Blowing smoke up your ass

We’ve all heard the phrase “blowing smoke up someone’s ass.” Well, the phrase has a basis in reality.

This is from the Wikipedia:

The tobacco smoke enema, an insufflation of tobacco smoke into the rectum by enema, was a medical treatment employed by European physicians for a range of ailments.

Tobacco was recognized as a medicine soon after it was first imported from the New World, and tobacco smoke was used by western medical practitioners as a tool against cold and drowsiness, but applying it by enema was a technique adapted from the North American Indians. The procedure was used to treat gut pain, and attempts were often made to resuscitate victims of near drowning. Liquid tobacco enemas were often given to ease the symptoms of a hernia.

During the early 19th century the practice fell into decline, when it was discovered that the principal active agent in tobacco smoke, nicotine, is poisonous.

This is from a 1776 textbook.
18th century device to administer a tobacco enema

This kit is from the late 1700s.
tobacco enema kit

Even the Mayan indians did it. Although I’m not sure they count. It seems enemas were one of the favorite ways to get high. -But only for rituals… Riiight.

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