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Why Pope Francis Drank Tea From The Cocaine Plant

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While in Bolivia, Pope Francis requested to partake in coca, a plant native to the country. So why did the news shock so many?

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Sources:

Vice – Pope Francis Wants to Chew On Some Coca Leaves in Bolivia
https://news.vice.com/article/pope-francis-wants-to-chew-on-some-coca-leaves-in-bolivia

NBC News – Pope Francis Drinks Tea Made From Coca Leaves on Bolivia Visit
http://www.nbcnews.com/news/world/pope-francis-drinks-coca-tea-stop-altitude-sickness-bolivia-n389121

BBC News – Coca leaves first chewed 8,000 years ago, says research
http://www.bbc.com/news/science-environment-11878241

WebMD – Coca
http://www.webmd.com/vitamins-supplements/ingredientmono-748-coca.aspx?activeingredientid=748&activeingredientname=coca

Transnational Institute – Coca leaf: Myths and Reality
https://www.tni.org/en/primer/coca-leaf-myths-and-reality

The New York Times – How Coca-Cola Obtains Its Coca
http://www.nytimes.com/1988/07/01/business/how-coca-cola-obtains-its-coca.html

Good – Regulators, Mount Up: What Happens to the Coke in Coca-Cola?
http://magazine.good.is/articles/regulators-mount-up-what-happens-to-the-coke-in-coca-cola

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