Shamanic Snuff

Shamanic snuffs are powdered plant mixtures that are insufflated (snorted) as part of shamanic practices. Most commonly shamanic snuff is tobacco-based, like the popular rapé (ha-pay) used in South American Shamanism.

Although the composition of shamanic snuff will vary from culture to culture, most often they are used to induce a change of consciousness, and can be used in conjunction with other plant medicines such as ayahuasca.

Typically, shamans will administer shamanic snuff through a pipe, blowing it into the nostrils of their participants. It can induce powerful experiences, especially if strong tobacco is used. Shamanic snuffs have an important place in many shamanic cultures.

Rapé – the Sacred Amazonian Snuff You Blow Up Your Nose

Rapé – pronounced ha-PAY – is a preparation of powdered medicinal herbs, often with a tobacco base – that is taken through the nose. This practice of consuming powdered plant medicines through the nose is pre-Columbian and was first observed among the Brazilian indigenous tribes. In Europe, herbal snuff was introduced by the doctor and botanic Francisco Hernández

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