Interesting facts about cocaine

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  • Cocaine is extracted from the leaves of the coca bush native to South America.
  • Interestingly, cocaine kills three times as many people as other illegal drugs.
  • Cocaine is the most potent central nervous system stimulant found in nature.
  • Coca leaves, the source of pure cocaine, have been chewed and swallowed for thousands of years to produce narcotic intoxication.
  • Interesting fact, cocaine was first extracted from coca leaves in 1859 and added to fortified wine in France as early as 1863. Since 1880, it has been used as an anesthetic.
  • Hydrochloride of cocaine, a purified chemical from coca leaves, was the main active ingredient in tonics and elixirs produced for various diseases in the early 1900s.
  • Prior to 1903, Coca-Cola soft drinks contained nine milligrams of cocaine per serving to create a powerful stimulant effect.
  • Sigmund Freud recommended cocaine as a useful medicine to his patients and himself suffered from an addiction to powerful drugs.
  • Cocaine is almost always diluted by dealers in order to increase the total and maximize profits. Common additives to cocaine include lactose, lidocaine, cornstarch, talc, and sugar.
  • The average retail price per gram of pure cocaine in the United States is currently between $ 80 and $ 100.
  • Babies born to mothers who have used cocaine during pregnancy tend to have low birth weights and suffer from brain damage.
  • Men feel the effects of cocaine faster than women.
  • The combination of cocaine and alcohol releases toxins and kills about 75% of addicts.