A beer made from coca leaf is born in Bolivia, a plant loaded with energy and stigma

A beer made from coca leaf is born in Bolivia, a plant loaded with energy and stigma

Trinidad Pampa, Bolivia — A dense green broth from which emanates a strong smell of coca leaves has macerated for three months in barrels and will be used to make a beer, the new bet of a Bolivian distillery that seeks to recover this ancient plant considered sacred by ancient Andean peoples and that is frowned upon by the world for being the raw material for cocaine.

The bottles of Coca Beerwhich will soon conquer the market, are exhibited along with other drinks such as vodka and rum at the El Viejo Roble distillery run by Adrian Alvarez in a neighborhood of Peace.

The beer joins other artisanal products with coca leaf that aim to conquer local consumerswhile the government of Bolivia is still fighting for the plant to be decriminalized and to be able to take advantage of its hitherto denied export potential. In 2023 he submitted a new petition to the World Health Organization (WHO).

So far, his aspirations to have the leaf excluded from the UN’s international narcotics list have been met with refusals, but for the first time this year The WHO has given the green light to carry out a study on the properties. It is the first step.

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