Lion’s tail is known for its medicinal and mild psychoactive properties. It has traditionally been used to treat tuberculosis, jaundice, high blood pressure, diabetes, and as a compress to treat snake bites. South Africans, where the plant is native, also use the fresh juice of the stem as an infusion to purify the blood. The dried leaves and flowers have a mild calming effect when smoked. It is considered far less potent than Cannabis, and is not classified as a hallucinogenic. Do not confuse lion’s tail with motherwort (Leonurus cardiaca, L. artemisia), another plant that is sometimes commonly called lion’s tail.