Kanna, or Sceletium tortuosum, is indeed known for its calming, euphoric and relaxing effects at certain doses. The use of Kanna by the Hottentots, an indigenous people group from the region of today’s Western Cape Province in South Africa, illustrates how this plant was historically valued for its psychoactive properties.
The active ingredient in Kanna, mesembrine, is an alkaloid that can have effects similar to some antidepressants. This could explain the perceived positive mood and feelings of joy among the Hottentots after using Kanna. Mesembrine likely affects brain chemistry in a manner similar to certain modern antidepressants by affecting the action of neurotransmitters such as serotonin.
Kanna (Sceletium tortuosum).
- Improves mood
- Socially stimulating
- Relaxing effect
- Increased sensitivity to touch
This Kanna extract can be sniffed, chewed or made into tea. The dosage for a cup of Kanna 20 × tea is 15 mg and when you chew it, using gum for example for flavor, the dosage is 2.5 to 7.5 mg of extract. For snorting, the dosage is 5 to 7.5 mg.
Store this product in a cool and dark place such as a kitchen cabinet and out of the reach of children.
Kanna 20 × Extract Mystic Herbs – 1 gram.
Kanna (Sceletium toruosum) acts as a selective serotonin reuptake inhibitor (SSRI). Do not combine with other SSRIs (Seroxat, Prozac) or MAOIs. If so, always consult your doctor first and read your medication’s package insert to avoid health risks. Also, do not use Kanna if you are pregnant or breastfeeding.