Cocaine: Coca vs. Cocoa?
CFINNEY at UVMVM.BITNET
Sat Dec 26 10:57:22 EST 1992
>>And now for something completely different; Cocaine!
>> I don't work in this area, so I figured a note to the net would be the
>>easiest way to get an easy answer on this question raised by recent
>>discussions with a friend who is begrudgingly recovering from cocaine
>>What species is cocaine made from and what is the relationship of this plant
>>to the plant that chocolate is made from?
>Cocaine comes from coca (Erythroxylon coca) and chocolate comes from cacao
Another tidbit for you:
Cacao contains alkaloids of the xanthine family:
-caffeine (CNS stimulant)
-theobromine (cardiac stimulant)
These are the only known alkaloids in the xanthine family and cocaine is
not one of them.
I would very much recommend the following book for your friend:
''Cacahuatl Eater: Ruminations of an Unabashed Chocolate Addict''
By Jonathan Ott
This book is out of print, so please leet me know if your library
hasn't got it and I can tell you where you can get a copy.
-Chris Finney, TECH I
University of Vermont
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