On the solid base of cultural and universal values emerging from the spontaneous and not spoiled encounter with Andean Coca, I had the chance to experience, I save carefully the teachings I got from being part and participant of the social claims of Andean People, continuing to be ideally faithful despite the distances, witnessing in my life the cultural, scientific, social, natural and magic values of the sacred green Coca, reconfirming my unconditional – and never betrayed neither neglected – identification with its symbolic essence which becomes soul and future of Peoples.
The drugs – legal, illegal and natural plants-drugs – have become a conflictive issue, which supports a debate well agitated, confused and inconclusive, with opinions pro and against, which feeds an unquenchable fire, trapped in a tunnel with no apparent way out, from different perspectives in every corner of the globe.
It seems that hope is lost, when some business men thoughtlessly overlook ethical criterias for their own enrichment, sacrificing to market business any victim indiscriminately.
New York is the market of this energy drink.
In the USA Cocaine is offered as the legal alternative.
Marketing: in the poster of the drink stands its controversial name.
In New York (United States) the consumers are offered a drink called Cocaine, which is advertised as the legal alternative and that triggered a controversy among lawmakers of this country. In October several Internet sites reported the apparition of the beverage on the market in New York, Los Angeles and San Diego.
Coca is the sacred plant of the Andes, occupies a privileged place in the cosmovision of the Andean culture and over 5000 years aggregates the indigenous communities, maintaining strong the cultural roots and being a source of health and physical and mental energy.
According with the results of scientific researches carried out in various parts of the world, it has been confirmed a wide range of nutritional and medicinal contents in Coca leaves, which is an unquestionable fundament to promote its benefits in the form of green products with Coca to be spread worldwide, from which Coca leaves can no longer be separated to be processed into drugs, that anyhow require tons of leaves in addition to chemical precursors to produce a single gram of cocaine hydrochloride, known as the white powder.
USA OPPOSE TO INDUSTRIALIZATION OF COCA
Even as toothpaste, shampoo, food or liquor. This is the statement of the Under Secretary for Narcotics Affairs of the Government of President Bush. The Bolivian strategy of decriminalization of the leaf keeps considering its industrialization as the main axis.
An official of the US State Department has warned that his country is opposed to the sale of products derived from coca. The Government of Evo Morales holds the called industrialization of the leaf as an essential pillar of the strategy for its decriminalization.
01. Progressive approach to high altitude, with regular stops of adaptation, particularly sleeping at intermediate elevations.
02. Arriving by air from sea level to high altitude, one must avoid, since the beginning of the journey, to take heavy and/or abundant meals, carbonated drinks, Coca Cola, coffee, cigarettes; it’s advisable to drink one or two cups of infusion of Coca, the mate de Coca, very hot and concentrated, with a few drops of lemon juice; It’s good to eat some candies or toffees with Coca, when available.
03. Arriving to the altitude the first day, one must rest and sleep as much as possible.
The altitude sickness is a hypoxic syndrome, due to oxygen decrease, resulting in inadequate blood’s oxygenation in the human body, in subjects reaching high levels of altitude.
Not all individuals exposed to high altitude show the corresponding clinical symptoms; with certainty we only know that the majority of symptomatic cases occur during the first few days at altitude: the only safe treatment is the descent to a lower altitude.
The paths of Destiny showed me the way towards the Cultural Nations and not the geographic-political ones, artificially designed on the maps: so there I got … just a few steps from the Bolivian border, impassable to me, in the heart of the Peruvian Andean world, feeling the mysterious auras of the Inca Empire, in Cusco … the same quechua population, the same issues, the same traditions, the same sacred green Coca … I had been separated from …
The time after my expulsion from Bolivia was not easy nor peaceful, but the fact to be safe and fine encouraged me to stay firm, albeit unquietly, on my ideals and commitments in and towards Life, under the blessing look of the sacred green Coca, suggesting new paths to explore.
The traditional use of Coca, except some pockets of inveterate prejudice, is recognized as a founding element of the Andean culture, so calling for a moral engagement to protect and enhance the sense of ritual and community aggregation.
In the Andean-Amazonian region, cradle of the Erythroxylum Coca, the sacred plant of the Andes, over several decades it’s the watchword: war on Coca …
The officially stated objective is the destruction of cocales, the crops of Coca, to avoid the artificial production of cocaine hydrochloride, known as white powder.
However, on the base of the full knowledges about the sacred plant of the Andes, that objective is badly formulated, if not downright false.