Having failed to internationalize this particular aspect of his juvenile experience, he set about drawing parallels between coca plants
and Iraqi weapons of mass destruction, in which fear of proliferation of both served to mask endeavors by authorities to extract resources from the earth.
In the Andes, the coca plant
has been used for thousands of years as a medicine, and even farmed by the Incas.
95) will appeal to grades 5-7 with its 104 pages of detail on cocaine use, from the history of the coca plant
and the effects cocaine has on the body to addiction and treatment issues.
Roughly 55 percent of Colombians live below the poverty line, driving thousands of poor farmers to grow the lucrative coca plant
The drug is extracted from the leaves of the coca plant
found in South America.
The Congressional Research Service reports that 90% of the chemicals used to convert the medicinal and spiritual coca plant
into a narcotic are manufactured in the US, with the remaining 10% manufactured in Europe, not Latin America.
As a follow up to your article "The Drug War on the Amazon," (Currents, November/December 2004), I would suggest Wired magazine's "The Mystery of the Coca Plant
That Wouldn't Die" by Joshua Davis (www.
Cocaine is a white crystalline powder extracted from the leaves of the South American coca plant
Have you ever wondered, for example, why tobacco plants produce nicotine, or why the coca plant
Cocaine, which is extracted and refined from the coca plant
, is largely exported from South America.
Ott is an authority in the field of psychoactive plants - which means plants that have a specific effect on the mind - and will speak on his research and travels in South America and on the ethno-botanical history of the coca plant
, which is used in as many as 60 everyday products as well as in chocolate and cocaine.
My Indigenous sisters tell me that the coca plant
is actually a sacred medicine they have harvested since time immemorial.
The Council has spelled out clearly that drugs production encompasses growing opium poppy, or the cannabis or coca plant
The farmers have blocked the main road through the Sorata valley eight miles from the city in protest at the government's war on the production of the coca plant
, which is refined into cocaine.
It all goes back to the leaves of the unremarkable South American coca plant
that the locals have been chewing as a pick-meup for centuries.