INDIAN WEED; Tobacco, Pipes, Poetry, Cigarettes and Music
LIFE has not been the same since the publication of that last report on smoking. The Times is filled with miserable wretches who have foresworn buying cigarettes (but who are continuing to snaffle them when the demands of the flesh grow too strong). Pipes are sprouting like smokestacks on the Pittsburgh skyline. The men’s room, normally a place where one could hear all the gossip, has now as its sole topic of conversation: withdrawal symptoms. Everybody talks about withdrawal symptoms as formerly they spoke of the new pool stenographer, or the latest whimsies of the city editor.
My own withdrawal symptom, aside from describing my withdrawal symptoms, has been to look up everything I can find about tobacco and music. There is a consolation in it. One can immerse himself in the weed without actually partaking. How comforting it is to inhale vicariously with the poet in “Wits Recreations” (1640):
Things which are common common men do use,
The better sort do common things refuse:
Yet Countries‐cloth‐breech., & Court‐velvet‐hose,
Puffe both alike Tobacco through the Nose.
Proving that even in precigarette days inhalation was the norm. There are many old references to the habit, and many songs were written about it. Charles van der Borren, in the July, 1932, issue of the Musical Quarterly, wrote an article “Tobacco and Coffee in Music,” coming up with several Elizabethan pieces of music and then moving to the Continent. He notes that smoking was imntr.oduced to Holland by the English, around 1620, and one result, was the “Toebaks‐lied,” a famous Dutch song: “ Isser iemant uyt Oost Indien gelkomen, die wat woet? Heeft hyniet van den toeback vernonen ?” Meaning, “ Has anybody come from the East Indies who knows anything? Has he not heard of tobacco?” Van der Borren says that this poem was set to a F rer.ch court air that goes back to 1613. There are quite a few stanzas.
The learned van der Borren discusses tobacco music in France and Germany, and of course mentions Wolf‐Ferrari’s opera “ The Secret of Susanne.” Susanne’s secret, as we all know except her husband, is cigarette smoking. Wolf‐Ferrari’s is the only opera based on such a subject. But the 17th century is full of musical tributes to tobacco. One of the most famous is, cited by van der Borren. He found it in the 1719 edition of the famous British collection, “ Pil,s to. Purge Melancholy.” It is a song with quite a lovely melody, and it has many stanzas, the first of which is:
Tobacco is but an Indian weed,
Grows green in the Morn, cut down at Eve;
It shows our decay,
We are but Clay,
Think of this and take Tobacco.
Van der Borren does not go into the history of this poem. It far predates “ Pills to Purge Melancholy,” and Norman Ault, the Elizabethan specialist, claimed that it originally was written before 1568. If so, that would put it before the first pprose mention of tobacco in the Enngglish language‐1577, when John Frampton translated from the Spanish a work by Nicholas Monardes. An early variant of “ Thhe Indian Weed” begins:
The Indian Weed withered quite,
Greene at Morne cut downe at night
Shewes our decay all flesh is hay;
Thus thinke, then drinke Tobacco.
In addition to songs, there were catches and glees about tobacco. In the Drexel Collection oof the New York Public Library are three volumes of “ The Catch Club,” an early 18th‐century publication that contains catches by Blow, Purcell and other famous English composers. Several are by the less‐known Henry Aldrich, in his day (164717 10) an important architect and scholar. Aldrich must have liked the good life. He wrote one song entitled “A Catch upon Small Beer,” and another “A Catch on Tobacco, Sung by 4 Men While smoaking their Pipes.” The catch starts with “Good, good indeed, the Herb’s good weed.” Later, most pathetically, “ But then to the learned say we again,/if life’s a smoak as they ma.intain,/if life’s a Vapour without doubt,/when a Man does dye,/they shou’d not cry,/ that his Glass is run, but his Pipe is out.”
The eccentric Captain Tobias Hume wrote a tobacco song in his “Musical Humours” of 1605. He died mad, an end that may or may not have had to do with his smoaking. Another Stuart comnposer, Thomas Ravenscroft, lhadd a musical reference to tobacco in his “A Briefe Discourse” of 1614., And one of the greatest of the madrigal qomposers, Thomas Weelkes, cele
brated tobacco in his “Ayres Or Phantasticke Spirites” of 1608. The author of the lyrics is unknown. Most probably none of the madrigal and ayre composers except Thomas Campion wrote his own lyrics. The Weelkes air has four stanzas, and one of them is most amusing:
Fill the pipe once more, My brains dance trenchmore.
Head and brains,
Joints and veins
It dcth well purge and make clean.
A trenchmore is an old English country dance of boisterous nature. Weelkes really must have liked to smoke. In 1618, a minor playwright named Barten Holiday published a work named “Technogamia or The Marriage of the Arts.” In it is a song named “Tobacco’s a musician.” It is a solo by Phlegmaticao, who enters with “his hat beset round about with tobacco pipes.” Each of the seven stanzas starts with “Tobacco is.” And so tobacco is a musician, a lawyer, a physician, a traveller, a critic,
an Ignis fatuus and a whiffler. But it seems that this song was written by Weelkes and much later inserted into the Holiday play. Not many years ago it turned up in a 1609 set of part books in Weelkes’s handwriting. Want to know why tobacco is a musician? Well, according to Weelkes,
It descends in a close,
Through the organ of the nose,
a close being a final cadence. Or why is tobacco a lawyer? Sings Phlegmaticao, in a joke that must have paralyzed the groundlings:
Tobacco is a lawyer,
His pipes do love long cases:
When our brain it enters,
Our feet do make indentures.
But let’s not continue in this vein. The topic, as the report assures us, is not for joking, and tobacco’s not for burning. They knew this 300 years ago. Witness the two‐line epigram in “ Wits Recreations:”
Tobacco is a weed of so great power
That it (like earth) doth all it feeds, devour.
H C Schonberg article on links between music and tobacco (refs in songs and other musical compositions, etc), prompted by PHS panel rept on health hazards of smoking
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Tobacco/Weed Pipes: Metal, Glass, Wood, and More!
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ORIGINS OF PIPE SMOKING
Pipe smoking has been around for thousands of years, and is often regarded as the oldest form of traditional smoking. While pipes are most commonly used to smoke tobacco, they can also be used to smoke a variety of recreational drugs, such as cannabis.
A variety of Native American cultures followed pipe smoking traditions long before the arrival of European colonialism. For many of these cultures, smoking tobacco or herbal mixes was a ceremonial process and was often done using special ceremonial pipes. The “peace pipe” is arguably the most well-known ceremonial pipe used by Native Americans, although there were many others.
Some tobacco cultivation sites in Mexico date back to roughly 1400–1000 BCE. When Europeans arrived in the Americas, tobacco was exported back home, where it was smoked in pipes, snuffed, and chewed. At this time, tobacco was also being smoked through water pipes in China, Persia, and along the Silk Road.
By 1700, tobacco had become a major industry in Europe.
However, pipe smoking wasn’t just unique to Native Americans. Archaeological evidence suggests that other ancient cultures also used pipes to smoke psychoactive substances like cannabis and opium.
In 2013, for example, archaeologists excavated a kurgan (an ancient type of burial mound) in Russia created by the Scythians, a fierce group of nomads who inhabited large parts of the central Eurasian steppes between the 9th and 1st century BCE.
The excavations unearthed 2400-year-old water pipes (similar to bongs) used by the Scythians to smoke cannabis and opium.
In China, pipes were also used to smoke madak, a mixture of tobacco and opium in the 19th century.
WHY USE A PIPE?
People choose to smoke out of pipes for a variety of reasons. One of the main reasons is for pleasure.
Tobacco pipes are often made to be used with higher-grade tobacco than what is used to make cigarettes. This tobacco boasts complex flavours and aromas, making for an extremely pleasurable smoking experience (much like the tobacco in a cigar).
Some tobacco smokers also claim that smoking through a pipe is healthier than smoking cigarettes, but there is no evidence to support these claims.
If you prefer to smoke other substances, such as cannabis, you may also turn to a pipe for a number of reasons.
Some of the reasons why you may want to consider using a cannabis pipe:
- Super portable: Most cannabis pipes will easily fit into a pocket, purse, or bag. Some pipes can even be dismantled, making them even easier to transport.
- Discreet: Small cannabis pipes tend to produce a lot less smoke than joints, blunts, or bongs. In doing so, they also tend to produce less odour, making them ideal for anyone looking to smoke discreetly.
- Simple to use: Weed pipes are super easy to prepare. Forget about the tedious process of rolling a joint or blunt or preparing a bong. With a pipe, simply pack your bowl, light up, and you’re ready to go.
- Great in groups or solo: Pipes come in all shapes and sizes. Smaller models are great for smoking on your own, allowing you to use less cannabis and avoid the hassle of having to roll a joint or blunt. Bigger pipes, on the other hand, can be great for group sessions.
HOW TO SMOKE A PIPE?
Smoking a pipe is super simple. Here are the basic instructions to get you started:
- Prepare your smoke. Whether it’s tobacco, cannabis, or an herbal mix, you’ll want to make sure it’s not too dry (as the smoke will be harsher on your throat) and not too fine to avoid any smaller particles from entering the pipe, and subsequently your mouth
- Pack your bowl. Similar to when smoking a bong, fill your pipe bowl to just under the brim. Avoid packing it too tight as it may be hard to draw, but also avoid packing it too lightly as some of the particles are more likely to enter the stem of the pipe.
- Light up. Use a match or lighter to light your pipe. Be sure to keep the flame from actually touching the substance in your bowl, and make sure to light all parts of the bowl evenly. Take a few puffs while lighting until your substance is bright red. Avoid charring your smoke too much as it’ll lose some of its flavour.
HOW TO CLEAN A PIPE?
Ever been ready to sit down for a smoke only to find your pipe tastes dirty or is completely clogged? To make your smoking experience as enjoyable as possible, always make sure to regularly clean your pipes. Here some basic instructions for doing so:
- Add some cleaning solution to a Ziplock bag. Feel free to use a homemade solution such as a vinegar/baking soda or rubbing alcohol/salt mix.
- Put your pipe inside the Ziplock bag and let it sit for a few hours. If your pipe is dismountable, take it apart and ash each piece separately first for best results.
- Shake the bag vigorously to remove as much of the built-up resin inside. Depending on how dirty your pipe is, you may want to repeat steps 1 and 2 numerous times.
- Use a pipe cleaner to scrape off any remaining resin or particles that weren’t removed in the last step.
- Rinse your pipe and let it dry completely before using it.
TYPES OF PIPES
At Zamnesia, we stock a wide variety of pipes designed to smoke cannabis, tobacco, smokable herbal mixes, and much more.
We stock everything from everyday pipes made of metal, glass, wood, and acrylic to more sophisticated pipes such as the meerschaum and soapstone models.
Zamnesia offers smoking pipes made from metal, glass, wood, acrylic, and even meerschaum. We ship fast and discreetly to European countries.