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Coca is not Cocaine

COCA, (Erythroxilum coca) is a bush of amazonian origin whose habitat is the hot and humid valleys that lie between 1.000 and 2.000 metres above sea level. It is commonly called "Yungas" in the Aymara language. It has been traditionally considered to be a sacred plant of great nutritious and  curative value. Coca is part of an ancient millennial knowledge still practiced by a few ethnic groups in the face of a hard battle to defend it from fumigations and forced eradication by biological methods, and to generate the recognition that it should have. For this reason, they use the  coca leaf to produce tea, medicinal extracts and for curative and shamanic practices. The use of coca leaf to 'mambear', or chew dates back thousands of years and is universally recognised.

Generally, coca leaf is not recognised in its natural form. Cocaine, a chemical derivative, has been used on the basis of its analgesic (pain-killing) properties. It is extracted from the plant through a long process that extracts the alchaloid of the leaf, turning it into a stupifying narcotic. The process consists in changing the coca leaf into paste, to cocaine base and finally into cocaine hydrochlorate (this is done with the help of various chemicals, acids and even petrol). The result is a highly toxic component for the organism that causes alterations in the nervous system, the cardiovascular and respiratory systems, as well as stimulating the central nervous system, producing dependencies, and mental and physical disturbance.

There has been a campaign, spread via the U.S media since the middle of the last century, to identify coca with cocaine, -hiding the fact that from the 16 components of the drug cocaine, only the old and sacred coca leaf is produced in South America, while the other 15 elements, all legal, are imported from the U.S and Europe. This has generated a prohibition of the use of the plant in its natural form, as has been practiced for hundreds of years by the indigenous people of our mestizo America. It is a campaign to discredit the plant, with the goal of controlling the sale of the narcotics.

One of the major fears when faced with the consumption of this product is whether or not it generates dependency. The risk of developing addiction with Coca Tea, is infinitely small, if we think that one would need more than 500 bags to obtain one gram of cocaine, so we would only absorb a matter of manograms (one anogram is a millionth of a milligram)   in a  period of time so prolonged that it would not reach suficient quantities to produce disturbances of psycho-stimulation or conduct.

According to recent studies, coca tea can be used precisely to treat addicts that suffer from cocaine abstinence. Their suffering can be controlled using the tea to
produce more tranquility and assimilation of nutrients, according to specialist medics in this field. The concentration of coca leaf is very low according to studies indertaken by pharmacological medics of the University of Caldas, Colombia and therefore, ingested in natural form, does not produce serious toxicity or generate dependency. It acts as a mild stimulant, improveing attention and the co-ordination of ideas.


Thanks to an investigation realised by the University of Harvard in 1975 called 'The Nutritional Value of Coca Leaf', it has been proved that the daily chewing of 100 grams of coca leaf satisfies the alimentary ration recommended for adults, while 60 grams per day fulfills the recommended daily intake of calcium. In the same way, new investigations have been initiated in the proof of its scientific usefullness in biomedicine and pharmacy.

Its contents in vitamins and other elements mean that coca tea constitutes a  nutritive complement of the daily diet. In the same studies of the University of Harvard it has been asserted that from 100 grams of Coca there are nearly two grams of Potassium, which is necessary for the equilibrium of the heart. Potassium has also been shown to have slimming properties.

Knowing that these teas are so rich in these nutrients, they become both a food source and medicine.

Toal Nitrogen 20.06 mg.
Total involatile Alchaloids   0.70 mg.
Fat 3.68 mg.
Carbohydrates  47.50 mg.
Beta Carotene 9.40 mg.
Alpha caroteno 2.76 mg
Vitamin C      6.47 mg
Vitamin E 40.17 mg.
Thiamine (vitamin B1) 0.73 mg.
Riboflavin (Vitamina B2)  0.88 mg.
Niacin (factor p.p.) 8.37 mg.
Calcium  997.62 mg.
Fosphate  412.67 mg.
Potassium 1.739.33 mg
Magnesium  299.30 mg.
Sodium 39.41 mg.
Aluminium  17.39 mg.
Barium 6.18 mg.
Iron 136.64 mg
Strontium 12.02 mg.
Boron 6.75 mg.
Copper 1.22 mg.
Zinc  2.21 mg.
Mangnesium 9.15 mg.
Chromium 0.12 mg.

Thinking about the elimination of the coca plant is therefore nonsense, as this is an imposition on the elemental principles and rights of the ancient cultures that have used the coca leaf as a fundamental basis for their cosmovision and traditional knowledge, as well as great qualities such as its nutritional qualities (comparable with milk or soya) and therapeutic qualities.

Now that the terrible ecological consequences for flora, fauna and mankind that the forced erradication of the Coca cultivations has caused - in particular fumigations with glysophate - are being revealed, we present this alternative to take the coca in its pure and natural form to the cities and to treat various pathologies.

The aim is to commercialize coca leaf as an aromatic tea in its completely natural form, without being subjected to any processing or treatment. It is simply dried, ground down and packed into a small bag of filter paper. Its consumption does not have any alterative effects. These aromatics are consumed in other countries like Peru and Bolivia, under the name of Mate and are freely for sale in the airports.


Coca tea can be ingested by adolescents, adults and old people in the approximate quantity of three bags per day to receive its benefits. The low incidence of cardiovascular diseases among the indegenous chewers of Coca leaf is notrious. The low incidence of dental decay is also well known. Coca tea is used a lot for its digestive, circulatory, anti-fatigue and calming qualities. It also has light but significant stimulating effects for one's mood. It can be taken at any hour of the day, preferably after meals as an aid to digestion and is also advised in cases of indigestion, cholic and diarrhoea.


Coca contains 14 natural alcaloids:

These fourteen alchaloids, the aminoacids that they contain, the acids and vitamins A, B1, C and E, thiamin, niacin and roboflavin, make coca a plant with the highest quantity in the world of NON PROTEINIC NITROGEN, which eliminates toxins and pathologies of the human body and gives solubility and hydration properties. This has its optimum effect in combination with a diet of medicinal fruits.

Translated into English by English Ecologists.

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