Photographer's Note

She is selling coca leaves in the market of Pisac near Cusco. The same leaves cocaine is made from. They roasted slightly and then sold in the street perfectly legal. The Indian believe that it will quench your thirst and keep from being hungry fast. I did not find any of those effects but they are excellent for killing time while waiting for the trains. They are always late.
This is the report on Coca leave:
"Coca leaves may,however, contain 0.25 to 2.25% toxic alkaloids, includingenzoylecgonine, benzoyltropine, cinnamyl-cocaine, cocaine,cuscohygrine, dihydroxy tropane, hygrine, ygroline, methylcocaine, methyl ecgonidine, nicotine, tropa cocaine, and A- andB-truxilline."The "Instituto Boliviano de Biologia de la Altura" (IBBA) (Bolivian institute for high altitude studies) asserts having found only four alkaloids: cocaine, nor-cocaine and the derivatives cis- and trans-cinnamyl cocaine. The remaining alkaloids found by Harvard would probably be substances produced during the chemical analysis process due to the techniques used. The coca leave also contains a lot of nutrients.
This picture was taken 20 years ago and is scanned from a hardcopy. I hope you enjoy it.

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  • Copyright: Kiet Luu (nopoint) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 155 W: 0 N: 113] (878)
  • Genre: People
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  • Date Taken: 1986-07-11
  • Categories: Daily Life
  • Photo Version: Original Version
  • Date Submitted: 2006-08-15 22:51
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