Pronounced “ha-peh” or “rapay”, Rapé is a fine, ground-up shamanic snuff. It contains Nicotiana Rustica, a type of tobacco also known as Mapacho. It’s different from the tobacco used in cigarettes.
Although it contains tobacco, Rapé is not to be smoked. Instead, it’s administered into your nose. Rapé also contains other medicinal and sacred plants, including parts from tree bark, leaves, seeds, and various plants. Once collected, the components become pulverized with a pestle and strained through a mesh. The result is a fine, light-coloured powder. Different combinations of plants provide different uses and effects, and the exact recipe is often kept secret by the shaman.