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The fermented roots and leaves of the South African bush Sceletium tortuosum are the constituents of this traditional vision-inducing entheogen and inebriant. Thanks to the wonders of the Internet you can buy Kanna here for entheogenic inebriation anywhere you like. Now that’s a vision worth celebrating!

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Information About Kanna

Kanna (Sceletium Tortuosum)

Information About Kanna

What is Kanna?

Kanna, also known as Channa and Kougoed, is the dried and/or fermented plant matter of the Sceletium tortuosum plant. It can be found growing wild in the cape regions of South Africa and has been used as a traditional tribal medicine for centuries. Whilst only occurring naturally in South Africa, Kanna is an easy to grow plant that can be cultivated pretty much anywhere, as long as it is taken indoors when it gets too cold.

Interested in its medicinal potential, the plant is currently being investigated by pharmaceutical companies, some of whom have been granted certain rights by the South African government. Kanna could potentially be sold as an over the counter medicine in the future.

Kanna's traditional use has been as a mood elevator and for the reduction of stress and anxiety. This has led to its wider use in western countries as an anti depressant. Its anti depressant qualities stem from its natural ability to mimic the SSRI mechanism, suppressing serotonin re-uptake. This has positioned Kanna as a potential alternative for those looking for natural ways to elevate their mood.

Sceletium Tortuosum Plant

It should be noted that Kanna has been used to treat acute forms of depression and anxiety, as opposed to being taken as a regular, daily supplement.

Traditionally, Kanna is taken by chewing on the dried plant matter and swallowing the saliva. However, it is also possible to make it into teas and tinctures, as well as smoke it or use it as a snuff.

Whilst not hallucinogenic or psychedelic, many believe that kanna can enhance and potentiate the effect of other psychoactive substances such as cannabis. There is no scientific backing to this, only anecdotal reports.

Kanna is on the rise. In the quest for a healthy lifestyle and natural well-being, alternative and safe ways to help keep stress, anxiety and depression in check become more important. Kanna has shown promising qualities in these regards, and is often recommended by herbal practitioners as a supplement to aid episodes of stress - complemented by a healthy and active lifestyle.

History of Kanna

History Of Kanna

Hunter gatherers, who lived in what is today known as South Africa, used the plant for well over 1000 years. It was mainly used to calm fear and depression of warriors returning from battle; today known as Post Dramatic Stress Disorder. The use of a plant named Channa or Kanna has been documented over 225 years ago, reporting that the Hottentots used it as a vision inducing drug. The root was chewed and caused their animal spirits to awake, made their eyes gleam and their faces display joy and laughter. Even the simpliest circumstances would make them giggle and their brains were full of enjoyable ideas. Overdoses cause loss of consciousness and delirium.

Kanna is also related to the equally named eland antelope, a holy animal widely featured in South African rock art. When the dutch arrived in South Africa, they changed the name to "Kaugoed", meaning "Something good to chew".

The idiom name Kanna is nowadays applied to Mesembryanthemum: M. expansum and M. tortuosum, but the plant itself has never been definitively identified. The alkaloid containing roots, leaves and stems of those species are smoked and chewed in the outback of South Africa and cause a sedative effect, similar to cocaine, leading to laziness. Over two dozens of Mesembryanthemum species are known to contain alkaloids.

In 1662, a trader and explorer named Van Riebeck started to trade with local tribes for it, after he found out about the effects of Kanna on distressed and stressed persons. The Governor of the Dutch Cape Colony, Van der Stel noted in 1685, that natives would travel far to obtain the best samples and pay high prices.

Barely known by Westerners in the past, it is now becoming an alternative treatment. Today, with the problems of depression and anxiety in Western society, the demand for Sceletium tortuosum as a safe and effective natural medicine is reaching new heights.

Kanna Effects

Kanna Effects

Sceletium tortuosum can help to enhance the mood, to decrease anxiety, stress and tension, to stimulate and sedate and to suppress appetite, but the effects of Kanna vary greatly with the method and amount of ingestion. Kanna can be smoked, sniffed, chewed, ingested in gel-caps or made into a brew or tincture.

One fact beforehand: No matter where you read it is or who ever might claim it is, Kanna is NOT hallucinogenic and no adverse effects have been documented.

Here is what you can really expect after the use of Sceletium tortuosum:

Depending on the method of ingestion and ingested amount, you will be encountering stimulation and an energy boost, appetite suppression, tingling sensations, a sense of general well-being, in high doses narcotic sedation, pleasant muscle relaxation, mood elevation, mental relaxation, analgesia, euphoria and enhanced empathy. Only very few users reported side-effects such as nausea, headache, anxiety and insomnia, but those side-effects usually occur and are much stronger at higher doses of Kanna.

Using Kanna in combination with cannabis increases the effects of cannabis, which also prevents a hard come down from the Kanna kick, whereas the appetite suppressant property of Kanna alleviates the 'munchies'.

Kanna Uses & Dosage

Video: How To Use Kanna

The dried plant material is traditionally chewed and the juices swallowed, but it is also used to make teas and tinctures, inhaled as a snuff or smoked. The Hottentot and Bushmen tribes of South Africa sometimes add other herbs to it.

You will have to find out which way of ingestion works best for you - and it is always a good idea to start with a mild dose. While some may feel only slight effects, others with a low tolerance might already be on their mental tip-toes.

Sub-lingual/Chewing

This is the traditional way of ingesting Kanna and refers to fermented leaves, stems and roots. The plant material is chewed for an extended period of time, sometimes throughout the whole day.

Dosage:

  • Mild: 100-200mg
  • Medium: 200-400mg
  • Strong: 400-600mg
  • Extra strong: 600-1000mg

Duration: Main effects last for 1-2 hours and then fade out over another 1-2 hours.

Effects: General intoxication, euphoria

Insufflation

The die-hard way of ingesting Kanna. The material should be finely ground for snorting. This method is said to be one of the most efficient ways of ingesting Kanna, but has a big drawback - it is not a pleasant method and repeated Kanna snorting can lead to nose-bleeding, itching and blockage.

Dosage:

  • Mild: 25-50mg
  • Medium: 50-100mg
  • Strong: 100-250mg
  • Extra strong: 250-500mg

Duration: Effects come on within minutes and stay at their peak for 20-60 minutes before slowly fading over another 20-60 minutes.

Effects: The euphoria is much more pronounced with insufflation, analgesic effects less so.

Smoking

Dry, powdered (fine or rough) or shredded Kanna plant material can, just like any other herb, be smoked. The smoke of Kanna is described as sweet in flavor and not harsh on the lung or throat.

Dosage:

  • Mild: 50-100mg
  • Medium: 100-250mg
  • Strong: 250-400mg
  • Extra strong: 400-500mg

Duration: First effects felt within seconds to a minute. Main effects Peak for 30-60 minutes then taper off in 60-90 minutes.

Effects: The onset of the effects may be characterized by head rushes and slightly jittery feelings or such of "butterflies in the stomach", followed by a relaxed spacey feeling. Euphoria is more pronounced with smoking, the analgesic effects less so.

Oral ingestion

The Kanna plant matter can be eaten by chewing over a long period time and then swallowing or it can be made into a tea, which reportedly tastes like green tea - but worse.

Dosage:

  • Mild: 200-400mg
  • Medium: 400-600mg
  • Strong: 600-1000mg
  • Extra strong: 1000-2000mg

Duration: The effects can take as long as 90 minutes to come on, but the experience is also much longer and can last for 4-5 hours.

Effects: Especially higher doses have more pronounced sedative, narcotic and analgesic properties.

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