How does Coca work?

The cocaine found in coca can cause an increase in brain activity and have numbing (anesthetic) effects. Cocaine is highly addictive.

Are there safety concerns?

Coca leaf without the cocaine (decocainized) is safe for most people when used in normal food amounts. The component cocaine is safe for use on the eye or skin under the supervision of a medical professional.

Cocaine is UNSAFE and illegal for either medicinal or recreational self-use. Cocaine can cause hyperactivity, restlessness, excitement, migraine headaches, seizures, strokes, heart attacks, aneurysms, high blood pressure, and liver and kidney failure.

As little as 1/4 of a teaspoon of cocaine can be deadly. Cocaine is highly addictive.

Do not use coca if:
  • You are pregnant or breast-feeding.
  • You have asthma.
  • You have a heart condition or high blood pressure.
  • You have a history of strokes or are at risk for strokes.
  • You have a condition called plasma pseudocholinesterase deficiency (PPD).

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