Tabaco Arapiraca

Bottle, 10 Ml, 7 Gr from Brazil (SKU 4770)

Arapiraca Tobacco is made from "Rope Tobacco" (Corda), which is a Nicotiana rustic strain. This is about 20 times stronger than our traditional Tobacco, Nicotiana tabacum. When the Tabacco is harvested it is first fermented and then turned into ropes and rolled up on rolls. After this process it sits on the rolls to mature. When they prepare the Tobacco for Rapé it is dried in the sun, beaten and sieved.

Packed in 10 ml clear plastic bottles containing 7 gr.



In the north east of Brazil the climate is very good for planting Tobacco, it is dry and sunny. Since the Europeans started to traffic Tobacco the northeast became the principal region for production. Arapiraca is a city in the state Alagoas and they are one of the main producers of Tobacco, mainly rope tobacco or “Tabaco de Corda” as it is called in Portuguese, but also cigars. The process is quite different though; cigar Tobacco is dried and cut while the Corda is fermented.

When the Tobacco is harvested it is first fermented and then turned into ropes and rolled up on rolls. Each roll can weigh around eighty kilo. After this process it sits on the rolls to mature. The Tobacco can be used for smoking, chewing or in Rapé production. It is mostly smoked rolled in a corn leaf or smoked in pipes.

Arapiraca Tabacco is a Nicotiana Rustica strain. In the state Acre the only Tobacco grown nowadays is the natural Tabaco de Moi, which is a milder Tobacco that nowadays is used less to produce Rapé. A lot of Tobacco is brought from other states to the Amazon where the Rapé crafters buy it for their production. The only Rapé that is 100% made by the tribes is the Apurinã Awiry.

Most Tobacco is grown organically since Tobacco itself is used in organic farming as a pesticide.

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, cleanse 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 Rope Tabacco. When the Tobacco is harvested it is first fermented and then turned into ropes and rolled up on rolls, each roll can weigh around eighty kilo. After this process it sits on the rolls to mature. When they prepare the tobacco for Rapé it is dried in the sun, beaten and sieved.

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