Archaeologists discovered chewed coca leaves near Neolithic settlements in Peru dating to 8,000 years ago, way before the rise of great ancient civilizations. Traditionally, coca is grown in the highland villages of the Andes, which offer favorable climate conditions and sufficient altitude.
Studies have shown that coca leaf chewing doesn’t result in substance dependence. Coca tea is a herbal tonic far more harmless than many modern medicines. It has been scientifically proven that coca tea has a mild appetite-suppressing effect. Chewing coca leaves can brighten the mood and make one more talkative and friendly, facilitating positive social experience.