Urban Legends

Cocaine in Coca-Cola

The Legend

Coca-Cola used to contain cocaine.

Behind the Legend

It's true that Coca-Cola used to contain minute amounts of cocaine as a byproduct of the inclusion of coca leaves in its recipe. However, in 1929 improved manufacturing processes and a slight modification of the recipe allowed the elimination of all traces of cocaine from Coca-Cola. It has since been replaced by heroin.

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