The KhoiSan, a nomadic African tribe, cultivated Lion's Tail (Leonotis leonurus)
, which is also known as Wild Dagga, Hottentot Tobacco or Lion’s Ear. They regard it even today as a panacea for all kinds of illnesses – asthma, coughs, colds, diabetes, diarrhoea, fever, skin diseases, snake bite, menstruation and worms, as well as a liver tonic. The KhoiSan were also known to use the root as a brew for ceremonial occasions and would smoke the leaf, playing drums and dancing well into the night, assisted by the euphoric effects of their wild dagga tea. When smoked, Lion's Tail gives a short-lasting extroverted exuberance and positive feeling.
Lion's Tail may help cannabis smokers reduce or quit, and is a valuable alternative to tobacco.