Everything you need to know about Rapé Yawanawa Forca!
Rapé (Ha-pay) for ceremonial use
What is Rapé?
Rapé is made out of crushed, dried tobacco leaves. The Nicotiana Rustica plant has a naturally high nicotine content, up to 20x more nicotine than the Nicotiana Tabacum. Because of the stimulating qualities of nicotine the effects of Rapé will be very stimulating. In addition, the different types of rapé contain several other herbs and plants from the rainforest to enhance the effect. Rapé has been used for decades by the indigenous tribes of South America who each grow their own species and consider the plant sacred. The different species are used for different purposes, but the goal is always to get closer to nature. Rapé is administered with a special pipe (kuripe or tepi) to someone else or yourself to enhance a psychedelic experience.
How do you use Rapé
Many people think that rapé would be addictive because of the nicotine, but because it is not processed with chemicals, like the additives in cigarettes, this is not grounded in reality. Using rape as a snuff is less stressful for the body than if you were to smoke the leaves. When the tobacco plants are harvested, the leaves are cut into pieces. The leaves are dried over a campfire and then ground into powder. This powder can be blown into the nose through the kuripe / tepi. It is important to blow the powder into both nostrils, this ensures that the energy flows are in balance. The choice of self-application gives more control over the experience but it can be difficult to do the 2nd nostril due to the intensity of the experience. In that case, having someone else apply it can be a good option!
What is the effect of Rapé
The effect of rapé is described differently by everyone. The set and setting are often decisive in this respect. What we hear a lot in return is that it induces an intense high that is liberating during a trip and that it is easier to release negative energy. Depending on the type of rapé, it can also be grounding and calming. The high concentration of nicotine in the mixture has a stimulating effect and releases hormones such as adrenaline, acetylcholine and dopamine. This leads to increased clarity and increased awareness. If you use rapé for the first time, an amount the size of a pea is sufficient, depending on the first experience, you can choose to use more.
The use of rapé can unfortunately also cause some side effects. It is important to be well aware of this so that you “know what goes with it” and what to expect. Because the powder is blown into the nose, you get a runny nose after application. This ensures a cleansed nose. It is important to stay bent over so that the mucus and powder do not run into your throat. Nausea is also part of the use of a (higher) dose of rapé. The mind wants to cleanse the body and vomiting is one of the means. So you don’t have to worry about this, just be well prepared. Just like with coffee and a cigarette, rapé can have a stimulating effect on the intestines, make sure there is a toilet nearby!