Coffee – a forbidden drink?

Coffee – a forbidden drink?

The historical resistance to coffee

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We are all aware with the contentious history and present resistance against cannabis. As a company, we have to continually educate potential clients on what CBD is and why we integrated it with coffee.

Coffee, on the other hand, is globally consumed today without much, if any, push back. In a 2018 survey by the National Coffee Association, it was revealed that 64% Americans consume coffee every single day.

But did you know that coffee was considered dangerous for centuries?

Rebellion against the world’s most popular drink

In the 1500’s argued that coffee should be banned due to the Koran. 

Centuries later, coffee was once labeled the “devils drink” when it was first introduced to Europe, largely due to anti-Islamic sentiment. But there was more than just religious resistance.

Propaganda against health

Wine merchants, tea merchants, and French doctors all teamed up in spreading pseudo claims against coffee like paralysis, damaging spinal fluid, and even causing impotence.

Speaking of impotence

1674 Britain, women rallied against coffee claiming that it lowered their husbands sex drives in The Women’s Petition Against CoffeeThe men responded with a rebuttal of their own and this was quickly put to rest.

Banned In Constantinople

Drink coffee, once get a beat down. Second offense, you’re dead! 

From an article in Mental Floss:

“After Murad IV claimed the Ottoman throne in 1623, he quickly forbade coffee and set up a system of reasonable penalties. The punishment for a first offense was a beating. Anyone caught with coffee a second time was sewn into a leather bag and thrown into the waters of the Bosporus.”

Coffee leads to ideas / revolution

There are many more historical instances of gov’t leaders targeting coffeehouses. Coffee tends to make us more thoughtful, focused, and less afraid to voice our opinions.

Many revolutions, including both the French and American,were planned in coffeehouses. When news was censored, people would congregate to write and spread news there.

The historical anecdotes about the “dangers” of coffee seem quite silly today. Decades from now, we will look back at the early years of cannabis and CBD legalization and see many irrational fears that were once widely held.


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