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MahatmaKanejeeves Mar 5, 2009 12:44 PM

Can anybody recommend a store that sells coca tea? This is tea made from the leaves of the coca plant. I believe that it is legal. There is confusion as the leaves are also used to make cocaine. I haven't seen it in health food stores. I presume that a store specializing in products from South America may sell it.

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    KTFoley RE: MahatmaKanejeeves Mar 5, 2009 02:02 PM

    In the US, the Code of Federal Regulations includes coca leaves on the schedule of controlled substances, so the tea is not legal here.

    21 C.F.R. 4 1308.12(4) (1994).

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      Scott_R RE: KTFoley Jan 18, 2010 09:22 AM

      You omitted the section that states " except that the substances shall not include decocainized coca leaves or extraction of coca leaves, whhch extractions do not contain cocaine or ecgonine" (which is what Coca Cola uses).

      The only place I could find that sells coca tea was located in North Carolina, but does mail order:
      http://www.mysteriousbolivia.com/serv...

      The OP didn't say where they were, but I'd try to find a Bolivian grocery store; e.g.,
      http://www.chow.com/restaurants/35630...

      yes, it's Queens, but my quick search didn't pop anything up in the rest of the tristate region.

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        jeanduccas RE: Scott_R Mar 17, 2010 06:26 PM

        you can buy it here

        http://shop.ebay.com/merchant/jeanduc...

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          AmyH RE: jeanduccas Mar 18, 2010 03:29 PM

          You can also find it at www.boliviamall.com

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