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Snuff for chronic congestion

I got a buddy comin up to finish his cabin after the snow goes. He suffers from chronic sinus congestion and the docs won’t send him to the surgeon until he takes the pills for a year to “see if that don’t kick it”. And he won’t take the pills.

I read on a review yesterday (which thing I do for entertainment now) and someone said there are snuffs specifically for such conditions as my buddy has.



  • Treat your buddy with Six Photo Green Dragon and SG Black Magic (aka Silky Dark).
  • n9inchnailsn9inchnails Moderator
    For me nothing kills congestion like a plain US scotch like Square, even the most clogged up nostril is clear within seconds of taking a scotch.
  • I wonder if when thinking about snuffs that are specifically for combating congestion, it might be that the reviewer was talking about medicated snuff (another word for menthol).

    As many people on here attest, menthol snuffs can counterintuitively clog you up quite quickly so it might be worth your friend trying but don't be surprised if they actually make things worse.

    For me (someone who suffers from recurring sinusitis), I have to be honest that all snuffs clog me up in the long term, but I do get a bit of short term relief from the very dry toast snuffs like Fribourg and Treyer High Dry or Wilsons Irish No. 22, I can't comment on the Scotches or the Indian snuffs mentioned above by @volunge or @n9ineinchnails but would definitely defer 6o their opinion as they know more about this than I do!
  • Mr_OMr_O Member
    IIRC 6 Photo claims that their Motia is often used for congestion. Seems good for that to me, its not super mentholated.
  • JohanoJohano Member
    edited March 31 PM
    How would you describe your "congestion" symptoms? Im curious, because I am having nasal irritation/pain but in mucosal layer, 3 out of 0-10 scale. Mostly in the morning. I found FUBAR Bohica make it go away, also hipertonic saline water - a must have!
    Occasionally I get mild upper sinus pain but its somehow.. pleasant? haha
  • volungevolunge Member
    edited April 1 PM
    A healthy pinch of Wilsons of Sharrow Singleton's Super Cool triggers waterfall-like drip without any rebound.
  • JohanoJohano Member
    @RobEdgar I don't know how for others, but in my case the clogging up was only an issue in my early snufftaking days. After many years of habitual use it happens once in the blue moon, e.g. when I hadn't had mentlolated goodness in my nose for a while.
  • @Johano I'm still a total novice with snuff, but I find that my nose definitely acclimatises to whatever it is I'm snuffing long term, menthols still stuff me up however although I really like them. My sinuses still get all clogged up over time regardless, although they were doing that anyway so plus ca change!

    I just wondered if @Wild_Alaska 's buddy was even newer to snuff than I am, he/she might immediately decide that upon taking a hit of menthol it just made everything worse and would give up immediately!
  • Mr_OMr_O Member
    @volunge do you mean the one in the green plastic turn box? Just curious, as when I have bought it in the past, it was totally dry by the time I got it. I do like the WoS made one quite a bit.
  • volungevolunge Member
    edited April 1 PM
    @Mr_O, Wilsons of Sharrow one (edited my post). I'm not familiar with the one in a plastic turn box yet (I think it's South African). Do you happen to know how does Scandinavian Tobacco Group Singleton in metal-plastic tap tin compare to both? Comes in 3 g and 6 g tap tins. (Three different Singleton's!)
  • Mr_OMr_O Member
    @volunge I am quite sure that it is South African. It is quite coarse, and the scent would suggest it too. I do not think you are missing out on anything great. I do not think that I have had that other Singletons.
  • One of the Irish-style toasts always works for me - F&T HDT, WoS Irish no 22, or Toque Natural Toast. I like medicated snuffs, but most have the effect of clogging my nose up, with notable exceptions of Poschl Andechs Spezial as well as the mentholated Bernard offerings.
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