Sceletium Tortuosum (Kanna)
Kanna has been used
by South African pastoralists and hunter-gatherers as a mood-altering
substance since prehistoric times.
Traditionally, dried plant material is often chewed as a quid, and the
juices swallowed, but it has also been made into teas and tinctures. It
also has been inhaled as a snuff, or smoked, sometimes with the addition
of other herbs,
by the Hottentot
and Bushmen tribes of South Africa.
elevates mood and decreases anxiety, stress and tension, and it has also
been used as an appetite suppressant by shepherds walking long distances
in arid areas. Higher doses can cause euphoria, initially with stimulation
and later with sedation. It has been suggested by some that Kanna can
potentiate the effects of alcohol and cannabis. No addiction or
adverse side effects have been associated with Kanna.
Our Kanna is not powdered, but ground into a fine smoking consistency.
Many people will chew a small pinch of Kanna with chewing gum (chewing 1/4
gram would be a strong dose).
Kanna 5:1 extract. This
powdered extract is five times stronger than Kanna herb. A very small
amount of Kanna extract will produce the same result as a larger amount of Kanna powder.
The active constituents of Sceletium tortuosum are
mesembrine, mesembrenone, mesembrenol and tortuosamine. Mesembrine, the
major alkaloid present, is a serotonin-uptake inhibitor (SSRI), like the
anti-depressant Prozac. Sceletium must
never be combined with an SSRI, MAOI,
or other psychiatric medications, cardiac
medications or any other medications.
Not for use by pregnant or
nursing women or anyone under the age of 18. Not intended to treat,
diagnose, cure or prevent any disease.
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