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Nicotiana Rustica seeds (Hopi & Aztec)

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Nicotiana rustica seeds from 2015/2016 harvest of either Nicotiana rustica Hopi or Aztec.

Nicotiana Rustica seeds (Hopi & Aztec)

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Nicotiana rustica is a member of the solonaceae family along with datura, nightshade, potatoes and tomatoes. It typically grows to about 4 feet, forming sticky leaves and yellow flower clusters. It has the highest levels of nicotine of any tobacco species, potentially containing up to twenty times more then N. tabacum, the species used in commercial cigarettes. At such levels, N. rustica is not an ideal for smoking because of the risk of fatal overdose. However, Aztecs and other Native Americans who considered this plant to be sacred would indulge in smoking N. rustica to achieve mind alteration primarily for ceremonial purposes and occasionally for recreation. N. rustica was also ingested by chewing, snuffing or as an enema. Additionally, it was used to treat bruises, sprains, infected wounds and to treat baldness. Today it is grown as an ornamental and also used as an insecticide against infestations of aphids, spider mites and other tiny pests.

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