Nicotine/Cocaine plants in Afrika/Asia
Mary Ann Cushman
cushmam at okstate.edu
Thu Jan 30 10:50:10 EST 1997
burglin at ubaclu.unibas.ch wrote:
>I have a strange question.
>There are reports of nicotine and cocaine being found in Egyptian mummies. In particular
>the cocains is supposed to be in quite high quantities.
>Now, Erythroxylum is described as: "Erythroxylum as having 250
>species found mainly in the Americas and Madagascar (a little closer to Egypt)."
>So, several questions: are there plants with cocains & or nicotine found in Africa/Asia.
>Somehow, I have the suspicion that those reports about nicotine/cocaine perhaps describe even the same compound. Are there perhaps other plants with similar alkaloids known
>in Afrika/Asia, that could be mistaken either for cocaine/nicotinein superficial examinations?
>Thank you for any information.
I don't know how the compounds were assayed, but I wondered about a plant used in Africa/Middle East
in similar fashion to coca leaves-they are chewed for a mild stimulant effect, more like caffeine though.
khat or Catha edulis
and the alkaloid compound in it is catheine. Maybe you could find references using those names.
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