A feature length History Channel special which explores the history of cocaine use, from the simple chewing of the coca leaves thousands of years ago by South Americans who thought coca was a gift from god, through its its introduction in its current form in the late 19th century when it was first extracted from the leaf, and right up to the cocaine epidemic of the 1980’s and the current status of the market for cocaine.
Its modern form was initially celebrated as a wonder medicine by none other than Sigmund Freud, and commonly used as a dental anesthetic, before it became apparent that it was addictive and subsequently made illegal. Cocaine is now a $30bn a year business and is responsible for thousands of murders per year as drug cartels battle it out for a bigger slice of the pie.
This film profiles numerous recreational users and addicts to give a comprehensive overview of the history of cocaine and the devastation that it has caused to communities all over the world. Also worth a watch is the Stacey Dooley documentary Cocaine Capital of the World, which looks at the production of cocaine in Peru – now the worlds leading producer of cocaine.