What Is Cocaine?
Cocaine is a powerful and addictive brain stimulant. It is a popular recreational drug, but illegal in US and most other countries.
Naturally appearing cocaine is an alkaloid benzoylmethylecgonine, extracted from the leaves of a coca plant, mostly raised in South American countries Bolivia, Columbia and Peru (1).
Cocaine Forms and Uses
Coca leaves contain less then 1% of cocaine (1). Some people in South America chew coka leaves; it suppresses hunger, thirst, pain and fatigue. This use should not be understood as a cocaine abuse; it is considered harmless and is not likely addictive.
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