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
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.