I have only been taking coca leaf on and off for a few months, this herb is clearly a misunderstood superhero and becoming one of my favourite plants ever!
A classic in the mistreated power plants category, in my opinion its no coincidence that its been so misused. We seem to reserve the very worst treatment for the best plants. In my opinion coca is going to make a real come back in its rightful state – unrefined. Imagine if that whole drug industry and the heaviness around it could be turned into a superfood agricultural crop. There are 14 known healing alkaloids contained in coca for effing sake and it takes (using chemicals) kilos of this super green to create just grams of cocaine. Cocain, the alkaloid, which is only one of many notes that make up the complex symphony of the coca plant! Alone, cocaine simply over stimulates and has no balance from his fellow alkaloid buddies. But together they create a beautiful un-synthesizeable orchestra of longevity and adaptogenic qualities, and it tastes so damn good!
Coca’s Natural alkaloids (14): 75mg
Ø atropine: dries the respiratory tract
Ø benzoine: aids scarring, anti-fermenting
Ø cocaine: anaesthetic, analgesic, stimulant
Ø cocamine: analgesic
Ø conine: powerful anaesthetic
Ø quinoline: prevents caries, affects Ca/P
Ø ecgonine: metabolizes sugars
Ø globulin: cardiac tonic, effective against altitude sickness
Ø hygrine: stimulates the salivary glands
Ø inuline: equivalent to B12, increases haemoglobin
Ø papaine: aids scarring, digestive
Ø pectin: absorbent, anti-diarrhoea
Ø pyridine: increases cerebral circulation
Ø reserpine: reduces arterial hypertension
I use a snuff I make with 50/50 coca and pine pollen powder and a dash of alchemically calcined salts from a tree food source. I also make a coca tincture using alkaline salts calcined from plant matter. The alkaline environment of the natural lye helps absorb the full spectrum of alkaloids. Indigenous people of South America have their own unique technique for making calcined salts. All the plants mentioned in this article contain potent alkaloids so the addition of alkalinity can definitely help with absorption in most cases.
Below you can see an article making a claim about the oldest living man, who attributes his old age to coca leaf chewing. Funny how the next oldest living person (mentioned previously) Jeanne Calment was a chocolate eater and tobacco smoker!
Ok let’s check out the facts!
Benefits & Research
At age 123 Bolivian indigenous farmer reveals diet of mushrooms and coca leaves as the secret behind long life . Carmelo Flores, who still takes daily walks with the help of his son, says the traditional Andean diet of quinoa grains, riverside mushrooms and around-the-clock chewing of coca leaves has kept him alive for 123 years.
An average daily dose of coca leaves (two ounces) supplies an Indian of the High Sierra with much of his daily vitamin requirement. Coca appears to have a beneficial influence on respiration, and is said to effect rapid cures of altitude sickness. It also rids the blood of toxic metabolites, especially uric acid. Indians say the regular use of coca promotes longevity as well. According to Indian tradition, coca was a gift from heaven to better the lives of people on earth. (from Andrew Weil’s “The Green and The White”, p. 334, The Coca Leaf and Cocaine Papers)
Coca leaf is a traditional remedy for treating stomach and digestive ailments, alleviating affections of the larynx and vocal chords, preventing vertigo, regulating arterial pressure and the metabolism of carbohydrates and even of improving sexual prowess. In 1794, Hipolito Unanue writes of “coqueros, 80 years of age and over, and yet capable of such prowess as young men in the prime of life would be proud of.” Coqueros is the Spanish word for people who grow coca.
A very important study published by Harvard University in 1975 (Duke, J., D. Aulik and T. Plowman, Nutritional Value of Coca) found the coca leaf has a large amount of nutrients and that each 100 grams of leaf coca contains Calcium 1749 (mg), Phosphor 637 (mg), Vitamin A 10000 (iu) which is enough to satisfy the nutritional needs of an adult for 24 hours.
According to research, the chemical composition of coca leaves is more complete and rich in calories, proteins, fats, carbohydrates, fibre, ash, minerals (calcium, phosphorous, iron, potassium, magnesium, sodium, ascorbic acid, etc) and vitamins A, C and E than other food plants and infusions in common use such as coffee, tea, chamomile, etc. Thanks to this research, it is nowadays recognized that the coca leaf contains more proteins (19.9 per cent) than meat (19.4 per cent) and far more calcium (2,191 per cent) than condensed milk, and that it is richer in vitamin B-1 (276 per cent) than fresh carrots.
According to research, the chemical composition of coca leaves is more complete and rich in calories, proteins, fats, carbohydrates, fibre, ash, minerals (calcium, phosphorous, iron, potassium, magnesium, sodium, ascorbic acid, etc.) and vitamins A, C and E than other food plants and infusions in common use such as coffee, tea, chamomile, etc. Thanks to this research, it is nowadays recognized that the coca leaf contains more proteins (19.9 per cent) than meat (19.4 per cent) and far more calcium (2,191 per cent) than condensed milk, and that it is richer in vitamin B-1 (276 per cent) than fresh carrots.
The innocuous nature of traditional use of coca leaves and the benefits for human health were proven with scientific rigour by the most extensive study of coca ever done. This research was carried out between 1991 and 1995 by the World Health Organisation (WHO). The concentration of cocaine alkaloid in the leaf, is very low, and therefore, ingested in natural form, it does not produce serious toxicity nor it generates dependency.
The secret history of Coca-Cola, coca leaves and cocaine.
(NaturalNews) Coca leaves have been chewed and consumed as tea for thousands of years in the high Andes. It takes intensive processing and toxic chemical ingredients to produce cocaine. That’s why more and more coca-containing products have started to hit the market in Andean countries in the past few years.
Yet the United States still aggressively pursues an eradication policy that encourages Andean governments to spray their forests with toxic chemicals to eliminate this medicinal crop. It is illegal to import or possess the leaves under U.S. law — unless you’re the Coca-Cola company. In an effort to preserve the traditional flavour of the best-selling drink, the company long ago convinced the U.S. government to exempt it from the law.
Coca-Cola is the only U.S. corporation that has been granted the right to legally import coca leaves into the United States, via a coca processing lab known as the Stepan Company). In 1922, the Jones-Miller Act banned cocaine imports into the United States, but Coca-Cola (and its lab) was granted an exception. This exception remained a secret until the late 1980’s when the New York Times seemed shocked to discover the truth.
Approximately 100 metric tons of coca leaves are imported to the Stepan Company each year under “special permission” from the DEA. Keep all this in mind when you consider the total fraud of the current “War on Drugs” and how young African American men are given ten-year prison sentences for pot possession while one of the largest corporations in America is actually importing leaves that are used to manufacture cocaine.
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As the New York Times published in 1988 (http://www.nytimes.com/1988/07/01/business/h…)
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