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AMAZONIAN HAPÉ

Shamanic snuff, traditionally called rapé, is an ancestral physical and spiritual medicine of connection, a powerful alterer of consciousness / entheogen, which has the formidable power to open us to higher dimensions, and for this it is always used accompanied by a small ceremony of rape or ritual prior to the intake, in which we deposit a pure and luminous intention.

Hapé is blown with a reed into each nostril, balancing the two hemispheres of the brain, our feminine and masculine side, and then the heart, the centre of our bodies. 

The blowing helps us to heal individualism, cleanses our perception, clearing the mind and opening the higher energetic channels, to connect with the higher part of our being.

Rapé is a powerful and ancient way to raise the prayer and connect with the divine. It should always be directed to a spiritual purpose, being concentrated, prayerful, seeking healing or spiritual connection.

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HAPÉ CEREMONIES

We have different hapés we work with, including Bobinsana, Nukini, Kuntanawa and more. To begin with, we will cleanse you with Tobacco Mapacho, Salvia and Palo Santo. Depending on your level of experience and what our facilitator Mario & Carolina feel like is suitable for you, is the rapé that you'll then be blown.

You can always count on our guidance and support during the ceremony.

Duration of the ceremony: Between 30 minutes to 1 hour

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TOBACCO MAPACHO

Tobacco is not generally regarded as a hallucinogen, but it has long been known to have played a central role in North and South American shamanism, both for trance states and for rituals of healing, protection and spiritual purification. 

Sowa Nete works with tobacco mapacho in ceremonies, dietas and makes use of it in daily life.

It is worth noting that indigenous people ingest enormous quantities of tobacco, both smoked, drunk and in the form of snuff, but mostly in a sacred and ritual context, and paradoxically do not manifest compulsive consumption. Moreover, Amazonian tobacco is grown without chemical fertilisers or pesticides and contains none of the chemicals that are added to industrial cigarettes.

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Tobacco Leaves
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Tobacco mapacho being rolled in Iquitos, Peru (photo taken on our last visit to Peru December 2022)

Drying process of tobacco mapacho

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PSILOCYBIN MUSHROOMS

Psilocybin mushrooms, often referred to as "magic mushrooms," are a group of fungi that contain the naturally occurring psychoactive compounds psilocybin and psilocin. When ingested, these compounds are converted into psilocin in the body, which interacts with serotonin receptors in the brain, leading to  hallucinogenic and mind-altering effects. 

Psilocybin mushrooms have been used for centuries in various cultural and spiritual contexts around the world. Some of the users include Indigenous peoples in the Americas, for example the Aztecs in Mexico, The Native American Church, some indigenous African tribes, and Contemporary Spiritual Movements.

 

Effects: The effects of psilocybin mushrooms can vary from person to person. Age, weight, dosage, tolerance and metabolism are some of the factors that can play a significant role in the intensity and nature of the psychedelic experience. Common experiences include visual hallucinations, changes in perception of time and space, enhanced sensory perception, altered thought patterns, and a heightened sense of interconnectedness. Some individuals also report profound spiritual or mystical experiences.

Duration: The duration of the effects depends on the specific species of mushroom and the dosage but generally lasts around 4 to 6 hours. The effects usually take 20-60 minutes to arise after ingestion.

 

Varieties: There are many species of psilocybin-containing mushrooms found around the world, with different levels of potency and psychoactive effects. Sowa Nete works with Albino Penis Envy and Golden Teacher Mushrooms. These were grown in Costa Rica. Penis Envy is considered two to three times more potent than average, while Golden Teachers are considered medium potency and many users claim that they contain unique healing qualities. 

POTENTIAL BENEFITS OF PSILOCYBIN MUSHROOMS

Research has shown that psilocybin, when used in controlled and therapeutic settings, may have potential benefits for mental health conditions such as depression, anxiety, and post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD). Furthermore, researchers at Johns Hopkins found that psilocybin is a promising therapeutic approach for nicotine and alcohol addictions, as well as other substance use disordersOther studies have shown that magic mushrooms were effective and relieving the emotional distress of people with life-threatening cancer diagnoses.

Clinical studies and trials are ongoing to explore these therapeutic applications.

According to Bill Hathaway (2021), researchers from Yale School of Medicine found that a single dose of psilocybin given to mice prompted a long-lasting increase in the connections between neurons. They also found increases in the number of dendritic spines and in their size within 24 hours of administration of psilocybin. These changes were still present a month later. Furthermore, mice subjected to stress showed behavioral improvements and increased neurotransmitter activity after being given psilocybin.

Psilocybin mushrooms are nonaddictive and do not lead to compulsive use! 

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