Tobacco: Poison or Medicine? [Challenge]

Did you know that May 31st is world NO TOBACCO DAY?

That's right. Butt out your fags, flush your baccy down the toilet, and vow to give up smoking for the hundreth time.

World Tobacco Day actually has a point, whether you think we should ban it or not. Their principle concern is to attack the tactics used by tobacco industries and to educate young and future generations on the risks of tobacco products, and to empower influencers to fight against Big Tobacco. You can read more about that here.

But our relationship with this weed is much more complex than that. Sure, Big Tobacco has stood to profit from this poison weed. But one man's poison can also be another man's - or woman's - medicine. Indigenous cultures have also used tobacco in ceremony. Some smoke for their mental health. Tobacco has also been touted as beneficial for a range of health problems.

This challenge asks you to consider the use of tobacco in society and culture and write a response based on this theme.


You could write a vehement post about the unethical tactics of the tobacco industry, or a post exploring the use of tobacco across history. You might like to dive deep into it's therapeutic qualities, or it's dangers. You could write about your own experiences with this weed, or refute the imposed bans on what essentially is a civil liberty - a person's 'right' to smoke. Or perhaps you believe no-one has a right to smoke, as it can endanger others! Maybe you even want to write a post convicing people the superiority of the other 'weed' to the more socially accepted tobacco. Maybe you have a tried and true recipe for giving up, or tobacco alternatives.

At the end of the week - next Monday - we will decide on THREE winners. The winner will receive 25 HIVE and 200 LOTUS. Two runners up will win 200 LOTUS and be set as part beneficiary for the announcement post. All posts will be reblogged by @naturalmedicine and our reblog account, @uplotus. Excellent posts will be shared on Twitter and recieve 100 percent upvote from @naturalmedicine.

Please paste your entry below and a screenshot of 100 LOTUS burnt as the entry fee. You can easily buy LOTUS on HIVE engine and send 100 to @null. This helps the LOTUS economy. If you don't have enough or can't afford it, simply ask in the Natural Medicine challenge.

Original entries only - please source your information and images.


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when i smoke a cigarrette or cigar, i gag and my mouth tastes worse than it does after giving someone a rim job, but when I smoke weed I dont have any of those problems and am left with a pleasant mental state that is synonymous with bliss.

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Well, clearly you don't like rim jobs - oh dear. Would love you to write about it!

Have happily burned my Lotus and entered but, as one of the curation team, am withdrawing from contesting the prizes.

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I look forward to being part of this great and remarkable day.
Let's make History!!!

Awesome, are you going to write about it?

I will be participating!!

Though I don't have any experince with it...but in the eastern part of india tobacco is a life line. They have "Khaini" all the time in their mouth. People are so addicted to it that they don't feel any pressure to go to loo early morning without it.

Oh, please, please write about this!!!

Hopefully could able to bring it in lockdown...let see

Tobacco here in South Africa has been totally banned for the past 60 days under covid-19 lockdown and won't be available next month either. Alcohol is becoming unbanned on 1 June but no tobacco products.

Wow!!! That's amazing. Would love to hear more about WHY and how people are going with that! Way to cold turkey! @riverflows

I hate cigarettes, my husband got ill from smoking cigarette. He died of having cancerous lumps on his throat

We'd really, really love to hear about your experience. I am so sorry you lost your husband. @riverflows xx

Just to give everyone heads up that Tobacco is used in Homeopathic medicine but it becomes poisonous when you take it more than what is suited for your body.

You should write about this. I have heard of it being used homeopathically and I'd love to read more!

Sure, I will let's see when I will get some time

I have never agreed with tobacco, I know many cases of cancer in family of friends. However, it would be interesting to know more about it, everything in excess is bad, even aloe vera. I have been curious

I'd love to hear more of the ceremonial and medicinal uses, as the only story I have is my own, which I just shared.

I'd love to hear more of the ceremonial uses

ceremonial? what do you mean?..

I'd be more than happy to write a post about it in Russia, about its historical aspects! but, 31 May? I could no way do it in a few days left :( pretty sadly! and i've got a lot of vintage stuff/foto to share, right on this subject.

I hope so!!! Amazing!!! Historical aspects sounds cool. Learning somuch already!

I dont smoke .. but i will just like to say that everything is poison at excess quantity.. tobacco shouldn't be stopped

You must write a post about this - we'd love to read it!

I well

Tobacco is officially registered as a Thai traditional medicine. Looking forward to contributing.

A huge hug 🤗 and a little bit of !BEER 🍻 from @amico!

Un caro abbraccio 🤗 e un po' di BEER 🍻 da @amico!


Thank you so much @naturalmedicine, for alerting me to this fascinating discourse! I will try to understand the Lotus thing later, but in the meantime, have made a video on the sacredness of the tobacco plant, which we might return to eventually...

Thank you everyone for all your great comments here - I look forward to reading more 🌈💚

My post is here

Hello everyone, here I leave my entry to this contest, the truth is that I enjoyed it very much!

Here's my post, responding to your invitation: Thanks for your prompt—it brought up lots of good thoughts.


BTW, I'd like to know more about your required entry fee—I feel distressed about that, just speaking frankly. Mostly, I think it's just that I'm unfamiliar with your process, so I'd appreciate if you'll give me some info on that. Thanks in advance.

My contribution for this Natural Medicine Smokin’ The Tobacco: Poison or Medicine? Challenge

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Mainstream tobacco aka taxed cigarettes filled with alot of chemicals. But if you can source just the tobacco leaf without additives it's probably not so bad. Though its really hard to find info on smoking pure tobacco.

Hello, it is a pleasure for me to be able to share my publication with you. Thanks!