Why We Took Cocaine Out of Soda

Why We Took Cocaine Out of Soda

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Why We Took Cocaine Out of Soda
By James Hamblin

inShare58 Jan 31 2013, 7:38 AM ET 112

When cocaine and alcohol meet inside a person, they create a third unique drug called cocaethylene. Cocaethylene works like cocaine, but with more euphoria.

So in 1863, when Parisian chemist Angelo Mariani combined coca and wine and started selling it, a butterfly did flap its wings. His Vin Marian became extremely popular. Jules Verne, Alexander Dumas, and Arthur Conan Doyle were among literary figures said to have used it, and the chief rabbi of France said, "Praise be to Mariani's wine!"

Pope Leo XIII reportedly carried a flask of it regularly and gave Mariani a medal.

Seeing this commercial success, Dr. John Stith Pemberton in Atlanta -- himself a morphine addict following an injury in the Civil War -- set out to make his own version. He called it Pemberton's French Wine Coca and marketed it as a panacea. Among many fantastic claims, he called it "a most wonderful invigorator of sexual organs."

But as Pemberton's business started to take off, a prohibition was passed in his county in Georgia (a local one that predated the 18th Amendment by 34 years). Soon French Wine Coca was illegal -- because of the alcohol, not the cocaine.

Pemberton remained a step ahead, though. He replaced the wine in the formula with (healthier?) sugar syrup. His new product debuted in 1886: "Coca-Cola: The temperance drink."

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REDNECK HIPPIE that was very interesting reading.
In the 50's the 6 oz. cokes still had some cocaine
in them. I remember drinking them when I didn't feel so good and they'd perk me right up.

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#4 Feb 19, 2013
Don't believe everything you read and you might not believe me but ('i' stand-by what 'i' said about cok in coke!)

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#5 Feb 19, 2013
Its True I think they took it out in the late 60's

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#6 Feb 19, 2013
Thanks for the confirmation 4-tracks.
60s chic

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#7 Feb 19, 2013
I don't drink soft drinks anymore, but I loved the original Coca Cola. It was a favorite at the school dances. I also remember the fab cherry cough syrup my mother kept on hand and the taste made it hard to resist. After a few bottles had disappeared, my mother caught on and notified the doctor asap. No harm done. I was only about 7 at the time, but I still remember the taste. That had to be the best tasting cough syrup of all time...but with a kick. I was a happy hyper kid for just a few days. A few years after that incident, codeine was banned from all otc cough medicines.

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LMFGDAO!!!

Unless you were born prior to 1929, which would make you much older than 84 years old (assuming you wouldn't be driking Coca-Cola as a baby), you would have no idea what a non-reformulated Coke tasted like.

Coca-Cola went to the "non-cocaine" laden formula in 1929. The reason you felt better was the caffiene. And in the remotest of chances that you did sample some of the pre-1929 product, there was only 1/400th of a grain of cocaine in the original recipe. Coca-Cola really didn't become a popular soft drink until after 1929.

Getting factcheck'd is a bitch, ain't it?

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#9 Feb 19, 2013
60s chic wrote:
I don't drink soft drinks anymore, but I loved the original Coca Cola. It was a favorite at the school dances. I also remember the fab cherry cough syrup my mother kept on hand and the taste made it hard to resist. After a few bottles had disappeared, my mother caught on and notified the doctor asap. No harm done. I was only about 7 at the time, but I still remember the taste. That had to be the best tasting cough syrup of all time...but with a kick. I was a happy hyper kid for just a few days. A few years after that incident, codeine was banned from all otc cough medicines.
The most radical (and to serious Coke aficionados, most upsetting) change came in 1980, when Coke, in an effort to control costs, permitted its bottlers to substitute high-fructose corn sweetener for the beet and cane sugar once used in the product. The result was that Coke's previously crisp and bracing taste was sadly blunted.
60s chic

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#10 Feb 19, 2013
milwaukee69 wrote:
LMFGDAO!!!
Unless you were born prior to 1929, which would make you much older than 84 years old (assuming you wouldn't be driking Coca-Cola as a baby), you would have no idea what a non-reformulated Coke tasted like.
Coca-Cola went to the "non-cocaine" laden formula in 1929. The reason you felt better was the caffiene. And in the remotest of chances that you did sample some of the pre-1929 product, there was only 1/400th of a grain of cocaine in the original recipe. Coca-Cola really didn't become a popular soft drink until after 1929.
Getting factcheck'd is a bitch, ain't it?
Geez Milwaukee, I never meant to imply the original CC that I remembered had any significant amount of cocaine in it. I only know it was BETTER and it was the drink of choice at school dances. As for the cough syrup, the codeine did have an effect.:)

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#11 Feb 19, 2013
60s chic wrote:
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Geez Milwaukee, I never meant to imply the original CC that I remembered had any significant amount of cocaine in it. I only know it was BETTER and it was the drink of choice at school dances. As for the cough syrup, the codeine did have an effect.:)
My post was directed at the other two clueless individuals.

Going from sugar cane syrup to beet sugar was the nail in the coffin for Coke. Although they did bring back the original recipe (higher sugar) a couple years back for a limited time.
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#12 Feb 19, 2013
milwaukee69 wrote:
LMFGDAO!!!
Unless you were born prior to 1929, which would make you much older than 84 years old (assuming you wouldn't be driking Coca-Cola as a baby), you would have no idea what a non-reformulated Coke tasted like.
Coca-Cola went to the "non-cocaine" laden formula in 1929. The reason you felt better was the caffiene. And in the remotest of chances that you did sample some of the pre-1929 product, there was only 1/400th of a grain of cocaine in the original recipe. Coca-Cola really didn't become a popular soft drink until after 1929.
Getting factcheck'd is a bitch, ain't it?
So, does that mean you're "winning" Topix?
60s chic

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#13 Feb 19, 2013
milwaukee69 wrote:
<quoted text>
My post was directed at the other two clueless individuals.
Going from sugar cane syrup to beet sugar was the nail in the coffin for Coke. Although they did bring back the original recipe (higher sugar) a couple years back for a limited time.
LOl, thanks Milwaukee, and btw, you're one of my favorite topix posters...very informative and spot on about a lot of topics, particularly when it comes to politics.:)

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#14 Feb 19, 2013
60s chic wrote:
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LOl, thanks Milwaukee, and btw, you're one of my favorite topix posters...very informative and spot on about a lot of topics, particularly when it comes to politics.:)
Thanks...just trying to stave off the loonies.

:o)

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#15 Feb 19, 2013
Victory Lane wrote:
<quoted text>So, does that mean you're "winning" Topix?
I guess when you put it in a "winner versus loser" category, yes I am.

Any more questions, loser?

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#16 Feb 19, 2013
60s chic wrote:
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LOl, thanks Milwaukee, and btw, you're one of my favorite topix posters...very informative and spot on about a lot of topics, particularly when it comes to politics.:)
*=* ATLEAST "HE" THINKS HE IS!*=*

' spot on ' QUIT LOOKING @ HIS REAR!{ YOU SHOULD KNOW IF HE'S
THAT full of it some will leak out.}
:: that one is for the =depends= slur!::

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Hoosier Hillbilly wrote:
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*=* ATLEAST "HE" THINKS HE IS!*=*
' spot on ' QUIT LOOKING @ HIS REAR!{ YOU SHOULD KNOW IF HE'S
THAT full of it some will leak out.}
:: that one is for the =depends= slur!::
Next time use that cyber-education from EKU and do a little research first - you wouldn't get embarrassed as often.
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#18 Feb 19, 2013
Unless you were born prior to 1929, which would make you much older than 84 years old (assuming you wouldn't be drinking Coca-Cola as a baby), you would have no idea what a non-reformulated Coke tasted like. To quote a smart ass. you would only know this if you were 84, or googled the information,,and anyone can do that.
Oh and I corrected the spelling mistakes.

Coke is a horrible drink, and will rot your innards.
So will mixing booze and drugs. You will end up in the dog dish.
I also heard that

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#19 Feb 19, 2013
harleyhoney wrote:
Unless you were born prior to 1929, which would make you much older than 84 years old (assuming you wouldn't be drinking Coca-Cola as a baby), you would have no idea what a non-reformulated Coke tasted like. To quote a smart ass. you would only know this if you were 84, or googled the information,,and anyone can do that.
Oh and I corrected the spelling mistakes.
Coke is a horrible drink, and will rot your innards.
So will mixing booze and drugs. You will end up in the dog dish.
Lying makes your nose grow. Good grief, I'll bet your honker reaches clear to Siberia.

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