Mapacho, also known as nictotiana rustica or Aztec tobacco, is a highly respected sacred plant teacher of South America, where it has been part of shamanic practice for centuries. The ritual use of Mapacho tobacco dates back over 8,000 years, and is deeply rooted in the culture of indigenous tribes such as Shipibo-conibo, Ashaninka, Kichua, Kaxinawa, Nu-nu, Yawanawa and Katukina. It is treated with great reverence as a master plant ally and is consciously used in ceremony rather than for recreational purposes. (source)
This potent tobacco variety contains up to ten times more nicotine than conventional commercial tobacco (nicotiana tabacum). Mapacho also contains a high proportion of harmala alkaloids, harmane and norharmane. Similar alkaloids are also found in the vine Banisteriopsis caapi, the main ingredient of the traditional hallucinogenic Ayahuasca drink. They are MAO inhibitors that help increase the amount of serotonin in the brain, and are thought to have an antidepressant effect.
On a spiritual level, Mapacho is used as a conduit to change consciousness. Shamans may use it to evoke visionary experiences, particularly to communicate with nature. Because of its combination of relaxing effects on the body and stimulating effects on the brain, Mapacho has also been used as a tool for meditation.
Nicotine can be a highly addictive substance, and tobacco is linked to many health problems. However, the indigenous communities claim that this is only because the plant is improperly handled. This powerful remedy should be treated with respect and intention.
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If you’re interested in exploring the medicinal uses of tobacco but unsure where to start, doing it in a ceremonial setting with a shaman, healer, or other experienced practitioner is an ideal way to introduce yourself to its long-standing sacred use.
This product can go mouldy if kept without regular air exchange. We recommend keeping it in the jar, opening the lid and stirring or shaking it around from time to time.
Please note that breathing any smoke into your lungs can damage health. This product has not been evaluated by FDA and MHRA, and therefore we cannot make any claims to diagnose, treat, cure, or prevent any disease or health conditions. All descriptions provided in this listing are for educational purposes only. Please consult with a qualified healthcare provider before using our blends, especially if you have any health condition, are pregnant, nursing, or taking any medications.
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