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Nicotine/Cocaine plants in Afrika/Asia

burglin at ubaclu.unibas.ch burglin at ubaclu.unibas.ch
Wed Jan 29 13:27:49 EST 1997


I have a strange question.
There are reports of nicotine and cocaine
being found in Egyptian mummies.  In particular
the cocains is supposed to be in quite high 

Now, Erythroxylum is described as:
"Erythroxylum as having 250
species found mainly in the Americas and Madagascar (a little closer t
o Egypt)."

So, several questions: are there plants with cocains & or nicotine
found in Africa/Asia.
Somehow, I have the suspicion that those reports about nicotine/cocaine
perhaps describe even the same compound.
Are there perhaps other plants with similar alkaloids known
in Afrika/Asia, that could be mistaken either for cocaine/nicotine
in superficial examinations?
(since these reports are based on "Sunday Times" and TV documentaries,
and have apparently not seen a professional journal yet,
there is no way to asess the quality of the analysis)

Thank you for any information.

Thomas Burglin

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