THE ORIGIN
SINCE THE TIME OF THE INCAS, COCALEROS HAVE BEEN CAREFULLY CULTIVATING THIS CROP WHICH PLAYS AN IMPORTANT ROLE IN ANDEAN CULTURE

COCA LEAVES ARE USED TO SUPPRESS ALTITUDE SICKNESS AND TO REDUCE FEELING OF HUNGER, THIRST AND PAIN. THEY ALSO PROVIDE ENERGY AND STAMINA

AS PART OF RITUALS, COCA LEAVES ARE USED AS OFFERINGS TO APUS (MOUNTAIN), INTI (SUN), AND PACHAMAMA (EARTH)

COCA LEAVES ARE THOUGHT TO PROTECT FROM CURSES AND BAD ENERGY, TO BRING GOOD LUCK AND TO HELP PREDICT THE FUTURE

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