Cocaine: Global Histories by Paul Gootenberg

By Paul Gootenberg

Cocaine examines the increase and fall of this infamous substance from its valid use through scientists and medics within the 19th century to the overseas prohibitionist regimes and drug gangs of at the present time. issues explored include:
* Amsterdam's complicated cocaine culture
* the manufacture, sale and regulate of cocaine within the United States
* Japan and the Southeast Asian cocaine industry
* export of cocaine prohibitions to Peru
* intercourse, medicines and race in early smooth London
Cocaine unveils new fundamental assets and covert social, cultural and political variations to make clear cocaine's hidden heritage.

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Of all the over-the-counter preparations that contained cocaine, the catarrh cures were condemned as dangerous with the greatest frequency – and not without some justification. 19 Case histories of cocaine-addicted patients indicate that many of them began using preparations for asthma and catarrh, although many eventually adopted the use of pure cocaine. 32 Joseph F. Spillane Again, however, reports of cocaine’s abuse often made little distinction between various kinds of product. Low-potency soft drinks and coca wines, for example, stood accused of creating cocaine addicts as well.

These regulations usually prohibited or limited only certain forms of cocaine, or its sale in large amounts. In 1913, the New York State legislature passed the Delahanty Measure, which restricted the stocks of druggists to only 5 ounces at a time. The Measure also banned the sale of flake or crystal cocaine, the form of cocaine that was used for cocaine sniffing. 29 Another New York proposal, the Walker Anti-Cocaine bill, which was strongly supported by the drug lobby, confined druggists to a stock of no more than 1 ounce at a time, and limited the sale of cocaine in solution to 4 percent cocaine (the strength most commonly employed in its use as an anesthetic).

Candler in 1891, who took sales of the company’s soft drink to over one million dollars by 1903. A host of competitors Sale and control of cocaine in the US 25 joined Coca-Cola in the coca-beverage business, selling products such as Cafe-Coca, Kos-Kola, Kola-Ade, Celery-Cola, Koca-Nola, Wiseola, Rococola, and Vani-Kola. Nearly all employed a fluid extract of coca in their formula, with the result that none of these soft drinks contained large amounts of cocaine. Few 6-ounce glasses of soft drinks contained more than 5–6 milligrams of cocaine, and most delivered considerably less.

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