Hapé (pronounced ha-PAY) is a tobacco powder that is sacred to Indigenous tribes. It has been used by shamans and healers for thousands of years as a spiritual medicine.
“In addition to the tobacco, rapé (known in the West as hapé,) usually includes the alkaline ashes of other plants such as cinnamon, tonka bean, clover, banana peel, or mint, but many shamans keep the exact ingredients of their particular rapé a secret.” — Psychedelic Times Staff in their article, “From Rapé to Mapacho: Uncovering the Ceremonial and Medicinal Benefits of Sacred Tobacco.”
A kuripe is a V-shaped pipe used by an individual to self-administer the hapé. There are other devices and methods one can use to experience hapé. We’ll save those details for you to discover based on your own particular level of interest.
A pea-sized amount of hapé powder is loaded into one kuripe chamber and then inserted into the individual’s nostril. The other chamber goes into the individual’s mouth. After a prayer or an intention is set, the individual forcefully blows air through the mouth chamber. This force of air then releases the hapé into the nasal passage. For more information on this process, check out this article if you would like.
If there’s a part of you wondering (like we did) hapé is safe and absolutely legal in the US. There’s also a really wonderful hapé apothecary online that has free videos for hapé first timers. In these videos, they show you exactly how to use it and how to pay respect to the plant medicine. They also ask individuals to pay respect to the plant’s tribal origins. Finally, they teach you how to cultivate a relationship with hapé.
By watching these videos, a person can then administer their first dose with full confidence and understanding.