The coca bush grew wild in the region that is now central Peru. Evidence suggests that around 1900 BCE coca was being cultivated in the area and used as a stimulant and vitamin-rich medicine. Coca use was woven into the social and spiritual fabric of ancient Central and South American life.
Source: Stolberg, V. B. (2011). The use of coca. J Ethn Subst Abuse, 10(2).
|Regions:||Central America, South America, Peru|
|Topics:||Cultural factors (social, religious, ritual), Medicinal use of drugs|