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What are laws regarding coca tea in North America?

Asked by workaholic (194points) June 1st, 2010

…I’m mainly interested in Canada, actually.

If I were to serve coca tea at a public event, would that be legal? If so, are there conditions?


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Val123's avatar

What is coca tea?

workaholic's avatar


It’s is a tisane (herbal tea) made using the leaves of the coca plant; typically the raw leaves of the plant. It is made either by submerging the coca leaf or dipping a tea bag in hot water. The tea originates from the Andes mountain range, particularly Bolivia, Equador and Peru.

The leaves of the coca plant contain several alkaloids including cocaine; in fact, they comprise the sources for cocaine’s chemical production, though the amount of cocaine in the leaves is so small, around 0.4%, that in order to make a gram of cocaine, 250 grams of coca leaves would be needed. A cup of coca tea prepared from one gram of coca leaves contains approximately 4.21 mg of cocaine.


Val123's avatar

Well, they make chocolate out of them and that’s legal, so why not tea? Except I guess you’d better hope that none of your guests have to take a drug test any time soon.

Lightlyseared's avatar

@Val123 chocolate comes from a different plant to cocaine.

Seek's avatar

Chocolate is made from the cacao nut.

pepe's avatar

It is perfectly legal to import into the US for personal use. Actually I am seeking FDA approval to import it in a commercial basis.

At least in the US is perfectly legal to serve it in public, we did it once at a bolivian movie premier.

Val123's avatar

@pepe Does the tea make you happy?

pepe's avatar

Nothing makes me happier than seeing the smiles of any of my four grandchildren. I don’t think anything I take into my body can create a similar feeling. I believe happiness is a (superior) state of concious being.

As for coca tea, it gives me a sense of wellbeing and all my pains go away when I drink a cup after a long run. Now if I run over 13 miles then I take two bags. But this may be because of my genes, I am a half native from the Andes.

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