Kanna

Sceletium tortuosum (Kanna) is a succulent plant from the stone plant family and its natural habitat is in South Africa. Kanna is known for its psychoactive and antidepressant effects. Steeping tea from Kanna extract is a popular way to enjoy the effects of Kanna.

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Sceletium Tortuosum (Kanna) is a succulent plant from the ice plant family that is native to South Africa. The plant is called Kanna or Channa and is known of its psycho-active and antidepressant effects. In prehistory, Kanna was already known among shepherds and hunters because of its mood-changing effects. In the time of Jan van Riebeeck (1662), Kanna was a popular trade product.

Originally, the fermented plant was chewed. That's why in South Africa they talk about 'Kougoed' or 'Kauwgoed'. Nowadays, often the herb is being sniffed or smoked. Chewing it in a piece of chewing gum or making a tea infusion of Kanna is another popular way to use Kanna. Kanna improves the mood in small doses, it can reduce fear and stress and suppresses the feeling of hunger. A stronger feeling of connectedness or improved empathy for other people and euphoria are described by users that took high doses.

The most important alkaloid that is present is mesembrine, which has a calming effect and can produce a certain languor. Memembrine ensures the brain keeps functioning at lower levels of serotonin. The effect of Kanna can be increased when combined with alcohol or cannabis.