Organically grown tobacco roll from Ecuador. Nicotiana rustica ( scientific name) is a perennial herbaceous plant species. This particular species is the most commonly grown in the world. It reaches heights of 1-2 meters. As the plant grows older, the nicotine content slowly increases. The leaves contain about 64% of the nicotine, 18% in the stem, 13% in the root, and 5% in the flowers. The principal active biochemicals are nicotine, nornicotine and anabasine.The proportion of each varies greatly among the species and varieties.As many as eight other pyridine alkaloids occur in lower concentrations.
Mapacho roll (Nicotiana rustica) is an old variety of tobacco that has been cultivated in the Amazon for many thousands of years. This variety is very potent, often containing up to ten times the amount of nicotine that a standard leaf of nicotiana tobacum may have. Tobacco, or mapacho as it is called in the Amazon, is a sacred medicine of people all throughout the Americas, where it is indigenous to. It is often said that tobacco is the grandfather plant, from which all other plants sprung forth. In the Amazon, tobacco has an almost universe appeal as medicine, spanning most indigenous groups. It is taken in different ways, either smoked, snorted, or drunk. When smoked it is used as a way to clear energy; both of a space and of a person. In North America the passing of the pipe is symbolic of this type of use. When important decisions were to be made, before any man spoke, he and the entire group would first inhale tobacco from the pipe. In this way it was said that a man would speak from his heart, and he would speak the truth.
The indigenous people speak of other plant ‘spirits’ liking the tobacco spirit. Anyone who partakes in an Ayahuasca ceremony, for example, usually sees the curandero smoking tobacco and often partakes in the ritual smoking themselves. The curandero believes that the plant spirits are aided by tobacco. Tobacco can clear the ceremonial space of energies and allow the curandero to enter a space where healing can occur. On a scientific level, this could be explained as tobacco contains monoamine oxidase inhibitors which help the dimethyltryptamine in the Ayahuasca brew take effect. Hence tobacco can literally enhance the experience in an Ayahuasca ceremony.
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