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April 13, 2014

Medicinal Soft Drinks and Coca-Cola Fiends

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Pharmacists were soon making soda mixtures with stronger drugs known as “nervines,”
a category that included strychnine, cannabis, morphine, opium, heroin, and a new miracle compound called cocaine, which was first isolated in 1855. “Cocaine was a wonder drug at the time when it was first discovered,” Donovan explains. “It was seen as this marvelous medicine that could do you no harm. Ingredients like cocaine or kola nuts or phosphoric acid were all viewed as something that really gave you an edge. - - Collectors Weekly

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Still does. You can see it the hyper edgitivity of the street punks with guns.

Posted by: Vermont Woodchuck at April 13, 2014 6:08 AM

VW: I don't know about chucking wood, but your phrase "hyper edgitivity" is smooth. Thanks for expanding my vocabulary.

Notice the strychnine? It's also referred to as belladonna. The only use I know of was to throw some into LSD. Gives a wicked trip; lay it on somebody you didn't like, heh heh.

Posted by: chasmatic at April 13, 2014 8:42 AM

Forgot to add: these days I feel like I'm getting away with something when I have too many double espressos. Just that'll get me as edgy as a dog shittin' peach pits.

Posted by: chasmatic at April 13, 2014 8:46 AM

Strychnine, in small doses, was used medicinally as a tonic well into the twentieth century.

It's most recent use has been as a sports doping agent.

Posted by: ThomasD at April 13, 2014 3:12 PM

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