Lobelia Inflata is a plant from the Campanulaceae family and is native to forests in North America. It was used by Native Americans and has a mild stimulating and sedative effect.
Indian Tobacco was also traditionally used to treat respiraory and muscle disorders and also as a purgative. It was smoked during rituals and to make a kinnikinnick, which was used to offer to their gods and for smudging, which is the practice of burning herbs for prayer and purification during spiritual healing.
Today Indian tobacco is used in smoking cessation groups, to help smokers to quit. The body mistakes Lobeline, the main ingredient, for nicotine as it fit in to the same receptors and this tricks the body into believing that it is smoking nicotine. Lobeline is often used in the chewing gum, which is prescribed to help smokers to stop.
It has also been used as a painkiller as it relaxes muscles and may also be used to treat asthma.