Growing coca-leaves has been a medicinal tradition throughout the Andes for well over 1,000 years. The "matte de coca" for instance is a tea made from dried coca leaves that indeed cures ailments and increases strength and spirit. Cocaine, however, is a highly chemical and toxic by-product of the coca leaves that has nothing to do with Andean traditions but rather with the sociological and psychological imbalance of today's modern urban societies. Production of coca and cocaine has exploded from the 1980s, fueled by a seemingly ever-increasing demand from the United States in particular. A growing movement throughout Latin America calls for the legalization of the production of coca leaves with some going as far as calling for the legalization of illicit drugs in order to fight organized crime and money-laundering.