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post #1 of 15 (permalink) Old 06-06-2013, 11:06 PM Thread Starter
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Different names for the same plant. I've been researching it. Most common name is rabbit tobacco. I was very intrigued with what I found.

It's a common annual plant that grows in areas not maintained, like roadsides, un-mown fields, pine forests.

Uses are apparently many, and have been used since the early days of the Cherokee people.

Smoked or brewed or chewed, the leaves are a cure for anything caused by a virus. Colds and flu are short lived if the product is available. Great for any lung troubles. A great number of ailments can be treated with it, including cancer.

It produces a pearly or creamy white flower in early summer. In the fall, pick the silvery/brown leaves below the blooms. They are without their chemical medicinal use until late fall. They are dry by then. Or, take the entire plant and keep it in your home. It produces a very pleasant vanilla scent for a year or more, even after it's completely dry.

I found some this week on a motorcycle ride on the Blue Ridge Parkway in VA where their had been no mowing. It grows everywhere on the eastern seaboard. Very easy to spot. Google it and see the pics. Cherokee used it for a good smoke or mixed with actual tobacco. It is not of the tobacco family, but more associated with daisies.

I plan to go back and harvest some this fall. Just for your information if you didn't already know.
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Interesting, Can you give us a link to what you are seeing and talking about? A scientific name would be great! Thanks, ear

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Aparently he is talking about this stuff: http://www.rabbittobacco.com/

I'm kindof doubtful about some of the claims - cancer treatment? Really? Certainly pegs my shenanigans meter - after all, if there was a known cancer treatment that actually worked, don't you think the pharmaceutical companies would be all over it?

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It would be nice if he sold seeds to grow your own.

The only plant based cancer drug I know if is from the bark and needles of the Pacific Yew tree.
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We I was a kid, we all tried smoking rabbit tobacco. Back then nobody thought real tobacco was harmful but your parents told you it would stunt your growth. I am pretty sure rabbit tobacco has no medical value and it isn't enjoyable as a smoke either. Just a weed that lives on the edge of the woods.
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Let me clarify: I only know what I found during Internet research. I have no personal experience with the stuff. Taking the Internet sites as a whole, averaging them out, the plant has medicinal use. Mostly for lung disorders. I didn't mean to say that I know it's a cure for anything. Only posting what a day of research revealed. If your ailment is viral or inflammation connected, I'm convinced the plant will help, but again, I do not know.

Charles P, you need to look it up for yourself, which you obviously have not.
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I took your advice and looked it up. Articles state it is an herb. Did not find that the pharma industry used it, or that the FDA regulated or controlled it.

Rabbit tobacco is an herb, not a cancer curing pharmaceutical prescription. Its qualities are touted by the herbal culture. Like I said earlier, kids in the 50s smoked it. I expect, but do not know at all, that if people smoked the equivalent of two packs of rabbit tobacco daily, it could prove not to be beneficial.

If it keeps away mosquitoes, a bag tied arround your neck should be safe. A dose in the bath water might not hurt. Nothing internal.
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When I was a kid my grandpa would have me go out and get that. He would mix it with his pipe tobacco because it was "healthy". I'd always go walking on the railroad track and spot the fat leaves pretty quick. In the South cheap cigarettes are known as rabbit tobacco because they are harsher than the brand name ones.

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i never did see a decent close photo
of the green plant, there was that one
of someone holding some dried dead ones,
or maybe i missed it. my granny always use
to talk about when she was young in the early
1900's that everyone smoked it. i would imagine
that i've likely unknowingly mowed over several
trainloads of that. i'd rather not smoke anyway
other than a marlboro red every few years. i get
enough airborne dirt and pollen and junk in
my lungs already anyway.

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