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Pure, Natural Coca Leaf – A Healing Gift Of The Divine Plant

A Gift From Colombia

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One of my regular pleasures is logging in to a terrific blog entitled ColombiaDiaries. I don’t know Kate personally but, as so often happens with the internet, I feel a kindred spirit with her. Kate and her family have been exploring the Northern Andes and the Amazon for a long time now, and her witty observations, her excellent photographs, and her compassion for others comes through in all her posts. I’m also privileged that Kate likes this blog, and she occasionally sends me some excellent bits of information that relate to Coca Leaf. A few days ago she sent me two items that I want to share with my readers – a fantastic European web site called “Amigos Hoja de Coca” (Friends Of The Coca Leaf) which is rich in information and beautifully designed. Kate also sent a link to a YouTube video of Peruvian Manuel Seminario who tours South America with his ‘Coca-Móvil’ van selling coca leaf products and promoting the coca leaf for food, medicine and ritual purposes. This is a must-watch video! I urge you to take the time to explore all of these links – and thank you Kate!

Author: panaceachronicles

I love creating, testing, and launching new ideas that work and that make a positive contribution to other peoples' lives. I love breaking trails and discovering hidden or new pathways, new ways of looking at special parts of the world, and most of all I love sharing what I find with others. I wrote the first Cannabis grow book “The Cultivators Handbook of Marijuana” in 1969. Cultivators has sold over 6 million copies worldwide & is still in print in 2016. I'm very happy to have been a part of the beginning of what is now a true revolution. I created The Santa Fe Natural Tobacco Company in the early 1980's and invented the American Spirit™ brand. My hope is that many people who chose the organic tobacco alternative have enjoyed smoking a more natural product and been healthier because of it. I wrote the first Cannabis extraction/medical edibles book “Marijuana Foods” in the early 1980's. While Cannabis extracts for medicinal use go back thousands of years, many people in my generation had not even heard of Cannabis butter. I was happy to share what I discovered through research and experimentation. I wrote the first organic Tobacco grow book “The Cultivators Handbook of Natural Tobacco”. I know that in some parts of the country, growers are selling organic tobacco at farmers markets, and I still have hope that a networked collaborative industry can be organized as an alternative to the so-called "Tobacco Industry". I helped thousands of people to be better cross-cultural business communicators with the “International Straight Talk” video/CBT series in the 1990's. If you have the patience for some very old-style talking heads videos they are all digitized and online. A lot of culturally-astute people appear in these videos sharing valuable information. I re-introduced Coca Leaf to the natural medicines dialogue with “Panacea Chronicles” and “The Coca Leaf Papers” in 2010 – 2012. This is a digitized collection of core books on Coca from the 18th and 19th centuries, with a hyperlinked bibliography. I created this resource so that people could connect with Coca's relevance to core health issues in today's world through understanding its historical context. I just finished (2016) developing a market-disrupting line of Cannabis products for “Landrace Brands™”. I figured there was no reason a company run by people I care about to be just another me-too Cannabis industry startup, so we came up with a few surprises. I enjoyed this process and would like to do the same for other Cannabis market companies run by good people. I am currently researching and writing "Cannabis For Seniors: A Caregivers Handbook" to be published in 2017. I welcome your ideas for topics, and stories about how Cannabis has made a difference in your own life or in the life of someone you love. I am always looking for interesting new challenges. Is there anything that we should be discussing?

6 thoughts on “A Gift From Colombia

  1. Thanks for the kind mention Bill. I very much enjoy reading your blog posts and learning about the nineteenth century medical research that you write about. There is definitely a move to change attitudes towards the coca leaf now. Let’s hope it keeps on rolling! I was glad to discover ‘Amigos de la Hoja de Coca’ in Europe. As you say, they have a great website. And Manuel Seminario is dedicated and inspirational – he has various YouTube videos – some on the road and one I saw recently – an interview on Peruvian TV.

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    • Hi Kate – you’re very welcome. I hope that lots of people discover your inspiring blog. Your writing is personal and crisp and your eye for color and form in photos is a joyful experience. It is still very early days in the Coca Leaf movement but judging by some of the comments I am getting here on panaceachronicles the message resonates – now it’s just a matter of getting the attention of those who can help spread it far and wide.

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  2. Highly energetic post, I enjoyed that a lot. Will there be a part
    2?

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  4. This site was… how do you say it? Relevant!! Finally I’ve found something which helped me.
    Many thanks!

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