Tobacco is affectionately known as ‘Abuelo’ or ‘The Grandfather’.
We are not talking about the tobacco most Westerners are familiar with - this is a different plant altogether. Nicotiana Rustica is one of the most sacred plants to many indigenous cultures around the world, and for good reason. Once cured and dried, Tobacco can either be cut into smokable “Mapacho”, pulverised or infused with water. When smoked, this powerful plant can be used to clear a space or a person of negative, unwanted energies, especially in a ceremonial context. When snorted as liquid or powder, Tobacco will produce an immediate sense of clarity and grounding.
Tobacco ceremonies, where a stronger concentration of the liquid is drunk, are a very powerful way to cleanse the physical and energetic bodies.
These guided ceremonies invoke the tough, yet unconditional love of the Grandfather. Upon drinking, Tobacco will begin working on one or more chakras (energy centres of the body). For example, experiencing sensations around the throat chakra during ceremony means that the medicine is working on issues and blockages related to communication and authentic self-expression.
Tobacco will oftentimes take the participant to the root of their fears, insecurities and the destructive element of the ego, known as ‘the saboteur’.
Once negative elements have been addressed and cleared, many people describe a feeling of heart opening, renewed confidence and clarity.
Although not considered psychedelic, Tobacco is a very strong medicine in its own right and can induce visions and altered states of consciousness, leading to profound healing. For this reason, multiple ceremonies or Tobacco retreats can be a superb alternative for those who are unable or not ready to participate in Ayahuasca ceremonies.
Because of its excellent cleansing properties, Tobacco is also a very effective preparation for Ayahuasca.