We are a commune of inquiring, skeptical, politically centrist, capitalist, anglophile, traditionalist New England Yankee humans, humanoids, and animals with many interests beyond and above politics. Each of us has had a high-school education (or GED), but all had ADD so didn't pay attention very well, especially the dogs. Each one of us does "try my best to be just like I am," and none of us enjoys working for others, including for Maggie, from whom we receive neither a nickel nor a dime. Freedom from nags, cranks, government, do-gooders, control-freaks and idiots is all that we ask for.
When I was coming up (~80 years ago), the standard way they attacked Coca Cola was to put a worm or grub in a glass of Coke, then pull out the dead animal to prove Coke would kill you. (I didn't wartch this video, maybe that's what it does.)
Not a surprise. Many workers in the Andes chewed coca leaves for added energy and endurance- more like coffee than a cocaine frenzy.
I chewed coca leaves in northern Argentina at the behest of a very respectable Argentine national oil company manager- a grandfather. Coca leaves had been legal until several years before I worked there. He was not alone in still using coca leaf.
All I noticed was some numbness in my mouth, like novocaine at the dentist.
One difference between chewing the coca leaf and coca tea is that you chew the coca leaf with baking soda, which helps a chemical reaction.
The beverage 7-Up also has an interesting history. Story is that - early on - lithium was one of the ingredients and the positive effect he had on drinkers' state of mind made the drink very popular during the depression. Offspring used this story in a pharmacology class at the local uni (did a fair bit of research including phoning the corporation), and had a great presentation. Prof asked from whence offspring got the lead and - after some hesitation - was told that the original source was "Uncle John's Bathroom Book".