RE: RARA-AVIS: I get no kick from Coca-Cola

From: Anderson, Erick (ETW) (
Date: 03 May 2002

I think it's pretty likely that someone will correct me if I'm wrong, but I believe that the coca plant is still an ingredient in Coca-Cola, although the alkaloid that could be synthesized into something drug-like has been removed. There is a pharmacuetical company in New Jersey that provides (as they have for longer than I've been alive) one of Coca-Cola's secret ingredients -- a by-product of something else they make. I think it took until 1929 to figure out how to distill out the remaining trace elements from the plant they still use to this day.

For purposes of topicity (topicicity?), I read it in a book about the Columbian drug lords, the title of which I can't recall (Kings of Cocaine, perhaps?)

Best Regards, Erick


Brad wondered:

> Maybe it's just the skeptic in me, but if there was such an infinitesimal
> amount of cocaine in Coca-cola, why did it take until 1929 to phase it
> out?
> Brad
> In an
> > entire year's supply of 25-odd million gallons of Coca-Cola
> > syrup, Heath figured, there might be six-hundredths of an
> > ounce of cocaine."

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