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Coca tea (known in Peru as mate de coca) , is an herbal tea made from the leaves of the coca plant. The coca leaf is cut and put in a tea bag and is used as a normal tisane: by dipping a coca tea bag in hot water. Mate de coca is a very popular tisane in Peru where it is consumed as a digestive tea and even to treat altitude sickness. (that’s why it is so popular among the mountaineers who climb the Andes).
Traditional medical uses of coca are foremost as a stimulant to overcome fatigue, hunger, and thirst. It is considered particularly effective against altitude sickness. It also is used as an anaesthetic to alleviate the pain of headache and sores, etc. Before stronger anaesthetics were available, coca leaves were also used for broken bones, childbirth, and during trephining operations on the skull.
Is coca tea a drug?
Even tough the leaves of the coca plant contain several alkaloids including coc aine, it does not mean that coca leaf is equivalent to coc aine because to produce coc aine from the leaves it is needed several kilos of leaves and some chemical products and processes to extract a few grams of coc aine which is not the case when consuming the leaves naturally and directly as a tea.
The tiny quantities of alkaloid that are naturally present in coca leaves provide only a slight energising sensation and are not addicting at all. In Peru, Bolivia and Ecuador, indigenous people chew coca leaves for energy to work all day long without eating.
Coca tea is sold in Peru, Bolivia and Ecuador in the supermarkets besides the other kinds of teas, there is even no limitation of age to purchase coca tea. It is seen as another kind of tea in these countries and it is starting to be seen as so in the rest of the countries.
Coca Leaf’s Alkaloids0
Posted by Aboutcocaleaf | Posted in Alkaloids Of Coca Leaf | Posted on 10-05-2011
The notable physical effect of coca leaves is mainly due to its alkaloids. So far, 14 have been isolated from the various varieties of coca plants. The alkaloids belong to the tropine series, together with atropine and scopolamine. Coca alkaloids are a mix of ecgonines, propynes and hygrines. The derivatives of ecgonine include coc aine (methyl benzoyl ecgonine), methyl ecgonine, benzoyl ecgonine and cinamyl-coc aine. The proteins include tropine and pseudotropine, dihydroxypyne, tropacoc aine and benzoyl tropine. The hygrines include hygrine, hygroline and cuscohygroline. The stereoisomers alpha and beta truxilline have also been isolated from coca leaves and the presence of nicotine has been noted. It appears that the leaf also contains insulin, but this has not yet been confirmed
Coca’s Natural alkaloids (14): 75mg
Ø atropine: dries the respiratory tract
Ø benzoine: aids scarring, anti-fermenting
Ø coc aine: 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
originally posted by: LightningStrikesHere
I would like to see the long term effects on the body .. And teeth..also the heart..
Intresting topic , no doubt!
originally posted by: eManym
If coca leaves were made legal in the USA, people would be buying it up by the tons to make coc aine. This has become apparent after the legalization of MJ in a couple of states. People have already created labs to concentrate MJ and some big explosions have occurred.
People will stop at nothing to get a buzz. The bigger the better as some would think.
originally posted by: finitedualities
a reply to: eManym
Yep, a government that decides what you can and cannot put into your body is certainly a government concerned with "freedom" and "rights"...LOL. Getting into a ton of WW2 era political research and the parallels between modern US/nazi era Germany are astounding....and people have the audacity wonder how the Germans "let" those horrible actions happen under their nose.