Use and DistributionYaala leaf is mainly used by the Night Watch to stay awake while on patrol. Guards typically share a pipe before their shift starts, which acts as a bonding ritual as well a way to consume the stimulant. The effects of the leaves last 6-8 hours, or about as long as a Guard's shift.
Yaala leaf's stimulant effects are also used for ritual and spiritual purposes, as well as recreational purposes. Most Gachnifs use yaala to stay awake and focused during extended periods of meditation. It is also used during fasting as an appetite suppressant. Outside of spiritual applications, the leaves are most commonly smoked at festivals as a social activity.
Yaala is usually dried as soon as it is harvested. The dried leaves are then transported in bundles by traders to other villages. The leaves are ground for smoking immediately before being used.