Nothing compares to the rush one feels after a long sip of a chilled glass of Coco-Cola. The sweet taste and fizzy sensation has been serving people since 19th century.
But wait, do you think that is all?
Coca-Cola, as the name suggests, consisted of two main ingredients when it was launched: Coca leaves and Kola nuts (‘K’ for Kola was replaced with ‘C’ for marketing purposes). The cocaine was derived from the Coca leaves and Caffeine from the Kola nuts. (For comparison, a typical dose or "line" of cocaine is 50–75 mg.)
In 1981, when Coca-Cola’s developers were busy perfecting the drink, the attitude of people at that time towards cocaine is described by Frederick Allen:
“The first stirrings of a national debate had begun over the negative aspects of cocaine, and manufacturers were growing defensive over charges that use of their products might lead to ‘cocainism’ or the ‘cocaine habit’. The full-throated fury against cocaine was still a few years off, and Candler and Robinson were anxious to continue promoting the supposed benefits of the coca leaf, but there was no reason to risk putting more than a tiny bit of coca extract in their syrup. They cut the amount to a mere trace.”
Until 1903, Coco-Cola contained an estimated nine milligrams of cocaine per glass.
After 1904, Coca-Cola started using cocaine free Coca leaves for its manufacture.
Long after when Coca-Cola had ceased to contain any significant amount of cocaine, in the US, ‘dope’ remained a common idiom for Coca-Cola, and "dope-wagons" were trucks that transported it.
Coca-Cola became completely cocaine free till 1929, when scientists perfected the process of removing all the harmful elements from the Coca leaf extract.
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