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Albert Niemann (chemist) - Life - Cocaine
... there was a great interest among European chemists in the effects of coca leaves discovered in Latin America ... In 1855 the chemist Friedrich Gaedcke had published a treatise on an extract of the coca leaf he called erythroxylin ... However, little progress was made in extracting coca's active ingredients ...
Domestic Policy Of Evo Morales - Coca - Background - Licit and Illicit Uses
... Coca is the raw material for cocaine but is prized by many Bolivians (especially among those of Amero-Indian descent) for its traditional uses in medicines and herbal teas ... Long before coca was used to make cocaine, the indigenous people of the Andean region, the Aymara and Quechua, chewed coca leaves as a dietary supplement, a means to ease pangs of hunger and thirst and ... In modern Bolivia, coca leaves may be legally consumed and are most often prepared in teas like mate de coca ...
Coca-Cola Formula - History
... Coca-Cola was originally one of hundreds of coca-based drinks that claimed medicinal properties and benefits to health early marketing claimed that Coca-Cola alleviated headaches and acted as a "brain and ... Coca leaves were used in Coca-Cola's preparation and the small amount of cocaine present in the product caused a drug effect on drinker ... In 1903 Coca-Cola removed cocaine from the formula, substituting caffeine as the stimulating ingredient, while dropping all the product's medicinal claims ...

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