Caffeine/Caffeine Pills (found online or at local pharmacy. I bought 1/2 pound pure caffeine online for ~4 dollars)
-A caffeine addiction
Step 2: -Measure Out Your Caffeine-
One large patch can hold about 200-300mg of caffeine which is about the average cup of coffee. If you are using pills, one pills is usually equal to 200mg. Use a little more caffeine than you want in your patch. Calculate the number of patches you want based on your addiction.
(I used 800mg for visual purposes.)