What Coca Tea Can Teach Us About CBD

coca candy in stores (Image Source: Pedro Szekely, Flickr)

In almost every bodega on every corner in Cusco, there is a rack full of small bags of green candy. In La Plaza de Armas, the center of the city, men and women dressed in cultural garb will approach tourists and try to sell the same bags of green candy.

This candy is made of coca leaves, which are considered an herbal remedy for what locals call “sorroche,” or altitude sickness. Coca leaves are the…