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Rapé is a blend made of powdered herbs that have been used in the Amazon for ages. Sharing rapé is a cornerstone of Amazonian life and the powder is used in rituals but also in a more conventional setting with friends. There are two basic ways to administer rapé: the soplada (where another person blows the powder into your nose) or by self-administration with a crooked pipe made of wood called kuripe. The big advantage of using a kuripe is that you are in total control of the dosage. Of course, you can also use a kuripe to administer yopo or kanna.
How to use a kuripe
- Load the nose end of the kuripe by carefully transferring some rapé with the palm of your hand.
- Tap the V-shaped end on a hard surface to remove any stuck rapé or air pockets.
- Take a deep breath, place the mouth end of your kuripe into your mouth and carefully fit the nose end into one of your nostrils.
- Lean forward a little, close your eyes (you don’t want blow rapé into your eyes) and blow the rapé into your nostril.
- Enjoy the effect.
- If you need to increase the dosage refill the kuripe and administer through the other nostril (but don't overdo it.)
- Lean forward to minimize the back dripping of rapé. Feel the ground with your hands.