Mapacho, Whole, 850 Gr from Peru (SKU 3261)

Peruvian Mapacho Tabaco Masos. Produced according to an old traditional method. Traditionally this Rustica variety of Tabaco is used for ceremonial pipes and for blowing healing during curing ceremonial rites. Mapacho is multiple times stronger than common Tabaco (Nicotiana tabacum). They are fresh and juicy. They were vacuum-sealed when we received them, to keep them fresh and preserved during storage and transport. Origin: Iquitos, Peru. More information below in the description.

The "maso" weighs approximately 850 gram, is 45 cm long and 6-8 cm thick. 

A Mapacho Maso is a fermented solid mass of Tabaco leaves, and consists of tightly wrapped and bundled Nicotiana rustica leaf, produced in Peru. It is made according to an old traditional recipe and contains a solid but juicy jungle Tabaco. The maso weighs approximately 850 gram, is 45 cm long and 6-8 cm thick. They are fresh and juicy. They were vacuum-sealed when we received them, to keep them fresh and preserved during storage and transport. Upon receiving and when opened, unpack the maso and store it in paper wrapping. When the outside becomes brittle over time you can place the maso in an airtight bag with a spoonful of distilled water, thereby the maso will slowly absorb the water and the outside layer will become fresh again. This procedure can take up to one week and then it needs to be wrapped in dry paper again.

Note: The Mapacho can not be stored in a (non vacuum) plastic bag, as this may cause to form mold. Store it in paper instead, below room temperature.

Mapacho or Nicotiana rustica is extremely potent, containing up to 20 times higher levels of nicotine than usual tobacco, Nicotiana tabacum (Stanfill et al. 2010). Therefore, this shamanic tool is extremely powerful and can provide an intense journey of cleansing and energetic shift. Through this highly activating Tobacco, one might feel a strong aiming of the mind, and intense clarity and focus.

You can read more about the use and history, and the significance of this Tobacco on the Mapacho Facebook page.

Other names: Mapacho, Nicotiana rustica, Rustica

All South American shamans have an intimate relationship with tobacco, and consider it a very sacred, wholesome plant that is deeply entrenched in their culture and rites. 

​In addition to Ayahuasca rituals that are combined with tobacco snuffs, there are even shamans that specialized in tobacco healing, called tobaqueros (Jauregui et al. 2011). When used in shamanic rituals, tobacco is assumed to protect, cleans and re-align energies, thereby bringing profound clarity and healing (Jauregui et al. 2011). Furthermore, South American shamans, commonly use tobacco smoke to blow it over the person to be healed with the intention to bring their energies into equilibrium and clean out all negativity and anxiety (i.e. ‘sopladas’ – the healing energy of blowing) (Jauregui et al. 2011). Thus, tobacco in the shamanistic culture has a potent function of cleansing, bringing clarity and focus, and for allowing strong visualizations. 

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