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cocaine_lecture - Cocaine Lecture I cocaine recreational or...

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Cocaine Lecture I cocaine recreational or medicinal? Like marijuana in ambiguity 1) Latin American peasants largely use coca in religious ceremonies & by chewing leaves or drinking in tea – suppresses hunger & gives energy, euphoria -- anesthetic -- not so addictive But through processes Morales describes, can be purified in process involving lime, sodium carbonate, sulfuric acid & kerosene Then becomes powder to be snorted If freebased or turned to crack, can be smoked Weil warns purified substances more addictive, & snorting or smoking gives more powerful rush than eating
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Relatively short duration of high also dangerous Users get caught in seeking rush as good as first time & in taking more to avoid depressing crash It’s ultimate binge drug Rats will keep pressing lever & not eat til die Humans will take til nose bleeds, til crash in exhaustion Health hazards: heart attacks Damages nose P a r a n o i a Social isolation & depression Addiction & ruin: very hard to treat 2) Archaeological evidence suggests coca used 2,000 years ago in Ecuador & Chile
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Also used in Peru before Spanish as anesthetic before trepanning (drilling hole in skull) 3) Spanish didn’t like coca, especially because offered to native deities. Saw it as pagan drug But found it increased efficiency of silver-miners at high altitudes So allowed its use out of colonial pragmatism (Compare Pamela Scully on South African farmers using wine to
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This note was uploaded on 11/09/2011 for the course ARCH 4.401 taught by Professor Utemetabauer during the Fall '06 term at MIT.

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