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Sunday, 11 May 2014

Cocaine

Sigmund Freud was a chronic migraine and sinusitis sufferer, and he took cocaine to alleviate his sinusitis but found it did little for his headaches.

Freud was interested in the clinical uses of cocaine, and he suggested using it to wean drug addicts of morphine. His friend, the Viennese eye surgeon, Carl Koller took up and used the idea. Having watched a colleague Dr Von Fieschl battle with morphine addiction, he prescribed injections of cocaine as a cure only to find his patient has got hooked on the drug instead. Koller and Freud thus created Europe's first cocaine addict.

In Arthur Conan Doyle’s novel Last Bow, his hero, the detective Sherlock Holmes suffered from a rare Asiatic disease. This was an euphemism for a cocaine overdose.

Coca-Cola used to contain cocaine when it was initially introduced in 1886.

Before Coca-Cola, there was Coca Wine, 10% alcohol and 8.5% cocaine extract by volume, and endorsed by Queen Victoria and Pope Leo XIII.

In the 1970's McDonald's had to redesign its coffee spoon because it was being used for snorting and measuring cocaine.

The american comic actor Tim Allen was arrested on October 2, 1978 in the Kalamazoo/Battle Creek International Airport for possession of over 650 grams (1.43 lb) of cocaine. He provided the names of other dealers to reduce his sentence from life imprisonment to 7 years.

Steven Tyler, Aerosmith's frontman, claims that he spent at least $5 million on cocaine in the 1970s and 1980s.

Cocaine is derived from the leaves of the coca plant. Three countries — Colombia, Peru and Bolivia — account for all the coca harvested in the world.

Cocaine that is smoked gets to the brain in as little as 8 seconds, while cocaine that is snorted will take about 10 minutes.

According to figures from the U.N. Office on Drugs and Crime, coca farmers in Colombia receive $1.30 for each kilogram of fresh coca leaf. In Peru and Bolivia, farmers receive $3.00 per kilogram as the leaf is air-dried before being sold.

1 in 40 people in Scotland uses cocaine, a higher rate than anywhere else in the world.

Less than 5% of the world lives in the U.S., but Americans consume about 37% of cocaine in the world.

Crack cocaine is called "Crack" because of the sound it makes when heated.

Cocaine raises dopamine levels by 250%, compared to 100% from sex and 50% from food.

Source Stratfor.com



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