Ambil is a type of paste, syrup, jelly or jam made from pure tobacco and mineral salts. It can be a very strong, intense, and powerful sacred medicine.
Each pot weighs approx 50-65 grams each. They are handmade by indigenous Witoto tribe from Colombia.
We offer 4 different types of Ambil based on strength of medicine – see below. (Everyone has different personal preferences, which may also change over time)
1. Very Strong (VS)
2. Strong (S)
3. Medium (M)
4. Gentle (G)
Each one is hand-made by indigenous Witoto people, so each pot may vary slightly in weight.
Also, it’s tastes, consistency, strength, and textures may vary with each batch, which are normal with indigenous tribes.
They tend to make medicines slightly different with every batch, depending upon availability of ingredients, season, climate and humidity.
Ambil is placed in the mouth by dipping a finger or removing a small amount with a spatula or finger nail and rubbing it on the teeth, gums, or tongue. Although consumed alone, ambil is sometimes ingested simultaneously with other snuff products.
Generally, it has limited distribution in South America. It is found among tribes of the northern end of the Andes in Colombia and Venezuela, and some parts of the north-west Amazon.
In the Sierra Nevada de Santa Marta in Colombia, the indigenous people prepare a thick black jelly/jam through a baking sheet of tobacco juice lasting hours or even days. The product is further thickened by adding almidón (fruit thickener), or starch (cassava or arrowroot).
Well-green leaves of the lower part of the tobacco plant are selected to be cooked over a slow fire. At the same time, salts are obtained by certain tribes by the evaporation of water which has been poured and percolated through ash tree parts. The salts are added to make ambil, while they concentrate it into a thick syrup or paste. Salt or alkaline ashes are used by some tribes, as part of their recipe for ambil.
Some tribes consume ambil together with coca, ayahuasca, and other hallucinogens.
Also, you can take Ambil just before your Rapé session, Ayahuasca or other medicine ceremonies in your gums – it’ll make everything much stronger – grounds, cleanses, clears your thoughts, opens your heart and throat chakras, and connects you to Spirit…
Very masculine energy of Father Tobacco. Also, some tribes use it during other sacred medicine ceremonies, as it intensifies your experiences and deepens your journey much more.
Some clients have reported using Ambil before bed to encourage and deepen lucid dreaming states.
Storage: For best storage conditions, please keep in airtight container and away from bright sunny conditions.
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The Witoto people (also Huitoto) are an indigenous people in south-eastern Colombia and northern Peru. Current population is approximately 8,500 people.
The Witoto people were once composed of one hundred villages or 31 tribes, but disease and conflict has reduced their numbers. Until the early 20th century, Witoto population was 50,000. The rubber boom in the mid-20th century brought diseases and displacement to the Witotos, causing their numbers to plummet to 7,000–10,000.
Since the 1990s, cattle ranchers have invaded Witoto lands—depleting the soil and polluting waterways. In response, Colombia has established several reservations for Witotos.
Witoto peoples all practiced swidden or slash-and-burn agriculture. To prevent depleting the land, they relocate their fields every few yields. Major crops include cacao, coca, maize, bitter and sweet manioc, bananas, mangoes, palms, peanuts, pineapples, plaintains, sugar cane, sweet potatoes, tobacco, and yams. Ethnobotanists have studied Witoto agriculture due to its efficiency and sustainability.