Nicotiana rustica – A dangerous journey to the gods
Written by Algoth’s Grove
“The magic in the pipe of the Native American and Aztec shamans was usually nothing more than the nicotine from the Aztec Tobacco plant. Family to the deadly nightshade… the journey to the gods was a dangerous but fruitful one.”
Tobacco has been a powerful barter and bridge between the gods and men since time immemorial. It is said that the demi-god Wenebojo, whose grandmother is the earth stole the tobacco seeds (specifically Aztec Tobacco) from a giant high up in the mountains and then brought it down to give it to his brothers. It has been a great gift in all manner of religious ceremonies and has been used alone or as an additive with other psychoactive plants.
It is of the family, Solanacae, the same family as belladonna and other dangerous yet medicinal plants. Aztec tobacco in particular, is a sacred plant to both the gods and to humans. The euphoric result that is gained from smoking the plant is likened to an extreme dizziness with possible hallucinations or visions. It must be stressed that only shamans used to smoke the Aztec tobacco to gain favour and visions from the gods themselves. A shaman knew the precise recipe to safely travel the dimensions using the tobacco rustica, many have died since from an overdose and the death is a nauseating vicious experience. One dies from nicotine poisoning.
Rustica / Aztec Tobacco is a perfect offering of respect to any spiritual being. The plant was so sacred amongst the tribes of North America that it was given in exchange for land and for marriage and more importantly for favour in the eyes of the gods. A singular thought is carried throughout the fables from the native tribes and that is that Aztec tobacco is the one plant that has the ability to hear your thoughts. It is therefore imperative that you have good thoughts when working with the plant. The plant spirit associated with Aztec tobacco has been likened to a messenger of the gods and of men. It is rumoured that if the Tobacco spirit is pleased, that your messages will indeed be carried to the correct gods and that your wishes and desires will be granted.
On the science of the plant, below is a quote from science direct on the physical effects of nicotine. Please remember that Aztec tobacco which is the known as the pure tobacco, is the most potent form of nicotine known to man. It is 4% – 9.5% stronger than any other plant. Please use with caution.
A nutshell quotation from Science Direct:
“SYNOPSIS OF THE NEUROPHARMACOLOGICAL TARGETS FOR NICOTINE
All tobacco products contain nicotine, which is the main psychoactive ingredient in cigarette smoke. Nicotine is considered a psychostimulant, but it can also produce analgesia and anti-anxiety-like (or anxiolytic) effects. Nicotine mimics the actions of the endogenous neurotransmitter acetylcholine and binds as an agonist at nicotinic receptors. These are widely distributed throughout the brain but have high concentrations in reward-related circuits. Nicotinic receptors are ion-gated receptors. The activation of nicotinic receptors opens calcium channels to increase neuronal excitability and promote transmitter release. There are multiple nicotinic receptor subtypes that are composed of different subunits, but most form three broad groups in the brain: α2–6, β2–4, and α7–10 subunits. The α4β2 nicotinic receptor appears to be mostly responsible for the psychostimulant effects of nicotine, in addition to a wide range of behavioral and physiological effects. The psychostimulant and rewarding effects of nicotine are largely mediated by actions on nicotinic receptors in the origin areas (ventral tegmental area) and terminal areas (nucleus accumbens) of the mesocorticolimbic dopamine system and extended amygdala (central nucleus of the amygdala, bed nucleus of the stria terminalis, and a transition zone in the shell of the nucleus accumbens). The addiction potential of nicotine largely derives from powerful within-system neuroadaptations (signal transduction mechanisms) and between-system neuroadaptations (neurocircuitry changes) in the brain motivational and stress systems.