For a long time I didn’t know that cocaine had medical benefits, or that various forms of the drug found in the coca plant were being used every day in American medicine. All I knew is that rats in laboratories would choose cocaine over food until they died of starvation. I heard that statistic way back when I was a kid, when my little brain was hungry for anything that might present itself as knowledge. It freaked me out, and made me terrified of any mention of the drug. When I found out that it was a medicine, and a commonly used one at that, I did a little more research.
It turns out that the rat study is wrong, in that the premise itself is fundamentally flawed. But we’ll get to that.
First, let’s talk about the coca plant. Continue reading “Thoughts That Hurt To Think #006 – Cocaine or Freedom?”