Full details on Kanna (Sceletium tortuosum)

Kanna (sceletium tortosum) is used for its psychedelic properties by many South African tribes. It can be sniffed, smoked, chewed, and made into a tea. When people from the Netherlands came to South Africa, they gave it the name kaugoed, which means chewing substance.


Kanna can enhance the mood, and promote a feeing of contentment, while reducing nervous emotions. In higher doses, it causes a feeling of excitement, followed by relaxation. Some people have claimed that Kanna helps to improve response time, and increase sexual arousal.


Kanna can be used in many different ways. It can be taken as a snuff, and, when used this way about 20mg is enough to generate a significant impact. I can also be mixed with chewing gum, or placed under the tongue, and in this situation the recommended amount is about 50-150mg. About 200mg can be added to a cup of herb tea and taken once or twice a day, or mixed with small amounts of alcohol, and it can be mixed with other herbs and smoked in a cigarette or pipe.

Kanna In The Western World

Kanna was introduced to the Western world in 1662, when Van Riebeeck, a trader and explorer found out about its ability to relieve stress, and began to barter with local tribes in order to obtain some of the herb. In 1685, Van Der Stel, the governor of the Dutch Cape Colony recorded how important Kanna was to the native tribes, and that they would travel across long distances in order to find the best plants.

Over the years, the beneficial effects of Kanna were only known to a few westerners. However, in today’s society, with so many people suffering from depression and anxiety disorders, and looking for safe, effective and natural treatments, Kanna is becoming more widely known and a popular alternative to prescription medication.

Kanna Warnings

There have been no reports of severe side effects related to Kanna use, except for the fact that it can slightly elevate blood pressure, and therefore, if you suffer with high blood pressure, you should consult a doctor before using Kanna.

Only a few people have experienced any side effects when using Kanna. The reported side effects include: mild headaches, slight nausea with no vomiting, and soft or loose stools.

If you experience insomnia, lower the dose or make sure you only use Kanna in the mornings, alternatively, if you experience fatigue, take one 50mg does at night.

If you take too much Kanna, you may experience headaches and nausea, and a large overdose may cause anxiety or palpitations.

Kanna Mixed with Other Drugs or Alcohol

It is reported that if you mix Kanna with alcohol or other drugs, they can enhance each other’s effects. Because of this, you should be very careful when mixing anything, and should not use Kanna at all if you use illegal drugs.

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