The role of coca in the history, religion, and medicine of South American Indians

  title={The role of coca in the history, religion, and medicine of South American Indians},
  author={Richard Martin},
  journal={Economic Botany},
Of all the plants which modern science has adopted from the materia medica of South American Indians, the coca shrub, Erythroxylum coca Lamarck of the Erythroxylaceae, is perhaps the most famous. Coca leaves have been widely used in South America as a masticatory and medicine for over two thousand years. The plant is extensively cultivated in eastern Peru and Bolivia between 1,500 and 6,000 meters in the warm, moist valleys of the montafia. On a smaller scale, the plant has been cultivated also… 
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