Tuesday, July 28th, 2015 | USD: Buy 528.39 / Sell 540.72
While traveling to the highest capital city in the world Wednesday, Pope Francis sipped on a special tea made of chamomile, anise seeds, and the main ingredient in cocaine — coca leaves. Journalists aboard the flight joined the pope in drinking the coca concoction known as Mate de Coca, which is indigenous to the Andean region. For centuries, coca leaves have been medicinally chewed or brewed in tea form to relieve fatigue, suppress hunger and thirst, and ward off altitude sickness.
Costa Rica’s National Academy of Medicine has categorically denounced a bill before the Legislature that would legalize marijuana for medicinal purposes.
Gilberto Quesada, president of Costa Rica’s Lutheran Church described marijuana as a “plant of God” in a recent interview with the daily tabloid, Diario Extra.
Quesada, expressing his approval for the medicinal use of the plant, said that “[marijuana] should not be demonized, the plant itself is harmless and can have a proper use.”
Silvia Villegas, 34 of Heredia gave birth last night by caesarean to Costa Rica’s first sextuplets: four boys and two girls, all of which are in stable condition despite having been born prematurely, according to hospital officials.
A 34-year-old woman in Costa Rica’s Hospital Mexico, pregnant with the country’s first sextuplets, is tentatively scheduled to give birth by cesarean sometime next week, hospital staff confirm.
A 34-year-old woman in Costa Rica’s Hospital Mexico is pregnant with the country’s first sextuplets, hospital staff confirm.
The woman, who wishes to remain unidentified, was admitted to the hospital late last month and is more than five months pregnant.
Rep. Marvin Atencio (PAC) is considering presenting a bill before Costa Rica’s Legislative Assembly to legalize human euthanasia.
Atencio, both a surgeon and a lawyer by profession, told CRHoy.com that the bill would aim to reform section 117 of the Penal Code, which defines manslaughter, in order to allow medical professionals to provide euthanasia for patients with terminal and chronic illnesses.
A popular, but controversial type of insecticide used in Costa Rica and widely around the world is damaging wild bee populations, which are necessary to pollinate crops and sustain ecosystems, according to a new study.