Does Coca-Cola (also known as Coke) come from the same plant as cocaine?
Yes it does. And in fact, the famous Coca-Cola drink originally contained both coca and cola. The leaf of the coca plant is what is used to make the drug cocaine.
Does Coca-Cola contain cocaine ?
Today, Coca-Cola does not contain any hint of cocaine. Because cocaine is naturally present in coca leaves, today’s Coca-Cola uses “spent,” or treated, coca leaves, those that have been through a cocaine extraction process, to flavor the beverage. The coca leaves are imported from countries like Peru and Bolivia, and they are treated by chemical company Stepan, which then sells the de-cocainized residue to Coca-Cola.