Why do you participate in the ceremony? What answers are you seeking?
The application of Rapé leads to a strong stimulation of the mucous membranes, which can be perceived as a forceful internal impact. This impactful sensation allows the mind to open up, enabling the intended purposes to take effect. Rapé assists in the release of emotional, physical, and mental ailments, purging negative energies and confusion. Shamans utilize Rapé to reestablish a connection with their higher self, which is believed to connect them with the Holy Spirit.
Tobacco contains two alkaloids: Harman and Mortarman, which are closely related to harmine and harmaline found in Ayahuasca. Consequently, tobacco enhances the effects during Ayahuasca rituals. Therefore, these two substances are interconnected during such ceremonies. Rapé is often combined with other shamanic rituals like Kambo or sweat lodge ceremonies.
The ceremony involves two breaths, each delivering tobacco-based snuff deep into the nasal cavities. Symbolically, the first breath through the left nostril represents death, while the second breath through the right nostril signifies rebirth. After each breath, a sharp blow is administered to the sinuses and head, clearing the nasal cavity, purging the bowels, and ultimately leaving the individual feeling calmer, grounded, and revitalized.
Practitioners who utilize this sacred plant medicine affirm that rapé is a potent method to cleanse oneself of negative energy, alleviate pain, and promote detoxification. Research indicates that rapé's nicotine content provides its stimulating and focusing effects, while increasing vital hormones such as epinephrine and dopamine in the body. Although further investigation is needed to fully explore its medicinal properties, advocates claim that rapé aids in the decalcification of the pineal gland and encourages the production of DMT.