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co·ca

(kō'kă),
The dried leaves of Erythroxylon coca, yielding not less than 0.5% of ether-soluble alkaloids; the source of cocaine and several other alkaloids.
[S. Am.]

coca

a species of South American shrubs native to Bolivia and Peru and cultivated in Indonesia. The leaves are dried and then chewed for their stimulant effect by some of the people of the region. It is a natural source of cocaine.

co·ca

(kō'kă)
The dried leaves of Erythroxylon coca, yielding not less than 0.5% of ether-soluble alkaloids; source of cocaine and several other alkaloids.
[S. Am.]

coca,

n Latin name:
Erythroxylum spp.; part used: leaves; uses: quicken activity of the physiologic process, astringent, anesthetic, relieve hunger, fatigue, nausea, vomiting, stomach pains; stimulate central nervous system; stimulate muscular activity; relieve neurasthenia, dilate pupils; paralyze sensory nerve fibers; pre-cautions: addictive, hallucinations and delusions, can cause restlessness, tremors; convulsions, emaciation, memory loss, sleeplessness, severe agitation, tachycardia, perspiration, elevated blood pressure. Also called
cuca and
cocaine.

coca

see cocaine.
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Although the international framework for drug control, which is the object of our study, refers to the prohibition of coca leaf chewing, our understanding of the international drug control regime must go further than the act of chewing coca.
Bolivia should also strengthen efforts to stem the diversion of coca for cocaine processing by tightening controls over the coca leaf trade, achieve net reductions in coca cultivation, and improve law enforcement and judicial efforts to investigate and prosecute drug-related criminal activity.
When we came to the government we had about 63,000 hectares of coca leaf plantations dedicated to illicit drug trafficking.
Part One will discuss the importance of the coca leaf to Bolivia and give a brief background of the forced eradication and anti-drug efforts that Bolivia has faced.
Defensor del Pueblo Rolando Villena Villagra, also a member of the opposition, lauded the reentry to the Single Convention with the exception of the ban on coca-leaf chewing and considered it "an enormous step toward revaluing the sacred coca leaf and the rights of indigenous nations.
He also opened a museum about the South American plant, The Coca Leaf Experience, in Amsterdam.
It does not even contain decocanised coca leaf extract.
It said an analysis by an Austrian institute found that Red Bull Energy Drink contained no cocaine and added Red Bull used "de-cocainized" coca leaf extract to flavor Red Bull Simply Cola, which is sold exclusively in the United States, Germany, Austria, Switzerland and Russia.
A Red Bull Cola spokesman said: "Decocainised extract of coca leaf is used worldwide in foods as a natural flavouring.
It said similar coca leaf extracts are used worldwide , and a test it commissioned itself found no cocaine traces.
However, the group has a strong presence in Ituango, in the remote northern part of Antioquia state, where coca leaf is cultivated to manufacture cocaine for drug traffickers.
Another, less obvious route of ingestion is drinking mate de coca, a coca leaf tea, which is also sold in health food stores as Health Inca tea.