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Tuesday, June 14, 2016

The Real Power Behind the Coca Leaf

The sacred is divine!

Secret Ingredient in the Leaf

Cocaine is a central nervous system stimulant. The classification of central nervous stimulants spans many substances, including Ritalin, caffeine, nicotine and the highly dangerous cocaine hydrochloride.

Central nervous system stimulants increase motor activity, heart rate, respiration and mental activity.

Cocaine is the most infamous and culturally enduring central nervous system stimulant. It is available in forms that are can be snorted, injected and smoked. All these forms of cocaine come from the same source –the coca leaves from the coca shrubs found in Central and South America.

History

In earlier ages, the coca leaves were chewed by the Incas. The indigenous leaves provided energy and vitamins for the hard working people while the rest of the world lived in blissful ignorance of the true power of these leaves.

The Spanish became somewhat interested in the leaves during their conquest of the Incas people and eventually decided it was best to let the Incas chew their coca, because it kept them working. However, the early history of the coca leaves is relatively quiet and uneventful. No one could know at the time, what impact the leaves from a plant would eventually have in later times with more “civilized” peoples.

In the late 1800s coca leaf use became a bit more eventful when cocaine was created through an extraction and chemical process.

Two European researchers of the day, Sigmund Freud, the father of psychiatry and surgical pioneer, William Halsted became addicted.Working on opposite sides of the channel, both gave the same reason for their use of the drug- they wanted to research its therapeutic value for patients.Freud thought it was the cure for opiate addiction and depression and Halstad thought it was the new wonder drug to replace the current anesthetics in use. Both had accurately assessed problematic clinical situations, but the cocaine “cure” they forwarded through self-experimentation created new clinical problems.Cocaine turned out to be the proverbial cure that could kill the patient. Both became addicted to the point where their careers were temporarily affected.

Up until the early part of the 1900s, too many people thought cocaine might fix their problems and the attendant addiction cases caught the attention of the United States Congress. Cocaine became a controlled substance through the Harrison Narcotics act of 1914.

Modern History

This cocaine era came and went with a little turmoil, but nothing like the world would see in the 70s and 80s.

These same leaves that the Incas had chewed in an effort to get more work done had been turned into a product that had Miami in turmoil in the 70s. July 11, 1979 was described as one of the most violent days in United States history, described as making 1930s Al Capone Chicago look like a “Church Sunday Picnic.”

It was the event that the war on drugs as declared by Nixon became a real war. This was the day that President Regan called out the troops.

The day was infamously known as the Dadeland Massacre. On that day, the “Godmother of cocaine” Griselda Blanco ordered hits on rival dealers. The massacre occurred, first in the Crown Liquor Store where the targeted rivals were killed and continued in the parking lot as the shooters continued to fire, killing public.

This set off the chain of events known as the “cocaine wars”.

The leaf of a plant from South America had transformed Miami from a retirement – vacation paradise to the drug capital of the world and the most dangerous city in which to live.

The Politics of Cocaine

The next two decades found unrest and confusing political circumstances surrounding cocaine in countries like Mexico, Honduras, Panama, Columbia, Nicaragua and Peru. These countries fed the large American appetite for cocaine and there was plenty of money involved. The American government never seemed to be able to stop the cocaine from coming and was often accused of being in cahoots with the drug trade of these countries through CIA connections and shenanigans. The United States supplied arms and money to South American contras and through some back doors these actions seemed to be fueling the cocaine trade. The explanations were confusing and Americans probably didn’t really understand what was going on. South American governments and United States politicians were blamed but the end users kept partying and spending the big bucks . They are the ones that kept the cocaine “wars” fueled and the American emergency rooms hopping with overdoses.

The Nature of the Beast

'Cocaine Hydro-Chloride' is highly addictive. If governments and dealers can’t manage to control the flow of cocaine and it is available, then the market will do nothing but rise as the users themselves usually cannot control their cravings.

Individuals develop a tolerance to the pleasurable effects of cocaine quickly. In other words, it takes more and more of the drug to create the pleasurable effects that occurred with the first usage. Overdose is common because it takes more to get to that high and the crash of withdrawal can be unpleasant. Withdrawal includes restlessness, depression, malaise, bad dreams, fatigue and a general slowing down. These are not always overtly demonstrated and often it appears that a cocaine abuser is simply just sleeping a lot. Because it is not accompanied by the severe body reactions that accompany opiate withdrawal the power of the addictive quality of cocaine can be under estimated. However, many addicts will and have done almost anything to get that next fix. This addictive quality, more than the guns of the gangs in Miami, is the real power behind the money that had some politicians licking their lips and others looking away.

And the real weakness behind the inability to control the flow of this drug is an ethics matter. The coca leaf has innocently been growing for centuries, unchanged in character. It is man and his culture that has allowed this leaf’s power to travel the planet, start gang wars, fill emergency rooms and sent some of the best to their graves.

It is true that statistics tend to indicate that cocaine abuse is on the decline. However, until the real cultural problem is addressed and there is money to be made it is unlikely that the problem of the coca leaf will ever go away.

This post was written by Matt Hawk. Matt is dedicated to helping people understand the dangers of drugs, and helping those who have faced those dangers get into recovery. Matt writes for the Narconon Rehab network. Originally posted at WiseHealth-Edu

Tuesday, May 31, 2016

Coca Leaf is a Natural Remedy and Superfood

How Coca Leaf Became Colombia’s New Superfood

Repost of article from Vice Munchies by Vice Contributor, Ocean Malandra
No other plant in human history has been as demonized as much as coca.

In 1961, it was placed on the Schedule I list at the United Nations Single Convention on Narcotic Drugs, which stated that “The Parties shall so far as possible enforce the uprooting of all coca bushes which grow wild. They shall destroy the coca bushes if illegally cultivated.” The plant has been public enemy number one in the worldwide War on Drugs for decades.

While countries like Peru and Bolivia have fought back against the culturally myopic and violently neo-colonial enforcement of these laws, eventually legalizing the plant in their respective countries and even petitioning the UN to change its views worldwide, Colombia has historically played along. Although it has always honored the rights of indigenous groups to grow and use coca, for decades Colombia has allowed the US to aerially spray pesticides on its crops and fund violent military maneuvers in many of its prime coca-growing regions.

But when the World Health Organization announced last year that the Monsanto-made pesticide, glyphosate, was actually highly carcinogenic, Colombia’s days of kissing America’s ass came to a screeching halt. In an abrupt turnaround, Colombia’s president Juan Manuel Santos is now challenging the War on Drugs in its entirety; this a reflection of the national psyche of a country that has borne the brunt of failed policies for far too long and is ready for real change.

New Embassy in Colombia

Nowhere is that change more evident than on the streets of Bogotá, the country’s hip, two-mile-high capital. At new businesses like the Embajada de la Coca (The Coca Embassy) the green leaf is being restored to its rightful place as a powerful medicinal plant and super-nutrient that should be revered instead of reviled.


“We are trying to promote the proper use of this plant, as it has been perverted for centuries, and show how it is actually used as indigenous tradition,” says Ximena Robayo, who runs the restaurant/cafĂ©/health food store in the heart of the city’s bohemian La Candelaria district.

“What is beginning to happen now is that beyond the traditional indigenous use of coca, we are now implementing projects in which the leaf is organically cultivated for food for everyone.”

Coca is a Superfood

Ximena stocks coca products right alongside other traditional Andean superfoods like maca and quinoa. All are highly nutritious plants that were cultivated by the ancient civilizations that made this extensive mountain range, the second highest in the world after the Himalayas, their home.

Besides chewing the leaves of coca, or brewing them into a tea, a wide variety of cooked and baked goods and dishes can be made with coca by grinding the leaves into a flour, called harina. This harina can also be stirred into juices, blended in smoothies, and used to make green drinks of all types.

One of the Embajada de la Coca’s house specialties is the coca crepe, which Ximena prepares in the small back kitchen. After mixing the harina de coca into a batter of quinoa flour, she gently spreads out the crepe in the saucepan before adding your choice of ingredients: fresh veggies or curried chicken.

The result is a tasty, if deeply green, lunch dish that not only packs a powerful nutritional punch, but gives you a real shot of energy that lasts the rest of the afternoon.

“The use of the leaf as flour gives us a different way to use it as medicine,” Ximena explains, “since in food it can be prepared as a variety of plates that have the same nutritional properties.”

Coca is Nutrition

And in fact, the last in-depth exploration of coca leaf’s nutritional properties, which was conducted at Harvard University in 1975 before further studies were banned, found it to be a vitamin- and mineral-packed powerhouse without rival.

According to the Harvard study’s author, world renowned ethnobotanist Professor James A. Duke, coca leaves are not only higher in protein, iron, vitamin A, fiber, riboflavin, phosphorus, and calories than the 50 other vegetable foods they were compared against, but at over 2,000 milligrams per 100 grams, they contain more calcium than any other item on the entire INCAP Food Composition Table—the international nutritional database of food.

This helps explain coca’s reputation as the “plant of immortality” in the Andean region, as calcium is known to ward of many degenerative diseases that affect the aging population, including osteoporosis.

In fact, the oldest living human being ever documented, a Bolivian man who lived to be 123 years old, chewed coca leaf all day long, every single day of his life.

Consuming the coca leaf in food, as in a tasty little alfajor pastry that goes down quite nicely with a coca leaf tea, for example, not only ups your intake of important nutrients, it also provides an energetic boost to both body and brain due to the presence of cocaine—just one of the dozen or so alkaloids that the coca leaf contains.

There are no known cases of coca leaf intoxication when used in its natural organic state.None!
To really catch a buzz, however, you need to chew the leaf with a bit of something alkaline to activate and extract the alkaloids. In countries like Bolivia and Peru, coca chewers use a substance known as llipta, which is made from the ashes of leaves or bark mixed with mint leaves or stevia. In Colombia, the traditional activator is cal, a powder made from pulverized sea shells.

In a pinch, you can always use good old baking soda.

“We believe that in the future the leaf will take its traditional place as a food and medicine for the people,” Ximena explains, holding a bottle of coca leaf-infused rum up for inspection. “Colombia is quickly waking up to the power of this legacy and we hope the rest of the world will, too.

“The eradication of coca as a strategy strongly promoted by the governments of Colombia and the United States as part of its ‘War Against Drugs’ is dying ,” she says. “And it’s about time.”

“Now that the coca eradication taking place in the growing regions of Colombia have become intensely controversial because of their socioeconomic and environmental impacts, we have an opportune moment,” says Ximena. “We can become like Bolivia, where coca cultivation is promoted by the government of President Evo Morales.”

With its incredible health-promoting properties still being discovered, coca’s introduction to the mainstream culture of Colombia—the most populous and urbanized of the Andean countries—seems to be inevitable at this point. That’s a cause to celebrate for anyone who has tasted one of Ximena’s bomb coca alfajores.

The next step is for the US and the rest of the world to wake up and acknowledge that coca is a sacred medicine and powerful superfood that could contribute greatly to overcoming malnutrition in the world.

Unfortunately, that awakening might take a while.

Sunday, April 26, 2015

New Coca Tea Product to be Marketed Internationally

New Direction, Motive and Inspiration for the Coca Tea Company

Coca Tea Company logo concept. ©William Trabacilo 2015
When I began the Coca Tea Company in Caracas, Venezuela selling a special coca leaf tea to local people and tourists that I would ever make much more than a decent living there from it. I never imagined people would contact me online and request our product from 38 different countries.

Unfortunately we stopped selling our product "Triple 3x Coca Tea" in December 2013, and then finally officially in March of 2014 we closed the Coca Tea Company (CocaVen) in Caracas, Venezuela after double digit (90%) inflation, currency devaluation, and my political illegal deportation for being a 'gringo' further made it impossible for us to continue business there. Since then I have been living as a tourist in exile away from my residence and family in Venezuela working with Globcal International. Some of my colleagues currently sell a similar tea beverage informally.

Traveling in Exile with Coca on my Mind

My journeys and travels have brought me to meet traditionalists in remote rural communities, street vendors, and indigenous peoples in Canada, Mexico, Belize and Guatemala while working with Globcal International. These experiences opened new doors of understanding relative to culture, tradition and further developed my personal interests of shamanism, good health, medicinal plants, business, and tea making. These travels have also given me time to contemplate and compound new business ideas based on my discoveries, enlightenment, and acquiring new perspectives internationally.

In Mexico, Guatemala, and Belize my personal interests paid-off as I was introduced to new economic markets, new medicinal plants, new processes, and also managed to develop a network of collectors and producers of natural products. Now today producers and others contact me as I continue to build a network based my special interests in bromatology, ethnobotany, and ethnomedicine online.

Most important is that I have kept up with my friends and colleagues while travelling becoming indisposed by using Facebook, LinkedIn, Google+, Twitter, and other friendly computer networks. So now thanks to that constant contact and letting people see into the reality of my life I have been able to develop new appealing community based ideas that include all of them and keep all my dreams alive. Lots of very special people have given me great advice and assistance.

A New Tea and Infusion Business

We (my friends and I, from CocaVen), will begin making the special coca tea product we were so successful with from 2011-2013 beginning again this year sometime by mid-2015 for the international market; however to do it we need to develop an open-minded liberal forum of supportive people through the social networks, at least as liberal and supportive as the wonderful people of Caracas were toward our efforts there. To accomplish this we are attempting to establish our new logistical operations office internationally in the Netherlands with our production based in Bolivia through a crowdsourcing effort beginning this summer as a formal start-up.


We are achieving our infrastructure by getting special cooperative development assistance from Globcal International and Ecology Crossroads Cooperative Foundation in the United States to help establish an international foundation and endowment fund from which to operate our international cooperative coca tea business. We will be specializing in the production and development of traditional, nutritious, and medicinal infusions from cultures around the world. It is our understanding that we will be able to ship the special produced tea anywhere on the planet for private consumption as medicine and as a nutritional supplement drink.

Its been a fun and exciting time getting here, now we are looking forward to producing our special coca leaf tea 'super-energy, super-medicinal' formula beverage for others to enjoy as well as the new products we have developed for introduction. If you are interested in our coca tea or the other products we will be producing please follow our updates as @CocaTeaCo and @InfusionCulture.