Cocaine: Fact or fiction

Last modified: Thursday, 25. December 2008 - 10:10 am

Coca-Cola once contained cocaine

It is true that when Coca-Cola was first produced in the mid-1880s it contained cocaine. In fact, the drink derives its name from its two “medicinal ingredients” — coca leaves and kola nuts. No one really knows how much cocaine Coca-Cola originally contained, but it certainly contained some. By 1902, the amount of cocaine in an ounce of Coca-Cola syrup was as little as 1/400 of a grain, and by 1905 all cocaine was eliminated from the beverage.

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