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The Bolivian coca leaf: from cultural symbol to quest for decriminalization 

The coca leaf is part of the Bolivian identity, and its use is widespread in culture, tradition, and health.

For years, authorities have been trying to remove this plant, considered sacred by the Andean people, from the list of narcotics to promote the country's industrialization.

The consumption of the coca leaf, which dates back to Inca times, is part of the customs of the Bolivian population: infusions, "acullico" or "pijcheo", which means chewing, coca flour dissolved in drinks to relieve cold, hunger, fatigue or altitude sickness, or its use as a compress for blows or wounds.

Bolivian law recognizes . . .

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