Coca tea, “it’s the real thing!”

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Here in Peru you can buy the coca leaf legally in a pulverized form of flour (harina), which can be used to make a tea. Just add a teaspoon of coca flour to a cup of hot water and you have yourself a refreshing cup of tea. The effect is similar to a cup of coffee.

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Coca tea can be used in the prevention of altitude sickness, which increases the absorption of oxygen in the blood. The tea originates from the Andes mountain range.

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