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Coca : The Sacred Leaf (Paperback) (Mary Jane Stawell)
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Coca is a plant with a complex array of mineral nutrients, essential oils, and varied compounds with greater or lesser pharmacological effects – one of which happens to be the alkaloid ******, which in its concentrated, synthesized form is a stimulant drug with possible addictive properties.COCA: THE SACRED LEAF explores the fascinating history of Coca, know as the Divine Plant of the Incas. The coca leaf has been chewed and brewed for tea traditionally for centuries among its indigenous peoples in the Andean region – and does not cause any harm and is beneficial to human health when the leaf is chewed.When chewed, coca is a mild stimulant and suppresses hunger, thirst, pain, and fatigue. It helps overcome altitude sickness, which is helpful in the Andes Mountains. It covers the Incan empire, its conquest by the Spaniards, the existence of coca within Incan society, early use of the drug, and the "present day" Indians of Peru.Coca chewing and drinking of coca tea is carried out daily by millions of people in the Andes without problems, and is considered sacred by indigenous cultures. Coca tea is widely used, even outside the Andean Amazon region. Coca leaf was originally used in the soft drink Coca Cola for it stimulant effect, but was removed in 1903 it was removed and replaced by a decocainized coca extract.Traditional medical uses of coca are foremost as a stimulant to overcome fatigue, hunger, and thirst. It also is used as an anaesthetic to alleviate the pain of headache and sores. Before stronger anaesthetics were available, coca leaves were used for broken bones, childbirth, and during operations on the skull.Coca leaves have been used for centuries as a stimulant. Coca is traditionally cultivated in the lower altitudes of the eastern slopes of the Andes, or the highlands depending on the species grown. Since ancient times, its leaves have been an important trade commodity between the lowlands where it is grown and the higher altitudes where it is widely consumed by the Andean peoples of Peru, Colombia, Ecuador, Venezuela, and Bolivia.
Genre: Cooking + Food + Wine, Health + Wellness, History
Author: Mary Jane Stawell
Street Date: October 15, 2017
Item Number (DPCI): 248-40-5829