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Is it True that Coca-Cola used to contain cocaine?

Yes, the popular carbonated soft drink Coca-Cola used to contain cocaine when it was launched in 1885. Originally intended as a patent medicine, Coca-Cola was named after two of its main ingredients: extracts of coca leaves and kola nuts.

The cocaine came from the coca leaf and caffeine can be derived from kola nut. However, the manufacturers were forced to limit the amount of cocaine in their product after consumers stopped buying the drink for fear of "cocainism" or getting hooked on cocaine. Asa Griggs Candler, who developed the original formula couldn't eliminate the cola leaves extract on the recipe because he wants to keep the name Coca Cola.  Without the cola leaves component, Candler believed that the product would not be true to its name and so the amount of cola leaves extract and cocaine in the product was reduced to a mere trace. At present, not even a trace of cocaine can be found in a bottle or can of Coca Cola.

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