When I wild-crafted plants with shamans, they would give an offering of tobacco leaves and spread some in a circle around the plant that was being harvested. The grandmother of the plant, which was the tallest or oldest plant of the bunch, is always left alone to continue, and a smaller outer piece or plant cutting would be taken. The tobacco that was spread around the plant would act as a natural pesticide to help protect the plant from invaders, while being in a depleted state after harvesting. Nicotine is a powerful neurotoxin to insects, and tobacco is a member of the potent nightshade family. Burning tobacco was used to keep bugs away. I’ve used tobacco as a very effective insecticide for the garden, and I occasionally mixed it with water, although I would use the pure plant and not the cigarette tobacco you buy in the store.
Tobacco in the plant world is used as a very effective pesticide. There really are no medicinal properties in tobacco as we now know it, but it was touted as a cure all for everything throughout the ages. It was probably more medicinal in its undried green form, because the fresh juice was used as a wound healer, and it was also used as a snuff for anesthetic purposes. It would often be mixed together with other herbs. It is known as a sacred herb in Native cultures, and is used in ceremonies and rituals.
In small doses Tobacco stimulates the brain and nervous system, but in larger doses it acts as a depressant. Nicotine increases heart rate and blood pressure, so it is considered a stimulant and not a relaxant. It is the oral fixation and the habitual fulfillment that makes it seem relaxing, it is the worlds most popular placebo. It is the nicotine that makes tobacco addictive passing through every organ in the body and in the bloodstream, and has even been found in breast milk. The level of nicotine in cigarettes is on the rise.
Now most smokers do not even know what the tobacco plant looks like. There are over 60 species of tobacco and other than Australia most are found in the Americas.
Most Canadian cigarettes are made with Virginia tobacco, but there are many varieties of tobacco.
Virginia Gold Tobacco
Store bought cigarettes now contain many additives that are toxic, like added accelerants to make the cigarette burn faster. Years ago cigarettes would extinguish by themselves if you stopped smoking it for a period of time, which was good because a lot of people seem to fall asleep on the couch with a lit cigarette and end up burning down the house. Imagine how many fires would be prevented if cigarette companies just took the accelerants out and they leave them in just to earn more profits. The accelerants also make the cigarette burn hotter so that it penetrates your lungs more. Notice that cigars don’t keep burning, but will go out if you stop smoking it for a while, depending on what artificial additives it has.
There are so many additives it is not considered so natural anymore. These are a few of the 4,000 other ingredients in it other than tobacco. When they are burned they create 200 more lung damaging compounds. If you were to inject the same ingredients in one cigarette into the bloodstream it would possibly be fatal.
Ammonia: Household cleaner
Arsenic: Used in rat poisons
Benzene: Used in making dyes, synthetic rubber
Butane: Gas; used in lighter fluid
Carbon monoxide: Poisonous gas
Cadmium: Used in batteries
Cyanide: Deadly poison
DDT: A banned insecticide
Ethyl Furoate: Causes liver damage in animals
Lead: Poisonous in high doses
Formaldehyde: Used to preserve dead specimens
Megastigmatrienone: Chemical naturally found in grapefruit juice
Maltitol: Sweetener for diabetics
Napthalene: Ingredient in mothballs
Methyl isocyanate: Its accidental release killed 2000 people in Bhopal, India in 1984
Polonium: Cancer-causing radioactive element
Urea: component of urine used to flavour cigarettes
These are harmful and even fatal in the following ways:
Fungicides and pesticides — Cause many types of cancers and birth defects.
Cadmium — Linked to lung and prostate cancer.
Benzene — Linked to leukemia.
Formaldehyde — Linked to lung cancer.
Nickel — Causes increased susceptibility to lung infections.
The filters give people a false sense that the smoke is being filtered and it is less harmful. The marketing of ‘lite’ cigarettes also gave people a false sense that they were making a healthier choice. ‘Lite’ is puffed up with CO2, but this makes people draw harder on it so they receive the same amount as a regular cigarette. There are also air holes in the filters, but they get covered with lips and fingers anyway. Now ads are being forced to show the truth of what really happens to your body when you smoke cigarettes, and even this does not deter people.
Getting a real ingredient list was very difficult for a long time, because smoking was so glamorized by the media and movie stars even Ronald Reagan, the former American president endorsed them when he was an actor.
The amount of money he earned by making tobacco “cool” is unknown.
Tobacco, Nicotiana has killed more people than any other herb yet remains not only legal, but socially acceptable, while other medicinal smoking herbs are illegal and not socially acceptable.
Tobacco use related deaths are the most avoidable preventable death in the world.
Older smokers lose more grey matter and cognitive function than people who don’t smoke. Smokers are also more prone to illness, and may have to get their throat scraped out besides having other smoking related health problems.
Don’t let cigarette companies profit from your suffering or your loved ones deaths. If you are looking to quit smoking there are many natural ways and herbs that can help and break free from the habit.
Lobelia has very similar receptors to nicotine that quench that nicotine craving, and makes smoking taste bad if you are taking it. Lobelia works on the dopamine and nicotine receptors in the brain and helps with withdrawal symptoms.
Here is further reading on natural ways to stop smoking and heal your lung tissue.
The effects of smoking on the skin, smokers face became a coined medical term in 1985, because the negative effects on the skin were that noticeable.
Can you pick the smoker in these twins?
Addictions bring suffering and death- Buddha