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RESEARCH ON COCAINE ABSTRACT Powder; blow; dust; snow. Cocaine has a long history. Cocaine hydrochloride was first extracted and used as a medicinal and recreational drug in the mid-1800s. Its popularity lasted decades before professionals noticed the harm the drug does to people. HUS1400 October 5, 2017
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Cocaine Page Powder; blow; dust; snow. Sleet; hail; coke. Cocaine has a long history. Natives of South America, before Spain invaded, used to chew on the coca plants leaves or make tea in order to fight against fatigue. First existing as an extracted chemical from the coco plant, pure cocaine hydrochloride has been used for medicine and recreation for decades, starting from the mid 1800’s (Slang for Cocaine: A List of Nicknames & Street Terms). The reason I chose to write about cocaine is because of its long history. I also had some background knowledge that it has been used for medicinal reasons. This drug is very well-known, and yet, it still poses a problem in America. Cocaine comes from the coca plant. There are over 200 different types of coca plants all over the Western Hemisphere, and only 17 of them can produce cocaine hydrochloride; 15 of those 17 plants produce a low amount of the chemical, and generally are not used in cultivation of the drug. The two species of coca plant that produce enough of the pure chemical to be used in drug creation can be found in Peru, Bolivia, and Colombia. There are different cultivation practices in different areas for a few different reasons, those reasons being: terrain, traditions, and others. Generally, though, the process is the same for gathering the coca plant, extracting the chemical, and creating the drug. The coca farmer tends to look for land that slopes down, to prevent flooding his plants, and then he clears the field, usually leaving logs and burned debris by the land. Coca seeds are collected from December until March from 2-3-year-old plants. The farmer puts seeds in water to locate bad ones, which float. After about two months after germination, the coca plant will reach a foot tall and is ready to be transplanted from small plots into foot deep holes that are 1.5 feet apart from each other, in rows that are 3 feet away from one another. This is coming from much smaller plots which were sown at 1.5-inch-deep, made within 2 inches apart. Other times, farmers will simply take a branch from a full-grown coca plant, and 2
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Cocaine Page put the branch into its own plot. The leaves can be harvested (always by hand) 2-6 times, yearly, depending on the climate. Farmers know when the leaves are ready by the yellowy color and the inclination to crack when they’re bent. To process cocaine, the steps are, in order, to turn the
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