Can the coca plant grow in South Africa?

Is coca plant legal in South Africa?

Cocaine is a banned substance and the sale of it is punishable by law in SA.

Is coca legal to grow?

It is illegal to import, obtain, grow or possess coca plants or any part of a coca plant.

Where do coca plants grow best?

The plant grows almost exclusively in northern and western South America. Colombia is now the main producer of illegal cocaine with Peru, Bolivia, and Chile providing significant amounts of the drug. The coca plant grows best in the mountain and jungle areas of these countries.

What is the most used drug in South Africa?


The most commonly injected drug in SA is heroin. Most heroin is smoked, either alone or in combination with other drugs e.g.: – In Gauteng region it is mixed with cannabis and known as ‘nyaope’.

What is the most popular drug in South Africa?

The primary illicit substance at admission to South African drug treatment centers was cannabis 16.9%, methamphetamine (Tik) 12.8%, crack/cocaine 9.6%, cannabis and mandrax 3.4%, heroin/opiates 9.2%, and prescription and OTC 2.6%.

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What do coca leaves taste like?

It is greenish yellow in color and has a mild bitter flavor similar to green tea with a more organic sweetness.

Can I legally buy coca leaves?

The consumption and possession of fresh coca leaves for chewing and teas is legal. Cocaine is a Schedule 8 (controlled) drug permitting some medical use, but is otherwise outlawed. Possession and use is illegal. All kind of uses, selling, cultivation and transportation is illegal.

How many coca leaves make a kilo of coke?

Rodrigo Abd/AP For the fresh leaf used in processing in Colombia, it takes somewhere between 450 and 600 kilograms of coca leaf to produce 1 kilogram of cocaine base, depending on the variety of coca plant used (some varieties have a higher cocaine alkaloid content).

Is coca plant a perennial?

Coca is perennial plant that can survive 20 to 30 years in the wild.

How much does a coca plant yield?

Even with minimal inputs and attention, one hectare of mature coca plants produces a ton of coca leaves in 12 months. It takes 300 pounds of coca leaves to produce one pound of cocaine. However, some varieties, especially the tall, bushy Amazon plant, have a much lower cocaine content than others.