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American Flue Cured Wrap

Leaves, Bundle, 50 Gr from United States (SKU 3143)

Expected in January 2017.

American Flue Cured is a yellow and light whole leaf organic tobacco (Nicotiana tabacum), commonly used for cigarette tobacco, when cut. This is 50 gram of unprocessed whole leaf, simply wrapped into a bundle.

Part

leaves

Form

bundle

Weight

50 gr

Qty

max: 1

 



Expected restock around January 2017.

American Flue Cured is a yellow and light whole leaf organic tobacco (Nicotiana tabacum), commonly used for cigarette tobacco, when cut. This is 50 gram of unprocessed whole leaf, simply wrapped into a bundle. 

The leaves were flexible and fresh when packed but may have dried out a bit. Before handling the leaves, make sure they are at the right humidity level. If the leaves break or do not fully bend, they must first be rehumidified. Add a teaspoon of water to the package, close it and place it on a very warm spot. The leaves will have absorbed the moisture and will become completely flexible and managable the next day. (Dried out tobacco leaves and always be restored to they flexible texture, with this method). Then open the package and unfold the leaves carefully. A spray of water will keep the leaves humid and the leathery leaves can be flattened out completely. Then carefully remove the thick stems with a sharp knife or scissors. You will now have several pieces of pure tobacco leaf, ready for use. Some pieces that are entirely intact, without holes, can be used to wrap your home made cigars and cigarettes.

To transform this whole leaf into smokable tobacco, wrap the soft leaves very compact together, like a cigar, and wrap it very tighly with a string. Allow this to settle for a day, and remove the string. With a razorsharp knife, cut up the cigar into very thin slices, of less than 1 mm. Allow the cuts to dry until the desired humidity, before use.

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 natural product is offered for its ethnographic and historical value and is delivered with no expressed or implied fitness for a specific purpose. It is simply a raw botanical specimen, or a scientific sample. The information provided is purely meant for historical, scientific and educational purposes and should never be interpreted as a recommendation for a specific use. The use and application of our product is at the customer's decision, responsibility and risk.
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