When most people think of farms they think of cows, chickens, pigs and corn.

I didn’t grow up on that kind of farm.

We had a vegetable garden for our own consumption(and for sharing with others). But we didn’t make money off of it.

No, our cash crop was . . . . tobacco.

And I hated it.

As a teenager I’d use my save-the-world speeches to try to convince my father that what he was growing was wrong. Those speeches never worked. His ancestors raised tobacco. That’s what they did. That’s what they knew to do to earn money. You do what you have to do.

But I’d still try to talk him out of it. We were Christians after all, and Christians didn’t produce things that would be detrimental to a body. We were supposed to respect our temple.

1 Corinthians 6:19
Do you not know that your bodies are temples of the Holy Spirit, who is in you, whom you have received from God? You are not your own;

I had always hoped scientists would find some medicinal purpose for the plant.

And actually there just might be.

In my research of  frontal lobe epilepsy,my son’s form of the disease,  I found a genetically linked epilepsy that is lessened by Nicotine:


My son’s seizures are controlled by medication (Thank you, God!), but if they weren’t, I’d certainly try it, because, while tobacco, smoking, chewing or dipping are disgusting in my opinion, my son’s seizures were severe enough to make me want to give consent to trying nicotine as a treatment if traditional medicines did not work.

My son hasn’t been genetically tested for ADNFLE(Autosomal Dominant Nocturnal Frontal Lobe Epilepsy) so I don’t know for sure if that is his condition but his seizures are very similar to the one in this article. I know of at least one family member in the past that died of epilepsy related complications(back in the 1950’s, I think).

I suspect there may be some family members that have been self-medicating for years without realizing it.

At his next visit to the Doctor, I will see about having him tested for the gene. It is expensive, but I think it would be good to know (for his future family).

Disclaimer: I am not endorsing nicotine as  a treatment for frontal lobe seizures. It would be a last resort for my son (and fortunately, his  seizures are controlled and he is happy to take his medicine for the rest of his life). And my father is retired now so we do not grow tobacco anymore(Another Thank you, God).