Contains 1 gram powdered Kanna.
Effects of Kanna
Kanna or Sceletium Tortuosum is known as a mood enhancer. The plant has sedating, calming and uplifting effects. Using Kanna can help to decrease tension, anxiety and stress. High doses of Kanna can also cause feelings of euphoria, usually followed by a sense of calm.
Use of Kanna
When using this powder as a snuff, the recommended dose is 20 mg. For chewing, use 100 mg to 1 gram with some chewing gum.
Kanna is known as a selective serotonin reuptake inhibitor (SSRi). Refrain from consuming it combined with other SSRi’s like Prozac and Seroxat. Also avoid using Kanna in combination with monoamine oxidase inhibitors (MAOi) like Syrian Rue (Peganum Harmala), Banisteriopsis caapi, passion flower (Passiflora incarnata) and yohimbe (Pausinystalia johimbe). These combinations can lead to high blood pressure, headaches and chest pains.
Kanna is a small succulent that originates in South Africa. For centuries, Kanna was used by indigenous hunters and gatherers as a medicine and for rituals. Warriors chewed on Kanna after hunts or battles to alleviate their fear and depression. People who needed to have a tooth pulled out also chewed some Kanna to soften the pain. The Dutch who interacted with the native peoples of South Africa called Kanna ‘kaugoed’ or ‘chewing stuff’.
In the West, Kanna’s uplifting effects are put to use to treat anxiety and depressions. Some psychiatrists prescribe Kanna in capsules as a natural antidepressant.