Golden Seal
Answered by: Susan Eagles
Question from: Name not given
Posted on: November 19, 1998

Is it true that Golden Seal Root will give a false report of Cocaine?

I haven’t heard of this. Golden Seal root contains the alkaloids hydrastine, berberine and canadine, while the alkaloids in Coca leaves are cocaine, cinnamyl-cocaine and alpha-truxalline. Apparently there are many sophisticated methods of identifying cocaine alkaloids in the blood.

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