Originally Posted by mgoeclipse
Very interesting video. Wouldn't call it a "factory" but it works I suppose. Im surprised these near primitive seeming people learned how to do something like this which is pretty complicated.
Natives have been using it for a very long time. They are how everyone else learned of it. I took this of wiki which says claims has/had some medical uses. I am not a recreational drug user but if I was in serious pain and I had a few leaves laying around you can bet your ass I would chew em.
"Traditional medical uses of coca are foremost as a stimulant to overcome fatigue, hunger, and thirst. It is considered particularly effective against altitude sickness. It also is used as an anaesthetic to alleviate the pain of headache, rheumatism, wounds and sores, etc. Before stronger anaesthetics were available, it also was used for broken bones, childbirth, and during trephining operations on the skull. Because cocaine constricts blood vessels, the action of coca also serves to oppose bleeding, and coca seeds were used for nosebleeds. Indigenous use of coca has also been reported as a treatment for malaria, ulcers, asthma, to improve digestion, to guard against bowel laxity, as an aphrodisiac, and credited with improving longevity. Modern studies have supported a number of these medical applications."