Q. Is this legal?
A. It’s complicated. Like cannabis dispensaries, bong sales and many other areas of Canada’s drug laws, coca leaf fall into a grey area. Under the Controlled Drugs and Substances Act, the entire coca plant is banned. But no Canadian has ever been charged for coca leaf. The effects of coca leaf are very different than cocaine. The law is entirely focused against cocaine. We do not expect any legal problems.
Q. Do coca leaves contain cocaine?
A. Yes, but only in very minute quantities – less than half of 1%. Coca leaf also contains many other alkaloids with stimulating and medicinal benefits.
Q. Is coca leaf safe?
A. Yes. But as with coffee, it is best used in moderation.
Q. Is coca leaf addictive?
A. No more than coffee. Any enjoyable stimulant can be habit-forming. There are no significant withdrawal symptoms from moderate use of coca leaves.
Q. Does coca leaf have health benefits?
A. Yes. Coca Leaf has more protein than meat, more calcium than milk, and more Vitamin B than carrots. The leaf is rich in vitamins, minerals and other nutrients. Learn more about coca leaf nutrition. http://a-healthy-self.com/2011/05/07/benefits-of-coca-leaf/
Q. Does coca leaf have medicinal benefits?
A. Yes. Coca leaf has been used medicinally to treat ailments including altitude sickness, pain, constipation, asthma, colds and minor stomach problems. It is also commonly used to improve mood, reduce fatigue, aid digestion and calm the appetite.
For more information about Coca Leaf:
Learn more about Coca Tea
Learn more about Coca Plants
Historical Medicinal Uses of Coca
A Beginner’s Guide to Coca
How to use Coca Leaves – Health Benefits
8000 years of coca leaf use.
Coca Leaf as a Treatment for Asthma
The Coca Leaf Papers (Kindle Book)
Coca and Bolivia (excellent article)
Study: Coca leaf chewing as therapy for cocaine use
Let me Chew my Coca Leaf (Bolivia’s President in New York Times)
Bolivia House of Coca and Coca Museum