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Coca Leaf, Hyper-Migraines, And The American Way Of Life


This excerpt from W. S. Searles’s 1881 book “A New Form Of Nervous Disease” focuses on why this new set of symptoms should have emerged in America when it apparently had not yet been seen in the rest of the world. Readers in today’s world of 2014 may find it fascinating to see how little has changed in the national psyche since Dr. Searles wrote this in 1881.


It Is Not “Just In Your Head”

Severe and debilitating nervousness, in many forms and to a degree before unknown in any country, is being rapidly developed in this land and age, is a melancholy fact to which the eyes of American physicians are being speedily opened. Our climate is stimulating, our habits are stimulating, the struggle for existence is stimulating, and human nature is over-driven on every side. May not Coca be destined to be the grand palliative of these conditions, and the useful sustainer of exertion among our professional and business men? Contributing so marvelously to endurance both of mind and body, and doing this with certainly less injury to the system than any cognate substance known, I look to Coca as the great preserver of life and health in future generations.

From what has been said of the nature and effects of Coca it will be seen that I do not regard this plant in the light of a drug, any more, at least, than coffee, tea, or tobacco can be so termed. Nor, indeed, is it as susceptible of application as a drug as those substances even; since its effects upon the body are marked by much less disturbance than those of any of them. To be of value as a drug, a substance must have pathogenetic power. It is, then, not as a drug that we should regard Coca, though its sphere in medical practice is destined to be a very wide, and an immensely important one. Its place is that of a food, or, if you please, supplemental or adjunct to food. Its economic uses in the community will be of a high grade, and its employment in the army, navy, and merchant marine will be still higher. It will sustain the life of many an exhausted soldier and ship-wrecked sailor. Had our army at Gettysburg been supplied with it, Lee and his troops need never have been allowed to re-cross the Potomac. A bale of it should form part of the supply of every ship, since, in case of shipwreck, it would sustain life much longer than a corresponding amount of food. Physiology teaches us that where there is use in the body, there is waste: where there is waste, there must be repair; for repair there must be food; and for food to become fitted for repair, there must be digestion and assimilation. All this is true, but we must go farther, and recall the fact that food never varies in its constituents. Each mouthful contains a definite, fixed, and practically invariable amount of each element contained in the food. Doubtless the normal proportion of these elements would be the proper one to furnish suitable material for repair in case we were born physiologically perfect, and then lived physiologically. But few of us are born with any approach to perfection of structure, and none of us can live physiologically. And this for two reasons:

First, we do not know all of nature’s laws. And, second, we could not obey them if we did. The demands of life, civilized or savage, prevent it. Probably nature demands that we should go naked. We cannot do it. It demands a proper relation of exercise, food, and sleep. We cannot attain to it; and so on ad infinitum.

Now, consider the case of the sedentary man. Does he not waste his brain out of all proportion to his muscles? And is it not clear that to nourish his brain, he must eat more muscle-food than he requires? Even at the best must not his brain often go hungry? What becomes of this over-plus of muscle-food? Well, two things happen. If the man’s stomach is feeble it refuses to digest so much food, and he gets dyspepsia. If he does digest it, and it is absorbed, his blood is filled up with material which he cannot or does not use: his liver becomes congested; and, in ordinary parlance, he is bilious.

Now, are not dyspepsia and biliousness the diseases, par excellence, of sedentary men? And is it not true that literary men, of inactive bodily habit and abstemious as to stimulants, are great eaters? If you do not know it, you have only to ask any housewife who is accustomed to entertain the clergy – a class who avoid wine and tobacco, a part of whom only are able to take tea and coffee in sufficient amount to diminish excessive waste without rendering them nervous; and who are therefore obliged to eat hugely.

For these and all classes in the community upon whom the demands of life are similar, Coca is, in my opinion, infinitely better than wine or tobacco, even with the addition of coffee and tea. And this for reasons already given.

Only less important to the laboring classes is it, as the bulk of the muscles and other parts of the body exceeds that of the brain. An overplus of brain food is of small account to the laborer compared with the overplus of other food to the sedentary.

Fat can be stored up in the body or burnt up as fuel, and phosphorus, etc., can be easily eliminated by the kidneys. The surplus, being much smaller in this instance, can be more easily disposed of. Still, he would be a bold man who would say that the laborer is liable to no disease through the lack of a proper relation of food to his exact wants.

Now, it can be shown that tea, coffee, wine, tobacco, and, more than all, Coca, prevent waste. And not this alone, but they prevent excess of waste in parts excessively used, or called upon for an undue proportion of work. In this way they help to balance up between the needs of the system, under the strain of life, and the constant and uniform proportion of the elements of food. Who shall measure the benefit of this effect? It is beyond all human computation.

If, then, my philosophy and physiology be correct, and if Coca is and does what is claimed, and what I believe it will be proven to be and do, the introduction of this substance into general use is a matter of exceeding importance, and its employment should be fostered by every true physician.

Author: panaceachronicles

I have recently moved to Portland, Oregon & I am looking for opportunities to contribute further to the Cannabis revolution that I helped to start with my 1969 "Cultivators Handbook of Marijuana". I wrote "Cultivators Handbook" in Eugene, Oregon and self-published it with the indispensable help of the Eugene Augur news collective, the Whole Earth Catalog, and independent booksellers up and down the West Coast. Having the FBI on my ass the whole time made things extra exciting. I have a few new Cannabis & Coca-related ideas that are pretty revolutionary and as part of a team of good people I am confident that we can shake things up a little in a positive way. I am especially interested in working with companies and/or organizations that want to help motivate Seniors to get past any fears they may have regarding Cannabis and take advantage of the tremendous health benefits of this simple, powerful natural source of treatment and healing. Milestone Achievements The Cultivator’s Handbook of Marijuana, Agrarian Reform Press, Eugene, Oregon, 1969. The first US grower’s guide Self-published in the face of active FBI interference. Managed initial West Coast distribution. Published worldwide in six languages. 3+ million copies sold. Still in print in 2017. No longer the best – but still the first in its genre. Marijuana Foods, Simon & Schuster, 1981. The first full-length medicinal Cannabis extract cookbook in the US, offering unique extraction options and techniques for creating edible Cannabis for medical and recreational purposes. The first Medical Cannabis book to focus specifically on the needs of Seniors. Still in print in 2017. Santa Fe Natural Tobacco Company. 1980-82. Conceived, founded & developed the company & its flagship brand “American Spirit™”. Worked with Native American groups to develop a market for native, natural tobacco produced by Native Americans on tribal lands. Initiated organic growers program. Lost company through bad choice of outside investors – lesson learned. Writer/Producer of “International Straight Talk” video/CBT series. 1995-97. Sponsored by US/SBA, Texas Instruments, Texas Utilities and GTE. Ten full-length country-specific videos with accompanying Computer-based interactive training app. Focus on practical cross-cultural skills for Americans doing business with, or operating on teams with people from other countries. National & international distribution 100,000+ copies. Still used in Graduate Schools of Business & International Management. Blogger & Social Media Fanatic: 2012 – Present. 175+ full-length posts on the historical and contemporary medical and spiritual uses of Cannabis, Coca and Opium, advocating for the full legalization of Coca Leaf as a natural medicinal plant to complement the emerging range of medical applications of Cannabis and the historically validated importance of Opium as a natural medicine. (Plus, the occasional political ranting and utopian dreaming.) Other Relevant Publications The Connoisseur’s Handbook of Marijuana, Rolling Stone/Straight Arrow Books, San Francisco & NY, 1971. Best-selling history of Cannabis as recreational, inspirational and medical drug. International Cultivators Handbook of Hashish, Opium and Coca, Wingbow Press, Berkeley, 1975. First US book to link & document the medicinal and spiritual uses of the three great natural drugs. The Cultivators Handbook of Natural Tobacco, Cultural Dimensions Press, 1982- 2010. The first grower’s manual for natural tobacco as grown by Native Americans for thousands of years before this powerful spiritual herb become corrupted by the modern cigarette industry. The Coca Leaf Papers, 2012. Medical and scientific research from 1750-1900 on the therapeutic uses of Coca Leaf in the form of extracts and tonics. Extensive bibliography hyperlinked to original historical resources. Advocates for acceptance of Coca Leaf alongside medical Cannabis as a powerful, natural medicine that cannot be co-opted by the Pharmaceutical industry.

6 thoughts on “Coca Leaf, Hyper-Migraines, And The American Way Of Life

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  4. YeSS! Really enjoyed that excerpt I can truly say that chewing even just a bit of coca leaf has stopped many a serious migraine in it’s tracks with no rebound! Have had migraines since 6 years old currently 25 and have tried countless cures and remedy nothing stops a full blown migrane like coca leaf.


  5. Such a shame a powerful medicine is demonized and eradicated out of ignorance and misinformation.
    Given its a scheduled 2 substance it’s technically illegal to possess but benefit out weighs the risk for me and my quality of life. Nothing including lifestyle and diet changes ,prescription meds, acupuncture and chiropractor treatment have been able to stop a migranes in their tracks not even strong medical hash oil. Past year have had great success using coca and Cannabis as preventative measures


    • Thank you for taking the time to share your personal experience with using Coca leaf to treat/prevent migraines. I have sent you a copy of the book in a separate email – I hope that you enjoy reading it and will share your experiences through your social media networks.


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