Kanna is an African plant that can be considered ancestral, as it is believed to have been consumed by indigenous tribes for hundreds of years. It is suspected to be related to cactus or carmine, and its real name is Sceletium Tortuosum, although it is also called Channa or Kougoed and, although its calming, narcotic, sedative and pacifying powers were discovered over 300 years ago by the Khoikhoi (Hottentots) ethnic group, it has not been until relatively short time that its use has spread to other regions of the world.

Thanks to Internet, since more than a decade ago Kanna can be found in some online smartshops, and not only as root or fermented leaf powder as they originally took it, powerful extracts have also been formulated that multiply its effects, and in this category you will find all the available ones right now, although let me first tell you a little more about its effects, dosage and usage forms.

What is the active principle of Kanna?

So far, several alkaloids with psychoactive powers have been found, Mesembrine, Tortuisamine, Mesembrenone and Mesembrol being the most important ones, but they represent only 1.5% of the total Kanna alkaloids, so it is believed that they must contain others that have not been discovered yet.

How do you use Kanna?

The Khoikhoi and other South African tribes like the Bushmen had different ways of taking Kanna, chewed, snorted or smoked. Nowadays there are many other ways of using it, capsules, snuff (rapé), honey, all kinds of extracts, etc.

The dosage depends on the format, as the extracts are concentrates that contain much more active ingredients, so they have to be taken in smaller quantities to experience the same effects.

What are the effects of Kanna?

In ancient times it was used to induce visions and this way solve different problems, predict the future or cure diseases. It was also used in a playful way, to lift the spirits and disinhibit, but Kanna has many other proven properties as:

  • Stimulant
  • Sedative
  • Appetite suppressant
  • Relaxant
  • Motivator
  • Anxiolytic

Nowadays, medical applications of this plant are still being studied, since it is presumed that it can have a great medicinal value to treat different ailments and diseases.

It is important not to mix Kanna with other drugs, especially with IMAOS and serotonin releasers, as it can cause serotoninergic syndrome, which can have devastating effects on our health. The best option is not to use anything but kanna, whether it is in an infusion, powder, honey or extract, but without anything else.

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