Energy tea contains cocaine

2012-07-23 11:31

Johannesburg - The Medicines Control Council is investigating an energy tea that is said to contain such high levels of cocaine that users would fail drug tests if tested.

Coca Tea can be bought from shops and pharmacies and is marketed as a herbal tea that provides energy and is described as a "heavenly magical plant of the Incas", reported Beeld.

Two reporters each drank one cup of Coca Tea and had their urine tested. Within four hours both had benzoylecgonine levels of over 1 600ng/ml in their urine - the cut-off level for drug tests is between 150 and 300ng/ml.

South African law stipulates that the coca leaves have to be stripped of cocaine before use.

Although coca tea cannot make users "high", it works as a stimulant, like caffeine.

Coca Tea maker Cocazone on its website claimed that the tea was not addictive and had been used as medicine in South America for thousands of years.

But retail giant Spar apparently said it would ask franchises to remove the tea from shop shelves.

  • deon.louw.7505 - 2012-07-23 11:47

    It sounds more like a "chill pill" tea than a stimulant, no wander the English like theire tea time so much.

      rosiegracebrooks - 2012-07-23 12:00

      That's ceylon tea, not herbal tea. *Facepalm*

      Janice - 2012-07-23 12:23

      Good sales coming up.......

  • shengeboy - 2012-07-23 11:47

    now the nyaope people must stop smoking ARVs & start drinking tea

  • DrGonzoSA - 2012-07-23 12:02

    I tried some of this. It was useless, it all got stuck in my nose

      nosiphom.mazibuko - 2012-07-23 12:11

      you shouldhave drunk it after disolving it in water, not snorted it!

      Stirrer - 2012-07-23 12:40

      @nosiphom - Duh...

  • tgif.wtfaw - 2012-07-23 12:12

    Oh please don't ban it do you have any idea how stressed out my boss is already and he makes my life hell. I don't drink the stuff but I know I will not be able to cope if he does not get his fix.

  • nosiphom.mazibuko - 2012-07-23 12:12

    "South African law stipulates that the coca leaves have to be stripped of cocaine before use" - why use them if you have removed the very ingredient that makes them attractive? That would be like Nicotine free cigarettes - whay bother??

      harley.quin.334 - 2012-07-23 13:43

      yep, same with alcohol free beer...pointless

  • Stirrer - 2012-07-23 12:18

    Is this what is called "high tea"? %)

  • byron.matthews.562 - 2012-07-23 12:31

    where can i find this - for ...research purposes?

      felix.feline.3 - 2012-07-23 12:42


      nosiphom.mazibuko - 2012-07-23 12:50

      Too late they are removing it from the shelves, but you can still order it online before someone closes the importer down I might just order some myself and cut on the booze!

  • ndyeboreginaldmazawule - 2012-07-23 12:59

    Then leave it on the market for users to have it if it's been usefull as said by this South African law.

  • - 2012-07-23 15:24

    I had some just before the Comrades Marathon. Luckily I was too slow to make the grade.

      antin.herink - 2012-07-23 18:40

      They also call it "Columbian Marching Powder" not for nothing.

  • sfuty - 2012-07-23 17:52

    Nd bazalwaoe lv it

  • antin.herink - 2012-07-23 18:38

    Another clueless article! Note benzodiazepine = NOT a metabolite of cocaine. Benzoylecgonine is what our sorry excuse for a reporter must refer to. Oh uh, benzowhatchamacallit? Ag any benzothingy will do fine.

  • mbarkhuizen - 2012-07-23 19:42

    How do benzodiasepines (prescription sleeping drugs) end up in an urine test for cocaine (stimulant)? They are chemically not similar and a test for cocaine definitely won't pick up benzodiasepines. Horrible journalism.

  • tshepo.batista - 2012-07-24 00:03

    How did it end up in market.bcouse it iz nt good 4 health.

      badballie - 2012-07-24 10:16

      90% of what you buy from shops on a daily basis isn't good for your health.

  • llewellyn.saville - 2012-09-11 16:52

    Read a related article entitled the Energy Tea that over supplied. I have posted the link here for reference

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