Drug info - Austrailian erythroxylum & coca grown for cocaine history

Discussion in 'Coca' started by Nitrate, Dec 29, 2004.

  1. Nitrate

    Nitrate Gold Member

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    from Canada
    does anyone know where to get Austrailian erythroxylum or any related species?

    No, I am not interested in the actual Coca plant. It is very illegal and watched.
  2. Alfa

    Alfa Productive Insomniac Staff Member Administrator

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    Are you sure it isn't illegal?
  3. Nitrate

    Nitrate Gold Member

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    from what I have heard the austrialian one is only ilegal in austrailia
    (go figure?). I know the 3 core species that are used for cocaine
    and beverage flavoring are illegal in most countries. I guess I
    shoud do more research. I truthfully am not interested if it is
    illegal. suspecious is ok.
  4. Joaspah

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    All erythroxylaceae species are illegal in australia.

    The one you are talking about contains no cocaine, but meteloidine.
  5. Nitrate

    Nitrate Gold Member

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    yes, but they are only illegal in Australia.

    and yes I know it does not contain cocaine - some other fun stuff. This is more of a novelty. I'm not about to start up a network of greenhouses and cut out the Collumbian's.
  6. Dr_H

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    All Erythroxylum species seeds are legal to posess in the United States, There are some 200 species in the Erythroxylum genus, it is a matter of finding someone who has the right ones and they are only viable for about 3 weeks.

    "Erythroxylum australe is legal to cultivate in the United States. Erythroxylum australe seeds are legal to posess in the United States. Erythroxylum australe is exempt from DEA schedule II because it does not contain Cocaine or Ecgonine. All Erythroxylum species are legal to cultivate in the United States except Erythroxylum coca" (from a seed co in Utah,USA)

    hope that helps
  7. Alfa

    Alfa Productive Insomniac Staff Member Administrator

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    Yes it does. Does anyone know which active compounds are in there?
  8. Dr_H

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    Erythroxylum australe 'Australian'


    Active Constituents: The leaves contain 0.8% Meteloidine: (C13H21NO4) (6,7-Dihydroxytigloidine), a Tigloidine: (C13H21NO2) based alkaloid.

    There are several other Erythroxylum species native to Australia, but only one other has been tested for alkaloids. Erythroxylum australe is known to contain 0.05% Hygrine: (C8H15NO), which is also found in Erythroxylum coca. Alkaloids discovered in the australe species are:

    2-Hydroxytropinephenylpropionate: (C17H23NO3)

    6-Oxy-7-hydroxytigloidine: (C13H19NO4) (6-Oxy-7-hydroxynortropine Tiglate)

    Desoxymeteloidine: (C13H19NO3)

    6-Oxytigloidine: (C13H19NO3) (6-Oxytropanol Tiglate)

    7-Hydroxy-6-tigloyloxynortropanyl: (C12H19NO3)

    Tigloyloxynortropine: (C12H17NO3)

    Dihydroxynortropine: (C7H13NO3)

    Littorine: (unknown)

    The roots of Erythroxylum australe are known to contain:

    Dihydroxytropacocaine: (C15H19NO4) (Dihydroxytropan benzoate), Methylecgonidine: (C10H15NO2) as its principle alkaloid.






    Note: All these substances are legal to posess in the United States, and are not listed on any schedules or Federal or State Laws.

    I hope that was not too much! Think that counted as more that one valuble post! Just kidding. . . Unless.
  9. Alfa

    Alfa Productive Insomniac Staff Member Administrator

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    Yez! thanks. Before I dive into my books, the net and other resources to find our which compounds are pharmacological active, let me know......

    If anyone knows where to get this rare plant, let me know or post in the sources forum.Edited by: Alfa
  10. ab401

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    rare plant

    I have found it a few places but the seeds are expensive!!!
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  12. Sloop

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    Re: Austrailian erythroxylum

    Actually there are 3 species of Erythroxylum native to Australia

    australe ...the one mentioned is the most temperate in distribution

    the two more tropical distributed species may yield some more interesting compounds
    in particular the tropical upland species

    tropococaine may be in one of them

    Also, at the CSRIO or gov. body that researches this stuff, on swims last visit to Australia it was easy to get government data on research of the lowland tropical species (not E. australe)
    but the files appeared to be absent in the government office on the upland species and when one asked for data they seem very interested to refer your name to their national Canberra office, ummm.....swim left the office anomynously but intrigued and continued to Port Douglas for swims holiday before returning to cold Europe.

    Coke and Australia's little known history
    One should not forget that little innocent Australia was gearing up to be a cocaine producer in the first and second world war. This was not out of greed...It had to! as all medical supplies where cut off from outside. This is the period that Australia quickly developed opium -morphine production to a level of sophistication that allows it to outcompete the developiong world and Chinchona which was needed for quinine and so developed as quickly as possible near Malanda (remnants still survive). Opium production still remains, Wikipedia needs some changes to state Tasmania and not India is the worlds biggest licit supplier of pharma opium (at least this is what swims Aussie friends tell swim). Cocaine production was downgraded to zilch(?) after the second world war under pressure from the USA government, that allowed the opium to continue as a trade off.

    How does swim know this, (one of swims long deceased relatives use to work for the Australian government in Cairns, when swims Uncle was a kid, he went to visit this relative in Australia from Europe several times. My Uncle (still alive), now a avid amateur plant collector (mostly orchids) described the magniificent garden in a place called Freshwater near Cairns and it was connected to a larger garden of a government centre. Proportedly they had Erythroxylum and drug plant varieties from all over the world and supposedly some very good strains of Erothroxylum not just for the current popular alkaloids. My deceased and distant relative was apparently particularly excited on a variety from Ceylon (indigenous to Ceylon, and not coca which was transplanted there etc). My wonders if it was E. moonii. Swim sadly found these gardens are gone....made way for suburbia it seems

    Theres a whole lost history here that records of may still be rotting away in basement archives in Australias national capital. but apparently Australia was very efficient in getting coca on line when needed, and that was not a simple task, swim wonders did this happen mostly up around Cairns as suitable locations must be vast.

    And as a side note
    It is argued academically that Australia also appeared to have the worlds highest cocaine consumption per head of all nations between roughly 1918-1924? (an artifact of location near Java or so many shell shocked soldiers from the World War 1 trenches???) A lot of this consumption happened around the more bohemian suburbs in Sydney and Melbourne (as well as around the docks!) with much of the trade run after world war 1 by two women bosses in Sydney (over seen by the cops no doubt).

    Though this cocaine was probably produced in South America and Asia despite the preseance of coca around Cairns.

    According to a distant relative of swim:
    It was interesting when some of the younger mafiosa-looking and stock market dudes in Sydney where refered to in the press as saying 'this is the cocaine days in cool and now globilised Sydney (ie the arrival of the Colombians Russians etc on relative higher amounts and a more upmarket air)'.

    But that is probably bullshit compared to the 1920s when dudes like "Snowy Cutmore" got gunned downed in a turf war (yes he actually went to the grave with this name quoted officially from the cops).

    I guess it was given to him by the opposition as he was a Melbourne man that went to Sydney to sell coke by all accounts. Its also funny when one of the Australian politicians recently made a big speil looking back at the demise of the 1920 cocaine heydays in Australia and tried to use this as evidence that the cops can clean up coke by a zero tolerance campaign. It is debatable if the cops cleared this 1920s coke use up! They cant keep it out of prisons for a start.

    According to some that knew the era first hand and swim includes an old dock worker:
    The only reason the coke stopped was many of the soldiers got back on their feet in a normalised family setting after the war, then cheap amphetamines became over the counter and then the great depression hit.
    hope this interests some. I dont know how true all this is but it is intruiging is it not?
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  13. Benga

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    Re: Austrailian erythroxylum

    very interesting. Would love to have more info on the more "sensitive" australian erythroxylum, as well as this native erythroxylum from Ceylon... Erythroxylum Catuaba from Brasil has a well known use as an ethnobotanical, but still doesn't seem to have been studied extensively.

    On the history of coca and cocaine production in the 20th century, I can only recommended reading the article on "international traffic on coca through the early 20th century" if you haven't already ( file archives)
    It underlines the role played by colonialist japan in the coca-for-cocaine production and trade, with the proximity of Java and then Formose / Taiwan- which connects nicely, in the timeframe, with what you mentioned on Australia.
    according to the article, Japan probably sold its colonial cocaine production underhand to other nations :

    " Japan
    The subject of cocaine and Japan is of interest beyond
    the history of the early 20th century because it has often
    been claimed that Japan’s current problem with stimulants
    is a phenomenon of the World War 2 era, one that
    the country had avoided prior to the War, (League of
    Nations, 1929a; Kato, 1990). Japan’s record regarding
    coca and cocaine is complex. In 1915 a new category was
    added to its vital statistics, that of illness and death from
    cocaine. The deaths from 1915 to 1935 recorded under
    this rubric ranged up to 13 persons annually, almost all
    of which were described as ‘intentional’ as opposed to
    ‘accidental’ or ‘forced’ (Naimu Daijin Kanbo Bunshokyoku,
    Early in the century Japan imported cocaine, but after
    1917 it was also manufactured domestically from imported
    coca leaves (League of Nations, 1925). Japan
    imported large amounts of coca leaves from 1918 until
    the mid-1920s with the peak in 1921, when 455 000 kg
    was received from Java alone (League of Nations, 1927).
    Then Japan began to grow coca in Formosa (Taiwan),
    an island Japan had obtained from China as a result of
    the Sino-Japanese War of 1894–1895. In 1926, Formosa
    was reported to produce 50 000 kg of leaves, rising to
    179 000 kg in 1930 and then rather rapidly falling to
    about 100 000 kg for the rest of the decade (League of
    Nations, 1928a; 1929b, 1932, 1936, 1942). It should be
    noted that these figures represent minimum estimates, as
    Japanese statistics from that period on cocaine production
    were especially noted for their unreliability. Independent
    contemporary reports concluded that
    production was higher (Peake, 1974).
    If the deaths from cocaine recorded in Japanese vital
    statistics reflect domestic consumption, then the gap
    between medical use (the League estimated for Japan
    700 kg annually (League of Nations, 1928b) and total
    cocaine production (officially reported as high as 4370
    kg in 1921 (League of Nations, 1923) may be explained.
    The accusation that Japan secretly diverted its cocaine
    to China and other markets such as India was strongly
    denied by the Japanese government, although hearings
    held after the Second World War introduced evidence
    that such was the case (Karch, 1998). If some of the
    unaccounted-for cocaine was consumed in the nation, as
    reflected in the statistics of deaths from cocaine, then
    Japan’s domestic stimulant problem possibly long antedates World War 2.
    Clarification of this issue awaits further study of Japanese archives."

    in such a historical context, with the proximity of the world's biggest coca grower and cocaine producer, and geopolitical tension, Australian interest in growing coca for cocaine production is particulary interesting. The predominance of Japanese cocaine probably had something to do with the failure of these plans. If Japan sold their excess cocaine to other commonwealth / colonies such as India, even though cocaine was produced in Ceylon, there are reasons to believe that most of the cocaine sold and consumed came from Japanese production, wether open or covert trade.

    though this would be better suited for discussion in the cocaine forum, the 1920's and 1930's australian illegal cocaine trade is fascinating-- i'm pretty sure that this is indeed due to proximity with Asian ( Ceylon, Java, Taiwan) coca-for-cocaine production sites.
    I do have some doubt that the nickname "snowy" was actually related to John Daniel Cutmore's activities in the cocaine trade. While the name seems like predetermination, Cutmore is a common family name ( Welsh, also Cadmore, Cudmore etc), and "snowy" a common australian nickname, in a place which gave us the snowy mountains ( Snowies) and more... A lucky coincidence maybe :)
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  14. Sloop

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    Re: Austrailian erythroxylum

    Interesting points you raise Benga,
    Snow was also I believe the name for coke in that day in Australia. Snowy also means blonde headed in Australian slang. Swim made the same comment as you but I have been assured 'Snowy Cutmore' didnt have blonde hair. Swim mentions this as a joke or as an example of the Australian iconic sense of humour. Fancy calling a relatively big coke dealer "Snowy Cutmore" I would suspect it did not please him though it didnt appear to slow him down (a bullet in gangland eventually did that).

    Regarding Australian coca species other than australe:
    It is recorded that the native people used the turpentine bush (E. ellipticum I think) for medicine but even less is known on native use of the upland species it appears. The aboriginal tribes in this misty damp and cool area formed an unusual deep forest people as allusive as the Cassowaries they ate (they apparently consumed more toxic plants than any other indigenous group, through complex preparation) what a terrible loss of knowledge and how fragile orally kept knowledge is.

    You are probably right about the Japenese success with coke suppressing the Australian fledgling coca growing interests between the 1920s and 1940s. Swim imagines Australias supply of cocaine came via Europe but also via Calcutta and Bombay (the source of morphine, resperine etc)? (this may be where Japan filled the order or even more directly as ships from Australia where carrying iron ore to Japan in this period??)

    Australias proported rapid internal ability to be able to respond to the urgent need for cocaine and to some extent Quinine shows that they may of been developing coca adn chinchona for some time.

    My question is why the urgent need for cocaine in WW2 was it all topical anesthesia and dental treatments, ear nose and eye surgery? Swim can understand the rapidly increased need for morphine and quinine, but cocaine?
  15. Benga

    Benga Platinum Member & Advisor

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    Re: Austrailian erythroxylum

    I think it was indeed mostly used for strong topical anesthesia in a pre- synthetic 'caine world, which would make some sense in emergency situations.
    It was also one of the dental anesthesics of choice for a while, for civilian use.
    Cocaine was also tested and used in the military to stimulate troops, in conjunction with the newly developed amphetamines. there are quite a few records on cocaine containing stimulant cocktails and pep pills, before amphetamines, longer lasting, took over. WWII was really fueld by amphetamines, with R.A.F. pilots seriously boosted in the battle of Brittain, the wehrmacht troops blitzkrieging on Flieger-schokolade panzer-shokolade, and the japanese armies ( stocks which were pretty much given to the yakuza in exchange for making sure no other drugs made it inside japan, which subsequently lead to the shabu problems of japan in the 1950's).
    I think the production of cocaine in the 1920's and 1930's was pretty much focused on these two roles, as the ony strong semi-synthetic stimulant available before amphetamines ( also shortly experimented with for opiate detox) and for its pretty important medical role, both civilian and military, as the main topical anesthesic before other none stimulant derivatives were introduced.
  16. Benga

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    Re: Austrailian erythroxylum

    there's a very good article by Paul Gootenberg in the file archive, called "the rise and demise of coca and cocaine, as Licit Global ‘Commodity Chains’, 1860-1950"
    , which focuses specifically on early coca for cocaine trade, modern history of coca used in the legal cocaine industry of the 20th century.

    here's an extract leading to this period specifically :

    "The paper is divided into two periods. The first, 1860-1910, saw the creation of world commodity
    networks around coca and cocaine. Two distinctive commercial chains linked nascent Andean coca to
    overseas markets, the “Germanic”/European-Andean circuit and the U.S.-Andean circuit. The second
    period, 1910-1950, saw mounting political and market constraints on coca and cocaine, in part related to
    international narcotics control. Here, three commodity chains arose which worked to marginalize
    existing Andean coca/cocaine: a managed U.S. hemispheric network, a Dutch-European colonial
    network and an imperial Japanese pan-Asian network. These commodity chains, which crumbled
    during World War II, were prelude to the illicit cocaine circuits which re-connected the Andes to the
    outer world by the 1970s.
    With deep roots in Andean culture history, coca did not become an exportable commodity until the
    late-nineteenth-century. In the Incan realm, coca was largely a prestige or spiritual substance, with no
    explicit exchange value; in the early colonial period, the Spanish partially commercialized coca (after
    heated religious debates), establishing montaña (upper Amazonian) plantations for supplying and
    stimulating upland mine-workers. By the end of the eighteenth century, coca-“chewing” (it’s not really
    masticated) had become a widespread marker of degraded Indian caste. It remains an open question
    why coca could not become, like tobacco or chocolate, one of Europe’s coveted and profitable colonial
    Nineteenth-century economic and scientific revolutions sparked renewed interest in and appreciation
    for coca, and to its alkaloid cocaine, first isolated in 1860. Many of these signals emanated from abroad
    but were met by active responses in the Andes. Much had to change for coca to become a world
    commodity: its scientific, medical and ethnic prestige had to rise (in Peru, Bolivia and Europe and
    North America), it needed “modern” uses and outlets, new spokesmen and the interest of merchants,
    colonizing planters, not to mention labor recruitment, capitalists, shippers, consumers and governments.
    To make a complex story short, these all came about quickly after 1850 as European botany and
    medicine settled coca’s stimulant power (before debatable), as industrializing societies searched for new
    health stimulants (famously developed in Vin Mariani and Coca-Cola) and modern medical marvels
    (cocaine as local anesthesia/or panacea after 1885) and as Andean nations desperately sought new
    modern export goods (as Peru and Bolivia recovered from the Pacific war).
    a) The Germanic-Andean Connection
    Broadly speaking, the first impulse to Andean coca/cocaine production came from “Germanic”-
    Europe (and to a lesser extent France and Britain) in the mid-nineteenth century and by 1900 Germany
    was the lead scientific and producer interest in cocaine. These influences were felt deeply in Peru (the
    largest exporter) and how it organized the initial coca trades.
    Interest in coca as a modern stimulant was awakened by the development of German alkaloid
    science. Reports of early nineteenth-century travelers Humboldt and later (Swiss) von Tschudi and
    Poeppig sparked a race to discover coca’s active principle. Major German chemists (Wohler) requested
    bulk samples of fresh coca (extremely rare in Europe) from the late 1850s Austrian Novara scientific
    mission, which chemistry student Albert Niemann used in his isolation of “Kokain” in 1860. Austrian
    medical-men, most famously Sigmund Freud, played a major early role researching and promoting
    cocaine’s medical uses world-wide. Particularly galvanizing was Koller’s 1884 discovery of cocaine’s
    local anesthetic properties, revolutionary in the progress of western surgery.5 All of them used scarce
    medicinal cocaine hydrochloride made by E. Merck of Darmstadt, based on modest but now regularized
    imports of dried Bolivian and Peruvian leaf. European interest in coca had steadily awakened since the
    1850s: after 1885, a decade-long coca boom began.
    Along with “scientific” alkaloid cocaine, medical, commercial and popular fascination grew with
    herbal coca-leaf as well. Felt globally, “coca-mania” was particularly pronounced in France and Britain
    (and later even more in the United States) and had distinctive cultural roots and associations (some with
    imported Andean accents). In 1863, Angelo Mariani launched his remarkably successful Vin Mariani
    coca-Bordeaux wine elixir, which took the world with its sophisticated and arty marketing campaigns.
    Between 1863-1885, Mariani became the single largest user of Andean coca and French medical interest
    filtered to Peru. British medical-men, both obscure and famous, also focused on coca as a health
    stimulant (rather than on German cocaine) and would long defend coca tonics and medicine on their
    own therapeutic terms. With the mid-1880s boom, Royal Kew Gardens, which had worked similar
    tricks with Amazonian cinchona and rubber, began a crash program of coca research and colonial
    botanical experiments in Indian, Ceylon and elsewhere (as did the Dutch, French and even Germans in
    German interests, however, and the port of Hamburg, dominated the field (See TABLE 1). Merck
    enjoyed the experience, best Andean connections and product prestige, if in modest quantities (less than
    a kilo a year) before 1884. After adoption in surgery, production rose quickly to over 500 kilos annually
    in 1890, 1,500 in 1898, and to more than 2,400 kilos by 1902. Merck made about a quarter of world
    cocaine and for a decade; it was the firm’s most profitable single product line. Other German firms also
    jumped into cocaine, among them, Gehe & Co., Knoll, Riedel, and C.H. Boehringer & Sohn, some with
    American branches. The turning point for Merck was 1884-86 (i.e., the start of anesthesia and other
    medical uses) when prices and output jumped five and twenty-times respectively. The spike caused a
    much-discussed and alarming international “crisis” in coca supply. Merck’s strategy was to encourage
    Peruvian suppliers of “crude cocaine” (and likely sent agents to Lima to this end), a semi-processed (80-
    90% pure) jungle cocaine-sulfate cake. This shipped far easier and efficiently than dried leaf, and was
    processed into medicinal grade cocaine in Germany for Merck’s global distribution network. It also fit
    the German cultural-medical preference for “pure” scientific cocaine. By 1900, almost all German
    imports--more than 6,000 kilos a year at peak in 1903-5, worth nearly 100,000£--arrived in this form,
    superceding coca-leaf. German success in promoting crude cocaine was also a major reason that rival
    colonial coca projects (British, Dutch, or the American Rusby coca mission for Parke-Davis) were
    largely abandoned by the 1890s.7 Crude cocaine was also too successful: with world production
    exceeding 15 metric tons by the early 1900s, medicinal markets became saturated (there was also
    modest national cocaine output in England, France, Italy, Switzerland, Russia). Merck soon diversified
    into many other lines. As profits and prospects fell, German firms quickly formed a cocaine “syndicate”
    (1905--) with monopsonistic buying, cartel-pricing agreements and strong organizational ties with the
    German state. By 1910, the European cocaine network was no longer predominantly market-driven.
    (All Tables on appended file)
    A decisive factor defining this as a discrete “commodity chain” is how European (largely German)
    interests infiltrated and shaped the Peruvian end of things. In the 1860s and 1870s, Peruvian medical and
    cultural spokesmen, men such as M.A. Fuentes, Dr. Tomás Moreno y Maiz, Drs. J.C. Ulloa and José de
    los Rios, overcame traditional elite prejudices and began to seriously re-evaluate native coca, as a good
    and now marketable thing. The enlightened sway of French medicine was felt and indeed the major
    post-Pacific war Peruvian worker in the field, the remarkable Alfredo Bignon, was a naturalized French
    pharmacist in Lima. But commercial developments--which made Peru the monopoly supplier of world
    coca and cocaine by 1900, followed German cues and connections (and some American coca trends). In
    a burst of little- known 1884-87 pharmaceutical experiments on cocaine in Lima--a local version of
    Freud’s famed “Coca Papers” of the same years--Bignon perfected an original simplified method for
    distilling “crude cocaine,” soon promoted by Lima medical circles and by two official Peruvian “Coca
    Commissions.” But it was German pharmacists in the capital--men like Meyer and Hafemann-who
    quickly established themselves (by 1886) as the main cocaine processors, sending their product on via
    German merchant houses (Pruis, Dammert and others) to Hamburg.8 Rumor has it that Boehringer sent
    chemists to Lima as early as 1884 for these ends. But it was the dedicated Arnaldo Kitz, a migrant
    German merchant to the capital, and commercial agent for Merck, who went further to the source of
    supply: the eastern Andes, ancestral homeland of coca. Kitz marched off to isolated Pozuzo
    (significantly home to the legendary “lost” Austrian peasant colony from the 1850s) and by 1890
    established the region’s first working cocaine factory. Bignon’s became known as the “Kitz’”formula in
    producing zones. By 1892, crude cocaine earnings surpassed Peru’s revenue from coca-leaf itself. By
    the mid-1890s, Kitz had shifted operations to nearby Huánuco, with its rich montaña (Chinchao-
    Derrepente zone) haciendas. For the next sixty years, this district would remain the Andean capital of
    cocaine- grade coca, delivering most output to Germany until World War II. Much Peruvian
    enthusiasm went into colonizing “industrializing” these montaña coca-lands from 1885-1910, with the
    help of a few Croatian immigrant clans, and thousands of migrating peasant workers and sharecroppers.
    By 1900, greater Huánuco province was home to about a dozen cocaine manufactories (of about 20
    scattered nationally), with the industry soon concentrated and dominated by the flamboyant regional and
    national political boss Augusto Durand. These complex local structures of production--particularly of
    this central Huánuco region--were oriented and connected over thousands of miles, to German
    pharmaceutical interests.
    Around 1901 (according to German consuls), Peru’s legal cocaine zenith, total production peaked at
    10,700 kilos of crude cocaine, which required the use of some 160 (metric) tons of raw coca-leaf. Peru
    still also exported 610 tons of coca-leaf (more than half of that northern Trujillo coca to the United
    States) out of a guestimated national production of 2,100 tons. That is to say the export boom left some
    two-thirds of Peruvian coca in traditional Indigenous circuits, much of that grown in the far Cuzqueño
    south.9 Together, coca and cocaine were fleetingly Peru’s fifth-highest export earner and continued to
    excite the developmental imagination of liberal national elites. Peru’s success here, guided by German
    cues, was likely at neighboring Bolivia’s competitive expense, the only other known commercial coca
    producer. By 1900, Bolivia had failed to industrialize any of its productive Yungas coca zone (which in
    the 1880s had exported to France and the United States) and Bolivian coca exports to modern
    commercial uses in the northern hemisphere faded away. But to grasp these Andean circuits roundly we
    need to explore another coca commodity chain: the one between the United States and Peru.
    b) The U.S.-Andean Chain
    North-American interest in coca and cocaine grew after 1860 (explosively after 1884) but in contrast
    to Germany’s scientific cocaine, had a pronounced cultural and political-economic bias towards cocaleaf.
    By 1900, Americans were the world’s largest and most avid consumers and boosters of both
    substances--seemingly “domesticated” all-American goods. By 1910, however, American thinking and
    policies dramatically shifted against both coca and cocaine, and the United States began its long global
    campaign to banish both goods. Over the long-term, U.S. attitudes towards coca must be seen in the
    larger optic of expanding informal (“core- periphery”?) influence in the Andean region.
    North-American fascination with coca leaf, sparked by European curiosity, took on distinctively
    American tones. By the 1870s American medical-men, pharmacists, entrepreneurs and hucksters were
    actively discovering coca. It was soon among the most widespread additives in popular patent remedies
    and tonics, prescribed for a vast range of conditions and ills, real and imagined. Most were related to
    “neurasthenia,” the American condition of “nerve exhaustion” linked to fast-paced modernity and
    urbanization. Thus coca began as a “brain-workers” salve though by the 1880s use was spreading across
    (or down) the social (and racial) spectrum, including products spiked with pure cocaine instead.10
    Pioneering American drug firms, such as Detroit’s Parke-Davis Company, specialized in coca
    medicines. Dozens of leading U.S. physicians experimented with, wrote on and debated the benefits of
    coca (and later cocaine), though its appeal derived mainly from herbalist or “eclectic” healer tradition,
    still a vibrant native alternative to European-style allopathic medicine. The American romance with
    coca resounds in Dr. W. Golden Mortimer classic 1901 tome “History of Coca: The Divine Plant of the
    Incas” (still a wonderful source on coca) and of course lives on in our national ‘soft-drink” Coca-Cola,
    launched in 1886 as a “dry” southern imitation of Mariani’s popular health beverage. By the early
    1900s, the United States imported 600-1,000 metric tons of coca annually, mainly for this popular
    FIGURE 1 : U.S. COCA IMPORTS & COCAINE, 1882-1931
    The United States actively promoted initial Andean coca trades. In 1877, Peru only exported 8,000
    kilograms of coca; Bolivia was an early modest supplier too. During the 1884-87 coca scarcity/price
    crisis, coca supply debates (including domestic growing schemes) raged in American pharmacy journals.
    Parke-Davis sent pioneer ethno-botanist Henry Hurd Rusby--a towering figuring in American
    pharmacy--on a legendary coca mission to Bolivia, to scout out new supplies, processing methods and
    native coca therapies. The U.S. Navy and Andean Consuls in La Paz and Lima worked to identify and
    secure coca supply routes. In the 1890s, U.S. Commercial Attachés in Lima developed contacts with
    local cocaine-makers (even Germanic Kitz) and aided Peruvians to upgrade their shipping and leafdrying
    practices. Peruvian coca producers responded well to these and to market signals, more than
    doubling coca exports during the 1890s. Bolivia, saddled with more tortuous transport and other costs,
    gradually dropped out of overseas sales, by 1910 focusing on regional commerce to migrant “chewers”
    in Bolivia, Northern Argentina, Chile and even southern Peru.
    American pharmaceutical companies and physicians reacted enthusiastically to the 1884 discovery of
    cocaine’s anesthetic powers and expanded its gamut of “modern” medical uses (though realizing soon
    enough cocaine’s dangers and illicit lures). By the mid-1890s, major firms--among them Parke-Davis,
    Schlieffelin, Mallinkrodt, New Jersey Merck--competed vigorously with German suppliers.11 By 1900,
    they refined 5-6 metric tons of cocaine, about a third of world supply; total U.S. consumption (i.e.,
    including Euro-imports) peaked around 9 tons in 1903, or some two-thirds of total global usage of some
    15 tons (see FIGURE 1). Even tariff politics played their part: high effective tariffs on cocaine, with
    herbal coca entering free, strongly favored home production of cocaine from imported leaf. Peruvian
    cocaine processors themselves saw this bias. Combined with the American consumer taste for coca, still
    expanding with Coca-Cola’s (and countless imitators) spectacular successes after 1900, and proximity
    to the Andes (which meant fresher cheaper leaf) the United States never made the German switch to
    large-scale imports of Peruvian crude cocaine. Indeed after 1900, U.S. buyers focused increasingly on a
    distinctive northern coca-leaf circuit in Peru, of western La Libertad, instead of Huánuco’s Amazonian
    cocaine lands or Cuzco’s Indian-leaf zones. Grown under drier conditions, Trujillo-branded leaf was
    deemed more flavorful, less alkaloid, best for tonics. La Libertad’s Sacamanca and Otuzco districts
    evolved into the long-term supply shed of leaf (after 1903 specially de-cocainized) for Coca-Cola,
    organized by regional merchant clans such as the Goicochea’s and Pinillos.12 In short, German and
    North-American “chains” developed around different cultural, business and political principles and even
    articulated to distinguishable zones and networks within the Andes.
    Finally, one should note the first impact of American anti-cocainism. A long story itself--told
    elsewhere--growing American fear and loathing of cocaine (and less rationally coca) was the flip-side to
    early enthusiasm, the ambivalent love-hate “American disease” (David Musto’s term) of drugs as cureall
    and scourge. By 1900, dominant medical and governmental opinion began to turn against licit
    coca/cocaine (along with alcohol and narcotics) and spreading “fiend,” racialized or underclass illicit
    use.13 By 1915, the United States was the lonely crusader in world anti-cocainism, portraying to begin
    with Germany as an evil drug empire. U.S. coca/cocaine controls, legally erected between 1906-1922,
    worked many paradoxical effects, some still with us today, such as the prohibition of harmless consumer
    coca-leaf. As cocaine demand became regulated and reduced, and an intricate system of coca controls
    introduced, the outcome was a high-degree of state-pharmaceuticals cooperation in defining the trade--
    and U.S. interests in or against it. Indeed, by the 1920s only two New Jersey firms (nationalized Merck
    and Coca-Cola partner Maywood Chemical Works) dealt with coca and cocaine, and the business
    assumed a monopoly character. For another thing, U.S. legislation systematized (for control purposes)
    the longer American penchant for leaf imports.14 The effect was a cartelized and state-governed coca
    chain--in that sense, not so different from the cartelized European chain of cocaine.
    c) Global Coca Under Pressure: Circa 1905-10
    By 1905-10, licit cocaine’s apogee, two coca distinctive commodity chains articulated the Andes, and
    increasingly to two differing products and zones within Peru. A pair of revealing documents of the era
    speak eloquently to the far global reach of cocaine after two decades of expansion, and to political
    tensions already emerging along its chains. One, from 1909/10, was a detailed memorandum on cocaine
    of the British Foreign Office (and official Imperial Institute). It was created at behest of Chinese
    officials to inform them about this strange and “pernicious” western drug (which they feared would
    swiftly replace their nineteenth-century opium scourge). The memo surveyed the “bodily effects” of the
    drug and Peruvian sources of commercial supplies of coca-leaf (and interestingly now Java) as well as
    abandoned colonial growing experiments. It laid out Peru’s trade routes: export series of leaf to the
    United States (in 1905-6 2,650,141 lbs worth $488,545) and of crude-cocaine to European Hamburg
    (6,313 kilos for 108,600£ in 1906). The Imperial Institute version still vaunted the prospects of coca in
    colonial Ceylon, strictly for English coca preparations (quickly achieved, for about 24,000 kilos year).
    The Foreign Office memo considered the habits of “cocainists” (in American English, “fiends”), its
    formal ban in China, the new home “Poisons” Acts and their ramifications in the Colonies (Britain
    already had a cocaine problem of sorts in India). To the British, this was a global drug with an
    ambiguous future.15 The second documents are serial reports of the Peruvian Consul-General in New
    York, Eduardo Higginson, as he observed coca trades shift in its principal port of entry over the critical
    juncture 1904-12. Besides statistics and business advice for Peruvian suppliers, Higginson gloated in
    1904 about the remarkable growth of “refreshing and invigorating soda beverages” in the United States
    (offsetting the decried tariff bias against Peru’s cocaine-makers). The coca-leaf business, Peru’s alone,
    should continue up. Mid-way in his tenure in 1907 (the same year Finance Minister Garland lauded
    cocaine as “the essentially Peruvian industry”) Higginson’s coca reports suddenly turn sour. He notes
    mounting new U.S. anti-cocaine sentiment and laws, the sharp drop in New York imports (by some
    50%), and calls for Peruvians to form a “trust” to handle this volatile market (something cocaine
    magnate Durand was trying to do). By 1912, Higginson’s reports read more like coca’s post-mortem:
    relating the bad news of new Asian competition that swiftly dampened Peruvian prospects; Peru’s sole
    salvation in this business was to shift itself into fine-grade “elaborated cocaine.” As such documents
    tell, not only was cocaine by 1910 a truly global commodity--it was rife with global contradictions.
    2. DIVVYING-UP GLOBAL COCA, 1910-1950
    1910-50 represents cocaine’s declining middle age between the drug’s licit peak and its global post-
    1950 (source and end-market) prohibition. From production of more than 15 tons or more in 1905, total
    use likely halved by 1930; by 1950 the U.N. set legal world medicinal needs at under 4 metric tons.
    Three factors drove this steady fall: a narrowing of medical usage (anesthesia) by substitutes and by
    medical opinion; anti-cocaine laws and campaigns by states and international organizations (efforts most
    focused on narcotics); and market withdrawal and diversification of vulnerable producers and coca
    planters. As yet, illicit cocaine barely compensated, after a fleeting emergence (from surplus
    pharmaceutical stocks) from the teens to early 1920s. The United States, the largest consumer-market,
    initiated national restrictions in the 1906 FDA Acts followed by a federal ban (in the 1914 Harrison Act)
    and a full import- control system by 1922.16 Less successfully, they also pushed global cocaine controls
    at the Hague (Opiates) Conventions of 1912-14 and at successive League-of-Nations’ sponsored Geneva
    anti-narcotics Conventions starting in 1924-25.
    Rather than vanish, cocaine divided into a trio of more politically-constructed and geographicallydefined
    global commodity chains. The first was an unexpected Dutch colonial- mercantilist Java-
    European chain, which by 1915 swiftly displaced Peruvian producers. The second was Japan’s statepromoted
    and shadowy pan-Asian circuit, launched in the 1920s-30s in response to League and
    industrial imperatives. The third chain was the surviving U.S.-Andean nexus: increasingly tied to
    corporate privilege (mainly Coca-Cola’s) and drug control (under Harry Anslinger’s FBN), and on the
    Peruvian end, dividing into coca and cocaine circuits and nationalist hopes of rescue. This market
    encrustation is hardly unexpected for such a now politicized and declining commodity. A global market
    of coca and cocaine, built in the prior period, ceased to exist.
    a) The Dutch Colonial Coca Boom, 1905-1930
    The speed of the Dutch rise to predominance in world coca and cocaine trades took the world by
    surprise, especially the Peruvians, who in 1900 still felt they enjoyed a natural (Incan) birthright to the
    global coca market. In 1904 Dutch Java (now of Indonesia) exported only 26 tons of coca leaf; this
    soared to 800 in 1912 and a mass industrial supply of 1,700 tons in 1920, to a glutted world market. The
    Dutch built an especially productive and integrated industrial cocaine regime, yet it was also dismantled
    by decree almost as quickly as it arose.
    Dutch scientific-commercial interest in coca dates to the 1850s, but plantings began in the mid-1880s
    when such botanical experiments spread among the European colonial powers. One advantage was
    accidental: the abnormally high-alkaloid coca-bush Javan planters got from the colonial botanical
    gardens at Buitenzorg descended from one strand of Peruvian Erythroxylon novogranatense, originally
    from Kew. It contained twice (up to 1.5%) the cocaine content of quality Huánuco leaf but in a tricky to
    refine ecgonine crystallized form, practically useless for herbal coca products. Given Peru’s rapid move
    into crude cocaine in the 1885-1900 era, not much interest was evinced in Javan coca, though small lots
    reached European markets.
    After 1900, several factors suddenly focused Dutch interest in coca/cocaine, spurred on by national
    botanical specialists like de Jong and Reens. One was establishment in 1900 of Amsterdam’s large
    state-bank subsidized “Nederlandsch Cocainefabrieck (NCF), based on copying advanced German
    patents for ecgonine-cocaine extraction. The second were steady investments in plantation productivity
    and quality. Cheap Chinese field labor, four-crops yearly, economies of scale and technical
    rationalization, inter-cropping with colonial rubber and tea projects, all made Javan plantation efficiency
    dwarf the haphazard peasant-style coca culture of the Andes. By 1911 they captured a quarter of the
    world market, filtered through Amsterdam into a high-margin fully-integrated cocaine industry (see
    TABLE 2).17 World War I spurred further European reliance on this coca corridor. Dutch industrialgrade
    coca also made it to Japan, Belgium, France and even to the United States; in the 1920s,
    impressed by its reliable quality, New Jersey Merck acquired its own Javan plantation, which performed
    well into the 1930s. Three world “cores”of cocaine now existed: Darmstadt, northern New Jersey and
    Amsterdam, with an enlarged NCF the biggest single producer. Together, they dramatically reduced
    prospects for Peruvian coca (wiped off of European markets from 1908-15) and crude cocaine (confined
    to a now struggling German sector). Peruvian coca/cocaine export values dropped by some 95% by the
    1920s. Peruvians watched these developments helplessly, without the time, capital or technical
    expertise to respond.18
    Paradoxically, almost as quickly as it arose the Dutch cocaine network receded. By 1920, Java coca
    could basically satisfy full world cocaine demand of 12 tons; prices plummeted and profits zigzagged
    throughout the 1920s. The NCF even began making Novocain, cocaine’s latest synthetic substitute.
    Price controls emerged to manage the surplus. Assisted by the League of Nations itself (interested
    mainly in drug-control formulas) a new formal European cocaine syndicate (no puns on Colombian
    “cartels”) was formed in 1924 with eight firms: “The European Convention of Cocaine Producers.” It
    included the NCF and the three largest German makers (only domestic French, British, German and
    Russian firms stayed apart). At first, this meant more directed purchases from Java but also steadily
    declining cocaine quotas. A Dutch national “Association of Coca Producers” also formed, which soon
    worked to downsize itself and diversify into alternative crops. In the late 1920s, Dutch production
    shrunk systematically (see FIGURE 2) From 1929-31, the Netherlands, in contradictory political
    moves, opted to comply fully with the coca-cocaine export controls of the League’s Geneva
    Manufacturing limitation agreements (despite disagreements with U.S. anti-drug strategies and with a
    fiscal favoritism for colonial opium farmers). With a tiny home market, NCF output withered to 250-
    300 kilos annually.19 Japan’s World War II invasion of Java mortally disrupted the corridor and the
    subsequent U.S. occupation led to the (mandated) destruction of remaining coca plantings in Java. It
    had been a brief but spectacular political marriage of colonialist state, industry and planter. (And a
    reminder today that coca could easily escape the Andes for other tropical realms if enough pressure is
    b) Japanese Imperial Cocaine
    The Japanese cocaine network of the 1920s and 1930s is even less known and may have been
    spurred by the dramatic Dutch example, as well as a number of intriguing chain-crossings. By the
    1930s, Japan was one of the largest producers and purveyors of cocaine to east and south Asia, though
    the statistics (and licitness) of this state-sanctioned trade remain clouded in mystery and controversy.
    The first Japanese involvements with coca and cocaine were responses to Western initiatives. Jokichi
    Takamine, a brilliant Japanese chemist (still know for Adrenaline) had worked for Parke-Davis in the
    1890s, at height of their cocaine age, and brought this expertise back to Japan’s growing Sankyo
    Pharmaceuticals, before becoming its vice-president in the late teens. Colonial sugar interests in
    Formosa (Taiwan) began investing in coca around the same time, though processors began by
    purchasing Java and Peruvian coca (and crude cocaine) until self- sufficiency was achieved in the 1930s.
    In 1917, Hoshi Pharmaceuticals actually acquired a major coca tract smack in the middle of Peru’s
    Huallaga valley, the Tulumayo property; this was not only a source of coca but likely of knowledge
    about the larger business. Other firms obtained Java plantations.20 Another influence were a number of
    German pharmaceutical firms, which after 1912 export-controls on cocaine and opiates, began using
    Japanese companies for transshipments (especially to forbidden China) from the teens through 1920s
    (see TABLE 3). Given the European cocaine surplus, these transfers became substantial: some years
    saw more than 4,000 pounds of cocaine pass through Japan in this semi-licit trade.
    Japan’s role, in narcotics in general, has been read in two contrary ways, and international warnings
    sounded from the start. In one sense, it fit Japan’s Asian-oriented industrialization process and
    expansive trade sphere. Starting during World War I, Japan sought self-sufficiency in the face of trade
    disruptions and a close relation of state and large firms was a basic feature of Japanese business.
    Pharmaceuticals constituted an important sign of scientific “modernization.” So to Japan, drug exports
    were a normal business. Japan--which experienced no domestic drug scare--did not share in novel
    western ideals of demarcating “illicit” and “licit” substances (and later of course dropped from the
    League). A second view--rooted in U.S. and League concerns of the 1920s and in testimony at the
    Tokyo War Crimes trials--considers Japan’s involvement extraordinary or nefarious. It was based on
    deliberate deception (to western drug-control bodies) and on militarist or imperialist profiteering in
    illicit sales across Asia.21 Without subscribing to conspiracy or Japan-bashing, we can at least conceive
    of the Japanese chain as emerging from the shadows of growing League jurisdictions over cocaine. An
    increasing autonomous Asian coca-cocaine network appeared from 1920-45.
    TABLE 4: JAPANESE DRUG PRODUCTION: 1919/23--1935/39
    By 1920, Japan itself produced more than 4,000 lbs. of cocaine, which then doubled to 8,000 by
    1922 (see TABLE 4). Officials figures for the 1930s shrunk to just under 2,000 lbs., if considered by
    some historians and contemporary League officials as doctored for international consumption. (This is a
    hard charge to prove, though Karch has tried by putative estimates of coca-alkaloid capacity.) Exports
    across Asia officially dropped to negligible levels, though complaints registered about Japanese firms
    and reporting, as well as cases of deliberate smuggling (such as the “Fujitsuru” and “Taiwan Governor”
    brand vials in India). Other specialists have noted growing diplomatic cooperation between Japan and
    international drug officials, at least until the invasions of Manchuria and China, when opiates became a
    major issue. The firms making cocaine and morphine were among Japan’s largest: Hoshi, Sankyo, Koto
    and Shiongo Pharmaceuticals, and enjoyed growing links to major trading trusts (such as Mitsui and
    Mitsubishi) and to interlocking governmental, colonial and military officials. In 1934, we know that
    Taiwan’s Kagi district kept 694 acres under intensive coca cultivation (by Taiwan Shoyaku and Hoshi);
    earlier plots on Iowa Jima and Okinawa fall off the record. About 300,000 pounds of Formosan leaf
    were harvested annually in the late 1930s. Peruvian imports were officially discontinued in 1938 (in
    fact, Peru nationalized Tulumayo, which had a colorful subsequent history of its own).22 By World War
    II, the whole pharmaceutical industry, self- sufficient in imperial Japan, came under war-government
    jurisdiction. In that sense, if cocaine was indeed marketed for non-medical purposes across occupied
    Asia--and the evidence mainly concerns opiates--the state bore responsibility. In any case, Taiwanese
    coca was demolished by war and the entire pharmaceutical industry reorganized (without cocaine) under
    the U.S. Occupation of Japan in 1945 (its previous practices an explicit charge of U.S. tribunals). A
    two- decade autonomous coca sphere abruptly ended.
    c) The U.S.-Andean Chain, 1910-1950
    Though not self-evident, I maintain that despite such competitors and its relative quantitative decline,
    the U.S.-Andean (Peruvian) chain proved the most resilient and significant in the long- term histories of
    coca and cocaine. Modern coca/cocaine commodity trades germinated in 1890's Peru, with the United
    States the defining core consumer market; modern U.S. anti- cocaine policies incubated (1910-50s) in
    this particular relationship. And in the 1960s-70s, when illicit cocaine took off, the chain that reinvented
    itself in this novel form began in eastern Peru and made its way famously to Miami and Hollywood. It is
    the historically-loaded chain, even if marked by shrinking licit exchange during most of the twentieth
    century (see TABLE 5).
    The aggregate statistics of decline (as seen from Peru) show that coca trades (which went mainly to
    the United States) fell from on average 584,000 kilos (over a million lbs) from 1909- 1913 to 242,000
    (1919-23) to 128,000 (1929-33), before climbing to the 300-400,000 lb range during World War II (for
    emergency Coca-Cola and war uses). Crude cocaine exports, mainly from greater Huánuco, fell from
    over 10 metric tons in its peak (1905-6, mainly to Germany) to one ton (i.e., 1000 kilos) in 1927 and a
    fluctuating 200-900 kilos throughout the 1930s. By the 1920s, no crude cocaine entered the United
    States (strictly prohibited by law) though Peruvians had diversified a bit with a surge of new buyers
    from Japan and France. However by the mid- 1930s, a politically-risky Germany was Peru’s sole
    remaining cocaine mart. Combined export revenues slumped below 200,000 soles for most of the 1930s.
    Because of wobbling downward prices as well, the full fall of coca/cocaine export values from its early
    twentieth-century peak was on the order of 95%. It was a painful collapse, especially given the early
    national hopes for cocaine. Economically, coca and cocaine remained significant for Peru only in
    regional terms.
    Looking at those regions provides a sense of the reconfiguration of Peruvian coca/cocaine circuits
    (Bolivia’s now were confined entirely to traditional users). The notable fact is that as Peruvian cocaine
    came under market and legal adversity it neither “modernized” itself (as some called, into a fullyintegrated
    or technologically-upgraded sector) nor converted into illicit trades from the source areas
    (which did not appear anywhere until the 1950s).
    A major shift was the move of coca-leaf back into the “home market” of traditional users. During the
    late 1890s boom, as much as a third of Peruvian coca went into export channels (though I still wonder
    about that figure), but by the 1930s-1940s the tradeable was a far smaller share, by most estimates
    around 3%. In part, this market involution reflected the steady multiplication of Peru’s rural folk
    (Indians) during the twentieth century. Coca for traditional uses went from under 4.8 (thousand) metric
    tons in the mid-1920s (i.e., 4.8 million kilos) to 5.4 by 1930 to over 6 by 1940, and onto 8-11 million
    kilos by the 1950s. Regionally, this reflected an advancing coca frontier, heralded by national
    agronomists, mostly to the newer southern tropical regions (especially Cuzco’s La Convención valley)
    close to the indigenous “Mancha India,” which had once taken in Bolivian coca. In the early 1940s, in a
    crude guess, one U.S. expert estimated Peru entire leaf crop at 6,840,000 pounds with 6,000,000 used by
    the nation’s two million male chewers (females, who certainly did use it, somehow didn’t count). Peru’s
    three coca circuits would have been defined as: Northern (La Libertad, largely for export-cola
    flavorings) 1,600,000 lbs or 16.5%; Central Area (i.e., greater Huánuco, for crude cocaine and central
    regional leaf trades) at 2,240,000 lbs or 33%; and Southern (mostly Cuzco) at 3 million or 47% (See
    FIGURE 3). Even the specialists evidently jumbled coca numbers, for example here pounds and kilos 23
    In terms of regional networks, northern leaf growers (in Otuzco or Sacamanca districts) remained tied
    into the powerful Pinillos export clan, who worked exclusively for Maywood Chemical Company
    (Coca-Cola’s agent in the trade), for about two- thirds of all local coca. A few took occasional forays
    here into crude cocaine-making. Huánuco’s economic hub remained crude cocaine, however depressed
    and technologically backward. Local Chinese merchants plied provincial coca trades to upland Junín
    and peasant- driven coca frontiers were opening in Monzón and downstream Tingo María. About 6-10
    crude- cocaine workshops, still using Kitz’s 1890s techniques, worked the industry, mainly part-time,
    largely on demand. They were led by a new regional magnet, merchant Andrés Avelino Soberón, who
    kept close ties to German consigners and lenders but who was always trying to diversify (especially into
    the closed U.S. market for cocaine). The southern hot zone of colonizing haciendas was deemed less
    strategic, with its low-alkaloid non-export leaf, though here registered the only campaigns to upgrade
    coca agricultural practices.
    Peruvian politics of coca/cocaine after 1910, treated in detail elsewhere, also connected to
    developments at the other end of the chain. Growing world anti-cocainism filtered to Peru, in a great
    turnabout around 1905-25, via science, politics and markets. In medical science, the idea of cocaine as a
    poisonous or addictive narcotic paradoxically mutated in Peru into growing anti- coca sentiments, coca
    as backwards and harmful to development. Combined with prejudice against the country’s Indian
    majority, this fueled novel anti-coca hygienics movements by the 1930s; cocaine, paradoxically, was
    still considered a modern western good with no local abusers. U.S. and League pressures to restrict
    cocaine and coca after 1920 were actively ignored by Peruvian officials, whose main strategy was to
    avoid (or drag their feet on) international drug fora.24 In part defending Huánuco interests, officials
    sincerely felt that anti-drug campaigns discriminated against Peru. By the mid-1920s, Peruvian health
    officials embraced a few modern (i.e., U.S.-style) narcotics controls; only in the mid-1940s did such
    regulation turn into police functions, prelude to criminalizing of legal cocaine-making in 1947-49.
    Meantime in the 1930s a vociferous counter-movement arose--led by Dr. Carlos Enrique Paz Soldán--to
    nationalize and modernize the entire coca/cocaine industry, in a large state monopoly, in outright
    resistance to encroaching global constraints on cocaine. One of Peru’s most outspoken national medical
    figures, Paz Soldán was appalled by cocaine’s falling fortunes as well as spreading Indian coca use (see
    FIGURE 4). The idea, which gathered some support, was for Peru to face the world as the sole
    sanctioned exporter of this medicinal necessity. In short, external market and political pressures led to a
    schizophrenic and increasingly statist discourse on coca and cocaine. Commodity segmentation worked
    in strange ways.
    The United States still managed the far end of this hemispheric chain (save for the modest Hamburg
    entrepot until the eve of World War II) with controls increasingly sealed around coca and cocaine. The
    chief characteristics of the U.S. cocaine network were: specialization in coca chains (and de-cocainized
    coca syrup); state-assisted monopolies in cocaine processing; a total (and largely working) prohibition in
    the domestic market; and the intensification of global of campaigns against still-licit coca and cocaine
    elsewhere. Prohibitions only bore fruit after World War II with the destruction of the three extant chains
    (Dutch, Japanese, German) and Peru’s entry into the Allied sphere.
    The United States had been the undisputed world capital of coca/cocaine use, and a pioneer in its
    popular abuse, and after 1910 worked passionately to reverse that equation. And there is little doubt that
    illicit (as well as medicinal) use of cocaine largely dried up in the United States after 1920, though the
    reasons remain unclear. Popular coca products became entirely banned and eliminated, with the notable
    exception of booming and cocaine-free Coca-Cola. One factor was a “political economy” of cocaine
    control that emerged out of the prior North American penchant for coca-leaf and (by 1920) the
    concentration of coca handling in two firms, New Jersey Merck and nearby Maywood Chemical.25
    Rather than regulate thousands of pharmacists, dentists or physicians at the retail level, the United States
    pinched cocaine at the top. By 1920, these two firms had become close intermediaries of the emerging
    federal anti-drug bureaucracy (FBN), exchanging intelligence and favors and ensuring that only bulky
    supervised coca-leaf entered the port of New York. Every detail of the distillation process--of
    “Merchandise No. 5" (Coca- Cola’s secret de-cocainized extract, made by Maywood from Trujillo leaf)
    and of Merck’s high- grade medicinal cocaine--were religiously regulated by the FBN. For a time this
    system functioned well, hastening the disappearance of illicit cocaine in the 1920s as well as helping to
    ensure the monopoly successes of Coca-Cola against competitors (and its monopsony with coca sellers
    in Peru). Coke/Maywood focused exclusively on northern Peru, forging a closed corporate-family
    commodity chain with the Pinillos clan; they even won its own Congressional legal status, as “Specialleaf
    imports.” As legal and illegal cocaine shrank, and consumer Coca- Cola addiction rose, these
    special or non-medicinal imports grew to a larger and larger portion of Peruvian shipments (see TABLE
    6). By World War II, the United States consumed twice as much coca in beverages (more than 200,000
    kilos annually) than was used in making residual medicinal cocaine (less than 1,000 kilos a year). By the
    mid-1920s, a diversified Merck, the monopoly U.S. cocaine maker, turned to imported leaf from its own
    plantations (in Tjitembong, Java) in effect, building its own in-house state-governed coca-cocaine
    commodity chain. Merck looked to Peru only during and after the war; by the mid-1950s, they gave up
    making cocaine and simply bought and distributed Maywood’s Coca-Cola cocaine residue. In effect, all
    legal American cocaine became a byproduct of the Coca-Cola empire.
    & ‘NON-MEDICINAL’ (COLAS), 1923-1959
    American cocaine politics abroad were partly a side-show of more general “anti-Narcotics
    diplomacy,” where the United States (with few colonial interests) became the major force behind
    erecting and extending a world system of cocaine prohibitions, via ongoing Geneva Conventions of the
    League of Nations. The first target were the Germans, then the Japanese and finally an errant Peru and
    Bolivia. To some extent this campaign slowly worked, by defining and reducing “legitimate” cocaine
    spheres after 1920; it also backfired, for example by spurring the expansive shadow Japanese chain.
    Overall, the inter-war era presents a major paradox in drug control: while a multiplicity of global
    cocaine chains existed, the United States experienced an idyllic era in terms of cocaine as an active
    domestic social problem. Moreover, the United States still exerted little or no limiting control at the
    periphery--coca-growing areas--which as early as 1915 American diplomats had voiced as their ultimate
    solution. In the 1920s and 1930s, partly to pressure Peru, and partly to back Coca-Cola, U.S. officials
    began taking a deep interest in Peruvian coca and cocaine. Their biggest achievement was establishing a
    FBN-State Department drug-intelligence web in Peru, facilitated by Maywood and Coca-Cola Company
    executives and contacts. Slowly, more North-American notions of modern drug control filtered to Peru,
    though (in the forms just noted) the Peruvians (and more so Bolivians) resisted imported anti-coca
    strategies.26 Poring over DEA records, one finds scant evidence of direct American meddling in Andean
    drug policies prior to World War II (though a lot after). However, in the largest sense the United States
    increasingly structured the options available for Peru in this realm (by its ban on cocaine imports, by
    slashing world markets and by obstructing national schemes of drug control).
    World War II was the definitive turning point here. During the war itself--ever significant for
    commodity chains--the United States closed Peruvian participation in the Japanese and German outlets
    and Java (occupied by Japan) fell off the map. The American focus fell on Peru just as state-to-state
    (Good-Neighbor) ties intensified through the course of the conflict, and afterwards with the advent of
    the Cold war. Cocaine became defined strategically along with broader war- time meanings of “licit”
    and “contraband” trades, with now collaborating U.S.-Peruvian agents watching all facets of the
    network.27 By 1945, even many Peruvian officials saw the need for coca and cocaine restrictions and
    commercial prospects for the dying Huánuco industry became unmistakably constricted by post-war
    U.S. hegemony. As an anti-coca consensus gathered at the new American-inspired U.N. drug agencies,
    exemplified by the well-known 1947 U.N. “Commission of Enquiry into the Problem of Coca-Leaf,”
    Peru rushed dramatically in 1947-49 to outlaw cocaine-making and even begin on paper regulating the
    Indian coca bush, under the auspices of a new national coca monopoly. Thus in 1950, a commodity
    chain born almost a century before, ended--at least in its licit market phase.
    c) Global Cocaine Under Pressure: Circa 1940
    A rich set of documents epitomizes both the global character and Peruvian vector of declining
    commercial coca by the 1940s. In 1943 New Jersey Merck sent chemist Emile Pilli on a mission to
    scope out the decrepit Peruvian industry, as the war cut off Merck’s Asian leaf supply. His 50- page
    monograph “The Coca Industry of Peru” surveys all three of Peru’s coca-growing and cocaine-making
    zones--Central, Northern, Southern--in firsthand detail. It was industrial espionage at its best. The firm
    coveted at least some of Peru’s 6.6 million pound crop, which Pilli fleshes out in terms of cultivation
    culture, uses (coca-chewing an official worry now), exports, labor costs, climate, harvests, drying, sales
    and distribution networks. Virtually every leading merchant, hacendado or cocaine-maker is accounted
    for, in each regional cluster. If willing to tread on competitor Maywood’s northern territory, Pilli as a
    cocaine-maker focused on the rapidly changing situation and post-war prospects in greater Huánuco--
    with its severed German and Japanese connections, primitive factories, rising Chinese entrepreneurs and
    nascent jungle coca frontier. What would happen after a temporary war-boom? Pilli vied for
    “modernization” of commercial links to coca zones and even the U.S.-sanctioned local production of
    “pure salts”of cocaine-hydrochlorides.28 (The one thing he did not foresee was illicit cocaine). This
    report exudes a businessman’s distance and pragmatism--unlike the suspicion-laden official intelligence
    reports of U.S. Commercial attaché William Burdett (who inspected Huánuco’s industry in 1931), the
    missionary new Embassy (anti-)“Coca Reports” on the Andes, or the classic romantic coca “boosterism”
    of William Reid’s “Commodity of Commerce” pamphlet “Coca: A Plant of the Andes”--which saw its
    last printing for “the average reader” in 1938.
    This U.S. optic on Peru, rather than on distinctive global coca chains, was indicative of the dramatic
    shifts at work during World War II. The last world-wide accounting of coca/cocaine had registered in
    the mid-1930s, when the League of Nation’s (with State-Department prodding) attempted to assess the
    then-globalized final production of all legal “narcotic drugs.” For cocaine per se, they counted 10 small
    export “crude” factories across Peru; Merck and Maywood, naturally, in the depressed U.S. home
    market; Amsterdam’s centralized NCF factory (with its gamut of products); 6 diversified German plants
    (Boerhinger, Hoffman-La Roche, Knoll, E. Merck, Riedel, Chininfabrik, for Nazis at home and abroad);
    4 reported authorized firms in Imperial Japan (domestic and export) plus the Shinei plant of the “Taiwan
    Drug Manufacturing Co. Ltd.” making crude and refined cocaine. And internal-market coca alkaloid
    lines still existed in such scattered nations as Argentina, Belgium, France (two), Britain, Brazil (for coca
    extracts), Poland, Russia, Switzerland (some export) and Czechoslovakia.29 The dream was to build a
    formal international regime around all drug “Manufacturing”--managing from these heights the
    progressive extinction of medicinal cocaine before eradicating the coca-fields at the other end of the
    chains in the Andes, Java and Taiwan. It never happened: the dislocation and destruction of these
    commodity chains in the war, and the rise of a novel illicit one in the decade to follow, doomed hopes
    for ending cocaine.
    3. EPILOGUE: Illicit Cocaine Chains, 1950-2000
    demise as a modern global drug between 1860 and 1950. These were not just inter- connected
    markets of supply and demand, but institutionalized channels for the flow of science and medicine,
    political ideas and influences, and varied attempts at monopoly and drug control. They were segmented
    by changing cultural tastes for coca-cocaine and by shifting colonial and neo-colonial spheres. They
    reflected varied levels and forms of (often core-periphery) power as well, between motley unequal
    actors and relationships involved in the growing, processing, marketing, regulation and use and misuse
    of these substances.30 In many ways, over the long run these commodity chains (and the tensions along
    and between them) helped construct the initial nineteenth-century “legitimacy” of coca and cocaine, and
    in reverse, structured their progressive criminality over the twentieth century.
  17. Tabaluga

    Tabaluga Silver Member

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    Nov 19, 2007
    from Australia
    Re: Australian erythroxylum & coca grown for cocaine history

    Just wanted to point out some untruths posted here in regards to Erythroxylum legality in Australia. Here is the reality:

    Cocaine is controlled in all states under the federal criminal code act and each state drug act. In all states any substance containing a scheduled substance is deemed to be that substance, ie a leaf containing cocaine is deemed to be cocaine. hence any part of a plant that contains cocaine is illegal once harvested from the plant.

    Each state also lists Erythroxylum coca in the respective drug schedules. Some states also list E. novogranatense and some states include 'all species that contain cocaine'. Only the state of NSW has scheduled ALL Erythroxylum species, which is a constant source of amusement to australian ethnobotanists as E.australe is actually native to this state.

    In all other states it is superfically legal to possess Erythroxylum species that are devoid of cocaine.

    Once needs to be weary though of analogs clauses that apply in all states. The native species may well contain an analog of cocaine which may make the possession of the harvested herbal material [incl seeds] illegal. However, in all states except Qld the live plant would not be included in such analogs law as a live plant is not regarded as a 'preparation' which is the keyword in the legislation. Qld does not make this distinction.

    This intense kind of scrutiny would only apply if you were to set up a commercial operation of some sort, but would never make it to court for a plant collector.

    So, for people outside NSW it would seem pretty safe to collect, grow and experiment with these species.

    One word of caution though about E.australe. A bioassay of a couple of leaves left me choking very badly. Some nasty acetylcholineric activity going on.
  18. kickinit233

    kickinit233 Silver Member Newbie

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    Apr 20, 2015
    from California
    Re: Australian erythroxylum & coca grown for cocaine history

    How did you consume the leaves?