Despite safety concerns and illegality, the coca leaf is used to make medicine.
People chew coca leaves to relieve hunger and fatigue and to enhance physical performance.
Coca extracts are used for stimulating stomach function, causing sedation, and treating asthma, colds, and other ailments.
Coca tea is used for altitude sickness in the Peruvian Andes and elsewhere.
A form of cocaine that can be applied to the skin is available by prescription. It is used to numb eye, nose, and throat pain; and to narrow blood vessels.
In manufacturing, coca extract with the cocaine removed is used to flavor cola drinks and food products.
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