World's Strangest Illegal Souvenirs
drink when traveling in the Andes, coca tea is prepared simply by pouring hot
water over fresh coca leaves and sweetening to taste. It’s a delicious way to
hydrate in the dry, thin air, and its stimulant properties (about as strong as
a good cup of coffee) help fight altitude sickness. It’s sold widely and
cheaply everywhere in the region, so you could easily get used to keeping a bag
of leaves handy—but U.S. law takes a zero-tolerance approach to the molecules
of potential cocaine inside.