The SACRED South African herb KANNA (Sceletium tortuosum) is now Available @ LHS!
Kanna, or Sceletium tortuosum, is a herbaceous plant native to South Africa. Kanna has been used by the San (South African Bushmen) as a magical plant teacher in ceremonies and for purposes of rain making, divination, healing, and communal trance dancing.
Kanna has the effect of relieving anxiety and stress at lower doses. At higher doses, it is an empathogen and euphoriant. Kanna can also act as an appetite suppressant. It is traditionally dried and chewed, but can also be smoked or made into teas or tinctures.
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The alkaloids contained in kanna include mesembrine, which has ancedotally been reported to possibly be a potent selective serotonin re-uptake inhibitor (SSRI) with very strong antidepressant effects. Although we make no claims to any medical value of Kanna, and Kanna is certainly not intended to diagnose, treat, or prevent any disease, it does appear as though it may at least act in a manner similar to many common antidepressant medications available through pharmaceutical companies at this time.
SSRIs, such as the mesembrine in kanna, block the re-uptake of serotonin into the neuron, meaning that serotonin molecules are present in the synapse for longer and therefore are able to signal the brain to produce even more serotonin, leading to elevated mood and increased mental health in many people.
Recently, a South African pharmaceutical company, HGH Pharmaceuticals, was given the first ever license to study kanna and the alkaloids it contains. They intend to turn kanna into a product to be sold over the counter and internationally. Fortunately, the San people are meant to receive a portion of the profits received from the mass marketing of kanna.
Side effects of kanna are mild, if any. There have been no serious side effects of kanna reported. Kanna can cause drowsiness and sedation, however, and so it should not be consumed before operating heavy machinery or driving an automobile.
The use of kanna during pregnancy is not recommended due to a lack of research on the plant. Also, since kanna acts as a selective serotonin re-uptake inhibitor (SSRI), it should not be consumed with any other SSRI medications (such as Lexapro, Prozac, Cymbalta, etc.), nor should it be consumed with MAO Inhibitors. Combining these things could lead to serious effects and personal injury.