Tobacco, in any form whether it be loose pipe tobacco or rolling tobacco, has a rather long history. It has come a long way since it was first used as an entheogen in ritualistic ceremonies in the Americas to what is a highly marketed product today.
The term ‘entheogen’ comes from the way people used to smoke tobacco in ritualistic and spiritualistic contexts. It can also be referred to as ‘generating the divine within’, and is a chemical substance used in a religious shamanic or spiritual context that may be obtained from natural species. It is done to help ‘heal’ individuals and bring them closer to their gods.
It used to be a thing of the past, but although people no longer associate or connects tobacco with god; psychedelic therapy still exists in psychological practice today. However, they rely on more complicated substances for trials nowadays.
Individuals, who practice this type of therapy, believe that tobacco unlocks key psychoanalytic abilities and therefore opens up the individual’s minds to psychotherapy. It was the sixties that earned the title ‘psychedelic’ after high profile bands such as the Beatles dabbled in psychedelic therapy. This was a movement that had its roots in the tribes who smoked tobacco in the Americas.
In the 21st century, smokers are spoilt for choice when it comes to how they smoke their loose pipe tobacco, rolling tobacco, or any other form of it that they prefer. Some smokers opt for pipes, others prefer rolling their own cigarette, or some even prefer sharp aromatic flavours of snuff. Whichever type you have a better preference for, the choice is yours and it is widely available.
Tobacco smoking can be traced back 2,300 years in North America. Pipe smoking has retained its place as an important part of modern Native American culture, even today. Christopher Columbus discovered a tribe smoking rolled up tobacco leaves when he first journeyed to South America, and brought it back with him to spread to the rest of the world.