Bottle, 10 Ml, 5 Gr from Peru (SKU 2882)
Mapacho is made from Nicotiana rustica, which is about 20 times stronger than our traditional tobacco, Nicotiana tobacum (Stanfill et al. 2010). Indigenous tribes use Mapacho in ceremonies, to predict good weather, fishing or harvest, and for spiritual (e.g. vision quest, trance etc) and curing purposes (Wilbert 1987), but rarely for smoking. It is one of the oldest and most potent curing plants known to indigenous tribes. Origin: Iquitos, Peru. More information below.
Packed in 10 ml clear plastic bottles containing 5 gr.
This is the finest pure Mapacho powder, made from traditional "Mapacho masos", which are tightly bundled fermented dark leaves from the jungle in Iquitos, Peru.
Juicy and fresh, are Mapacho Masos. It is an ellaborate and patient process to produce an absolutely dehydrated fine (100 micron) powder. The fresh and juicy masos were cut into small pieces, sundried, crushed, dehydrated, deveined, and then ground and sieved multiple times, to obtain the finest powder. This sacred, wholesome plant can bring profound clarity and help to remove negative energies. Mapacho is made from Nicotiana rustica, which is about 20 times stronger than our traditional tobacco, Nicotiana tobacum (Stanfill et al. 2010). Indigenous tribes use tobacco in ceremonies, to predict good weather, fishing or harvest, and for spiritual (e.g. vision quest, trance etc) and curing purposes (Wilbert 1987), but rarely for smoking. It is one of the oldest and most potent curing plants known to indigenous tribes.
This extremely finely powdered mapacho is perfect for using in personal preparations. Mixed with ashes it becomes a powerful but stable Rapé similar to other traditional types produced by the indigenous tribes of South America. Perfect for those wishing to explore the possibilities of blending their own varieties, or to add a rounded and grounding twist to your favourite grey Rapé.
This is an extremely fine powder, creamy to the touch. It takes great effort to produce such a fine powder, entirely void of stems, veins, grains and bits, and at a 125 micron fineness. This is our standard. All of our Rapé varieties are processed to a high standard and a consistent fineness, using laboratory grade seives and milling equipment.
A detailed description on how to blend your own Rapé can be found here.
Other names: N.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. Tobacco consumed in high amounts has strong psychedelic and hallucinogenic effects, as it contains two alkaloids, harman and norharman, which are closely related to harmine and harmaline (Janiger et al. 1973). These two beta-carbolines inhibit monoamine oxidase (Herraiz et al. 2005), leading to antidepressive and uplifting effects (Farzin 2006).
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.
This powder is made from fermented Mapacho logs. The Mapacho logs are cut into small pieces, then dried, deveined, ground, dehydrated and sieved multiple times to achieve the finest dust of a dry and flowing powder.
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