Thoughts On Coca, Cannabis, Opium & Tobacco – Gifts Of The Great Spirit

A Gift From Colombia


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

Those of us who were young in the fifties, sixties and seventies are now well along in our aging - those of us left, that is. Just as we tried in our youth to find alternative ways of living, learning, cooperating, having fun, and being productive, I think we're destined to replay many of these scenarios in our old age. Ironically, this is when the intense desire for autonomy from centralized systems that arose in our younger days may prove to be the prescription for not just quality of life but for survival itself.

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.


    • 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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