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Chilean Mummies Reveal Ancient Nicotine Habit
LiveScience ^ | June 28, 2013 | Joseph Castro

Posted on 06/30/2013 3:19:01 PM PDT by EveningStar

The hair of mummies from the town of San Pedro de Atacama in Chile reveals the people in the region had a nicotine habit spanning from at least 100 B.C. to A.D. 1450.

Additionally, nicotine consumption occurred on a society-wide basis, irrespective of social status and wealth, researchers say.

(Excerpt) Read more at livescience.com ...


TOPICS: Health/Medicine; History; Science; Society
KEYWORDS: archeology; chile; godsgravesglyphs; mummies; nicotine; smokingiscool

1 posted on 06/30/2013 3:19:01 PM PDT by EveningStar
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To: SunkenCiv

ping


2 posted on 06/30/2013 3:19:22 PM PDT by EveningStar ("What color is the sky in your world?" -- Frasier Crane)
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To: EveningStar
Additionally, nicotine consumption occurred on a society-wide basis, irrespective of social status and wealth, researchers say.

Researcher figured this out because the skeletons had brown teeth plus nicotine patches nearby their arms.

3 posted on 06/30/2013 3:27:31 PM PDT by John123 (US$ - I owe you nothing. Euro - Who owes you nothing.)
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To: EveningStar
Tobacco is pretty easy to grow. I've got some in the garden now, and some curing.

/johnny

4 posted on 06/30/2013 3:32:44 PM PDT by JRandomFreeper (Gone Galt)
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To: JRandomFreeper

What do you do to cure it? After you cure it is it ready to smoke or chew or are there further steps which must be taken?


5 posted on 06/30/2013 3:50:51 PM PDT by Sawdring
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To: Sawdring
Curing is a rather lengthy process which I'm not going to describe here. There are web sites that discuss that.

And yes, when I'm done, it's ready to chew (for tobacco processed that way) or smoke (for tobacco processed that way).

I'm smoking my own tobacco now.

Point I was making was that it's not rocket surgery. :)

/johnny

6 posted on 06/30/2013 3:55:11 PM PDT by JRandomFreeper (Gone Galt)
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To: JRandomFreeper
So I take it with your own hands, all of your life, you put it in the plant beds and transferred it. You've hoed it. You've dug in it. You've sprayed it, you've chopped it, you've shredded it, spiked it, put it in the barn and stripped it and sold it.

Maybe you should run for president.


7 posted on 06/30/2013 4:10:32 PM PDT by katana (Just my opinions)
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To: katana

Nah, I'm much cooler than Al Bore.

/johnny

8 posted on 06/30/2013 4:18:08 PM PDT by JRandomFreeper (Gone Galt)
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To: JRandomFreeper

Cool, you should have had the picture taken without a shirt on and had the leaves about a foot lower.


9 posted on 06/30/2013 4:20:07 PM PDT by Sawdring
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To: JRandomFreeper

My part Indian grandmother grew her own tobacco for chewing, she also slept with a gun, after her shooting up the house one night my uncles took her gun away, she then slept with a hatchet.


10 posted on 06/30/2013 7:55:15 PM PDT by ansel12
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To: Sawdring

Don’t give him ideas!


11 posted on 07/01/2013 2:11:57 AM PDT by SatinDoll (NATURAL BORN CITIZEN: BORN IN THE USA OFCITIZEN PARENTS)
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To: EveningStar; StayAt HomeMother; Ernest_at_the_Beach; decimon; 1010RD; 21twelve; 24Karet; ...

Thanks EveningStar.

12 posted on 07/01/2013 3:30:23 AM PDT by SunkenCiv (McCain or Romney would have been worse, if you're a dumb ass.)
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To: SunkenCiv

There is a great deal of evidence that the Maya used tobacco. Mayan hieroglyphics referring to tobacco have been translated. Deities, kings and shamans are often depicted smoking in Mayan art and iconography. The God L is depicted smoking a cigar on a wall relief in the Mayan city of Palenque, Mexico. A monkey deity smokes a cigarette on a vase from the late Classic period (200-800 A.D.). The Madrid Codex (pdf), one of the few Mayan historical records to survive the Christianizing zeal of the Spanish conquistadors, has multiple images of people smoking...

The History Blog

13 posted on 07/01/2013 4:02:53 AM PDT by Fred Nerks
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To: Fred Nerks

That ain't no ciggy... that be a spliff!

14 posted on 07/01/2013 4:04:45 AM PDT by Mad Dawgg (If you're going to deny my 1st Amendment rights then I must proceed to the 2nd one...)
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To: EveningStar

Many of the Solancae species of plants (the nightshade family) have trace amounts of nicotine.

In fact one could eat enough sweet potatoes to have measurable amounts of nicotine in your bloodstream. You’d have to eat a boatload of sweet potatoes, but it’s doable!


15 posted on 07/01/2013 4:10:24 AM PDT by djf (Rich widows: My Bitcoin address is... 1ETDmR4GDjwmc9rUEQnfB1gAnk6WLmd3n6)
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To: SunkenCiv

I wouldn’t worry about it. They’re already dead.


16 posted on 07/01/2013 4:10:56 AM PDT by Silentgypsy (You don't like the way I drive? Stay off the sidewalk.)
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To: ansel12

I’m part NA, too, and I’ve slept with a weapon since I was a child. I’ve always driven with one, too. I wonder if it’s some sort of ethnic paranoia or a tendency to “Be prepared” a la Girl Scouts. I quit smoking when I was 26, but I still burn occasionally.


17 posted on 07/01/2013 4:16:03 AM PDT by Silentgypsy (You don't like the way I drive? Stay off the sidewalk.)
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To: Mad Dawgg

Or maybe a ram’s horn brought by Jewish conquistadores.


18 posted on 07/01/2013 4:17:59 AM PDT by Silentgypsy (You don't like the way I drive? Stay off the sidewalk.)
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To: Silentgypsy

Your comment reminds me of my favorite bumper sticker:

Sure you can trust government, ask any indian.

Perhaps, you’re just channeling the history?


19 posted on 07/03/2013 2:23:06 PM PDT by 1010RD (First, Do No Harm)
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To: Silentgypsy
I am not NA but I have always been “prepared” for WHAT I don't know. I was born in ‘40 and my earliest memories were about WW2, maybe that is it. I don't sleep with a gun (but there is one in the bedroom) but I always have a flashlight, knife, screwdriver, food, water and meds close at hand. I have what would be called a “bug out bag” in my vehicle and I go through and freshen it periodically. I have never understood this about myself I just accept it.
20 posted on 07/03/2013 2:38:03 PM PDT by Ditter
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To: Ditter

Yep! Just go with it!


21 posted on 07/03/2013 4:13:19 PM PDT by Silentgypsy (You don't like the way I drive? Stay off the sidewalk.)
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To: 1010RD

I’m just praying, FRiend!


22 posted on 07/03/2013 4:14:10 PM PDT by Silentgypsy (You don't like the way I drive? Stay off the sidewalk.)
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To: JRandomFreeper
Nah, I'm much cooler than Al Bore.

And nowhere near as fat!

23 posted on 07/03/2013 4:19:03 PM PDT by Max in Utah (A nation can survive its fools, and even the ambitious. But it cannot survive treason from within.)
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