a) the Government of Colombia holds the chewing of coca leaf to be harmful; b) There is a close but not exclusive relationship between diet and chewing; for the moment, it causes extreme nutritional deficiency; c) the total removal of the coca is an economic struggle because the owners (landlords) pay much of the wages of their laborers in coca leaves
During our stint in South America, the United States, with its vast resources, tried to curtail the supply of coca leaves
at the source by funding the local governments to destroy coca crops.
It was tough, but our guide explained to me and my friend that coca leaves
, if you chew on them, are very good for acclimatising to altitude.
have been an important part of "Boliviafn culture] since pre-Incaic times.
Annually, approximately 75 thousand tons of coca leaves
are used to produce various medicinal tinctures.
Cocaine comes from coca leaves
grown in countries like Colombia, Peru and Bolivia.
For example, Allen noted that the soft drink once contained trace amounts of cocaine as a result of the coca leaves
in the ingredients, as well as four times the amount of caffeine.
CT scans of the girl's body exposed a mass of coca leaves
tucked into her cheek (inset), an international team reports July 29 in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences.
As a "gesture of goodwill" he offered us a free sample of their drugs - made from coca leaves
grown on the lower slopes of the Andes - to prove their quality.
He eats what can hunt, like snake, lizard and fox, only drinks mountain spring water, chews coca leaves
, avoids sugar and says that he has never been seriously ill.
While Kate ponders whether this age-old traditional way of life has a future, she enjoys the colourful everyday life that includes treats such as coca leaves
and roast guinea pig.
Although Coca-Cola no longer contains cocaine, the company still uses an extract of coca leaves
in its beloved soft drink.
Ch'ama creator Victor Escobar says the ancient residents of the area (the 'Indians') used to chew coca leaves
to protect themselves against altitude sickness, which is locally known as soroche and can be quite disconcerting.
If the world supply of coca leaves
significantly increased, the mechanics of the trade might change, but the cocaine industry would most likely boom.
If this was true, hundreds of thousands of indigenous people chewing coca leaves
on a daily basis would have died from overdoses.