Coca Leaf Chewing and Activation
What do you use to activate the coca? Are the coca leaves or plant legally available in El Norte?
Stan's response: I actually take the coca leaf particles from tea bags that I purchase in Health Food Stores in Quito.
I cut open the tea bag and empty the contents into my cheek. I then mix a pinch of sodium bicarbonate (baking soda) into the coca and begin chewing gently. The idea is to let the mixture brew a bit without swallowing many of the leaf particles.
After a while, a subtle numbness sets into the mouth and tongue. That is how you know it is working. Coca helps to bolster energy, especially at higher altitudes. It also suppresses the apatite.
I don't know if coca leaves are legal or not in El Norte. You might check with the local police.