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  •  When I visited Cuzco, Peru... (none)
    many years ago, the first thing we did at the hotel was drink a tea made of coca leaves.  It was part of the Hotel's check-in hospitality, and was for the purpose of helping newly arrived visitors adjust to the altitude change.  

    We had just flown from Lima, Peru, at essentially sea level, to Cuzco, at an elevation of 9,800 feet in a 25 minute plane ride.  Many people became altitude sick with that much of a sudden change in elevation.  The tea of coca leaves helped this adjustment.  

    As far as I know, this tea is perfectly legal for import into the US.

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