“Eating Kola”

The Pharmacological and Therapeutic Significance of Kola Nuts

Edmund Abaka


The importance of kola as a psychoactive substance has not been a focus of analysis despite the contemporary interest in licit and illicit drugs. The only exception is Paul Lovejoy’s “ ‘Coffee’ of the Central Sudan.”1 This paper thus seeks to highlight the importance of kola as a “drug” and to stress the need for more research on the medicinal properties of kola.

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