I am posting the results of my experiment with theobromine here instead of in the usual place. Since 2010 I've become intensely sensitive to various elements in my environment, either as allergy or other reactions (although doctors these days call every reaction an "allergy," and not just the histaminic ones). My intent is to determine exactly which substances in various foods I have been reacting to, and in this experiment my substance is chocolate.
To begin with, I stopped chocolate intake for a week, although the intent at first was just to eliminate a known nuisance substance. But then after doing some research on the various ingredients that make up chocolate, whether naturally or as additives, I came upon the substance known as theobromine (known to antiquity as the 'food of the gods'), a natural ingredient of chocolate. Normally, in order to undertake an allergy experiment without actually doing a chem panel in a doctor's office, it would be necessary to consume pure chocolate to determine if the problem was with an additive. However, theobromine is common to all chocolate I consume, so I purchased some 99% theobromine powder online.
Yesterday morning, I consumed a minor amount mixed in a neutral substance, H2O. It was so nasty tasting that I only drank half of it and so I don't think I consumed enough of it to have much of an effect. I think I was kind of itchy all day and rather "high." So this morning I consumed a few grams in strawberry milk to kill the flavor. *I don't have any empty capsules to put the powder in and besides I don't think that method would help much with the taste because it would just get all over the capsules themselves*.
One hour after consuming theobromine: I am so full of energy I don't know what to do with myself. On a normal morning on my days off, I just sit at the computer and vegetate, reading, sluggishly posting a few things maybe, watching interesting videos: mostly passive activities. But this morning, I swept out the entire garage, cleaned the kitchen, shared a whole bunch of interesting stuff on Facebook (which I don't normally bother with), and I'm generally more talkative than usual. And creating a post this long is really not normal for me as I usually only have enough energy for short posts.